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Convict Ship Countess of Harcourt 1828 


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Embarked 184 men
Voyage 128 days
Deaths 0
Surgeon's Journal - Yes
Previous vessel: Bussorah Merchant arrived 25 July 1828
Next vessel: Competitor arrived 10 October 1828
Captain William Harrison
Surgeon Superintendent John Drummond
The Countess of Harcourt brought convicts to Van Diemen's Land in 1821 and to New South Wales in 1822 1824, 1827 and 1828.

The Countess of Harcourt departed London on 3rd May 1828

John Drummond kept a Medical Journal from 29th March to 22 September 1828. Shortly after embarkation many of the prisoners became affected with slight bowel complains and catarrh.

The surgeon attributed these complaints to the change in diet and clothing. Illness was increased by the extremely cold and damp weather that took place during the first two weeks after leaving Port. As they advanced further southwards cases of fevers and dysentery began to arise.

They called at St. Jago and departed there 5th June1828.

During the latter part of the voyage the weather remained cold and damp with frequent gales. The men suffered much from the continual wet state of the prisons and sleeping berths. Owing to the faulty state of the ships decks, the prisons were often completely flooded.  John Drummond made every attempt at cleanliness, scraping the decks each day and encouraging the men to keep themselves and their clothing clean. Any indulgence possible was granted to them which the safety and duty of the ship could allow. Schools were established and attended with much good effort

John Drummond had the satisfaction of landing all the convicts at Port Jackson, none having died on the voyage.  The Countess of Harcourt arrived in Port Jackson on Monday evening, 8th September 1828, a voyage of 128 days. On making the harbour she collided in Neutral Bay with the Bussorah Merchant carrying away the latter's jib boom.

A muster was held on board by the Colonial Secretary Alexander McLeay on 12th September. 183 men were mustered, one man having been re-landed in England and one sent to the hospital at Sydney on arrival. The indents reveal such information as name, age, education, religion, marital status, family, native place, trade, offence, date and place of trial, former convictions, physical descriptions and where and to whom the prisoners were assigned on arrival. There are also occasional notes re tickets of leave, colonial sentences and dates of death.

The youngest prisoners were sixteen years of age and there are quite a few 17 year olds as well. The men mostly came from different parts of England and Scotland and many of them had been transported for crimes such as pick pocketing, stealing, embezzlement, house breaking and highway robbery.

The Guard consisted of the first detachment of the 63rd regiment under command of Lieutenant Christopher Dexter. Passenger Mrs. Dexter. Select here to find convict ships bringing detachments of the 63rd regiment.

The prisoners were landed on Monday 22nd September. The Australian reported that the prisoners of the Bussorah Merchant and the Countess of Harcourt were distributed amongst persons in town and up country who had found it convenient to make requisition for the men's services. Several of the men were assigned to the Australian Agricultural Company.

The Countess of Harcourt was re-fitted with a new main mast at Fowler's yard in Cockle Bay before departing the colony for Singapore.

John Drummond was also surgeon on the convict ship Prince Regent in 1830 (to Tasmania)  

Notes & Links:

1). Convict David Morris was employed as scourger at Bathurst prior to 1831.

2). Hunter Valley convicts / passengers arriving on the Countess of Harcourt in 1828

3).  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 and the Royal George

4).  Return of Convicts of the Countess of Harcourt assigned between 1st January 1832 and 31st March 1832 (Sydney Gazette 14 June 1832; 21 June 1832; 28 June 1832;   July 1832).....
Thomas Bailton (?Bolton) Sweep assigned to Cooper and Levy at Liverpool
John Gregory Farm servant assigned to Cooper and Levey in Sydney
John Jones Slater. Assigned to William O'Donnell at Maitland
Philip Lee Blacksmith's boy assigned to William  Somerfield at Sydney
John McPherson Smith. Assigned to Thomas Hore at O'Connell Plains
William Robinson Farmer's boy assigned to Robert Uther in Sydney

5). Lieutenant Dexter was later stationed in Van Diemen's Land in command of the Westbury Garrison. He died in Madras after only one hour's illness in 1834.

6). Convict ships bringing detachments of the 63rd regiment -
Date/ Place of Departure Vessel Officer of the Guard
3 May 1828 London Countess of Harcourt Lieutenant Christopher Dexter
1 June 1828 Sheerness Albion Lieutenant M. Vickery
29 June 1828 London Eliza Major Sholto Douglas
30 June 1828 London Marquis of Hastings Ensign Stulbmer
26 August 1828 Spithead Royal George Captain J. Briggs
1 September 1828 Devonport Vittoria Lieutenant Aubyn
21 September 1828 Cork Governor Ready Lieutenant J. Gibbons Lane
16 November 1828 Dublin Ferguson Captain D'Arcy Wentworth
2 January 1829 Falmouth Mellish Captain Baylee
5 January 1829 London Lord Melville Lieut-Col. Burke
14 March 1829 London Waterloo Lieutenant T. Grove
8 April 1829 Woolwich America Adjutant T. Montgomery
22 May 1829 Spithead Norfolk Ensign W.J. Darling
12 July 1829 Dublin Guildford Lieut McLean 89th
16 August 1829 Cork Larkins Captain Mahon
24 August 1829 London Claudine Captain Paterson
29 August 1829 London Sarah Lieutenant Croly
30 September 1829 Dunvegan Castle Lieutenant John Gray
14 October 1829 Spithead Katherine Stewart Forbes Major Fairtclough


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