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Embarked: 160 men
Voyage: 153 days
Surgeon's Journal: no
Previous vessel: Elizabeth arrived 31 December 1820
Next vessel: Prince Regent arrived 9 January 1821
Captain Thackeray Wetherall
Surgeon Superintendent Charles Carter
Joseph Drake, was employed as Chief Officer and W.P. Ellis, Second Officer.

The Guard consisted of 1 serjeant and 30 rank and file of the 48th regiment commanded by Lieut. Campbell of the 59th regiment.

Some of the prisoners who were to be embarked on the Hebe had been incarcerated in Newgate prison before being transferred to the York Hulk on 5th June 1820. They remained on the York until 12 July when they were taken to the Hebe. They joined other convicts from many areas of England - Somerset, Warwick, Suffolk, York, Stafford, Hertford, Wiltshire, Berkshire etc., and three who had been court-martialled in Gibraltar.

The Hebe was the next convict ship to leave England after the departure of the Morley in May 1820. The Hebe departed England on 31st July 1820, touched at Rio de Janeiro and remained there 10 days and arrived at Van Diemen's Land on 31st December 1820 on their way to Port Jackson.

The prisoners were landed at Port Jackson on 11th January 1821. With the convicts who arrived on the Elizabeth, they were inspected by His Excellency Governor Lachlan Macquarie, before being allotted to their various employments in the districts of Parramatta, Liverpool, Airds and Windsor.

Major Frederick Goulburn (a younger Brother of the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies) the newly appointed Colonial Secretary arrived passenger on board the Hebe. Frederick Goulburn brought with him the news that Governor Macquarie's resignation which was sent to England on the Admiral Cockburn the previous March, had been accepted

No Surgeon's Journal has survived however a list of articles for use in case of sickness can be found amongst the Colonial Secretary's correspondence: Tea, sugar, chocolate, sago, scotch barley, ginger, black pepper, allspice, red port wine, rice, pearl barley and lemon juice. Hospital supplies included 9 duck frocks, 9 pairs flannel trousers, 9 flannel waistcoats, 18 pr cotton hose, 18 pocket handkerchiefs, 18 nightcaps, 18 towels, 16 prs sheets.

Charles Carter was also surgeon on the convict Hibernia in 1819 the Arab in 1822 and Sir Godfrey Webster in 1823, Henry Porcher in 1825

The Hebe was intending to sail for England via Batavia in February 1821. The Asiatic Journal reported that the Hebe under Captain Maitland (late Wetherall) arrived in England on 23 January 1822 having been at Bengal on 25th August and Cape of Good Hope 15th November 1821.  

Notes and Links:

1). Amongst the 160 convicts who arrived on the Hebe was a young man Charles Cridland, who later settled in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales.

2). William Yems came free as a soldier. Later sent to Port Macquarie for a colonial crime (CSI)

3). Hunter Valley convicts / passengers arriving on the Hebe in 1820    


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