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Title Medical Journal of the Aliquis Emigrant Ship by John William Bowler, Surgeon and Superintendent, During which Time the Ship was Employed in a Voyage to Sydney, New South Wales
Date 22 Nov 1838 - 19 Mar 1839
Document Type Shipping Papers
Reference ADM 101/1/10
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 Bowler, Surgeon on board the migrant ship “Aliquis”. The journal lists cases tended to by the surgeon, including a birth and a series of deaths, and his general remarks on the voyage. In early 1839, a number of passengers were affected by an outbreak of ophthalmia. A table listing the numbers taken ill is also included.
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) Ships and Shipping Lines; Journey Conditions
Country (from) Ireland
Country (to) Australia
Ports Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; Cork, Ireland
Nationality Irish; European
Ships Aliquis
Keywords death, disease, labourer, female emigration, child migration, surgeon, typhus, fever, diarrhoea, birth, emigration, injury, seizures, emigration
Language English
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