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Maitland, Convict Voyage to Australia 1846

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Maitland voyage to Port Phillip, Australia in 1846 with 299 passengers.

The 648 ton ship 'Maitland' was under the command of Captain John Gray and was said to have begun her voyage on May 22, 1846. She then travelled to the Isle of Wight where she took on 72 Parkhurst boys. She left there on June 24, 1846 and is said to have finally set out from Spithead on June 29 on her way to the Port Phillip Settlement (Victoria).

She was said to have arrived in Victoria on November 9 but other sources suggest she arrived firstly at Hobart in Van Diemen's land on October 27, 1846. The Parkhurst boys were among the 291 male convicts who were sentenced to transportation and were discharged in Williamstown on November 24, 1846.

Ian Nicholson's 'Log of Logs' indicates that the surgeon's journal for the voyage is preserved in the Public Record Office in England and is on the 'Australian Joint Copying Project' film no. 3202.

The boys were listed in Paul Buddee's book, 'Fate of the Artful Dodger' and his research notes which were deposited in the Battye Library, Perth, some time later. His work has been expanded upon with information from other sources such as prison and Home Office records. Much of that information was also compiled and published by Keith Clarke in 1999 in his book, 'Convicts of the Port Phillip District'.

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