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Convict Ship Susan 1834 


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Embarked: 300 men
Voyage: 120 days
Deaths: 8
Surgeon's Journal: yes
Previous vessel: James Laing arrived 29 June 1834
Next vessel: Surry arrived 17 August 1834
Captain Stephen Addison
Surgeons John Issett and Archibald Ross
The Susan departed London on 10th March 1834.  They put into Madeira in consequence of the death at sea a few days previously of Mr. John Issett, the Surgeon Superintendent, who had embarked at London. Surgeon Archibald Ross joined the ship at Madeira.
Sydney Gazette 10 July 1834 - Arrival of the Convict Ship Susan.
The Guard consisted of Lieut. Henry Gunter of 50th regiment.; Lieut. Bunbury 21st regiment.; and 29 rank and file of the 50th regiment., with 5 women and 4 children.

Henry Gunter kept a Journal on the voyage from Gravesend to Sydney, Feb.-July, 1834 in which there are many references to Henry Bunbury. The volume also contains Gunter's journal kept on a voyage to New Zealand on the Alligator, Aug.-Oct. 1834. This expedition followed the wreck of the Harriet and the imprisonment and murder of its crew and passengers. The journal describes the landing at Wymattie and an attack on a village. (National Library of Australia)

Lieutenant Gunter and Captain Edward Johnstone also of the 50th had volunteered in the rescue of Betty Guard and crew of the Harriet. (1) . This rescue and the ensuing massacre was the first action by British troops on New Zealand soil (2)

Detachments of the 50th Regiment also arrived
on the convict ships Surry, Forth, Bengal Merchant Hooghley, Hive, Blenheim, Royal Admiral, Lady Nugent, Parmelia, James Laing, Captain Cook, Hero, Roslin Castle, Henry Porcher, Henry Tanner and Lady Kennaway.

The Susan arrived in Port Jackson on 8 July 1834 with 292 male prisoners, eight having died on the passage out.  The Sydney Gazette congratulated Captain Addison on his return to Australia, he having been several times before while in command of the ship Waterloo.

Distribution of 292 male convicts who arrived on the Susan -

Assigned to private service 254;
To public service as follows:
Government Demesne..2;
Mineral Surveyors Dept...5;
Barrack Masters Dept...1;
Surveyor General's Dept...4;
10 in hospital;
15 placed in an ironed gang;
1 for transportation to VDL.  

Notes & Links:

1). Joseph Fubb was one of about sixty five men who were tried at the Old Bailey in 1832-33 and later transported on the Susan in 1834

2). Hunter Valley convicts / passengers arriving on the Susan in 1834    


(1) Physiological observations on mental susceptibility. ... By Thomas Burgeland Johnson

New Zealand History - The Harriet Affair


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