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Embarked 192 men
Voyage 145 days
Deaths 3
Surgeon's Journal - Yes
Tons: 400
Previous vessel: Andromeda arrived 18 December 1830
Next vessel: York arrived 7 February 1831
Captain John Metcalf
Surgeon Superintendent William West
The Burrell  transported convicts to New South Wales in 1830 and 1832.

The Burrell departed Plymouth on 27 July 1830 and anchored at Table Bay, Cape of Good Hope on the 1st November, departing there on the 3rd November.

The Guard consisted of a detachment of the 17th regiment under Captain John Alexander Edwards. Mrs. Edwards and child came as passengers.  Select here to find convict ships bringing detachments of the 17th regiment

William West kept a Medical Journal from 26th June 1829 to 3 January 1830......   He remarked that there was scarcely one of the 192 prisoners that was not affected with symptoms of scurvy. The Guard of 30 soldiers were on board as long as the prisoners and were equally unaccustomed to sea life. They were provisioned with equal quantities and quality as the prisoners as well and yet there was no scurvy amongst them. The surgeon attributed this to their more active lifestyle. The convicts were confined 13 hours of 24 in the prison where it was impossible to keep them clean. There was a report of mutiny which resulted in the prisoners being kept in confinement for even longer.

The surgeon thought the report false, however later the Cape Paper gave an account: - The Burrell, was anchored in Table Bay, with 189 male convicts on board for NSW. It appears that these hardened offenders during the voyage had concocted a diabolical conspiracy to murder the captain and crew, seize the vessel, and run her ashore on the coast of Brazil. The plot was fortunately discovered by the confessions of one of the convicts and measures were immediately taken by the captain for securing the ringleaders and defeating their designs.

This same newspaper reported that one of the convicts was formerly in command of the Burrell, however this was later refuted by an associate of Captain Metcalf who was a relation of the owner of the Burrell. The vessel had been built for Captain Metcalfe four years previously. Captain Metcalfe superintended construction and had commanded her ever since.

On 7th September when the ship was in lat 2 56 north, Long. 13 50 west, eight men complained to the surgeon of night blindness. They were all cured according to the surgeon by bleeding and blisters to the temples. The surgeon often recorded the weather conditions at various positions as below: 
1st August - Lat 45. 5 North; Long 11.35 West. Temperature at noon 74
13th August - Thermometer in the shade on deck 76; in the prison 82
20th August - Lat. 11 29 north; Long 25 54 West - Temperature in the shade on deck 80; in the main prison when all below 90. Weather calm
7th September - Lat 2 56 north; Long 13 50 West. Temperature in the shade 76 to 80 at noon. In the main prison 90
17th September - Lat 13 16 south; Long 29. 57 West. Temperature at noon in the shade 87
21st September - Thermometer in the shade on deck 76. Weather fine, light winds.
25th September - fine weather and light winds.
7th October - fine weather, strong breeze. 63
8th October - Lat 33 24 south; Long 12 00 west. 63 in the shade
9th October - Lat 31 7 south; Long 20 29 west. 60 in the shade
11th October - fair with strong breezes Temperature 63 - 66
14th October - weather squally and wet. Temperature 55
16th October - Lat 32. 56 south; Long 4. 15 East - Fresh breezes 63 - 66. Temperature at noon 62
19th October - fresh breezes 63 - 66
15th November - Lat 39. 13 south; Long 52. 47 East. Temperature at noon 62
24th November - Lat 39 49 south; Long 80 6 East. Temperature at noon 64
3rd December - Temperature at noon 67
15th December - sailing along the land in Bass Strait. Temperature 65

Three prisoners died on the passage out. The first was William Davis aged 25. He was sent on board from the Justitia Hulk and was suffering from mental illness. The surgeon described him as taciturn Welshman who either did not understand English or refused to speak it. Another of his countrymen interpreted for him. (There were 16 men on the Burrell who had been tried in Wales). William Davis died on 1st August. The surgeon was prevented from performing an autopsy because of the warm state of the weather.

He commented in his journal that it was 90 in the prison when all the prisoners were there. The other two men who died, Frederick Holbrook and Robert Cooper, the surgeon was at a loss to account for the reason of their death. They had few symptoms and appeared well enough just a couple of days before death. His post mortem revealed little and he diagnosed cachexia for want of a better term.

