Free Settler or Felon
Convict and Colonial History

Convict Ship Seaflower - 1820

Captain: Spiers
Chief Officer: Mr. Russell


The Seaflower departed Calcutta on 20th February 1820 with merchandise and ten prisoners of the Crown.


They arrived in Hobart in April 1820. [1]


Passengers included Captain Carleton of the Hon. East India Company's Service, Mr. Williams and Mr. Blany.

Ensign Lewis of the brig Governor Macquarie who had accompanied John Oxley to Port Davey and Macquarie Harbour came to Hobart on the Seaflower having transferred from the Governor Macquarie while at sea. [1]

The Seaflower sailed for Port Jackson on 24 April 1820[1]

The Convicts

Ten prisoners from Calcutta arrived in Port Jackson on the Seaflower on 30th April 1820 -

William Farrell, Soldier

Patrick Burnett, Soldier

William Muston, Soldier

Wilson Johnson Appleyard. From Northampton. Formerly a clerk in transport office and purser to the Shipley on her voyage to New South Wales. Sent to Newcastle in 1820. Received a Certificate of Freedom in 1826

John Perry Bowers, Dealer

Peter McLauglin, Soldier

John Head, Soldier

Michael Kean, Soldier. In a letter in a Sydney newspaper in 1826 describing his experiences as a convict, Michael Kean referred to himself as a Botany Bay Hero

John Wheland, Soldier

William Yates. First arrived as a convict on the Lord Sidmouth in 1819 and effected his escape to India and was being returned to New South Wales.

Convict Muster

The prisoners were mustered in Sydney by Colonial Secretary Mr. Campbell on 2nd May 1820.

Notes and Links

Convicts/ passengers of the Seaflower identified in the Hunter Valley


[1] Hobart Town Gazette 22 April 1820