Free Settler or Felon
Convict and Colonial History

John Rodmell R. N.,

Convict Ship Surgeon-Superintendent

Date of Seniority Royal Navy 24 February 1800

Naval Service

John Rodmell was appointed Surgeon in the Royal Navy on 24 February 1800. He was appointed to the Scipion in 1812. [1]

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

Surgeon Superintendent

John Rodmell was appointed Surgeon Superintendent on three convict ship voyages to Australia:

Mary to NSW in 1822

Medina to NSW in 1823.

Woodman to VDL in 1826.


He died on the voyage of the Woodman in 1826. - The Woodman, Capt. Daniel Leary, burthen 419 tons, from Sheerness, 6th December, Cape of Good Hope, 4th March with 146 male prisoners, 4 having died on the passage; and also the Surgeon Superintendent Mr. Rodmell. In consequence of the death of Mr. Rodmell, Mr. (Cornelius) Kellie of H.M. Ship Helicon, undertook the charge at the Cape. The guard consisted of Captain Wakefield, and Ensign Innes of the 30th and 2 sergeants and 7 rank and file of the 57th. -[2]


[1] Naval Chronicle

[2] Sydney Gazette 24 May 1826