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Surgeon Superintendent George Thomson
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Prisoners and passengers of the Borodino identified in the Hunter Valley
The prisoners of the Borodino
came from districts throughout Ireland - Limerick, Cork, Kilkenny, Roscommon, Mayo, Kildare, Carlow and Meath etc. They were transferred from county gaols to the Cove of Cork to await transportation.
Surgeon George Thomson
George Thomson kept a Medical Journal from 4 December 1827 to 25 July 1828. 
was reported to have reached the Cove of Cork late in January 1828 in order to embark her prisoners.
The Guard consisted of Captain Philip Aubin and Ensign Aubin of the 57th regiment, 48 men of the 57th and two of the Royal Veterans. Select here
to find convict ships bringing detachments of the 57th regiment.
Cabin passengers included H. Thomson from England, free settler; Mrs. Aubin wife of Captain Aubin
and 8 women and 11 children belonging to the troops.
Patrick Carolan, son of a convict came steerage.
Departure from Ireland
was the next convict ship to leave Ireland bound for New South Wales after the departure of the Morley
in November 1827.
They departed Cork on 11 February 1828. In consequence of damage to the iron tiller on the 21st February during a severe gale of wind, the Borodino was obliged to put into Lisbon causing the voyage to be quite lengthy. The Australian
later reported on the violent storms that befell the Borodino
The latter end of February and part of March had been distinguished in Europe by violently tempestuous weather, productive of wreck and other devastation to an alarming extent. The Ann Amelia, a transport, having on board a large detachment of British Troops went down off the Coast of Portugal, and it is feared, few or no lives were saved from her. Dismasted, and otherwise damaged ships were every day arriving in the Port of Lisbon, in which were about three hundred sail of various nations, when the Borodino left
departed Lisbon on 16th March 1828
Arrival at Port Jackson
arrived in Port Jackson on 14 July 1828.
By this time the guard had been on board 232 days and the convicts 200 days. This resulted in extra expenditure of medicines and medical comforts and surgeon George Thomson was required to spend more time attending to the mens' health.
George Thomson's former voyage (the England) took 135 days and they sailed direct without touching anywhere. In consequence there was no scurvy or any other disease except trifling complaints on that voyage. On this voyage of the Borodino
, although only one prisoner was confined with scurvy there were a number of others who had early symptoms of the disease and who required medical assistance.
The surgeon attributed not losing any of the convicts on his two voyages to:
1. keeping them on deck whenever the weather would permit between sunrise and sunset;
2. to keeping the prisons dry and well ventilated;
3. to prohibiting the convicts from using the water closets during the day (which were badly fitted);
4. to frequent fumigations;
5. great attention to cleanliness and
6. obliging them to take as much exercise as was possible.
Muster of Convicts
Colonial Secretary Alexander McLeay inspected and mustered the male prisoners on 16th July prior to their landing and distribution. The convict indents reveal the name, age, education, religion, marital status, family, native place, trade, offence, when and where tried, sentence, prior convictions, physical description and where and to whom assigned. There is also occasional additional information regarding colonial crimes, deaths, relatives in the colony and pardons.
Their crimes ranged from petty stealing to manslaughter, rape and murder. There were also men who had been convicted of Whiteboy crimes.
The prisoners were disembarked in the forenoon of 25th July 1828 and before evening most had been sent to their place of assignment. In the Hunter Valley, they were assigned to settlers such as Joseph B. Weller, George Williams, Peter McIntyre, William Dun and James Reid.
Thirteen prisoners were under the age of sixteen. The youngest were Thomas Stapleton, John Long and Owen Rooney who were all 14 years of age. They were sent to the Carter's Barracks
Owen Rooney's brother Terence was also transported on the Borodino
. He died in George St. Sydney just one month after arrival. The Sydney Gazette reported.....
We stop the Press to report that, yesterday evening, between 7 and 8 several persons were wounded by bayonets, whilst quietly walking the streets between King St. and George Sts. In the bowels of one unfortunate man - a newly arrived prisoner by the Borodino - a bayonet was deposited! The poor man was taken to the General Hospital, and in ten minutes after was dead!y Gazette 18 August 1828.
One hundred pounds reward was later offered for information as to the identity of the soldier who had caused the death of Rooney.
Departure of the Borodino
The was to sail for the Isle de France on 26th August 1828.
