Free Settler or Felon
Convict and Colonial History

Convict Ship Caledonia - 1822

Embarked 150 men
Voyage 140 days
Deaths - 6
Surgeon's Journal - No
Captain Robert Carns
Surgeon Stephen Williamson R.N.

1st Officer Mr. J. Carns
2nd Officer - W. Johnson
3rd o3rd officer - T. Stokes.

Departure from England

The Caledonia departed from Portsmouth and touched at Rio de Janeiro being there at the same time as the Mangles convict ship bound for New South Wales.[1]

Arrival in Hobart

The Caledonia arrived in Van Diemen's Land on Wednesday 6th November 1822 with 144 male convicts. Although Stephen Williamson was a very experienced surgeon, six prisoners died on the passage out.

Military Guard

Officer of the Guard, Lieutenant Masterman of the 87th regiment. The Guard comprised a detachment of the 3rd regiment, (Buffs).

Free Passengers

Passengers included Mr. C. Barnard and family and Mr. Thompson. [1]

Convicts Disembarked

The convicts were landed on Monday 11th November. After being inspected by the Lieutenant-Governor, they were appropriated to their employment, most being assigned to the service of the Settlers, and between 60 and 70 sent to port Dalrymple.[2]

Departure from Hobart

The Caledonia departed Hobart for Sydney arriving there with the Military guard late in November 1822.

Notes and Links

1). John Brothers arrived free on the Caledonia; he was later employed as overseer by Samuel Wright at Bengalla in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales.

2). Convict Henry Baker didn't survive long in Hobart. He died suddenly in consequence of drinking ardent spirits early in December 1822.


[1] Hobart Town Gazette and Van Diemen's Land Advertiser (Tas. : 1821 - 1825) Sat 9 Nov 1822 Page 2

[2] Hobart Town Gazette and Van Diemen's Land Advertiser (Tas. : 1821 - 1825) Sat 16 Nov 1822 Page 2