Sovereign departed England 25 May 1795 and arrived in Port
Jackson on 5th November 1795, a voyage of 165 days.
male prisoner, Joseph Gerrald arrived on the Sovereign.
Gerrald was one of the men who became known as the Scottish
Martyrs. The others, Thomas Muir, Thomas Palmer, William
Skirving and Maurice Margarot arrived on the
which departed England on the 2nd May 1794.
Governor Hunter in correspondence to
the Duke of Portland in April 1796 told of the fate of Gerrald....
When the Sovereign store ship arrived here, I found
Mr. Joseph Gerrald had been sent out in that ship. He was landed
here in a very declining state of health which rendered it
necessary that he should reside in some quiet and retired
situation. for this purpose application was made to me for
permission for his purchasing a small house and garden (then to
be sold) in the neighbourhood of Sydney, but so retired as
suited the weakly state he was in. Permission was immediately
granted for his residing in any place that might be convenient
to his health. Here he saw his friends, and was visited by the
surgeon, but he was soon pronounced to be in a rapid
consumption, of which he died on the 16th day of March last.
(HR NSW Vol 3, p. 47.)
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Convict ship bringing political
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