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William Petrie R.N.


First Name

Surname / Subject


William Petrie R.N.

Convict Ship Surgeon

Date of Seniority Royal Navy 5 June 1810

William Petrie was appointed Surgeon to the Alfred in 1812.[1] He was entered in the Navy List of Medical Officers in 1814.

Surgeon Superintendent

William Petrie was employed as Surgeon Superintendent on two convict ship voyages to Australia:

1) Woodford to VDL in 1828

2). Sir Charles Forbes to VDL in 1830

Woodford departed Portsmouth 2 May 1828 and arrived in Van Diemen's Land 25 August 1828. William Petrie kept a Medical Journal from 29 March to 31 August 1828.

Sir Charles Forbes departed Plymouth 5 April 1830 and arrived in Van Diemen's Land 27 July 1830. He kept a Medical Journal from 27 February to 1st August 1830.

Family Notes

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. [2]

At Milverton, Warwickshire, Charles Campbell Sutherland esq., eldest son of George Sutherland, Esq. of Campbelton, Argyllshire to Agnes Anne Waugh, second daughter of the late William Petrie esq. M.D. Surgeon R.N.[3]


[1] Naval Chronicle July-Dec 1812

[2] Blackwood's Magazine

[3] The Gentlemen's Magazine 1846



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