Embarked: 200 men
Voyage: 119 days
Surgeon's Journal: Yes
Tons: 482 Crew: 38 men
Previous vessel: Planter arrived 15 October 1832
Next vessel: Dunvegan Castle arrived 16 October 1832
Captain William Vaughan
Surgeon Superintendent John Edwards
The Hercules was built at Whitby in 1822 . Convicts were transported to Australia on the Hercules in 1825, 1830 and 1832.
Surgeon John Edwards
John Edwards kept a Medical Journal during the voyage. The Journal begins on 21st May 1832 while the vessel is still at Deptford being fitted out. They were fortunate in totally escaping from the prevailing cholera, although the Surgeon was puzzled as to why this should be. The Guard embarked under unfavourable conditions and were drenched. The weather continued so damp that they could not be kept dry and some became ill........
We were unfortunate in embarking one case of phthisis who did not raise suspicion; these men are so anxious to get away from the rigid discipline of the Hulks that they endeavour to conceal their complaints. He was however, soon obliged to apply to the Hospital but the progress of the disease was rapid and fatal. 
The Hercules departed London on 19th June 1832
The Guard consisted of 29 rank and file of 4th regt., accompanied by five women and seven children under command of Lieutenant Thomas Gibson.
Passengers included Mrs. Gibson and Master Gibson; Miss Robb and Miss Dobson.
The Hercules arrived in Port Jackson on Tuesday 16 October 1832. Prisoners were mustered on board by the Colonial Secretary Alexander McLeay and were landed on Wednesday 31st October 1832. The indents reveal the name, age, education, religion, marital status, family, native place, trade. offence, place and date of trial, sentence and physical description. There is no indication in the indents as to where the men were assigned on arrival.
There were quite a few young convicts on the Hercules. The youngest John Smith a tailor's boy from Lancashire was only 13 years of age. John Brown, Henry Churm, Constantine Hayes, John Swadling, Frederick Scammell and Matthew White were all 14 years old and there were more still who were only 15 or 16 years old. Some may have been sent to the Carter's Barracks but others were assigned to settlers with the instructions that they were to remain with that particular settler until their sentence was fulfilled.