Free Settler or Felon
Convict and Colonial History

Convict Ship Merope - 1834

Embarked: 11 male prisoners
Captain Pollock
Tons: 311

The barque Merope departed Calcutta 1st June 1834 and sailed via Mauritius to Van Diemen's Land with eleven prisoners who had been convicted in Madras.

Cabin Passengers

Passengers from Madras included Mr and Mrs. Ashton and children, Dr. and Mrs. Radford, Mr. Innis, Miss Wilton, Lieutenant Davy, Messrs. Innis, Degraves, and McIntosh. [2]


The following convicts, all soldiers charged with crimes such as rape, mutiny, desertion, shooting to kill etc., were then transferred to the Currency Lass, Captain Taggart and taken to Sydney where they arrived on 11 October 1834:

Edward Shea age 25. Native place County Limerick

Isaac McKay age 41. Native Place Edinburgh

John Kinmouth age 23. Native place Perthshire

Hugh Cummins age 28. Native place Co. Roscommon

George Thomas Breakey age 38. Native place Co. Cavan

Thomas Diamond age 27. Native place Middlesex

James McMullen or McBade Age 35. Native Place Co'erain, Ireland

David Lindsay age 25. Native place Co. Forfarshire

William Casey age 25. Native place Co. Tipperary

William Pollock age 37. Native place Lanarkshire

Edmond Isidore age 30. Native place Mauritius [1]

Notes and Links

1). Convicts and passengers of the Merope identified in the Hunter Valley


[1] Convict Indents. State Archives NSW; Series: NRS 12189; Item: [X636]; Microfiche: 710

[2] Sydney Herald 2 October 1834