Convicts were transported to Australia on the Lord Melville 1829 and 1830. The convicts on this voyage came from counties throughout England including Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex, Northampton, London, Lincoln, Southampton, Sussex, Cambridge, Hertford, Oxford, Wiltshire, York, Surrey and Warwick. There were also soldiers who had been court-martialled at Belam Portugal, Corfu and Gibraltar.
They were held in various prison hulks - Anthony Hitchcock, James and Isaac Cooper William Marsfield, Thomas Hutton, Samuel Ryan, Thomas Chapple, James Archer, James Jack, were all tried at Chelmsford on 10th March 1828. On 23rd May they were taken from Chelmsford to the Leviathan hulk which, between January and June 1829, held an average of 655 convicts. The Chelmsford prisoners were held on the Leviathan with many others until 10th November when they were embarked on the Lord Melville bound for New South Wales. 
On the 24 December 1828 the following news was reported in the news.....The Westerly gales have driven fifty or sixty merchant vessels bound to all parts of the world, to the Motherbank. Among them are the Princess Royal and Vibelia for New South Wales. The Lord Melville with convicts for Sydney was obliged to return to Spithead to wait for moderate weather.
The Lord Melville departed London 5 January 1829.
Mr and Mrs. Manning, three daughters and two sons and James Macleay, son of Colonial Secretary Alexander McLeay arrived on the Lord Melville .
The Guard was a detachment of the 63rd regiment. Select here to find convict ships bringing detachments of the 63rd regiment.
After a voyage of one hundred and twenty one days, the Lord Melville arrived in Port Jackson on 6 May 1829. There were no deaths of convicts on the passage out.
Convicts were mustered on board by Colonial Secretary Alexander Macleay on 8th May 1829. The Indents include name, age, education, marital status, family, religion, native place, trade or employment, offence, where and when tried, prior convictions, sentence, physical description and where and to whom assigned. There are also occasional notes giving details of date and place of death, colonial sentences and tickets of leave.
Some of the convicts were assigned to the Upper Hunter and the Namoi River. Thomas Carter was assigned to Archibald Bell and John Cawley to Thomas Potter Macqueen. James Archer was assigned to Sir John Jamison at the Namoi. He was one of the assigned servants responsible for shooting two notorious bushrangers John McDonald and Joseph Lynch in 1835.
2). Anthony Hitchcock a fisherman and bricklayer from Essex arrived on the Lord Melville. He was eventually assigned to James Mudie at Castle Forbes and became part of one of the most infamous episodes in Australian Colonial history. Select here to find out more about Anthony Hitchcock.
5). Return of Convicts of the Lord Melville assigned between 1st January 1832 and 31st March 1832 (Sydney Gazette 14 June 1832; 28 June 1832; 5 July 1832).....
William Cain - Brass finisher assigned to Catherine Sheridan at Maitland
James Daines - House carpenter assigned to Robert Bonnor at Bathurst
Robert Gregson - Stone cutter assigned to Andrew Gibson at Goulburn Plains
Samuel Law - Knife grinder assigned to George Cavenagh at Sydney
Thomas Parker - Shoemaker assigned to T.V. Bloomfield at Maitland
6). 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