Magnify the map above by scrolling then click on the ship icon to read entries from the Journal of George Hume Weatherhead on the voyage of the convict ship Adrian to NSW in 1830. Enlarge the map using the icon on the top right
The Military Guard were already on board when the Adrian arrived at Portsmouth from the river (Thames) on Tuesday 6th April 1830.
The Guard consisted of Ensign Reynolds of 17th regiment with 29 non-commissioned officers and privates under command of A.M. Robinson of 26th regiment.
The Prisoners were tried in counties throughout England - Wiltshire, Lancaster, Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Oxford, Middlesex, Surrey, Berkshire, Warwick, Southampton, Cambride and Chester. There were no prisoners on the Adrian who had been convicted in Scotland or Wales although John Knox have his native place as Perth, Scotland. Quite a few had been tried at the Old Bailey and imprisoned in Newgate before being sent to the Hulks at Portsmouth. Some of those sent to the Hardy Hulk from Newgate were embarked on the Adrian on 7th April - Lawrence Martin, Edward Sampson, James Browne, George Walker, Joseph Thomas, John Harris, John Jacobs, George Kirby and Richard England.
Departure from Portsmouth
The Adrian departed Portsmouth on 27th April 1830.
Surgeon George H. Weatherhead
George H. Weatherhead kept Medical Journal from 31st March to 20th August 1830 - In the Surgeon's general remarks he noted that the number of convicts received from the hulks at Portsmouth and embarked on board of the Adrian was 168. Their general condition, and appearance, was unobjectionable. The occurrences on board during the voyage were so unimportant as not to afford occasions for remark. Only two cases of any consequence happened: a case of midwifery, somewhat tedious in its accomplishment, and that of John Barker, who was nearly dying from inanition.
On 30th May, Mrs Smith wife of Sergeant Smith of the Guard gave birth to her first child, a daughter. Although there was the complication of the cord being wrapped around the baby's neck, both mother and baby survived. Dr. Weatherhead vaccinated the child in July 1830. 
Arrival in Port Jackson
The Adrian arrived in Port Jackson on Friday 20 August 1830, a direct passage of 115 days.
By the 1820s and 30's the convict indents often included quite a lot of information about each prisoner than they had in earlier years.
The Indent of the Adrian includes each of the convicts' name, age, education, marital state, religion, native place, trade or calling, offence where and when tried, sentence, prior convictions, physical description, how disposed of (assignment) and occasional colonial notes such as ticket of leave numbers date of death or colonial sentences.
The Sydney Gazette reported: The prisoners by the Adrian were landed on Monday, and those by the Marquis of Huntley on Thursday, making in all a total of three hundred and ninety five. They are mostly fine powerful men, and will prove an acquisition to our up country friends, having a considerable portion of agriculturalists in their number.
Two days after the men were landed they were confronted with a stark reminder of the consequences of taking to the bush when notorious bushranger Bold Jack Donohoe was shot and killed by the Mounted Police near Campbelltown. This did little to deter David Pegg who soon after arrival had been assigned far up the Hunter Valley to the vicinity of Pages River. Before many months had passed he joined other absconders Richard Anscomb and Thomas Thompson to rob the house of William H. Warland. He had only been in the colony a little over twelve months when he died a gruesome death on the gallows in Sydney.
Adrian Convicts in the Hunter Valley region:
Blacksmith from Devon. Assigned to Dept. Public Works on arrival. Sent to Newcastle Gaol in 1837
Brazier from Suffolk. Assigned to Mrs. Bowen at Co. Cook on arrival. Assgined to William Harper in 1836
Blanket weaver and labourer from Oxfordshire. Assigned to James Adair on arrival
Carpenter and joiner from Liverpool. Assigned to Dept. Public Works on arrival. Assigned to Thomas Potter Macqueen in 1832
Ploughman, reaps, milks, sows. Native place Surry. Assigned to William Forster at Williams River on arrival. Assigned to Newcastle Lighthouse in 1837. Ticket of Leave for Newcastle 1838. Died in 1845
Bricklayer from Ipswich. Assigned to Dept. Public Works on arrival. Assigned to J.B. Bettington in 1836 - 37. Ticket of Leave for Merton 1838
Shepherd, reaps, milks. Native place Derby. Assigned to William Bucknell at Hunter River on arrival
Stableman from Wiltshire. Assigned to Joseph Weller in Sydney on arrival. Admitted to Newcastle Gaol for being out of irons in January 1842. Died at East Maitland in March 1842.
