Ships transporting the Royal 51st Regiment
Some of these ships carried members of the 51st Regiment to Australia. Some soldiers Transfered from earlier Regiments in Australia and they will be listed on their ships
We are attempting to place each soldier of the 51st Regiment, who arrived on board their respective Ship. It does not represent all soldiers only those who may have settled.
We have omitted convicts from these pages as the site is dedicated to the Soldiers.
It is not intended to justify or condone the actions or behaviour of some of the military or the civilian contractors in any form, and should not be taken that way.
Information regarding convicts can be found on the following site :
Soldiers of the 51st Regiment on board who may have stayed. Some were convicts who later enlisted.
" Neptune "
Date Arrived : 2-1-1838
" Melville "
Date Arrived : 1838:
Date Arrived : 10 June 1837
" John Barry "
Date Arrived :22 March 1839
" Runnymede "
Date Arrived : 25 June , 1840
"Lord Lyndoch "
Date Arrived :August 1838
Depart Sheerness Kent 17th April 1840 -- Arrived VDL 6th August 1840
From Superintendent James Wingate Johnston (the ships surgeon) Journal we know that the convict guard embarked on the 15th April at Deptford. On the 17th April at Woolwich the first batch of 160 convicts were taken on board, eighty convicts each from the prison hulks Warrior and Justitia both moored at Woolwich. From the reaches at Woolwich the ASIA 1(5) proceeded down the river Thames past Tilbury, and into the Thames estuary. She then docked at Sheerness on the Isle of Sheppey situated off the north coast of Kent.
The official Tasmanian prison records state that all the convicts embarked on the 17th April 1840. This is not true as On the 21st April, 116 additional prisoners (including Austin) were brought up from the hulk Fortitude at Chatham by government cutter, and loaded on board. The actual departure date from Sheerness is recorded in Charles Bateson definitive book “The Convict Ships”. He states that the actual departure date for the ASIA 1(5) from Sheerness was the 27th April 1840.The ten day delay in sailing may be due in part to the bad state of health that the 116 prisoners from the Fortitude were in. Wingate Johnson’s journal records “At Sheerness on the 21st of April, received on board one hundred and sixteen male prisoners from Fortitude hulk at Chatham making a total of two hundred and seventy six. The latter prisoners were by no means in the same healthy condition as those received from the Warrior and Justitia. It was with great difficulty that one hundred and sixteen could be released for embarkation”.
Combining Bateson’s information with surgeon Wingate Johnson’s journal we can plot the movements of the ASIA 1(5):
15th April Convict Guard Embarked(51st RegtDeptford
17th April 160 Convicts Embarked (Warrior and Justitia hulks) Woolwich
21st April 116 Convicts Embarked (Fortitude) Sheerness
27th April Depart EnglandASIA 1 (5)Sheerness
4th August Anchored in River Derwent ASIA 1 (5) Hobart
6th August DockedASIA 1 (5) Hobart
The above information supplied by Derek Murphy firstname.lastname@example.org
" Bengal Merchant "
Date Arrived : 21-7-1838
" Minerva "
Date Arrived :
" Fairley "
Date Arrived :
" Portsea "
Date Arrived : 30th December 1838
Sydney Shipping Gazette
Volume 3, Number 136 (24 October, 1846) Page 293-296
The Java is chartered to take troops of the 65th Regiment from Sydney to the Bay of Islands, Auckland and Port Nicholson. After wards she proceeds to Hobart Town, taking the remainder of the 51st Regiment from thence to Swan River on her way to Calcutta.