Notes and Links
1). Political Prisoners
2). George Thomson was previously employed as Surgeon-Superintendent on the England
3). James Bresnahan arrived as a convict on the Borodino. He was executed as a bushranger in September 1837
4). Seventeen convict ships arrived in New South Wales in 1828 - Florentia
, Marquis of Huntley
, Bussorah Merchant
, Countess of Harcourt
, Marquis of Hastings
, City of Edinburgh
, Royal George
5). Philip Aubin
was appointed Ensign 14th February 1811, Lieutenant 29th April 1813, Captain 22 June 1826 and Major 12 April 1831. He served in the Peninsula from Nov. 1811 to the end of the war, including the battles of Vittoria, the Pyrenees, 25th, 28th, 30th and 31st July; Nivelle, Nive, 9th, 11th, and 13th December 1813, besides many other minor actions and skirmishes. He was severely wounded through the left side in action at Couchez 18th March 1814.
6). ADVANTAGES OF VARIOUS ROUTES OF CONVICT SHIPS
7).Return of Convicts of the Borodino assigned between 1st January 1832 and 31st March 1832 (Sydney Gazette 14 June 1832; 21 June 1832; 28 June 1832; 5 July 1832).....
Thomas Derby - Miller assigned to John Smith at Newcastle
Michael Dwyer - Coachman assigned to D.A.C.G. Arnold at Sydney
Thomas Hewson or Henson - Stable boy assigned to Henry Donnison at Sydney
John Kenny - Ploughs. Assigned to George Druitt at Mount Druitt
Maurice Kelliger - Paviour and labourer assigned to James Walker at Wallalang
James Mahoney - Labourer assigned to George Blackett at Liverpool
Edward Masterton - Rope maker assigned to William Ogilvie at Hunter's River
Patrick Nowlan - Ploughman assigned to Francis Allman at Maitland
Michael Onion - In and outdoor servant assigned to M.D. Irving at Sydney
8). Vessels bringing detachments of the 57th Regiment
departed Cork 29 October 1824 - Captain Richard Heaviside
Asia (III) 1825
departed Portsmouth 5 January 1825 - Lieutenant Thomas Bainbridge
Royal Charlotte 1825
departed Portsmouth 5 January 1825 - Major Edmund Lockyer
departed Cork 5 January 1825 Cork - Captain Patrick Logan
departed Portsmouth 17 April 1825 - Captain James Brown
departed Portsmouth 17 April 1825 - Lieutenant Henry John Tudor Shadforth
departed Cork 16 May 1825 - Lieutenant John William Donelan
Sir Godfrey Webster
departed Cork 11 July 1825 - Lieutenant John Ovens
departed the Downs 2 August 1825 Downs - Lieutenant William Bates
1825 departed Dublin 5 August 1825 Dublin - Captain Vance Young Donaldson
Marquis of Hastings 1826
departed Portsmouth 22 August 1825 - Ensign Stewart
departed Cork 23 October 1825 - Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Shadforth
departed Portsmouth 30 November 1825 - Major John Campbell
Prince Regent 1827
departed London 11 June 1827 - Lieutenant Campbell
departed Dublin 3 November 1827 - Captain Robert Hunt
departed Cork 11 February 1828 Cork - Captain Philip Aubyn
departed Dublin 23 February 1828 Dublin- Lieut. Hill and Adjutant Lieut. Kidd
Bussorah Merchant 1828
departed London 27 March 1828 - Captain Burton Daveney (+ 1 soldier)
Marquis of Hastings 1828
departed Portsmouth 1828 30 June 1828 - Colonel Allen
departed London 23 November 1828 - Lieutenant George Edwards
9). National Archives
- Description: Medical and surgical journal of the Borodino convict ship for 4 December 1827 to 25 July 1828 by George Thomson, surgeon and superintendent, during which time the said ship was employed in a voyage to New South Wales
 The Australian 16 July 1828
 Ancestry.com. UK, Royal Navy Medical Journals, 1817-1857. Medical Journal of George Thomson on the voyage of the Borodino in 1828. The National Archives. Kew, Richmond, Surrey.
 Bateson, Charles Library of Australian History (1983). The convict ships, 1787-1868 (Australian ed). Library of Australian History, Sydney : pp.348-349, 386