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John Inches R.N.

Convict Ship Surgeon-Superintendent

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Date of Seniority Royal Navy 30 August 1805

John Inches R.N., married Mabella Ann Ovey, youngest daughter of Mr. S. P. Pritchard, commander of H. M. store ship Dromedary at Chalton Church in 1812.

He was entered in the Navy List of Medical Officers in 1814.


He was employed as surgeon-superintendent on four convict ship voyages to Australia:

Lady Harewood 1832

Lloyds 1833

Mary 1835

Norfolk 1837.

Australian Agricultural Company

John Inches later settled in Australia. He was employed by the Australian Agricultural company at Port Stephens and then worked as a private surgeon.

John Inches' eldest daughter Mabella married Robert Pringle of Carrington Park in August 1837 while he was stationed at Port Stephens.

East Maitland

In April 1840 John Inches announced that he had moved to East Maitland where he intended to offer his services as a Surgeon and Accoucheur.

Macleay River

He is listed in the Sydney Herald in November 1840 as a Retired Officer making a land purchase of 1280 acres, the deed being dated May 1840. After his death, the land was offered for sale in two portions and described as: adjoining the village of Kempsey near Commandant's Hill, Macleay River, being the land John Inches retired Royal Navy surgeon was permitted to purchase without competition in consideration of his services


According to the notice placed in the Sydney Herald, John Inches died on Thursday, 2nd December 1841 aged 55, much and deeply lamented by a numerous circle of friends and relatives. He was buried at St. Peter's Cemetery, East Maitland.

His wife Mabella Inches was residing with her daughter and son in law Mabella and Robert Pringle in 1847. Mabella Inches died in October 1857 at Balmain - the Funeral to move from Mrs. Dalyell's Darling Street residence.

John and Mabella Inches' daughter Mabella Pringle died in Sydney in September 1860.

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