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Title Diary by Robert Espie of the Treatment and Regulation of 97 Female Convicts and 23 Children, Together with 21 Free Women Passengers and 49 of their Children, Embarked on board the Lord Sidmouth at Woolwich in September 1822 for Passage to Van Diemen's Land and New South Wales
Date 22 Aug 1822 - 1 Mar 1823
Document Type Personal Account
Reference ADM 101/44/10
Library / Archive The National Archives
Collection Name Admiralty and Predecessors: Office of the Director General of the Medical Department of the Navy and Predecessors: Medical Journals
Description Manuscript journal of John Will Bower, Surgeon on board the ship "Lord Sidmouth". Includes a list of regulations, diary of events and details of selected individual cases, including three deaths.
Series Description A selection of journals returned to the bodies responsible for superintending naval medical services by the surgeons of HM ships, some hospitals, naval brigades and shore parties. There are also journals from convict ships and emigrant ships, for which naval surgeons were provided. The journals contain an account of the treatment of medical and surgical cases, and usually a copy of the daily sick list, statistical abstracts of the incidence of diseases, and general comments on the health and activities of the ship's company.
Biographical Note / History Fleet Temporary Memorandum 215 of 1990 terminated the requirement for ships' medical officers to compile journals.
Theme(s) Journey Conditions; Ships and Shipping Lines; Religion, Ethnic Identity and Community Relations; Motives for Emigration
Country (from) Great Britain
Country (to) Australia
Ports Hobart, Tasmania, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; London, England; Rio di Janeiro, Brazil
Nationality English; European
Ships Lord Sidmouth
Keywords insanity, dysentery, diarrhoea, death, seizures, religion, Christianity, missionaries, health and sickness, diet, vomiting, seasickness, female emigration, transportation, child migration, violence
Language English
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