A few facts about the Convict ships.

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These transported the convicts to Australia.

I have picked out a few ‘Convict Ships’ that transported the convicts from England to Australia, mainly those who transported the people that have been mentioned in previous stories.


Mary Ann 5th.

The master was: –    Captain John C. Hillman.

The Surgeon was: – Mr. William Bland.


It is believed that Mary Ann was built in France about 1772 and weighed 298 tons.

The passengers, including the convicts boarded between the 19th June and the 1st July 1839, while it was berthed in Woolwich.

There were 143 female convicts, which included Sophie Clifton and Olive King, both teenage girls, from Brighton. They had both been convicted of stealing and sentenced to 14 years Transportation. As well as the convicts there were 6 free women, who were emigrating and 23 children.

The ship sailed from Woolwich on the 16th July 1839. It called at Santa Cruz for a few hours, prior to continuing the voyage, and arriving at Port Jackson (Sydney.) and anchored on Sunday 10th November 1839. This was a voyage of just 115 days.

The Surgeon kept a medical journal from the 4thJune to the 18th November 1839.

The Surgeon kept a ‘sick book,’ listing those people who had been treated in the ship’s hospital and included a few names I have picked out: –

Jane Hamilton aged 17, a convict, either sick or hurt, ‘phlogosis’: in hospital 3rd July to 9th July.

Sophie Clifton aged 17 from Brighton, suffered with’ Icterus:’ put on sick list 10th August and discharged on 27 August.

Bertha Hutchinson 18 years with ‘Catarrhus’ on sick list from 28th September discharged on 8th October.

Anne Dingwall, 15 years with ‘Catarrhus’ on sick list 12th October to 20th October. 

Elizabeth Estnor, 22 years suffered with ‘dysenteria’ on sick list from the 23rd October and died on the 4th November 1839. 

Of 27 convicts were treated in the ship’s hospital including one death.

Note: –

The Mary Ann 5th together with four other ships carried a total of some 727 female convicts to the Colonies in 1839.

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