Convict Ship Eliza (II) 1827
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Embarked 192 men
Voyage 112 days
Surgeon's Journal: yes
Previous vessel: Champion
arrived 17 October 1827
John arrived 25 November 1827
Master Daniel Leary
Superintendent George Shaw Rutherford
Follow the Irish Convict Ship
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
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
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
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
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.
George McLeay Esq., the youngest son of the Colonial Secretary
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),
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,
Marquis of Hastings,
and the Louisa
2). Political Prisoners
Hunter Valley convicts and passengers arriving on the Eliza II
4). The Eliza II
returned to New South Wales with convicts in
Lieutenant Daniel Leary was
formerly Captain of the Woodman. He died at Crowlink, Sussex on 24th August
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.
Return of Convicts of the Eliza assigned between 1st
January 1832 and 31st March 1832 (Sydney Gazette 28 June 1832).....
||Tinman assigned to John Tarlington
||Tallow Chandler assigned to John
Wheeler at Sydney
(1) Convict Ship Musters and Related Records.