Hawker from Buckinghamshire. Assigned to John Palmer jun., at Hunter River on arrival
Brass founder from Birmingham. Assigned to Alexander McDougall at Wallis Plains on arrival. Granted Ticket of Leave for Invermein in 1838. Sent to Newcastle Gaol in October 1839 for drunkenness
Gardener. Assigned to William Cox at Hobartville on arrival. Granted Ticket of Leave for Invermein in 1837
Errand boy from London. Age 19. Assignd to William Bucknell at Hunter River on arrival
Ploughman age 50 from Norfolk. Assigned to J.G. Richardson at Hunter River on arrival
Ploughman, reaps, milks. Native place Wiltshire. Assigned to J. Richardson at Hunter River on arrival
Ploughman, reaps, milks, sows. Native place Essex. Assigned to T. W. M. Winder at Windermere on arrival
Ploughman, shepherd and reaps. Native Place Berkshire. Assigned to T. W. M. Winder at Windermere on arrival. Ticket of Leave cancelled in July 1836 and sentenced to an iron gang for harbouring a prisoner of the Crown
Bass filer from Leicester. Assigned to James McDougall at Hunter River on arrival. Sentenced to a penal settlement for life in May 1835. Sent to Norfolk Island
Ploughman from Buckinghamshire. Assigned to D. McKellar at St. Vincents on arrival. Assigned to John Mann at Williams River in 1832. Ticket of Leave Scone 1841
Ploughman, reaps, milks. Native place Wiltshire. Assigned to Donald McIntyre on arrival. Ticket of Leave for Invermein in 1835
Ploughman, reaps and sows. Assigned to James McDougall at Hunter River on arrival. Died at Newcastle Stockade February 1843
Carpenter and wheelwright. Assigned tp Dept. Public Works on arrival. Assigned to Archibald Bell in 1836 - 37. Ticket of leave granted for Patrick Plains 1838. Ticket cancelled and sent to the iron gang at No. 3 Stockade Newcastle September 1840
Ploughman, milks, reaps. Native place Sussex. Assigned to Sydney Stephens on arrival. Employed by Frederick Becke. Ticket of Leave for Newcastle 1845
Poulterer, reaps, shears, milks. Native place Essex. Assigned to Edgar Hyland at Sydney on arrival. Sent to Newcastle Gaol in 1846
1). Return of Convicts of the Adrian assigned between 1st January 1832 and 31st March 1832 (Sydney Gazette 14 June 1832).....
Charles Bevan - Carpenter and joiner assigned to Potter Macqueen at Segenoe
James Brown - Plasterer and labourer assigned to J.L. McGillivray at Cook's River
John Cook - Plasterer and labourer assigned to George McLeay at Brownlow Hill
Thomas Dorrell - Ploughman assigned to John Mann at Williams River
John Fletcher - Jeweller assigned to John Dawson in Sydney
John Fisher - Carman assigned to Cornelius Prout in Sydney
Michael Hogan - Shoemaker assigned to Andrew Brown at Bathurst
2). National Archives - Reference: ADM 101/1/5 Description: Medical journal of the convict ship Adrian from 31 March to 20 August 1830 by G H Weatherhead, surgeon and superintendent.
3). Amongst the Convict Indents is the Police Record of Gregory Fuller, carpenter, who was sentenced at Swaffham to 14 years transportation for shoplifting. Because of his colonial crimes he didn't achieve freedom until 1855.
5 July 1832 absconded from James Walker
15 July 1833 sentenced to 10 days confinement for drunkenness and fighting
8 October 1833 sentenced to 7 days confinement for absenting
4 December 1833 sentenced to 10 days confinement for absconding
14 march 1835 sentenced to 25 lashes for disobedience of orders
8 July 1836 sentenced to 50 lashes for absconding
26 December 1836 absconded from the Pilots boat crew at Newcastle. Apprehended 9 October 1840. Sentenced to 2 years in irons. Mitigated March 1842
7 April 1842 absconded from Parramatta, out of irons. Apprehended 12 February 1843
25 February 1843. Sentenced to 12 months in irons for stealing fowls from Parramatta stores
2 October 1844 absconded from Commissariat Dept.. Apprehended 4 July 1846. Sent to Hyde Park Barracks
24 March 1847 absconded from Escort to Liverpool Hospital. Apprehended 19 February 1850
4). Convict Ships bringing detachments of the 17th regiment.....