Convict Ship Norfolk 1837
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Norfolk Island and Van Diemen's Land between the years 1788 and 1850.
Harry Bell had come on board from a hulk
moored at Portsmouth where he had been sent after being convicted of
stealing billiard balls. He claimed to have purchased them from a Frenchman.
In his plea before the Judge at the Old Bailey he claimed that he
had moved in as high a circle as any man in EnglandóI have
served my King and country for many years. Harry Bell was 40
years old when he died on the 21st November 1836.
|Embarked: 280 men
Voyage: 105 days
Surgeon's Journal: yes
vessel: John arrived 7 February
Next vessel: Sarah &
Elizabeth arrived 23 April 1837
Captain John Gatenby
Superintendent John Inches
was built at Littlehampton in 1804. Convicts were transported to New
South Wales on the Norfolk in
1832 and this voyage in 1837.
John Inches kept a Medical Journal from 30th October 1836 and 12
He reported that the Norfolk
sailed from Spithead on 30th October 1836. They had an
excellent run out of the Channel and fine weather. All the
prisoners were healthy except Harry Bell who had been
despondent since embarking at Spithead.......
the end of November there were a few cases of scurvy which were
treated with lime and wine. Another convict William Smith died on
the 14th January 1837 after experiencing difficulty breathing.
Two hundred and seventy eight convicts arrived in Port Jackson
on 11 -12 February 1837 and according to the surgeon, the prisoners
were very orderly and clean on the voyage out.
Guard consisted of 29 rank and file of 28th regiment., and 80th
regiment under command of Captain Bowler and Lieutenant Reitt of the
Passengers arriving on the Norfolk included Mrs. Reitt,
Mrs. Bowler and family, Mrs. Inches & family and explorer/botanist
Allan Cunningham who was
returning to Australia after several years absence.
arrival Captain Gatenby was presented with a
silver snuff box and a note of thanks by Capt. Bowler, Lieut. Reitt
and Allan Cunningham.
Notes & Links:
Inches was employed as surgeon-superintendent on the
in 1832, Lloyds in
1833 and the Mary
2). Convict Charles Clipp arrived on the Norfolk.
He was executed for murder on 29 November 1839.
Hunter Valley convicts and passengers arriving on the Norfolk in
Detachments of the 80th regiment arrived on the
Bengal Merchant, Asia,
Detachments of the 28th regiment arrived on the
Marquis of Huntley,