Convict Ship Morley 1829
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Embarked: 200 men
Voyage: 114 days
Surgeon's Journal: yes
Crew: 40 men
vessel: Lucy Davidson
arrived 29 November 1829
Claudine arrived 6 December
|The Morley was built on the
Thames in 1811. This was the last of four voyages bringing convicts
to New South Wales, the others being in
1828; and to Van Diemen's
Land in 1820 and 1823.
The Military guard on the Morley consisted of 29 rank and file of
different corps under the command of Captain Storey of 20th regiment
as well as five women and five children. They embarked at Deptford
on Saturday 18th July 1829.
Passengers included Mrs. Storey
and Lieut Tranton of 57th regiment and surveyor Felton Matthew.
Felton Matthew embarked on the 3rd August at Sheerness. He
recorded the event
diary.....The weather throughout the day stormy and
tempestuous – with heavy rain at intervals – wind W.S.W. – my first
day on board ship has certainly been a most unpropitious one. The
variety of noises by which I was kept awake at night and disturbed
early in the morning – the disagreeable smells the clanking chains
of the convicts – with other sights and sounds far from agreeable
tend to impress me with an idea of the inconveniences to which they
who travel by sea must be subject.(1)
departed London on 11th August 1829.
This was Richard Lewis'
first voyage as surgeon superintendent on a convict ship. He kept a
Medical Journal from 8 August to 14 December 1829........ There were
no deaths on the voyage. There were several cases of sea sickness
early in the voyage and some long-lasting cases gave rise to fevers.
At the end of the voyage diseases of debility became more prevalent
and there were several cases of scurvy, only cured by arrival in
port and a healthier diet. There were two births, both natural and
of short duration. One was to Mary Donovan, wife of Serjeant Donovan
on 13 October and the other to Bridget Hands, wife of Private Hands
on 3rd November. Two patients sustained fractures, the second being
so close to the head of the bond of the arm that splints could not
be used and a wedge shaped pad was improvised and placed in the
The Morley arrived at Port Jackson on 3rd December 1829.
A muster was held on board by the Colonial
Secretary Alexander McLeay on 5th December 1829. The convict indents
include the name, age, education, religion, marital status, family,
native place, trade, offence, date and place of trial, sentence,
prior conviction, physical description and where assigned to on
arrival. The Sydney Gazette reported that the prisoners
were landed on Monday 14th December and marched to Hyde Park
Barracks. A number of them had the appearance of respectability.
The Morley was to sail for China in January 1830.
Notes & Links:
Hunter Valley convicts arriving on the Morley in 1829
2). Bushranger Richard Anscomb arrived on the Morley
3). A list of one hundred convicts embarked on board the
Morley for New South Wales from the Dolphin hulk at Chatham.
[manuscript] : this 29th day of July 1829 pursuant to the Right
Honourable Robert Peels' Order of the 15th day of July 1829
National Library of Australia Catalogue
4). An old man
named James Gloucester (loster),
was fully committed for stealing a tongue, the property of his
employer Mr. Jobbins - Sydney Gazette 31 May 1832.
5). Return of Convicts of the Morley assigned between 1st
January 1832 and 31st March 1832 (Sydney Gazette 14 June 1832; 28
June 1832; 5 July 1832).....
||Wheelwright. Assigned to
Close at Morpeth
||Blacksmith. Assigned to Duncan
MacFarlane at Argyle
||Saddler assigned to Berry and Co.,
||Bricklayer assigned to James Walker
Diary of Felton Matthew
Sydney Gazette 15 December 1829