Another man James Barnett died in Sydney Hospital on 23rd December 1830 having been ill since they were at Table Bay on 1st November.

The indents reveal the name, age, education, religion, marital status, family, native place, trade, offence, when and where tried, sentence, former convictions, physical description and how disposed of on arrival. There are also occasional details of pardons, relatives already in the colony, colonial sentences and deaths. The youngest prisoner was Francis Dennis who was 13 years of age. William Jones and Joseph Phillips were 14; and John Mackie and Isacharr Binney were 15 years of age. They were all sent to the Carters Barracks except John Mackie who was assigned to the A.A. Company.

The prisoners of the Burrell, spent their first Christmas in New South Wales on Sydney Harbour. Although they had arrived at Port Jackson on 18 December 1830 and a muster was taken on the 23rd December, they were not landed until Friday 31st December 1830.

The Burrell departed for Launceston in February 1831 with passengers Mr. Bayley, Mr. Hartley, Mr. Brennan Mr. Scott, Mr. Schelly, Mr. Curry, Miss Kirkham, Mrs. Allen and fifty horses on board  


Notes & Links:

1). Crew members included ship's steward James Antell; 3rd Mate Mr. Davison and John McDonald, who suffered a fractured clavicle.  Drummer of the 17th regt., John Donahoo aged 16 was also treated for a fractured clavicle after falling down the hatchway in September

2). The following prisoners were tried in Scotland:

 

Alexander Alison Inverness
Robert Blair Perthshire
George Brown Aberdeen
William Cummings Aberdeen
James Clarke Aberdeen
William Darling Fife
William Graham Edinburgh
James Gardner Glasgow
James Henderson Edinburgh
John Hepburne Aberdeen
Alexander Lobban Aberdeen
William Lennox Glasgow
John Mackie Aberdeen
George Milne Aberdeen
Archibald McKain Edinburgh
Ewen McDonald Edinburgh
Gilbert Muir Glasgow
Daniel McDonald Glasgow
Archibald McGilervay Glasgow
James Malcolm Perth
Peter Pirie Aberdeen
Thomas Pirie Aberdeen
James Reed Carlisle
Alexander Rae Aberdeen
William Sinclair Glasgow
Robert Stewart Glasgow
Joseph Walker Aberdeen
David Watson Edinburgh
William Wellwood Perth

 

3). Hunter Valley convicts arriving on the Burrell in 1830. A number of men were assigned to Australian Agricultural company at Port Stephens on arrival.  

4). Richard Beecher who arrived as a convict on the Burrell later became a well known and courageous Newcastle harbour pilot.  
 
5). Joseph Walker who had been a flax dresser in Aberdeen became a bushranger. He lived for many months with a native tribe before being captured.

3).  Return of Convicts of the Burrell assigned between 1st January 1832 and 31st March 1832 (Sydney Gazette 28 June 1832).....
William Miller House painter assigned to William Cox junior at Hobart Ville

6). Convict Ships bringing detachments of the 17th_regiment.........

Date/Place of Departure Vessel Officer of the Guard
30 September 1829 Sheerness Dunvegan Castle Lieut. John Grey
14 October 1829 Spithead Katherine Stewart Forbes Major Fairtclough 63rd regt.,
5 December 1829 Sheerness> Mermaid Lieutenant Isaac Blackburn
1 January 1830 Cork Forth 1 Captain James Oliphant Clunie
1 January 1830 Sheerness Nithsdale Captain Robert G. Moffatt
8 April 1830 Portsmouth Lady Feversham Lieutenant  Harvey 29th regt.,
9 April 1830 Sheerness Marquis of Huntley Lieutenant Watson 20th regt.,
27 April 1830 Portsmouth Adrian Ensign Reynolds
6 June 1830 Downs Lord Melville Lieutenant Robert Graham
3 July 1830 Dublin Hercules Major J.W. Bouverie
5 July 1830 Portsmouth Royal Admiral Captain John Church
27 July 1830 Plymouth Burrell Captain John Alexander Edwards
28 A28 August 1830 Cork Andromeda Captain Charles Forbes
4 September 1830 Sheerness York Lieut-Col. Henry Despard
17 October 1830 Cork Edward Captain Duds
10 May 1832 Cork Eliza II Lieutenant Hewson 4th regiment



 






 

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