Free Settler or Felon
Convict and Colonial History

George Hume Weatherhead R. N.,

Convict Ship Surgeon-Superintendent

Date of Seniority Royal Navy 4 July 1812

George Hume Weatherhead, medical writer, was born in Berwickshire in 1789 or 1790. He was entered in the Navy List of Medical Officers in 1814. [1]

He graduated M.D. at Edinburgh University on 1 August 1816. He was admitted a licentiate of the College of Physicians on 27 March 1820. He was Senor Physician and one of the Trustees of the Royal Free Hospital; Fellow of the Royal Medical and Chururgical Society; Member of the Hunterian Society; Honorary and Corresponding Member of the Royal Hufelandian Medical and Chirurgical Society of Berlin; Member of the British and Foreign Institute, and of the United Service Museum.[2]

Surgeon Superintendent

George Weatherhead was employed as Surgeon Superintendent on the convict ship Adrian on the voyage to New South Wales. He kept a Medical Journal from 31st March to 20 August 1830


The Beaulah Saline Spa (1832)by George Hume Weatherhead

A Pedestrian Tour through France and Italy (1834) by George Hume Weatherhead

A New Synopsis of Nosology (1834)by George Hume Weatherhead

On the Cure of Gout and Rheumatism (1843) by George Hume Weatherhead

A Treatise in infantile and adult Rickets - Edinburgh 1820 - Medico-Chirurgical Transactions


George Hume Weatherhead was on the List of Surgeons unfit for service in 1841 and on List of Surgeons retired on commuted allowance in 1850.

1851 Census

George Hume Weatherhead can be found in the 1851 Census residing at Vale of Health, Vale Lodge, Middlesex. Age 60; unmarried. Occupation Physician Graduate, retired from practise.


George Hume Weatherhead died at The Cottage, Foot's Cray Park near Bromley in Kent on 22 June 1853.


[1] Navy List