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*Date of Seniority Royal Navy

PATTON, James R.N., * 9 December 1825


James Patton was appointed Assistant-Surgeon on 8 October 1811.

He was appointed Assistant-Surgeon to the Royal Sovereign in 1815

He was appointed Assistant-Surgeon to the Tartar in 1819 and promoted to Surgeon on that vessel in 1820 - 21

He was on the List of Medical Officers who had served at War and was Assistant-Surgeon of the Alligator during the Burmese War.

James Patton was originally appointed surgeon to the female convict ship Harmony in 1827, however because of the death of the surgeon appointed to the Persian he transferred to that ship and was employed as Surgeon Superintendent. The Persian departed the Downs on 14th April and arrived in Van Diemen's Land on 5th August 1827 with 66 female prisoners;

He was next employed on the convict ship Eliza which arrived in Port Jackson on 18 November 1828.





John Pawson was appointed Assistant-Surgeon on 10 January 1810 and appointed Assistant-Surgeon on the Crocodile in 1810

He was employed as Surgeon on the Archduke Charles which arrived in New South Wales 16 February 1813.  He was regarded by the convicts on the Archduke Charles as man of good and kind feelings (CSI Reel 6043; 4/1728 pp.89-90)



PETRIE, William *5 June 1810


William Petrie was appointed Surgeon to the Alfred in 1812. (Naval Chronicle July-Dec 1812) and was entered in the Navy List of Medical Officers in 1814.

He was employed as Surgeon Superintendent on the convict ship Woodford to VDL. The Woodford departed Portsmouth 2 May 1828 and arrived in Van Diemen's Land 25 August 1828 . He kept a Medical Journal from 29 March to 31 August 1828.

November 1828 - At Kingston, Jamaica, of the endemical fever, in the 14th year of his age, Thomas James Huyghue, only surviving son of William Petrie, M.D. and surgeon, Royal Navy, Leith. (Blackwood's Magazine)

William Petrie was employed as Surgeon Superintendent on the convict ship Sir Charles Forbes in 1830. The Sir Charles Forbes departed Plymouth 5 April 1830 and arrived in Van Diemen's Land 27 July 1830. William Petrie kept a Medical Journal from 27 February to 1st August 1830.

He was deceased by the time of his daughter's marriage in 1846.......At Milverton, Warwickshire, Charles Campbell Sutherland esq., eldest so of George Sutherland, Esq. of Campbelton, Argyllshire to Agnes Anne Waugh, second daughter of the late William Petrie esq. M.D. Surgeon R.N. (The Gentlemen's Magazine 1846)



PINEO, Obadiah  R.N., *12 June 1805

Obadiah Pineo was born in Nova Scotia in 1777. He was appointed Surgeon in the Royal Navy in June 1805.

He was on the list of men entitled to Naval General Service Clasp for service as surgeon on the Revolutionaire at St. Sebastian in 1813(84)

The history of the vessel Revolutionnaire can be found at Wikipedia. ...........By August 1813, Revolutionnaire was part of a squadron under the command of Captain Sir George Collier. On 27 August the boats of the squadron made a successful attack on the island of Santa Clara, at the mouth of the harbour of Saint Sebastian. Revolutionnaire suffered no casualties. She then provided seamen to man a battery of 24-pounder guns from Surveillante hauled up to the top of the island. The battery then silenced the enemy's guns. In 1847 the Admiralty awarded the Naval General Service Medal with clasp "St. Sebastian" to all claimants from Collier's naval operations in the region in August and September. On 20 October Revolutionnaire captured the Fire Fly.  Then on 5 November Revolutionnaire recaptured the Gaditana. On the last day of 1813, Revolutionnaire sailed with a convoy for the East Indies. She and Zebra were in Simon's Bay in August 1816 where they were stranded and almost destroyed by a terrible hurricane. On 6 October she reached St. Helena and on 13 October she sailed for Britain.

Obadiah Pineo was entered in the Navy List of Medical Officers in 1814

In 1819 he was appointed to the vessel Vengeur.

In 1834 he was employed as Surgeon on the Talavera in the Mediterranean

His first appointment as Surgeon Superintendent on a convict ship was on the England  which arrived in Port Jackson on 28 September 1835. He returned to London on the Norfolk in February 1836 with Dr. Boyter and was next employed on the convict ship Pyramus 1836  which arrived in Port Jackson on 14 December 1836.

