|Embarked: 121 men
Voyage: 127 days
Surgeon's Journal: yes
vessel: Norfolk arrived 18
Next vessel: Lonach
arrived 4 September 1825
Master Charles Arkcoll.
|The convicts of
the Minstrel came from counties of England and Scotland.
Most were held in county gaols and then prison hulks for various
lengths of time before being transported.
Charles Horrocks, Thomas Brookes, Jacob Barber and James Yates
who were all convicted of highway robbery at the Chester Assizes on
6th September 1824, were probably held in the
Chester gaol before being sent to the
Justitia Hulk on 9th November 1824. They had been
sentenced to transportation for life and were transferred from the
hulk to the Minstrel with many others on 28th March 1825.
Minstrel left London on 10th April and sailed from
Portsmouth on 17 April 1825 in company with the
The Guard consisted of the 57th regiment under orders of
Lieutenant Shadforth. Lieutenant Henry John Tudor Shadforth was the
eldest son of Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Shadforth who arrived on the
Mangles in 1826.
Select here to find convict ships
bringing detachments of the 57th regiment.
One hundred and twenty one male prisoners arrived in good health
although there had been an outbreak of scurvy in about twenty of the
men early in July. Hugh Walker kept a Medical Journal from 19th
March to 26 August 1825. The journal contains medical treatment of
those put on the sick list however there are no meteorological
reports in the journal nor a summary of events as is often included
in other journals.
Those treated by the
surgeon during the voyage included
Ann White (age 11 months),
Catherine Connor (twin aged 4,
died 5th June),
arrived in Port Jackson on 22nd August
1825. On 25th August the
order was given that boats were to be alongside the Minstrel
on the following morning to disembark the prisoners. The Sydney
Gazette reported that the prisoners were landed, and underwent the
usual inspection in the prison-yard by
Lieutenant Governor Stewart, who addressed the men in the usual
encouraging way. They appeared in the best health, and were
afterwards distributed throughout the country. (Governor Brisbane
who often inspected the convicts, was on a tour of the interior at
this time and was soon to depart the colony).
1). Twenty-two of the prisoners of the Minstrel have so
far been identified in the Hunter Valley region in the following
years. Some, such as James Dales and Thomas Atkinson were sent to
Agricultural Company. Others were assigned to settlers
throughout the colony. Charles Horrocks was assigned to
James Mudie and John Larnach at
Castle Forbes and may even have been there when the infamous convict
uprising and subsequent executions took place.
Colthurst achieved infamy having been found guilty of the murder of
an aboriginal boy in 1826 and sentenced to Norfolk Island. He was
one of several convicts who were executed as pirates for
Seizing the brig Wellington
on the voyage to Norfolk Island in 1827.
HERE to find more about Hunter Valley convicts / passengers of
4). Hugh Walker was also employed as surgeon
superintendent on the Guildford in 1820
5). Charles Arkoll was also Captain of the convict ship
Mary which arrived
6). Find out about Newcastle bushranger Thomas Hudson who arrived on the
7). Henry Herring first came to the colony in the
in 1815 and then was re-transported on the Minstrel in 1825
8). Return of Convicts of the
Minstrel assigned between 1st January 1832 and 31st March
1832 (Sydney Gazette 14 June 1832; 21 June 1832; 28 June
||Cloth dresser assigned to Samuel
Thornton in Sydney
||Ploughman assigned to Samuel North
||Comedian. Assigned to Thomas Spicer
||Painter and glazier assigned to
Major Lockyer at Parramatta
5). Vessels bringing detachments of the 57th