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*Date of Seniority Royal Navy  

 

  

GALLOWAY, Thomas R.N., *4 September 1801

 

Thomas Galloway was born c. 1780 in Scotland.

He was appointed to the position of Surgeon in the Royal Navy on 4 September 1801.

In 1830 he was employed as Surgeon Superintendent on the convict ship Persian which arrived in Van Diemen's Land on 7th November 1830 with 197 prisoners.

In 1832 he was Surgeon Superintendent on the convict ship Isabella  arriving in Sydney on 15 March 1832 with 224 prisoners

In 1833 he was surgeon on the Asia which arrived in Sydney on 27 June 1833 with 225 prisoners and in 1835 the Henry Porcher to Sydney on 1 January 1835 with 252 prisoners

The Susan  arrived 7 February 1836 with 294 prisoners was his last appointment to a convict ship.

All the above voyages brought convicts to the colonies. His next appointment was to the immigrant vessel Augusta Jessie which arrived on 11 October 1837 from Portsmouth. Several children were reported to have died on the voyage.

He was employed as surgeon superintendent on the immigrant vessel Margaret in which many deaths occurred:

 

Thomas Galloway was on the list of Retired Surgeons in the Royal Navy in 1841 and 1846

His wife Elizabeth died at Southsea on May 10 1848.

Thomas Galloway can be found in the 1851 Census. He is 71 years of age and resides at Landport Terrace, Portsea with his unmarried daughter Anne age 37 and a servant Elizabeth Hoare age 23. Thomas gives his occupation as retired surgeon R.N.,  place of birth as Scotland. Anne was born at Portsea.

His eldest daughter Ellen married Lieutenant Smyth Griffiths on 29 March 1834 and daughter Margaret married surgeon J.O. McWilliam.

Son John James Galloway became a surveyor in Australia.

 

Thomas Galloway died on 17th October 1852 at No. 12 Landport terrace, Southsea - (Morning Chronicle 20 October 1852)

 
GANNON, John R. N., *6 July 1827

 

John Gannon was appointed Assistant Surgeon on 7 January 1811.

He was appointed Assistant Surgeon on the Medina in 1821-22

He was appointed Surgeon to the Castor in 1832......

 

He was employed as Surgeon Superintendent on the Asia V  to New South Wales in 1837

He was appointed to the Monarch in 1841, 42 and 43 and the Barossa to Van Diemen's Land in 1844

 

 

 
GEDDES, David R.N., * 17 May 1831

 

David Geddes was promoted from the position of surgeons' mate to assistant-surgeon in November 1822 (52)

David Geddes was on the list of Medical Officers who had served at War. He served during the Burmese war.

He was employed as Surgeon Superintendent on the emigrant vessel Neptune which arrived in Sydney 28 September 1839. Alexander Geddes arrived as a cabin passenger on this vessel also.

David Geddes was on the List of Surgeons of the Royal Navy who were fit for service in 1841. He was appointed Surgeon to the Belvidera in 1842 (Edinburgh Magazine)

He was employed as Surgeon Superintendent on the ship Palmyra in 1846 (to VDL) and returned to London on the Rajah in October 1846

He was appointed Surgeon Superintendent on the Cornwall in 1850 (68). The Cornwall arrived in VDL on 11 June 1851.

........and Surgeon Superintendent on the Oriental Queen in August 1852 (67).

  ? same David Geddes

David Geddes was on the List of Surgeons retired in 1864

 

 

  

GIBSON, John

 

John Gibson was employed as Surgeon Superintendent on the convict ship Westmoreland to Van Diemen's Land in 1841.

He was on the Navy List of Surgeons fit for service in 1842.

He was Surgeon Superintendent on the Ratcliffe to Van Diemen's Land in 1848, and the Scindian to Western Australia in 1850.

The Scindian departed Portsmouth on 4th March 1850 and arrived in Fremantle 1st June 1850......

 

 

He was Surgeon Superintendent on the Minden to Western Australia in 1851. The Minden departed Plymouth 21st July 1851 and arrived 14 October 1851

 

 

GIBSON, Thomas R.N., *12 April 1833

 

Thomas Gibson was employed as surgeon superintendent on the Somersetshire in 1842 (to VDL).

There was a mutiny on board the Somersetshire........

 

Thomas Gibson was Surgeon Superintendent on the Neptune to Van Diemen's Land in 1850....Read John Mitchell's account in Jail Journal or Five Years in British Prisons...........

 

 

 

 

  

GILCHRIST, James
 

James Gilchrist was appointed Assistant Surgeon on 7 July 1813

He was employed as Surgeon Superintendent on the convict ship Mermaid, bringing female prisoners to Van Diemen's Land. He kept a medical journal between 7 January and 4 July 1828

He was employed as Surgeon Superintendent on the James Pattison  in 1830 and the Bussorah Merchant in 1831, both to New South Wales.

 

 

  

GOLDNEY, Harry (or Golding) (*1828)

 

Harry Goldney was on the List of Medical Officers who had served at War. He was Assistant-Surgeon of the Glasgow at Navarin.

In September 1828 Assistant-surgeons Harry Goldney, late Glasgow and George Ellery Forman late of the Island of Ascension were both appointed to the rank of Surgeon (61).

