Thomas Logan kept a Medical Journal from 9 May to 14 September 1828. - He joined the Albion on 9 May 1828 at Deptford. Having never seen before the dispositions of a prison-ship, he wrote, I examined those of the Albion with much interest. They seemed to be judicious and proved that considerable attention had been bestowed in perfecting this melancholy service .
On the following day (10 May) the guard embarked. The guard consisted of a detachment of the 63rd regiment (sergeant, corporal, 28 privates, five women and 8 children) under the orders of Lieutenant Vickery. Passengers included Mrs. Vickery and 5 children and settler Mr. Frederick Darcy (or Davey).
On 16 May 1828 at Woolwich the Albion was towed down by the Harlequin steam boat. She anchored in the evening close to the hulk Justitia. The prisons had previously been prepared for receiving the convicts by a thorough cleaning.
On 19th May 1828, twelve convicts were received from the hulk Ganymede, and sixty from the Justitia. They had all been examined previously to their coming on board the Albion.
They all appeared to be healthy; they were clean and dressed in a new suit of convict clothes.
On 21 May 1828, the Albion being at anchor in the afternoon, the convicts were all allowed to come on deck. The occasion was taken to clean the prisons thoroughly by sweeping, partial scraping and then swabbing. The wind being high the ventilation of the prisons was complete.
They weighed anchor at 6pm 22 May 1828 and sailed for the Nore under a moderate easterly wind and rainy weather. They reached the Nore at 5pm and the prisons were carefully cleaned again. The cleaning of the prisons continued every day. The prisoners remained on deck until the afternoon while the prisons dried.
At Sheerness on the 23 May, fifty convicts were received from the Hulk Retribution and the prisoners were allowed on deck for most of the day.
On 24 May 1828 sixty convicts from the hulk Dolphin and ten from the Euryalus were received. There were now 192 prisoners on board.
The following day there were strong gales. The prisons were cleaned again but prayers were not read because of the weather. The surgeon noted that the easterly gale force winds and sending the prisoners on board in duck trousers instead of the woollen ones they were accustomed to was the cause of a great number of them suffering from Catarrh.
Following is a list of some of those treated by the surgeon before the ship left England
Mr Dale, 2nd mate, taken ill at Deptford; sick or hurt, urticaria. Had eaten crabs; Put on sick list 15 May 1828
Mr Parry, 3rd mate, taken ill at Deptford; sick or hurt, wound of shin; Put on sick list 15 May 1828
Patrick Fitzgerald, soldier 63rd regt, taken ill at Deptford; sick or hurt, ophthalmia;
Patrick Doyle, soldier 63rd regt, taken ill at Woolwich;
Francis Cox, aged 20, soldier 63rd regt, taken ill at Woolwich;
Mrs Easton, soldier's wife, taken ill at Woolwich;
Isaac Watts, convict, taken ill at Woolwich;
Peter Campbell, convict, taken ill at Woolwich;
George Barbarrow (or Barrow), convict, taken ill at Woolwich; sick or hurt, ulcer of back, resulting from 500 lashes previously received;
Robert Clarkson, convict, taken ill at Woolwich;
Thomas Bishop, convict, taken ill at Woolwich;
Thomas Wyld, convict, taken ill at Woolwich; sick or hurt, vertigo, suspected of being a sham
William Hawkins, convict, taken ill at Woolwich;
Samuel Holland, convict, taken ill at North Fleet;
Joshua Tideswell, convict, taken ill at North Fleet;
James Hall, convict, taken ill at North Fleet;
William McKay, convict, taken ill at North Fleet;
Francis Unwin, convict, taken ill off the Nore;
James Beaken, convict, taken ill off the Nore;
Charles Rootsey, convict, taken ill off the Nore;
Samuel G Owen, convict, taken ill off the Nore;
James Roberts, convict, taken ill off the Nore;
William Crew, convict, taken ill at Sheerness;
George Dickson, convict, taken ill at Sheerness;
Ben Rumbold, convict, taken ill at Sheerness;
George Homer, convict, taken ill at Sheerness;
Richard Voughn, convict, taken ill at Sheerness;
William McDonald, convict, taken ill at Sheerness;
Francis Holland, convict, taken ill at Sheerness;
Thomas Gleason, soldier taken ill at Sheerness;
Joshua Poole, convict, taken ill at Sheerness;
William Blackmore, convict, taken ill at Sheerness;
James Arrow, convict, taken ill at Sheerness;
Joshua Chicket, convict, taken ill at Sheerness;
George Fretwell, convict, taken ill at Sheerness;
John Quiball, convict, taken ill at Sheerness
The Albion departed Sheerness on 1st June 1828 and the Cape of Good Hope 13th September 1828.
They arrived in Port Jackson on Monday 3 November 1828; a voyage of 155 days. Four convicts had died on the passage out. - Joseph Beckinhill, William Crew, Michael Keefe and William Storey.
On Tuesday 4th November 1828 the military detachment of the Albion, was welcomed on shore. They proceeded through the town to their quarters by the melody of wind instruments, the trill of fifes, and beat of drums belonging to the 39th regiment.
On Thursday 6th November the Colonial Secretary Alexander Macleay proceeded on board the Albion to inspect and muster the prisoners prior to their disembarkation and distribution.
Assignment of Convicts
Convict Indents for the Albion include the place of assignment with the exception of the educated men and young boys. The boys were probably sent to the Carter's Barracks and the educated prisoners were probably sent to Wellington Valley known as 'The Valley of the Swells'..........
In 1827 the settlement became the destination for difficult convicts or 'specials'. The treatment of middle or upper class convicts had been of concern to the colonial administration for some time. There was unease that these convicts were given preferential treatment that did not reflect their criminal status. It was recommended by Commissioner Bigge that they be given light work and banished from the centres of population. From 1827 these 'special' convicts were sent to Superintendent John Maxwell at the Wellington Valley Settlement. - Wellington Convict and Mission Site - Maynggu Ganai.
The following men are those with no place of assignment noted in the indents:
Francis Anderson, Merchant's Clerk
Thomas Allen, Attorneys Clerk
John Crowe - Merchant's Clerk
John Lantaff Dancy - Merchant's Clerk and Ship's Broker
William Howard alias Josiah Dell - Private teacher
William Jones - Copyist to law stationer
George Skinner - Merchant's Clerk
The colony had been in the grip of a severe drought for some time previous to the arrival of the Albion, however by November rain had arrived and when Thomas Bishop and Job Booth were assigned to T.W.M. Winder in the lower Hunter, it was reported that the crops on the beautiful and romantic estates of Windermere and Luskintyre looked most luxuriant. Prisoner George Burghall was assigned to John Pike at Pickering and Benjamin Belcher was assigned to Peter Cunningham at Dalswinton. These Estates were situated higher up the Hunter River and were affected with blight after the end of the drought. By November the wheat crops on these estates had failed and the stalks were being cut down only to be used to make hay.
1). Thomas Logan was also employed as surgeon on the convict ship Proteus to Van Diemen's Land in 1831
2). Return of Convicts of the Albion assigned between 1st January 1832 and 31st March 1832 (Sydney Gazette 14 June 1832; 21 June 1832; 5 July 1832).....
Thomas Green - Quarryman assigned to Robert Crawford at Prospect
John Harper - Labourer assigned to Julia Johnston at Annandale
John Rook - Sailor assigned to Thomas Small at Kissing Point
3). Convict ships bringing detachments of the 63rd regiment -
Albion departed Sheerness 1 June 1828 - Lieutenant M. Vickery
Eliza departed London 29 June 1828 - Major Sholto Douglas