He returned to England and in April 1838 departed once again on the convict ship Lord Lyndoch arriving in Port Jackson on 8 August 1838.  The voyage had been a difficult one resulting in heavy loss of life. It was his last appointment as a surgeon superintendent on a convict ship.

Obadiah Pineo presented a paper at the Ethnological Society of London in the 1840s........

He was on the List of Retired Surgeons of the Royal Navy in 1841.

In 1841 he was surgeon on the emigrant ship Brothers with 276 passengers. The Brothers departed Liverpool in September 1840, stopping at the Cape where she remained three weeks. The Sydney Herald reported that the boatswain was lost overboard and although every attempt was made to save him, he fell a victim to an untimely end. One sailor died, one female adult and also four infants.

In December 1843 Dr. Pineo with his wife and three daughters embarked on the convict ship Marion. He was not engaged as surgeon superintendent on this voyage. They arrived in Hobart on 3 April 1844.  He was appointed Superintendent at the Deloraine Probation Station. J. Syme was an overseer at the settlement and later wrote Nine Years in Van Diemens Land. Find out more about Pineo's time at Deloraine at Mutiny at Deloraine: Ganging and Convict Resitance in 1840s Van Diemen's Land by Tom Dunning and Hamish Maxwell-Stewart.

Dr. Pineo and Miss Pineo departed Launceston for London on 20th April 1847 on the Lydford.

Obadiah Pineo passed away in England in December 1848. A Notice was placed in the Hobart Courier - Suddenly on the 31st December 1848, at 6 Green Road , Southsea near Portsmouth in the 66th year of his age. Obadiah Pineo Esq., Surgeon R.N.

In the 1851 UK Census his widow Ann Charlotte (nee Waller) can be found residing at 170 Queen Street. She is 62 years of age. Living with her is her sister Mary Waller, daughter Anne and two sons Charles William who is employed as a civil engineer age 27 and Francis who is a lawyer's clerk age 19. All unmarried. They have one house servant.

Find out more about the ancestry of Obadiah Pineo  at the Sprague Project


PORTEUS, William *11 December 1809


William Porteus was appointed to the position of Assistant Surgeon on 19 December 1807.

He was entered in the Navy List of Medical Officers in 1814

He was appointed to the Carron in 1818 (Edinburgh Magazine)



(Extract from correspondence of Captain John Lumley to Rear Admiral Sir Henry Blackwood, Bulletins from the London Gazette 1821)

William Porteus was appointed Surgeon to the Dartmouth in 1824 and was employed as surgeon superintendent on the convict ship Circassian which arrived in Van Diemen's Land on 16 July 1833

He was on the List of Royal Navy Surgeons who were unfit for service in 1841



PRICE, John Washington


John Washington Price was the surgeon of the transport Minerva which sailed from Cork for Botany Bay in 1799 carrying two hundred convicts. Many of them were United Irishmen transported for their role in the 1798 rebellion.

Price's Journal of the voyage is held in the Wellesley Collection at the British Library in London. It was transcribed and edited with an introduction by Pamela Jeanne Fulton in 2000 (Available at Gould Genealogy & History)

From the Cover - John W. Price was only twenty one years old and a recent graduated from Dublin's College of Surgeons when he commenced the journey. He was well educated, with a keen awareness of the world around him. His journal is lively copious and detailed. It covers the entire voyage both to and from Sydney. Price was an acute observer of people and his journal is full of minutiae about convicts, sailors and soldiers, and the flora and fauna encountered along the way.

The Minerva Journal contains a list of the Ship's Company; a list of the detachment of the N.S.W. Corps; a list of those who went as free passengers as well all the convicts, their occupations and date and place of trial.

The Ship's Company included Commander Joseph Salkeld, Commander; Henry Harrison, Chief Mate; William Howe, 2nd Mate; William Huggett, 3rd Mate; John Washington Price, Surgeon; Joseph Compton, Boatswain; William Bolton, carpenter; William Winters, Gunner; Thomas Harris, Cook; Isaac Anstey, Stewart; Timothy Gurnel, cooper; John-Guy Johnson, sailmaker; James Ward, Boatswain's Mate; George Feversham, Carpenter's Mate; James Nixon, Quarter Master; Robert Douglass, Quarter Master; John Thompson, Quarter Master; Richard Marsden, Quarter Master; William Cato, Cabin servant; Joseph Hunter, Cabin Servant; George Waft,  Peter Downey,  John Burr,  James Hart, Joseph Berry, William Taylor, William Robinson, George Heath, John Baker, Richard Thomson, Charles Ferris, Robert Warren, John Walter, David Gleming, Benjamin Ellis, John Howe, Henry Thorpe, Jacob Nuteson, John Jack, all seamen; Daniel Kelly, boy; Henry Aylmer, boy; Margaret Bolton, carpenter's wife.

