Free Settler or Felon
Convict and Colonial History

Convict Ship Royal Admiral - 1835

Embarked: 203 men
Voyage: 117 days
Deaths: 2
Surgeon's Journal: no
Tons 414
Previous vessel: Henry Porcher arrived 1 January 1835
Next vessel: Bengal Merchant arrived 30 January 1835
Master David Fotheringham
Surgeon  James Osborne
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Convicts and passengers of the Royal Admiral identified in the Hunter Valley

The Royal Admiral was a three-masted barque built at King's Lynn in 1828. [2] Convicts were transported to New South Wales on the Royal Admiral in 1830, 1833, 1835 and to Van Diemen's Land in 1842.

Convicts Embarked

The Belfast News Letter reported on 26 September 1834 - About 200 convicts were shipped on Saturday from the Essex Hulk in Kingstown Harbour, on board the Royal Admiral, transport ship, preparatory to their sailing for New South Wales. Zachariah Shaw, Robert Clayton and Thomas Clayton who had been convicted of forging stamps, were also brought on board the same vessel from the prison of Newgate (Ireland). - A note in the indents states that Robert and Thomas Clayton and Zachariah Shaw, having pleaded guilty to the charge, on condition of being free in the colony, were accordingly transported for life. [3]


The Royal Admiral departed Dublin on 27 September 1834

Military Guard

The Guard consisted of 2 serjeants and 28 rank and file of the 50th regiment, seven women and 1 child, under orders of Lieutenant William Langley Tudor of the 50th regiment.

Detachments of the 50th Regiment arrived on the convict ships Susan, Surry, Forth, Bengal Merchant Hooghley, Hive, Blenheim, Royal Admiral, Lady Nugent, Parmelia,
James Laing, Captain Cook, Hero, Roslin Castle, Henry Porcher, Henry Tanner and Lady Kennaway

Free Passengers

Passengers included Quartermaster Thomas Freer, Mrs. Freer, two sons Thomas and Robert Freer and daughters Miss Amelia Freer and Miss Charlotte Freer; Mrs. Tudor and three children.

Port Jackson

The Royal Admiral arrived in Port Jackson on 22 January 1835 with 201 male convicts.

Notes and Links

1). Find out more about bushranger John Toole who arrived on the Royal Admiral

2). Convicts and passengers of the Royal Admiral identified in the Hunter Valley

3). James Osborne was also surgeon on the convict ships Layton in 1829, Red Rover in 1831 (VDL) and John Barry in 1834

4). Convict Ships to NSW in 1835

5). Lieutenant Tudor and his family resided in a residence on the banks of the Hawkesbury River at Windsor in 1836(1). William Langley Tudor was appointed Ensign in the 50th regiment on 9th April 1825, Lieutenant on 26th November 1829 and Adjutant on 29 November 1829. He married Mary Ann, the daughter of R.R. Kitson in January 1830 and on 12th February 1831 Mary Ann gave birth to twin daughters. Lieutenant Tudor was promoted to Captain on 1st April 1841. He served as Aide-de-camp to General Grey in the action of Punniar in December 1843 and was awarded a medal He was promoted to Major 30th April 1844. In 1850 Major Tudor exchanged to the 86th regiment. He was appointed Lieutenant-Colonial 20th June 1854 and Colonel on 10th August 1855.

6). 50th (The Queen's Own) Regt. of Foot


[1] Sydney Herald 12 December 1836

[2] Lloyds Register of Shipping

[3] Convict Indents. State Archives NSW; Series: NRS 12189; Item: [X637]; Microfiche: 712