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Title Medical Journal of the Anna Maria, hired female convict ship, by W. McCrea, Surgeon Superintendent, During which Time the Said Ship was Employed in a Voyage to Van Diemen's Land and New South Wales
Date 22 Sep 1851 - 4 Feb 1852
Document Type Shipping Papers
Reference ADM 101/3/2
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 W. McCrea, Surgeon on board the convict ship "Anna Maria". The journal lists cases tended to by the surgeon, including numerous deaths, and his general remarks on the voyage. The use of a straightjacket is mentioned. Tables listing those vaccinated and taken ill are 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) Great Britain
Country (to) Australia
Places London, England
Ports Hobart, Tasmania, Australia; Gravesend, England
Nationality English; European
Ships Anna Maria
Keywords death, disease, female emigration, child migration, surgeon, workhouse, fever, diarrhoea, vomiting, malnutrition, dysentery, exhaustion, tuberculosis, vaccination, transportation, emigration
Language English
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