Find out more about rebel Thomas Brady who arrived on the Minerva in 1800



PRICE, Morgan  R.N. * 9 January 1810

Morgan Price was appointed to the vessel Prospero in 1809 - 10 (85)

He was entered in the Navy List of Medical Officers in 1814

He was appointed to the Jasper in 1817 (86)

His first appointment as Surgeon Superintendent on a convict ship was to the Martha.  The Martha arrived in Port Jackson on 24 December 1818. He returned to England in April 1819 on the Shipley with seven other naval surgeons(2)

His next appointment was to the Countess of Harcourt which arrived in Hobart with convicts on 27 July 1821.

The Brampton brought convicts to New South Wales under the superintendent of Morgan Price and arrived 22 April 1823 as did the Almorah in 1824 which arrived 20 August 1824

In September 1824 he applied to the Governor for a grant of land to run his cattle which he previously purchased and which had increased considerably under the care of a friend. (Colonial Secretary's Papers)

The Clyde arrived in Hobart 18 December 1830. Morgan Price is noted in the Asiatic Journal as returning to England from Mauritius in October 1831 per Clyde with ten invalids.

He was employed as surgeon superintendent on the convict ship Neva which arrived in Sydney 21 November 1833, the Hector which arrived in Van Diemens Land 20 December 1835 and the Bussorah Merchant in 1837.

He may have been employed as surgeon on the immigrant ship Cadet  from Liverpool which arrived in Sydney 9 August 1841.

He was on the List of Retired Navy Surgeons in 1841

Morgan Price died in Dublin on 27 January 1860



PRICE, William R.N., * 21 May 1806

Two surgeons by the name of William Price were entered in the Navy List of 1814 (William Price (1) *15 May 1806 and William Price (2) *21 May 1814)

William Price(1) was employed as Surgeon Superintendent on the convict ship Hadlow in 1820 and on the  Isabella in 1822

William Price (1) was on the List of Retired Navy Surgeons in 1841 and 1858.

He was one of the first lecturers of the Leeds School of Medicine.........To Prove I'm not Forgot: Living and dying in a Victorian City -  Sylvia M. Barnard........In June 1831 Mr. Price senior, formerly a naval surgeon, was invited to join a group of Leeds doctors who had decided that it was high time the dominance of London over medical training was ended. Previously, any aspiring English physician or surgeon had had to attend the courses of the Society of Apothecaries or the Royal College of Surgeons in London, and the expense and inconvenience of having to study so far from home were compounded, in the opinion of many, by the moral dangers to which innocent young men from the North were exposed in the wicked metropolis.

In the 1861 UK Census William Price was 75 years old and lived with his wife Catherine age 73 and their son William Nicholson Price age 34, daughter Maria E age 31 (unmarried) Mary F age 29 (unmarried). Also residing with them is William F. Watts a medical student age 18,  and servant/cook Emily Hodgson. Both William and his son give their occupations as surgeon. Their address is the Hospital for women and children, Leeds.

The British Medical Journal published an obituary for William Nicholson Price........By the death of Mr. William Nicholson Price, which occurred on June 25th, Leeds loses one of its most prominent medical practitioners, and the profession of Leeds a much valued colleague. The deceased gentleman, who was 62 years of age at the time of his death, was the second son of the late William Price, at one time a naval surgeon, but who for many years practised in Leeds, being one of the first lecturers at the Leeds School of Medicine......British Medical Journal 7 July 1888.



PROSSER, Thomas *17 August 1813


Thomas Prosser was appointed assistant surgeon to the Curacoa in 1809. He was entered in the Navy List of Medical Officers in 1815

He was employed as surgeon superintendent on the convict ship Maria  in 1818. The Maria departed 15th May 1818 and arrived in Port Jackson on 17th September 1818.

He was intending to return to England on the Glory in November 1818 (SG 31 October 1818)




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