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Convict Ship Asia 1828 

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Embarked 100 men
Voyage 111
Deaths 0
Surgeon's Journal - Yes
Previous vessel: Morley arrived 3 March 1828
Next vessel: Mangles arrived 2 June 1828
Captain Thomas F. Stead.
Surgeon Superintendent James McTernan
The Asia made voyages to New South Wales with convicts in 1820, 1822, 1825, 1828, 1830, 1832 and 1833.  

The prisoners of the Asia came from counties throughout England and Scotland. They were held on prison hulks prior to transportation. Many were transferred to the Asia on 9th November 1827.  

The Asia departed London on 23 November 1827.   This was James McTernan's third voyage as surgeon superintendent on a convict ship. He kept a Medical Journal from 3 October 1827 to 24 March 1828.

His journal begins .....Although the general summary numerically viewed may give an idea of much sickness on board the Asia, few ships enjoyed a greater immunity which is principally to be attributed to the usual attention to cleanliness, dryness below, ventilation and indeed much to the fitness as to capacity of the Asia for such a service. Although the vessel was rendered uncomfortable for some time by the very bad fitting and consequent damp of a water closet.  

The guard comprised a detachment of the 57th Regt., with 7 men of the Royal Veterans and 5 women and 6 children under the orders of Lieutenant George Edwards.
Members of the guard who were mentioned in the surgeon's journal include
Lieut. Edwards (cholera);
Patrick Coade (phthisis);
William Dockeral (pneumonia);
John Digney (cholera);
John McMahon (dysentery);
Thomas Quinn (pneumonia).   

Select here to find convict ships bringing detachments of the 57th regiment.
The Asia arrived in Port Jackson on 13th March 1828 bringing 100 male prisoners and Government Naval stores.

The Military guard disembarked on the afternoon of Friday 14th March 1828 and Colonial Secretary Alexander McLeay held a Muster of convicts on board on 18th March 1828   There were fourteen prisoners aged 16 and under, the youngest two were John Brown (or King) and John Jeffrey who were both only fourteen years old. Most of the boys were sent to Carter's Barracks on arrival.  

Passengers on the Asia included Solicitor-General John Sampson and Clerk.   

James McTernan was also employed as surgeon on the convict ships Ocean in 1823,  Sir Charles Forbes in 1827 (VDL) Asia in 1828, Eliza in 1829, Lady Harewood in 1831, John Barry in 1836 and the  Sara in 1837 (VDL).

Notes & Links:  

1). Seventeen convict ships arrived in New South Wales in 1828 - Florentia, Elizabeth, Marquis of Huntley, Hooghly, Morley, Asia, Mangles, Borodino, Phoenix, Bussorah Merchant, Countess of Harcourt, Competitor, Marquis of Hastings, Albion, City of Edinburgh, Eliza, Royal George

2). Hunter Valley convicts / passengers arriving on the Asia in 1828

*George Edwards was born in Hastings, Sussex, England on the 2nd February, 1795. He joined the British Army at the age of 24 as an Ensign. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1828 and was appointed to the settlement at Moreton Bay in that same year. He was there at the time of the murder of Captain Patrick Logan. It was he who informed the Commander of the 57th regiment of the tragic death of Patrick Logan.

4). John Sampson did not survive long in the colony. Already ill with pulmonary disease, he died on 27th October 1829 aged 32 years. His body was buried at the old Devonshire cemetery. A tombstone at his grave stated that the monument was restored in 1882 by the deceased's nephew Charles Sampson. Exhumations of this cemetery were undertaken in 1901 in order to build Central Railway.  

5).  Return of Convicts of the Asia assigned between 1st January 1832 and 31st March 1832 (Sydney Gazette 14 June 1832; 21 June 1832; 28 June 1832).....
Benjamin Backstay Labourer assigned to John Jones at Bathurst
William Eldridge Shoemaker's boy assigned to James Brown at Sydney
Peter Hamilton Tailor assigned to G.T. Savage at Claremont
Hugh Macready Errand boy assigned to H.G. Watson at Brisbane Water

6). 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



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