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Embarked: 150 men
Voyage: 111 days
Deaths: 3
Surgeon's Journal: yes
Tons: 487
Previous vessel: Mangles arrived 18 February 1826
Next vessel: Lady Rowena arrived 17 May 1826
Master J.T. Drake
Surgeon Superintendent John Dulhunty

The Sesostris was built at Hull in 1807. (1)

The Morning Post reported in November 1826 -

Portsmouth 28th November - It has blown very hard all the day; the outward bound remain all well. The Hope from Exmouth to London got on shore on Bambridge Ledge this morning, knocked her rudder off and is leaky; in making for the harbour accompanied by two pilot boats, she ran on board the Sesostris, for New South Wales, and carried away her bowsprit. (2)

It didn't take long to make the necessary repairs and the Sesostris departed Portsmouth on Wednesday 30 November 1825. She was the next convict ship to leave England for New South Wales after the departure of the Marquis of Hastings in August 1825.

Passengers included Mr. J. Dulhunty, Mrs. Dulhunty, Miss Dulhunty, Mr. J.B. Clay, and Mr. N. Eise together with 8 women and 12 children belonging to the troops.

John Dulhunty kept a Medical Journal from 5th November 1825 to 22 March 1826. (3)

A detachment of the 57th (West Middlesex) Regiment of Infantry embarked on the Sesostris on 26th November 1825 at Portsmouth.  They were under the orders of Major John Campbell and Ensign Benson.  Some of the soldier's mentioned in the surgeon's journal included:
Private W. Warren,
Private G. Farnham,
Private Samuel Fairman,
Private Mark Lane,
Private E. Jennings,
Private J. Steadman,
Private S. Hardcastle,
Private D. Mitchell,
Private R. Stevenson,
J. Grant.

The wife of Private Hynes gave birth to a daughter in the ship hospital which had been divided off from the sick men as the soldier's berth was even more crowded.

The Band of the 57th joined its Corps by the Sesostris
Select here to find convict ships bringing detachments of the 57th regiment

The Sesostris sailed direct without making any stops and arrived in Port Jackson on Tuesday morning 21 March 1826, a voyage of 111 days. (See Advantages of various routes of convict ships)

A Muster of 147 convicts was held on board by Colonial Secretary Alexander McLeay on 22nd March 1826. Three convicts had died on the voyage out. - George Archer, William Bray alias Irish and George Milford. Nine were sent to the hospital in Sydney on arrival including James Briggs from Essex, Robert Brown from Suffolk, James Cotterill from Warwickshire, Edward Edgar from Sussex, William Geary from Suffolk, William Hanson, Thomas Joggins or Giggins from Essex.

Convict Indents include the name, age, religion, education, marital status, family, native place, trade, offence, date and place of trial, sentence, prior convictions, physical description, remarks and to whom assigned on arrival. There is also occasional information about deaths, pardons, prior convictions etc. Some of those sent to the Hunter river district straight from the ship were assigned to settlers John Laurio Platt, William Evans, Thomas White Melville Winder and Edward Gostwyck Cory.

James Dennison was the youngest prisoner on board at fifteen years of age.

The Sesostris departed for New Zealand on 11th April 1826.  

Notes and Links:

1). More about the Sesostris at The Dulhunty Papers

2). Hunter Valley convicts arriving on the Sesostris in 1826

3). Major John Campbell was appointed Commandant at Melville Island and sailed with a detachment of the 57th on the schooner Isabella in August 1826 to relieve Major Barlow and a detachment of the Buffs. He returned to Sydney with the detachment on the brig Governor Phillip in July 1828.

4). Uniform relics of the 57th Regiment from the site of Fort Dundas, Melville Island, September 1826-1829 - State Library of NSW

5).   Position of Sesostris Reef 1826......

6). Robert Bale (Ball) a shipwright and carpenter from Devonshire was convicted of arson in London on 2nd December 1824. He was sentenced to transportation for life and was received on to the York Hulk on 8th March 1825. He was transferred to the Sesostris on 16th November 1825. On arrival in Sydney he was assigned to the Dockyard. He made his escape from the colony on the Indian in August 1826.

7). Joseph Headley was tried on 12 April 1825. He returned to England and was later re-transported on the Royal Sovereign for another crime.

8). William Harris was suspected of having been transported previously. He escaped from the colony and was re-transported on the Lady Feversham in 1830.

9). James Pickup gave his occupation as Labourer and Executioner.

10). A Journal of a voyage to the Cape of Good Hope and Bombay in the Ship Sesostris by James Smith, 1829-1831

11). Eleven convict ships brought prisoners to New South Wales in 1826 -
Marquis of Hastings, Sir Godfrey Webster, Mangles, Sesostris, Lady Rowena, Regalia, Marquis of Huntley, England, Boyne, Speke and Phoenix

12). Transcription of the Medical Journal - Voyage of the Sesostris - UK Archives

13).  Return of Convicts of the Sesostris assigned between 1st January 1832 and 31st March 1832 (Sydney Gazette 14 June 1832; 21 June 1832; 5 July 1832).....
Daniel Holland - Tailor assigned to John Howe at Windsor
Thomas Rawthorne - Tailor assigned to R. Samuel at Sydney

14). Vessels bringing detachments of the 57th Regiment........

Date/Place of Departure Vessel Officer of the Guard
29 October 1824 Cork Asia 1825 Captain Richard Heaviside
5 January 1825 Portsmouth Asia 1825 (III) Lieutenant Thomas Bainbridge
5 January 1825 Portsmouth Royal Charlotte 1825 Major Edmund Lockyer
5 January 1825 Cork Hooghley 1825 Captain Patrick Logan
17 April 1825 Portsmouth Norfolk 1825 Captain James Brown
17 April 1825 Portsmouth Minstrel 1825 Lieutenant Henry John Tudor Shadforth
16 May 1825 Cork Lonach 1825 Lieutenant John William Donelan
11 July 1825 Cork Sir Godfrey Webster 1826 Lieutenant John Ovens
2 August 1825 Downs Medway 1825 (VDL) Lieutenant William Bates
5 August 1825 Dublin Henry Porcher 1825 Captain Vance Young Donaldson
22 August 1825 Portsmouth Marquis of Hastings 1826 Ensign Stewart
23 October 1825 Cork Mangles 1826 Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Shadforth
30 November 1825 Portsmouth Sesostris 1826 Major John Campbell
11 June 1827 London Prince Regent 1827 Lieutenant Campbell
3 November 1827 Dublin Morley 1828 Captain Robert Hunt
11 February 1828 Cork Borodino 1828 Captain Philip Aubyn
23 February 1828 Dublin Mangles 1828 Lieut. Hill & Adjutant Lieut. Kidd
27 March 1828 London Bussorah Merchant 1828 Captain Burton Daveney (+ 1 soldier)
30 June 1828 Portsmouth Marquis of Hastings 1828 Colonel Allen
23 November 1828 London Asia 1828 Lieutenant George Edwards


(1). Bateson, Charles & Library of Australian History (1983). The convict ships, 1787-1868 (Australian ed). Library of Australian History, Sydney : pp.346-347

2).  Morning Post 30 November 1825

(3). UK, Royal Navy Medical Journals, 1817-1857 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: Admiralty and predecessors: Office of the Director General of the Medical Department of the Navy and predecessors: Medical Journals (ADM 101, 804 bundles and volumes). Records of Medical and Prisoner of War Departments. Records of the Admiralty, Naval Forces, Royal Marines, Coastguard, and related bodies. The National Archives. Kew, Richmond, Surrey.




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