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Convict Ship Aurora 1833 


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Embarked 300 men
Voyage 122 days
Deaths 0
Surgeon's Journal - No
Tons: 550
Previous vessel: Royal Admiral arrived 26 October 1833
Next vessel: Java arrived 18 November 1833  
Captain Dalrymple Dowson
Surgeon Superintendent Alexander Stewart
Prisoners transported on the Aurora had been convicted in counties throughout England - Cambridge, Essex, Lancaster, Surry, Suffolk, Norfolk, Shropshire and London. Many, even the young boys, were held on the Hardy hulk at Portsmouth to await transportation. They were transferred from the hulk to the Aurora on 26th June.  

The Aurora departed Portsmouth on the 4th July 1833, came direct and arrived at Port Jackson on Sunday 3 November 1833.  

Three hundred male prisoners arrived on the Aurora under the superintendence of surgeon Alexander Stewart R.N. The men were mustered on board on 7th November 1833 where details such as age, education, religion, family, native place, trade, offence, when and where tried, physical description, sentence and prior convictions were recorded. There is also occasional information in the indents about pardons and dates of death and colonial crimes, but none about where the prisoners were assigned on arrival.

The men were landed on Thursday 21st November 1833 and taken to Hyde Park Barracks where they were assigned for service.   Later in November the distribution of the prisoners of the Aurora was published in the Australian....

Private service...256
Public service...24
Port Macquarie...4
Carters' Barracks...7
Unfit for assignment...9

The four prisoners for Port Macquarie were placed on the hulk prior to being sent. One of them was said to be the brother of a well known Custom House agent who was extensively concerned with Coster and others of swindling celebrity.  

There were seventeen boys under the age of 16 on the Aurora. The youngest included William Banghust 13; Thomas Westley 13; Jame Welsh 14; Henry pike 14; George High 14; Thomas Boulter 15; John Smeathman 15; and Henry Walker 15.  

Some prisoners such as Thomas Lane were assigned to the A.A. Company. Select here to find out more about prisoners of the Aurora who were sent to the Hunter Valley district.  

The guard consisted of Major Delisle, Lieut. Greetham/Grantham, 1 soldier and 2 boys of the 4th regiment and 27 rank and file of the 21st Fusiliers. Four females and four children together with a servant also came steerage. Cabin Passengers included Mrs. Delisle and Miss Delisle.

The troops went on shore on 6th August and marched to Head Quarters preceded by the Highland Piper. Select here to find convict ships bringing detachments of the 21st regiment.  

The Aurora and the Lord Lyndoch were taken up by Government to convey the 63rd regiment stationed at Hobart to India.

They departed Sydney on 8th December 1833   

Notes & Links:  

1) Alexander Stewart was also surgeon on the convict ships America in 1829 and Southworth in 1830 (VDL).    

2) One of the prisoners who arrived on the Aurora was Thomas Homer. In 1841 he was committed for trial for the murder of his overseer James Stone at New England. He was taken to Sydney for trial and then to Newcastle Gaol where he was executed in 1842. His trial was reported in the Australasian Chronicle.

3) The Australian published the following cryptic article on the 11th November which probably referred to Robert Byers...By the Aurora, a certain commission agent, who cut a very pretty figure in the witness box of the Supreme Court of this Colony some two years since, has arrived. The rudiments of learning that he had imbibed in this Colony were insufficient to protect him against the law reforms at home, and he has therefore been sent out to complete his education in the school where it was commenced.

4). Convict ships bringing detachments of the 21st regiment (Royal Scotch Fusiliers).......

Date/ Place of Departure Ship Command of the Guard
4 September 1832 London Mary 1833 Captain Daniels 21st regt.,
8 October 1832 Cork Roslin Castle 1833 Lieuts. Bayley & Pieter L. Campbell. 21st
17 November 1832 Portsmouth Andromeda 1833 Lieuts. Lonsdale & Armstrong 21st regt.,
14 December 1832 London Mangles 1833  
21 February 1833 Downs Asia 1833 Lieuts. Kelly and Wilson of 6th regt.,
-- June 1833 Sheerness Lord Lyndoch 1833 Lieut-Col. Leahy. Headquarters of 21st
4 June 1833 Dublin Royal Admiral 1833 Lieut. Ainslie 21st regt.,
44 July 1833 Portsmouth Aurora 1833 Major Delisle 4th regt.,
24 July 1833 Cork Java 1833 Lieut. Wrixon, 21st regt.,
29 July 1833 Plymouth Neva 1833 Lieut. McEdwin 1st or Queens Own regt.,
25 August 1833 Downs Lloyds 1833 Lieut. McKnight 21st regt.,
27 October 1833 England Fairlie 1834  
28 March 1838 Bengal Merchant 1838 Lieut. Dear of 21st regt.,



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