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Embarked: 172
Voyage: 132
Deaths: 4
Surgeon's Journal: yes
Master Borthwick Wight
Surgeon Superintendent Gilbert King, R.N.

The Medway departed Land's End 22nd August and arrived in Hobart on 9 December 1825.  

Passengers included Rev. Dr. John Dunmore Lang who was returning to the colony; Paymaster George Henry Green of the 57th regiment, Mrs. Honoria Green, Miss Green and three Masters Green, Lieutenant Bates commanding a detachment of the 57th regiment. 

Gilbert King kept a medical journal from 18th June 1825 to 10 December 1825. Below is an extract from his general notes.........  

The Medway left the Downs on the 2nd August but owing to westerly winds, only passed the Lizard on the 21st of the same month and altho we experienced during this period several days of cold blowing and rainy weather yet on this occasion as well as subsequently I adopted the usual means for obviating its ill effect particularly with ventilation and cleanliness - Windsails, were in constant use during the whole voyage and on washing the decks of the prison which was only done in fine weather and not oftener than once a week, it was thoroughly dried by clean burning stoves before the prisoners were permitted below.  

After we had passed the Cape of Good Hope, the atmosphere being cold and damp a comfortable warmth was defused between decks by means of a stove which was kept burning from 8 in the morning until 8 o'clock at night.   The lower deck was cleaned every morning generally by scraping or with dry holly stones swept every half hour afterwards. One washing day was appointed in the week which enabled the prisoners to muster in clean and dry clothes on the morning of Sundays and Thursdays - and I had great reason to be very much pleased with their general conduct which had always been quiet and inoffensive. I allowed the whole of them having first taken a few precautions which I need not now specify, to come on deck whenever they chose - and as we had singing and dancing every evening, Sundays excepted, a degree of cheerfulness was thus kept up and which for obvious reason I was anxious enough to promote and lastly with respect to diet, I made a point of seeing the full daily allowance of provision regularly served out to each person. I began to serve out lemon juice and sugar on the 28th August and it was repeated every day until we arrived and commenced serving out wine on the 8th September and continued to issue the same quantity twice every week.   The list of scorbutic patients increased daily from the time it first commenced until we arrived at Van Diemen's Land and although we lost only two out of 84, the number altogether affected yet upon the whole my practice has not been so successful as I had anticipated
. (1)      

Notes & Links:  

1).   Gilbert King was employed as surgeon on the convict ships Medway 1825 (VDL) Lord Lyndoch in 1831 (VDL) Eden in 1836 and the Moffatt in 1838 (VDL)  

2). The Medway also brought convicts to Australia in 1821  

Select here to find convict ships bringing detachments of the 57th regiment

4). Mr. Henry Savery - It will be in the recollection of many of our Readers that about the period of Mr. Fauntleroy's unhappy affair, the individual above named, an eminent Merchant at Bristol, the son of Mr. Savery the Banker and connected with the most respectable families in that neighbourhood, pleaded guilty to an indictment for forgery. Owing to some circumstances of a peculiarly favourable nature in his case, the awful sentence of the law was not carried into effect; and he has arrived here in the Medway. He was treated with the greatest kindness and attention during the voyage, having by order of Government separate accommodation, and we hear His Honor Lieutenant Governor Arthur has been pleased to appoint him here to a Superintendence under Dr. Scott, at the Colonial Hospital, by whom we have no doubt he will be treated in his unhappy situation, with every kindness which circumstances will admit of. (2)

5). Henry Savery - Australian Dictionary of Biography  

6). James Alexander Thomson, architect & engineer arrived on the Medway. Australian Dictionary of Biography

7). Mrs. Honoria Green was the mother of surveyor and diarist George Boyle White

8). Vessels bringing detachments of the 57th Regiment........

Date/Place of Departure Vessel Officer of the Guard
29 October 1824 Cork Asia 1825 Captain Richard Heaviside
5 January 1825 Portsmouth Asia 1825 (III) Lieutenant Thomas Bainbridge
5 January 1825 Portsmouth Royal Charlotte 1825 Major Edmund Lockyer
5 January 1825 Cork Hooghley 1825 Captain Patrick Logan
17 April 1825 Portsmouth Norfolk 1825 Captain James Brown
17 April 1825 Portsmouth Minstrel 1825 Lieutenant Henry John Tudor Shadforth
16 May 1825 Cork Lonach 1825 Lieutenant John William Donelan
11 July 1825 Cork Sir Godfrey Webster 1826 Lieutenant John Ovens
2 August 1825 Downs Medway 1825 (VDL) Lieutenant William Bates
5 August 1825 Dublin Henry Porcher 1825 Captain Vance Young Donaldson
22 August 1825 Portsmouth Marquis of Hastings 1826 Ensign Stewart
23 October 1825 Cork Mangles 1826 Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Shadforth
30 November 1825 Portsmouth Sesostris 1826 Major John Campbell
11 June 1827 London Prince Regent 1827 Lieutenant Campbell
3 November 1827 Dublin Morley 1828 Captain Robert Hunt
11 February 1828 Cork Borodino 1828 Captain Philip Aubyn
23 February 1828 Dublin Mangles 1828 Lieut. Hill & Adjutant Lieut. Kidd
27 March 1828 London Bussorah Merchant 1828 Captain Burton Daveney (+ 1 soldier)
30 June 1828 Portsmouth Marquis of Hastings 1828 Colonel Allen
23 November 1828 London Asia 1828 Lieutenant George Edwards



(1). UK Royal Navy Medical Journals, 1817-1857 . National Archives, Kew

(2) Colonial Times and Tasmanian Advertiser (Hobart, Tas. : 1825 - 1827) Friday 16 December 1825


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