Free Settler or Felon
Convict and Colonial History

William Hutchinson Bulkeley Jones R.N.,

Convict Ship Surgeon-Superintendent

Date of Seniority Royal Navy 20 October 1837

William Hutchinson Bulkeley Jones was awarded his Medical Degree from Glasgow University in 1826. He joined the Navy on 20 October 1837 [1]

Surgeon Superintendent

William Hutchinson Bulkeley Jones was appointed surgeon to H.M.S. Orestes to serve in South America on 6 August 1838. H.M.S. Orestes, sloop, 460 tons, as built at Portsmouth in 1824. 84 officers and men, 24 boys and 20 marines were employed on board. Commander as Peter S. Hambly. John Reid was employed as Assistant Surgeon

William H.B. Jones was employed as Surgeon Superintendent on three convict ships to Australia:

Elphinstone to Van Diemen's Land in 1842

Marion in 1844 also to Van Diemen's Land

Bangalore to Moreton Bay in 1850

Aurora to Van Diemen's Land in 1851

His signature on all four Medical Journals is written in a similar style - W.B. Jones, M.D., Surgeon Superintendent


He died at Prince Town in the County of Devon on 14 April 1860. His Will was proved on the oath of Ann Jones, of Champion grove Camberwell, Co. Surrey, widow and relict.[2]

Notes and Links

1) University of Glasgow

2) Pitt-Rivers Museum


[1] The Navy List

[2] England and Wales, National Probate Calendar, Principal Probate Registry. Calendar of the Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration made in the Probate Registries of the High Court of Justice in England. London, England

[3] Haultain, C. (compiled), The New Navy List, 1840, p. 213