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Convict Ship Morley 1818

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Embarked: 164 men
Voyage: 112 days
Deaths: 1
Surgeon's Journal: no
Tons: 480
Previous vessel: Tottenham arrived 14 October 1818
Next vessel: Shipley arrived 18 November 1818
Master Robert Brown
Surgeon Superintendent John Whitemarsh. R.N.

The Morley was built on the Thames in 1811. This was the second of four voyages bringing convicts to New South Wales, the others being in 1817, 1820, 1828 and 1829. She also transported convicts to Van Diemen's Land in 1820 and 1823.

The Morley was the next convict ship to leave England for New South Wales after the departure of the female convict ship Maria in May 1818. Prisoners were embarked on the Morley from the hulks in June 1818.

One prisoner John Bluer a 21 year old coal miner from Chester was held on the Retribution Hulk at Woolwich. He had been tried on 17th April 1817 and sentenced to 7 years transportation. He was transferred to the hulk on 24th October 1817 and to the Morley on 29th July 1818. By the time the Morley set sail John Bluer had already been incarcerated for almost thirteen months and by the time he arrived in Australia, seventeen months had elapsed.

The Morley departed the Downs 18 July 1818, came direct and arrived in Port Jackson on 7 November 1818, a voyage of three months and 21 days.

John Whitemarsh. R.N., was employed as Surgeon Superintendent. This was his only voyage in that capacity and his medical journal does not seem to have survived. There were 164 male convicts under his care and the men all arrived in good health. The Sydney Gazette reported that only one man was lost on the voyage out - a black man named John Jenkins.

The military guard consisted of a detachment of the 84th regiment (York and Lancashire) under the orders of Lieut. Beamish. Members of the 84th regiment also arrived on the General Stewart in December 1818.

There was a great deal of anger amongst the guard on the General Stewart regarding their victualling by Captain Grainger of the General Stewart, and Lieutenant Beamish.  Captain Grainger later exchanged heated words on the decks of the General Stewart.

Grainger sought redress from Governor Macquarie who declined to interfere in the matter advising them to settle in a civil court.

LLieutenant Beamish returned to England on the Shipley in April 1819 as did surgeon John Whitemarsh.

The Morley was advertised to depart the colony in December 1818. The former Chief Officer of the Morley George Sutherland did not depart on her. He advertised his intention to leave on the Guide in that same month.  

Notes & Links

1). Richard Ward, Innkeeper of the White Hart Inn at Muswellbrook arrived on the Morley.

2). Thomas Spicer, age 17,, warehouseman, was tried at the Old Bailey....The said WILLIAM KELLY and THOMAS SPICER were indicted for that they, on the 26th of November , at the parish of St. James, Clerkenwell, feloniously did forge and counterfeit a certain bank note, No. 61,370 (setting it forth), with intent to defraud the Governor and Company of the Bank of England (continue).  Thomas Spicer's sentence of death was commuted to 14 years transportation. He was sent to Newgate prison and from there to the Retribution hulk on 9th April 1818. He was embarked on the Morley on 29 June 1818. Thomas Spicer was sent to the Bringelly district on arrival. The convict love token below was probably his work......

3). Hunter Valley convicts / passengers arriving on the Morley in 1818. Twenty-five men have been identified in the Hunter Valley so far............

John Blower (Bluer) 
Edward Chapman 
Samuel Colrun/Colbuin Coleman 
John Frederick Dawson 
Peter Drugan 
Samuel Eather/ Heather 
Henry Ellis 
John Ewins 
Joseph Fox 
Robert Gordon / Godden 
William Hilton/ Holotn 
Jereimah Kay/ Keys 
Thomas Leonard 
John Lycett 
John Mayo/ Mayall 
Andrew McIntosh 
John Page 
Thomas Plumbe/ Bromhill 
John Rogers 
William Russell 
Jeremiah Shea 
William Sweetman 
Robert Tennant 
James Walker 
Richard Ward

4). Surgeon-Superintendent John Whitmarsh was appointed Hospital Mate on 24 July 1806. He was appointed Hospital Mate at Gibraltar in 1810. He returned ned to England in April 1819 on the Shipley with seven other naval surgeons.

He was on the 1834 Navy List of Officers serving abroad. He was employed as Dispenser at Malta 8 November 1833



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