Prisoners were transported to New South Wales on the Waterloo in 1829, 1831, 1833, 1836 and 1838 and to Van Diemen's Land in 1835.
Two hundred and twenty-four male prisoners from districts throughout England, Ireland and Scotland as well as some from Canada were embarked on the Waterloo.
The Guard consisted of twenty-nine rank and file of the 51st regt., seven wives and fourteen children. The two officers of the guard were Lieut. Hare, 51st regt., Mr. Hill 50th regt. The convicts and guard were embarked on the Waterloo at Woolwich and Sheerness, late in September 1837
The Waterloo departed London on 4th October 1837.
Illness on the Voyage
James Ellis, R.N., kept a Medical Journal from 10 September 1837 to 21 February 1838.
On the 7th October there was an outbreak of measles with two children of the Guard affected. Soon afterwards three more cases occurred. The surgeon reported that the cases were mild and easily treated. Two (other) children died on the passage out. The prisoners were reported to be generally healthy, although according to the surgeon they looked as if they had been scantily fed for some time before embarkation.
A total of 127 days, not counting the time spent on board prior to embarkation, were spent at sea. According to James Ellis, the long voyage resulted in the prisoners and guard being afflicted with dysentery, inflammatory fever and scurvy.
Cape of Good Hope
The voyage was long and tedious, being ten weeks at sea before they reached the Cape of Good Hope.
They departed from the Cape on the 23th December, and so Christmas was celebrated at sea.
The Waterloo arrived in Port Jackson on 8th February 1838.