Free Settler or Felon
Convict and Colonial History

Convict Ship Glory - 1818

Embarked: 170 men
Voyage: 119 days
Deaths (convicts): 0
Surgeon's Journal: no
Previous vessel: Neptune arrived 5 May 1818
Next vessel: Isabella arrived 14 September 1818
Captain Edward Pounder
Surgeon William Stewart/ Stuart R.N.
Convicts and passengers of the Glory identified in the Hunter Valley

The Glory was built at Quebec in 1811. [2]

The convicts came from districts throughout England and Scotland. Among them were grooms, gardeners and butchers as well as a bricklayer, chimney sweep, cabinet maker, locksmith and two soldiers who had been court-martialled - William Marsden and Henry Preston. Many prisoners were in their 20s or early 30s but there were also young lads still in their teens.

The Times reported on 20 April 1818 - Kelly and Spicer, the two boys sentenced to death for having forged bank notes, but whose execution was respited in consequence of Finney being suspected as enticing them to commit the act, are to be transported to New South Wales, They together with (Israel) Chapman, the resurrection man, are now on board the Retribution convict ship at Sheerness, waiting the arrival of the Glory transport to convey them and several others to Port Jackson.

Read the trial of William Kelly and Thomas Spicer at the Old Bailey Online

Israel Chapman first arrived on the Glory as a convict having been tried for highway robbery at the Old Bailey in 1818. Later he became an overseer and constable and was responsible for the capture of many burglars and bushrangers. He received a Pardon and returned to England in 1829 and immigrated with his second wife Mary on the Andromeda in 1833. On arrival in 1833 he was employed as a Police Runner. [1]

Retribution Hulk

Retribution Hulk - National Maritime Museum...Retribution Hulk - National Maritime Museum.

Some of the men in the Retribution hulk were transferred to the Glory on 1st May 1818.

Military Guard

Twenty-eight men of the 87th regt. under Lieut. Ervine (or Irwin) formed the guard. Private Michael Fitzgerald of the 87th regiment died on the voyage from a lingering illness.

Free Passengers

William Levingstone (Leviston), former Sergeant and Band master of the 100 regt., wife and family came as a passengers/ free settlers with recommendations from Under Secretary Henry Goulburn.

Surgeon William Stewart

William Stewart was appointed Surgeon in the Royal Navy on 20 April 1808.


The Glory departed Sheerness on the 18th May 1818 and sailed direct.

Port Jackson

They arrived in Port Jackson on the same day as the Isabella - Monday 14 September 1818. [3]

There were no deaths of convicts on the voyage out.

The convict indents include such information as name, when and where convicted, sentence, native place, trade and occasional information about tickets of leave. There is no information as to where and to whom the prisoners were assigned on arrival.

In the Colonial Secretary's Papers, signed by Superintendent of Convicts William Hutchinson there is a list of 190 convicts disembarked from the Glory and the Isabella and forwarded to Parramatta, Windsor, Liverpool and Bringelly for general distribution and assignment.

Departure from the Colony

The Glory sailed for Calcutta on 7th November 1818.

Notes and Links

1). Convicts and passengers of the Glory identified in the Hunter Valley

2). News reached England that the Glory, Isabella and Maria had reached Sydney safely in 1819 - The European Magazine and London Review

3). Lachlan and Elizabeth Macquarie Archive


[1] Australian Dictionary of Biography - Israel Chapman

[2] Bateson, Charles Library of Australian History (1983). The convict ships, 1787-1868 (Australian ed). Library of Australian History, Sydney : pp.342-343, 382

[3] Sydney Gazette 19 September 1818