Convict Ship Nithsdale 1830
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Embarked: 184 men
Voyage: 131 days
Surgeon's Journal: yes
Crew: 32 men
Mermaid arrived 6 May 1830
vessel: Roslin Castle arrived 29 June 1830
Captain Thomas Christian
|The Nithsdale was built at
St. John's in 1826......
The Nithsdale sailed from Bombay
on 8th March 1829, made St. Helena 19th June and arrived off the
port at Dover on 17th August 1829. Carpenters would have
then started to fit the ship out in readiness to receive
Prisoners to be transported
on the Nithsdale came from counties throughout England and Scotland. After being
transferred from county gaols and Newgate, they were held on
prison hulks to await transportation.
On the 9th December 1829,
sixty male convicts were received from the
Justitia and Ganymede hulks at Woolwich, and on the 18th, sixty
four were received from the Retribution at Sheerness. On the
19th another sixty were received from the Dolphin at Chatham,
making a total of 184 men.
At Sheerness on 1st
January 1830, the Nithsdale weighed anchor and made for Deal under a N.W.
wind . They reached Deal on the 3rd January and departed from there soon afterwards.
This was Robert Malcolm's second voyage as surgeon
superintendent of a convict ship. He kept a Medical Journal from
9 November 1829 to 21 May 1830. All the prisoners were
examined by Robert Malcolm previous to their embarkation and
found to be in a healthy state. During the voyage almost
everyone experienced an attack of diarrhoea, in some cases very
severe. Other illnesses included ophthalmia, fever and apoplexy.
However mostly the prisoners remained healthy, one only dying of
apoplexy. Robert Malcolm was proud of the achievement of
bringing a healthy ship into port.......
Some fifty years ago it
would scarcely have been credited that a vessel some hundred
tons burthen with two hundred and fifty persons on board would
ever be able to perform a voyage of 132 days duration and to
disembark the persons in a state of perfect health at its
conclusion without the loss of more than one man.
The Guard was
Captain Robert Moffatt of the 17th Regiment and
Ensign Tobin. Mrs. Moffatt and Miss Singer, a friend of Mrs.
Moffatt came as passengers. The Guard consisted of a total of 29
commissioned officers and privates of the 17th regiment together
with four women and three children.
Members of the 17th
regt., mentioned in the surgeon's journal included Dennis Leary,
John Keating, Benjamin Cooper, Dennis Kelly, Thomas Wall,
Jonathon Bean, Thomas Carr, William Smith, John Pigot, Michael
Whalen, Lawrence Fleming, William Pender, Thomas Horne.
According to the surgeon the wife of Thomas Horne suffered a
miscarriage on 28th December while still at Sheerness. She was
three months advanced in pregnancy and had undergone much
fatigue in nursing the Captain of the Guard's child to which she
ascribed her affliction.
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bringing detachments of the 17th regiment.
George Whittle, wife and child came as free passengers.
The Nithsdale arrived
in Port Jackson on 12 May 1830, having lost one convict on the
The prisoners were mustered by Colonial Secretary
Alexander McLeay on 15th May 1830 and were landed on Friday 21st
May. The majority of convicts were assigned to private service.
Some were assigned to the
Australian Agricultural Company at
Port Stephens. The youngest prisoner was Joseph Brammer age 15,
who was sent to the Carter's Barracks on arrival.
Select here to read about a Court case in Sydney
involving Captain Thomas Christian and the ship's steward who
was making a claim for unpaid wages
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about bushranger Andrew Hamilton who arrived on the Nithsdale
3). Convict Robert Sutherland 's sister Isabella arrived on the
Numa in 1834.
Hunter Valley convicts and passengers arriving
on the Nithsdale in 1830
5). Punishment of Thomas
Return of Convicts of the Nithsdale assigned between
1st January 1832 and 31st March 1832 (Sydney Gazette 14 June
1832; 21 June 1832; 28 June 1832; 5 July 1832).....
||Shingler assigned to David Reid
||Wool sorter assigned to Robert
Futter at Argyle
||Bricklayer assigned to James
Blackett at Ultimo
||Blacksmith assigned to William
Dumaresq at Hunters River
||Sailor assigned to Andrew
McDougall at Patrick Plains
||Carpenter assigned to Henry
Donnison in Sydney
||Blacksmith assigned to Judge
Dowling in Sydney
||Blacksmith assigned to Thomas
Bartie at Williams River
||Blacksmith assigned to S. North
||Stonemason assigned to James
Adair at Patterson's Plains
||Slater and builder assigned to
Sydney Stephen at Sydney
Convict Ships bringing detachments of the 17th regiment........