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Convict Ship Eliza (II) 1827 

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Embarked 192 men
Voyage 112 days
Deaths 0
Surgeon's Journal: yes
Tons: 538
Previous vessel: Champion arrived 17 October 1827
Next vessel: John arrived 25 November 1827 
Master Daniel Leary
Surgeon Superintendent George Shaw Rutherford

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The Eliza II was built in India in 1806. This was her first voyage bringing convict to New South Wales. She was the next convict ship to leave Ireland bound for New South Wales after the departure of the Cambridge in June 1827.

The Eliza II departed London on 20th June 1827 bound for Cork where she embarked her prisoners and departed on 19 July 1827. The Eliza II came direct without calling at any ports.

George Shaw Rutherford kept a Medical Journal from 15 May 1827 to 26th November 1827. He was well experienced this being his fourth voyage as surgeon superintendent on a convict ship and it was remarked on his arrival in the colony that he looked much better than ever. All of the prisoners survived the journey.  

Unusually, the Master of the vessel Lieutenant Leary R.N., spent three weeks on the sick list. He fell ill with rheumatism on 30th August suffering pain in his thigh and knee and wasn't discharged until the third week in September.  

Around 25-26 September there was a major outbreak of diarrhoea amongst the convicts. All the convicts survived however soldier George Moron died in October after suffering 'dysentery'.   

The Guard comprised a detachment of the 30th regiment under orders of Lieutenant W.J. Younge of 46th regiment who was accompanied by his wife. A soldier's wife gave birth on the voyage.

The Eliza II arrived in Port Jackson on 8th November 1827, a voyage of 112 days.

Convict Henry Huston was discharged to the hospital on arrival suffering a serious case of scurvy.

Passengers included George McLeay Esq., the youngest son of the Colonial Secretary Alexander McLeay.


A Muster was held on board by Alexander McLeay on 10th November 1827. The Convict Indents include the Name, Age, Education, Religion, Marital Status, Family, Occupation, Offence, Sentence and Physical Description. There are also some details of deaths and pardons.   While most of the prisoners of the Eliza II were convicted of crimes such as petty theft and burglary, the indents reveal that there were also men transported for White Boy crimes such as administering unlawful oaths. Three brothers Denis, John and Thomas Dempsey were transported under Lord Ellenborough's Act.

Bryan Boveen was one of the passengers on the Eliza II. In January 1835 his wife and child were recommended for a free passage to New South Wales and embarked on the convict ship Neva.. They perished when the Neva was wrecked the following May.(1)  

George Rutherford was surgeon on the convict ships Prince of Orange in 1821, Shipley in 1822, Commodore Hayes in 1823 (VDL), Marquis of Hastings in 1826, Eliza in 1827, Lord Melville in 1829, Royal Admiral in 1830 and the China 1846 (to Norfolk Island)  


Notes & Links:  

1). Seventeen convict ships arrived in New South Wales in 1827 - Grenada, Brothers, Albion, Midas, Mariner, Countess of Harcourt, Guildford, Marquis of Hastings, Princess Charlotte, Manlius, Cambridge, Harmony, Prince Regent, Champion, Eliza, John and the Louisa  

2). Political Prisoners

3). Hunter Valley convicts and passengers arriving on the Eliza II in 1827  

4). The Eliza II returned to New South Wales with convicts in 1829

5). Lieutenant Daniel Leary was formerly Captain of the Woodman. He died at Crowlink, Sussex on 24th August 1839

6). Michael Connolly/ Brophy was 21 years old when he arrived on the Eliza II under an sentence of transportation for life. He received a ticket of leave in 1864.....

  
    

7). In England in 1831, a Select Committee was appointed to inquire into the best mode of giving efficiency to Secondary Punishments of prisoners and to make a report on their Observations. George Shaw Rutherford gave Evidence at the Enquiry.

8).  Return of Convicts of the Eliza assigned between 1st January 1832 and 31st March 1832 (Sydney Gazette 28 June 1832).....
James Johnston Tinman assigned to John Tarlington at Prospect
Denis McDermott Tallow Chandler assigned to John Wheeler at Sydney



References:  

(1) Convict Ship Musters and Related Records. (Ancestry)  

    



 

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