Convict Ship Asia 1828
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Embarked 100 men
Surgeon's Journal - Yes
Morley arrived 3 March 1828
Mangles arrived 2 June 1828
Captain Thomas F. Stead.
made voyages to New South Wales with convicts in
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.
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.
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
Patrick Coade (phthisis);
John Digney (cholera);
Thomas Quinn (pneumonia).
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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.
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,
in 1831, John Barry
in 1836 and the Sara in 1837 (VDL).
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Seventeen convict ships arrived in New South Wales in 1828 - Florentia,
Hunter Valley convicts / passengers arriving on the Asia in 1828
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).....
||Labourer assigned to John Jones at
||Shoemaker's boy assigned to James
Brown at Sydney
||Tailor assigned to G.T. Savage at
||Errand boy assigned to H.G. Watson
at Brisbane Water
6). Vessels bringing
detachments of the 57th Regiment........