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James Donovan R.N.


First Name

Surname / Subject


James Donovan R.N.

Convict Ship Surgeon-Superintendent

Date of Seniority Royal Navy 15 April 1835

James Donovan was employed as Surgeon Superintendent on the convict ship Rajah with female prisoners to Van Diemen's Land in 1841. He kept a medical journal from 19th March 1841 to 19 July 1841.

Rajah Quilt

Naval Service

James Donovan was on the Navy List of Officers fit for service in 1842.


He is listed in the Medical Register of 1865 -
Residence Killarney Co. Kerry.
Qualifications M.D. University Dublin 1827.
Member Royal College Surgeons England 1827.

Notes and Links

1) National Archives. Medical journal of the Rajah, convict ship from 19 March to 19 July 1841 by James Donovan, MD, surgeon superintendent, during which time the ship was employed in a voyage to Van Diemen's Land

2). A Traumatic Birth: PTSD in Convicts and the Australian Psyche By Stephen Lucas

3) Transcription of Surgeon's Journal - Female Convict Research Centre

4). The Rajah Quilt - National Gallery of Australia



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