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The Strathfieldsaye left UK on 27 Jan 1836 arriving in Sydney on 15 June

Soldier Information supplied . Ron Ball
Shipping Information supplied Marilyn Mason
SMH June 16, 1836
From Portsmouth via Rio Janiero, last evening, having sailed from the former port the 18th of February, and the latter the 10th of April, the barque Strathfieldsaye, Captain Philip Jones with 216 male convicts, under the superintendence of Dr Wilson R.N.. The guard consists of Lieutenant Cadell, and Ensign Garling, of the 28th regiment, and 28 rank and file of the 28th regiment. Passengers: Mr Thomas Smith, farmer; Miss Cameron, governess; Mary Peacock and Caroline Freeman, Servants; eight soldiers’ wives, and thirteen children.
[later item: the "Strathfieldsaye" brought news about the wrecking and near loss of the Hercules which put into Rio Janiero damaged, with loss of some lives. Further reports on this on June 20.]
SMH June 20, 1836
In our report of the arrival of the Strathfieldsaye we omitted the name of Mrs Wilson and family, passengers by that vessel, who, with our old visitor Dr W [sic], have come out to reside permanently amongst us. We congratulate the Colony upon such an accession to our society in Dr Wilson, lady and family.
Lt William CADELL 17 Mile Hollow - P/matta Retired 6 Oct 1837
Lt John H. CAMPBELL Acting Adjutant P/matta Retired 30 June 1837
Ensign James GARLAND Acting Adjutant P/matta Retired 6 Oct 1837
Q/M Lt John F. PETERS Quartermaster. retired on half pay 1 June 1838
396 Q/M Sgt MOORE William Newcastle - Rgtl Hosp P/matta Died P/matta 8 feb 1841
1034 Ord Room Clerk Cpl NISBETT James Went on to India
628 Sgt IRWIN George Port Stephens - Moreton Bay - Died Moreton Bay 13 July 1838
968 Cpl KENT Richard Went on to India
899 Cpl STYLES Thomas Went on to India
415 Cpl WISHART Robert 17 Mile Hollow - 20 Mile Hollow - Towrang - Liverpool - Sydney. Disch Sydney 31 Aug 1841
1099Drum.SULLIVAN John Went on to India
348 DALE Allen Pennant Hills - Hassans Walls. Died Mt.Victoria 24 Feb 1840
1004 DAWTON James P/matta - Port Phillip - Deserted at Port Phillip \ 11 Jan 1841
1061 DEAN John 17 Mile Hollow - Port Phillip -P/matta - Sydney Disch Sydney 1 Apr 1841 on payment of 20 pounds
615 DEEGAN James Went on to India
356 DURIS Felix Pennant Hills - P/matta - Died P/matta 17 Jan 1837
398 FARRELL Thomas Went on to India - Invalided to UK in Maitland 19 Jan 1843
290 GIBBONS John 17 Mile Hollow - P/matta - Dich P/matta 30 June 1837
1059 GILES John 17 Mile Hollow - P/matta - Rgtl Hosp To UK in Trusty 21 Aug 1840
977 GREENWOOD James Went on to India
955 HOOTON Samuel Went on to India
590 HOULAHAN Went on to India. Died in India 20 Dec 1842
1078 HUNT George Moreton Bay - Hassans Walls - 20 Mile Hollow - Deserted 5 Apr 1940
613 LEWIS Joseph Port Macquarie - Hosp - Died 6 Dec 1837
901 MULLIGAN Brian 17 Mile Hollow - Towrang - P/matta - Berrima\ gaol Transported 31 May 1842
137 MURPHY James Moreton Bay - P/matta - Disch P/matta 1 Mar 1840
413 MURPHY Patrick Went on to India - Died from Cholera 17 Sept 1842
359 McCORMICK Michael 17 Mile Hollow - P/matta - Gaol.- Escaped & deserted 17 July 1837
1006 PRESTON William Went on to India
454 QUINN Patrick Went on to India
420 ROURKE Peter Went on to India
751 RUSSELL John Went on to India
581 SULLIVAN Jeremiah Pennant Hills - P/matta - Disch Sydney 31 Aug 1841
435 WHITE John P/matta - Berrima - Sydney. Disch Sydney 31 Mar 1841
PRO 3210 ADM 101/69  Medical Journals Convict Ships
Strathfieldsay (Hired Transport)
J. B. Wilson M.D. Surgeon
16 Dec 1835 - 24 June 1836
270 male prisoners
Ten cases recorded in the journal; of these two are soldiers.
Case 7  R. Duris age 24 Soldier, treated April 12, Syphilis
Case 10  J. Murphy Soldier, treated May 9, Rheumatism
General Remarks by Wilson:
He joined the ship at Deptford on 16 December.  The ship was not ready until 27 January, when the guard, a detachment of the 28th, embarked.  Left Deptford on 28 January, moved to Woolwich, received 70 prisoners from the Justitia hulk, and at Portsmouth received 200 prisoners.  Experienced heavy weather so Downs not reached till 3 February. 
            “The wind being fresh and fair, we continued our course and at half past five next morning, the ship struck on a sand bank where she remained hard and fast.  I hurried on deck and found her on the Elbow of the Moers[?] !! a bad beginning! fortunately the tide was flowing rapidly and in rather more than half an hour the ship was afloat and at noon of the same day we anchored at Spithead.  This clumsy accident at the very beginning of the Voyage on a weather shore, vexed me exceedingly and it tended to make me lose confidence in the Master.  The ship, however, did not receive any material damage.”
           Feb 6 received 130 prisoners from the Leviathan hulk, 70 from the York, rejected only two “but I must confess , that during all my former voyages, I never had such a miserable looking squad.”  
           On 18 Feb weighed anchor; prisoners were in “pretty good health but many of them, with broken constitutions”.  Had a good passage across Biscay and then came too near the Coast of Africa and “got entangled among the Canary Islands”, passed between Grand Canary and Fuerta Ventura. Passed west of Cape Verde Island and made “a favourable passage across the line”.  The South East Trade took them within sight of Cape Frio and so they touched at Lanum [?]  “rather than run the chance of having to touch at Cape of Good Hope”  Sunday April 3 anchored off the harbour entrance 
             “and next day, after a narrow escape, we anchored near HMS Dublin - we just weathered the breakers on the starboard shore.  This second instance of want of caution or want of skill in the Master vexed me much - but he promised to pay in future more attention to my advice.  We remained at Rio until the 10th April”.
            They took on water, fish, beef and vegetable as well as 6 bullocks.  Everyone  was in good health.  Had a “fair average voyage to New South Wales where we arrived on the 15th June”.  On the 24th 289 [?] prisoners landed  “in far better health than when they embarked.”
         Many prisoners had “catarrhal complaints and affection of the bowels” but their illness was mild and responded to treatment.  They were affected by the heat in the tropics.  After Rio “griping and bowel complaints were frequent, arising from too great indulgence in fruit”.  One prisoner died on the voyage of apoplexy.  “I may likewise mention as a farther proof of the healthiness which prevailed during the voyage that (tea, sugar and a little barley excepted ) I had no occasion to use any of the Medical Comforts - the wine, preserved meats and  [undeciphered] were returned into store untouched.”  The provisions supplied were all of “excellent quality, particularly those received at Portsmouth”;  He particularly commends the provision of Cocoa.  Oatmeal also was “very agreeable” for a change of diet.
Soldier Information supplied . Ron Ball
Shipping Information supplied Marilyn Mason

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