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Convict and Colonial History

Convict Ship Lloyds - 1833

Embarked: 200 men
Voyage: 115 days
Deaths 1
Surgeon's Journal: yes
Previous vessel: Neva arrived 21 November 1833
Next vessel: Royal Sovereign 19 January 1834
Master Edward Garret
Surgeon  John Inches
Convicts and Passengers of the Lloyds identified in the Hunter Valley region

The Lloyds was built in London in 1830. She transported convicts to Australia in 1833 (NSW), 1837 (NSW) and 1845 (VDL).

Military Guard

The Guard were embarked on the Lloyds at Deptford on 9th August. Lieutenant Enew of the 45th regiment and Lieutenant McKnight of the 21st Fusiliers in command together with twenty nine soldiers from various regiments. Five women and ten children came as passengers.

Surgeon John Inches

John Inches kept a Medical Journal from 9 August 1833 to 4 January 1834.

On the 13th August the Lloyds arrived at Woolwich and on the 14th and 15th, John Inches inspected 200 male prisoners on board the hulks Ganymede and Justitia before they were embarked on the Lloyds. The surgeon remarked that a great many of them had not long recovered from cholera which gave them a sickly appearance. Two prisoners were re-landed.


On the 17th they received Admiralty orders to proceed to the Downs which they reached on the 19th. They received orders to sail on the 24th August and weighed anchor on the 25th August 1833.

An article written in London was later published in the Sydney Monitor -
Conditions on Convict Ships
On Saturday morning the ship Lloyds, Thomas Ward, Esq., owner, left Woolwich for Sydney with 200 male convicts on board, who are under sentence of transportation for life and for 14 years. Among them are a number of the most desperate thieves, housebreakers, and swell-mob men who have, during their career, levied heavy contributions on the inhabitants of this great metropolis. A large ship called the Fairlie belonging to Mr. Ward, has been hired by Government, for the purpose of sending out 376 male convicts to the same colony - a larger number than has yet been sent away in a single vessel. She will sail in a few days; and, we understand, that his Majesty's Government do not intend to employ many convicts at the hulks and about the dock yards in future; but, in lieu thereof, those who may be hereafter convicted and sentence to transportation, will be sent to our penal settlements and be compelled to labour hard on the public works in the Colonies.

The Voyage

The Lloyds reached the tropics in eighteen days and from being a new ship and close on deck the surgeon was required to take precautions to keep the windsails going day and night to promote ventilation. The men were sent on deck for two hours every evening with the guard while they were in the tropics. They were fortunate to have fine weather all the way except for two days and it was seldom that the iron stoves were necessary.

Port Jackson

One hundred and ninety-nine prisoners arrived in Port Jackson on the Lloyds on 18th December 1833.

Convict Muster

They were mustered on board on 23rd December 1833. One prisoner died at sea on the voyage out another was sent to hospital on arrival.

The information in the indents includes name, age, marital status, native place, where and when convicted, religion, family and physical description but does not include where and to whom the men were assigned on arrival. There are occasional notes regarding conditional pardons, tickets of leave, dates of death and colonial crimes.

Convict Assignment

Some of the convicts who were sent to the Hunter Valley were assigned to settlers such as Thomas Potter Macqueen, Helenus Scott and James Reid.

Notes and Links

1). John Inches was also surgeon on the convict ships Lady Harewood in 1832, Mary in 1835 and the Norfolk in 1837.

2). Attempting to Defraud an Insurance Office - At the Inveraray Assizes, on the 20inst. Duncan and Peter Barr, brothers, late wool spinners in Tobermory, Island of Mull, were convicted of conspiring to set fire to their premises, with a view of defrauding various Scottish Insurance companies. Being only indicted in a minor count, they were sentenced to transportation for life. - Belfast Newsletter - 3 May 1833.

3) Convicts and Passengers of the Lloyds identified in the Hunter Valley region

4). Convict ships bringing detachments of the 21st regiment (Royal Scotch Fusiliers) and Officer in command of the Guard....

Mary departed London 4 September 1832 - Captain Daniels 21st regt.,

Roslin Castle departed Cork 8 October 1832 - Lieuts. Bayley and Pieter L. Campbell. 21st

Andromeda departed Portsmouth 17 November 1832 - Lieuts. Lonsdale and Armstrong 21st regt.,

Mangles departed London 14 December 1832 London

Asia departed the Downs 21 February 1833 - Lieuts. Kelly and Wilson of 6th regt.,

Lord Lyndoch departed Sheerness June 1833 - Lieut-Col. Leahy. Headquarters of 21st

Royal Admiral departed Dublin 4 June 1833 - Lieut. Ainslie 21st regt.,

Aurora departed Portsmouth 4 July 1833 Major Delisle 4th regt.,

Java departed Cork 24 July 1833 - Lieut. Wrixon, 21st regt.,

Neva departed Plymouth 29 July 1833 - Lieut. McEdwin 1st or Queens Own regt.,

Lloyds departed the Downs 25 August 1833 - Lieut. McKnight 21st regt.,

Fairlie departed England 27 October 1833

Bengal Merchant departed 28 March 1838 - Lieut. Dear of 21st regt.,