In 1834 Harry Goldney was appointed to the Stag. (61) and in 1841 he was appointed to the Spartan

He was on a statement of expenses defrayed by the Colonial Agent General in England for his voyage as surgeon on the immigrant vessel Garrow in March 1839. (SH 14 June 1841)

In May 1839 in Sydney he was presented to the Governor at a levee held in Government House to celebrate the Queen's Birthday. (SG 25 May 1839). In July he departed Sydney for London on the barque Andromache. Other surgeons on this vessel included Dr. France and Dr. Osborne (SH 1 July 1839)

He was appointed to the Spartan in 1842 (Edinburgh Magazine)

He was employed as Surgeon Superintendent on the convict ship Adelaide taking prisoners to Bermuda and kept a journal from 3 July 1846 to 2 September 1846....The journal is interesting in that he notes the difficult transition from prison to convict ship.....{Extract}Three hundred male convicts were embarked off Woolwich on the 3 and 4th July, their appearance on embarkation was pallid and dejected. The sudden change from the silence and quietude of a prison to the noise and bustle on board entirely interrupted sleep for several days producing an irritable state of mind amounting to a predisposition to mental derangement and occasioned many cases of fits of an epileptic character paroxysm requiring admitting the patient for about an hour into the hospital and afterwards administering a purgative. The cases were trivial and no application made for relief on the following day consequently no entry made on the sick list. The sensitivity to noise gradually subsided and their general health became much improved and no disease of any importance occurred during the passage. The whole of the prisoners landed at Bermuda on September 2nd in perfect health. (Ancestry.com. UK Royal Navy Medical Journals, 1817-1857 - National Archives UK)

In March 1849 Harry Goldney was appointed surgeon superintendent on the Randolph. He died on the voyage to Australia:

 

The Morning Chronicle reported that the Randolph convict ship put into Simon's Bay, in the middle of July, for medical assistance, in consequence of the late surgeon superintendent Mr. Harry Goldney, having put a period to his existence by jumping overboard at sea, while labouring under temporary derangement, caused by erysipelas in the head. Mr. (Walter) Lawrance, senior assistant of the flag ship having been appointed acting surgeon superintendent, the Randolph proceeded on her destination to Australia. (64)

 

 

 
GOODSIR, Michael * 17 August 1815
 

Michael Goodsir was appointed assistant surgeon on the Asia in 1814......

 

......and in 1815 was promoted from assistant-surgeon to surgeon. He was appointed to the vessel Atholl in January 1821.

In 1824 he was employed as surgeon superintendent on the convict ship Hercules which departed Portsmouth 29 December 1824 and arrived in Port Jackson 7 May 1825.

He returned to England and was next employed on the convict ship Countess of Harcourt which departed Dublin 14 February 1827 and arrived in Australia 28 June 1827.

He was appointed to the convict ship Waterloo  which departed London on 14 March 1829 and arrived in Sydney 9 July 1829. His wife accompanied him on this voyage. In November 1829 Dr. Goodsir, Mrs Goodsir, Dr. McTernan, Dr. Love. and Dr. Rutherford returned to London on the ship Doncaster (66)

The Royal George  which departed Portsmouth on 27 June 1830 and arrived in Hobart on 18 October 1830 was his next appointment. The Royal George departed Australia for the Isle of France in December with Dr. Goodsir passenger.

In October 1838 he arrived from the Cove of Cork as surgeon superintendent of the immigrant ship Calcutta.(65). The Calcutta arrived on 15th October 1838. He was on the List of Surgeons remunerated for services as Surgeon Superintendents and was paid 200 for his employment on the immigrant vessel Calcutta

He embarked on the Roslin Castle in January 1839 with the intention of returning to England, however he did not survive the voyage. The Roslin Castle arrived safely in England and was off Brighton on 11th June where one of the passengers Rev. Dr. J.D. Lang disembarked. It was reported in the Sydney Gazette  that Michael Goodsir had died at sea shortly after rounding Cape Horn, leaving a widow and two children.

 

 

 
GORDON, James A

 

James A. Gordon was employed as Surgeon Superintendent on the convict ship Mount Stewart Elphinstone in 1845 (VDL)

 

 

  

GOSSAM, Peter

 

Peter Gossam was employed as surgeon on the Admiral Barrington in 1791.

 

 

 

GRAHAM, William *20 May 1811

 

William Graham was entered in the Navy List of Medical Officers in 1814

William Graham was employed as Surgeon Superintendent on the Juliana 1820 (VDL) 

 

 

 

GRAY, William

 

William Gray was employed as surgeon on the Neptune in 1790

 

 

 

GREGOR, William *28 February 1811

 

William Gregor was entered in the Navy List of Medical Officers in 1814

William Gregor was employed as Surgeon Superintendent on the convict ship Medina in 1825 (to VDL), Cambridge in 1827 and the Royal George in 1828.

The first page of the Surgeon's Journal of the Royal George has the following note *As this surgeon is in a state of derangement or imbecility of mind, let this Journal be passed.

The journal was of the Royal George was kept from 15 July 1828 to January 1829.

From the Asiatic Journal May 1830....The Royal George arrived in England from Mauritius with passengers Mrs. Anderson, Mrs. Vicar, Mrs. Cookney, Mrs. Embleton, Colonel Grant, Major Anderson, Lieut. Stewart, Dr. Gregor and Messrs Boustead, Ovens and Cookney.

 

 

 

 

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