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Charles Ritchie Kinnear R.N.


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Charles Ritchie Kinnear R.N.

Convict Ship Surgeon-Superintendent

Date of Seniority Royal Navy 31 January 1842

Charles Ritchie Kinnear was born in 1817 at Angus, Scotland. He was appointed Surgeon in the Royal Navy 31 January 1842[1].

Surgeon Superintendent

He was employed as Surgeon Superintendent on the convict ship Cadet to Van Diemen's Land in 1848. The Cadet departed the Downs 9th September 1847 with government stores and 163 female convicts and 30 children. [4].

He returned to England on the Rattler in January 1848.

Deputy Inspector of Hospitals

In 1856 Charles Ritchie Kinnear M.D. was appointed Deputy Inspector of Hospitals and Fleets [2]

On 8 July 1861 he was appointed Deputy Inspector-General of Hospitals at Chatham 8 July 1861.[3]


He is listed in the 1865 Medical Register. Deputy Inspector of Hospitals. Qualifications - Lic. Royal College Surgeon, Edinburgh 1837.


He died 21 February 1869 at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England.


[1] The Navy List

[2] United Services Magazine

[3] The Navy List

[4] The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Wed 19 Jan 1848



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