Free Settler or Felon
Convict and Colonial History

John Mortimer R. N.,

Convict Ship Surgeon-Superintendent

Date of Seniority Royal Navy 17 February 1806

John Mortimer was stationed at Antigua in 1809[1]. He was Surgeon at the hospital at Martinique in 1810[2]; and Surgeon to the Naval Hospital at Barbados in 1814 [3]

1816 - 1817
Employed as Surgeon Superintendent on the convict ship Fame to New South Wales, arriving in Port Jackson on 8th March 1817.


He was practising at Torrington.......Extract of a letter from Mr. Mortimer, an able Practitioner in Torrington, and late Surgeon of the Naval Hospital at Barbados.[4]


John Mortimer was on the List of Gentlemen who passed their Surgical Examinations at Edinburgh


Employed as Surgeon to the Haslar Hospital[5]


Appointed Deputy Inspector of Hospitals on 22 August 1840 (Haslar Hospital)


Appointed Medical Inspector of Hospitals and Fleets on 9th November 1846[6]


John Mortimer died at Gosport age 74 on 20 April 1856 [7]


[1] The code of health and longevity By Sir John Sinclair

[2] Naval Chronicle

[3] The Navy List

[4] The London Medical Repository, Monthly Journal, and Review, Volume 13

[5] The Lancet

[6] Navy List

[7] Gentleman's Magazine