Embarked: 150 men
Voyage: 111 days Deaths: 3 Surgeon's Journal: yes Tons: 487
arrived 18 February 1826 Next vessel:
Lady Rowena arrived 17 May
1826 Master J.T. Drake Surgeon Superintendent John Dulhunty
Sesostris was built at Hull in 1807. (1)
Post reported in November 1826 -
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
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)
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.
of the 57th joined its Corps by the Sesostris.
Select here to find convict ships
bringing detachments of the 57th regiment
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,
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.
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
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
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.
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). Ancestry.com. UK,
Royal Navy Medical Journals, 1817-1857
[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA:
Ancestry.com 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.