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Convict Ship Lord Melville 1829 


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Embarked: 170 men
Voyage: 121 days
Deaths: 0
Surgeon's Journal: No
Previous vessel: Edward arrived 26 April 1829
Next vessel: Princess Royal arrived 9 May 1829
Master Robert Brown
Surgeon Superintendent George Shaw Rutherford
The Lord Melville was built in Quebec in 1825.......

The Lord Melville transported convicts to Australia on this voyage in 1829 and again in 1830.

The convicts on this voyage came from counties throughout England including York, Northampton, Hertford, Cambridge, Surry, Lancaster etc.

Anthony Hitchcock, James and Isaac Cooper William Marsfield, Thomas Hutton, Samuel Ryan, Thomas Chapple, James Archer, James Jack, were all tried at Chelmsford on 10th March 1828. On 23rd May they were taken from Chelmsford to the Leviathan hulk which, between January and June 1829, held an average of 655 convicts.(1)

The Chelmsford prisoners were held on the Leviathan with many others until 10th November when they were embarked on the Lord Melville bound for New South Wales.

The Lord Melville departed London 5 January 1829.

Mr and Mrs. Manning, three daughters and two sons and James McLeay, son of Colonial Secretary Alexander McLeay arrived on the Lord Melville (2).  The Guard was a detachment of the 63rd regiment. Select here to find convict ships bringing detachments of the 63rd regiment.

After a voyage of one hundred and twenty one days, the Lord Melville arrived in Port Jackson on 6 May 1829. There had no deaths of convicts on the passage out.

Convicts were mustered on board by Colonial Secretary Alexander Macleay on 8th May 1829. The Indents include name, age, education, marital status, family, religion, native place, trade or employment, offence, where and when tried, prior convictions, sentence, physical description and where and to whom assigned. There are also occasional notes giving details of date and place of death, colonial sentences and tickets of leave.

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1). George Shaw Rutherford was also employed as surgeon on the convict ships George Rutherford was also surgeon on the convict ships
Prince of Orange in 1821, Commodore Hayes in 1823 (VDL), Marquis of Hastings in 1826, Eliza in 1827, Shipley in 1822, Royal Admiral in 1830 and the China  1846 (to Norfolk Island).  He gave Evidence before a Select Committee inquiry as to the best mode of secondary punishment in 1831

2). Anthony Hitchcock a fisherman and bricklayer from Essex arrived on the Lord Melville. He was eventually assigned to James Mudie at Castle Forbes and became part of one of the most infamous episodes in Australian Colonial history. Select here to find out more about Anthony Hitchcock.

3). Bushranger Thomas Walker also arrived on the Lord Melville.

4). Hunter Valley convicts / passengers arriving on the Lord Melville in 1829

5).  Return of Convicts of the Marquis of Huntley assigned between 1st January 1832 and 31st March 1832 (Sydney Gazette 14 June 1832; 28 June 1832; 5 July 1832).....

William Cain Brass finisher assigned to Catherine Sheridan at Maitland
James Daines House carpenter assigned to Robert Bonnor at Bathurst
Robert Gregson Stone cutter assigned to Andrew Gibson at Goulburn Plains
Samuel Law Knife grinder assigned to George Cavenagh at Sydney
Thomas Parker Shoemaker assigned to T.V. Bloomfield at Maitland

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


(1). Accounts and Papers, thirteen volumes. Relating to convicts; criminals; forgery; debtors; penitentiary; police; &c. Session 5 February--23 July 1830. Vol. XXIII. , Bodleian Library, Oxford

(2). Sydney Gazette 9 May 1829    


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