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Jonathan Harrison

Jonathan Harrison, one of 240 convicts transported on the Portsea, 24 July 1838

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Jonathan Harrison
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: -
Convicted at: Gibralter Court Martial
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Portsea
Departure date: 24th July, 1838
Arrival date: 18th December, 1838
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 239 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/11, Page Number 305 (154)
Source description: This record is one of the entries in the British convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database compiled by State Library of Queensland from British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project.

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Maureen Withey on 2nd May, 2020 wrote:

Suffered from scury on board. Mentioned in report on William Wymark beow:

ADM 101/60/6/10   1838. Sick list of the Portsea Convict Barque from Deptford to Sydney, New South Wales, between the 7th day of July and the [...] day of December 1838. Thomas Bell (c) Surgeon and Superintendent: 
Folios 12-13: William Wymark, aged 26, Prisoner; disease or hurt, scorbutus. Put on sick list, 18 August 1838, at sea. Discharged, 14 September 1838. He had been in the 57th Regiment for 7 years and deserted in 1836 at Gibraltar, going to Spain and from there returning to London as cook on a merchant ship. He was arrested in January 1837 and put in Colchester Jail for 38 days before being marched to Carlisle to be identified at his regimental depot. He remained in the guardroom at Carlisle for 2 months, during which time he began to grow thin. He was then marched from Carlisle to Portsmouth and sent to Gibraltar to be court martialled, receiving a sentence of 7 years transportation. He remained in the [provo] or ‘Moore’s Castle’ [Moorish Castle] for 9 months, where he was badly fed and went to hospital with symptoms of scurvy. He was returned to Portsmouth and again admitted to hospital for scurvy and treated by Mr Williams, who gave him citric acid. Three other prisoners on board, Burbury and Harold of the 68th Regiment and Harrison of the 52nd Regiment, had also been held in prison at Gibraltar between 7 and 11 months. All had suffered scurvy and scorbutic dysentery in prison and were the worst cases of scurvy on board the Portsea. There were two others who came with them from Gibraltar that the surgeon had objected to as being debilitated when they were inspected on the Leviathan hulk.

Folios 22-24: John Harrison, aged 28, Prisoner; disease or hurt, scorbutus. Put on sick list, 23 November 1838, at sea. Discharged, 10 December 1838. ‘Of short stature and scrophulous appearance’, had deserted from Gibraltar into Spain two years previously. He had been in imprisoned for 20 months and had spent 6 of those months in solitary confinement before embarking. During his confinement he lost his health and became scorbutic, emaciated and debilitated. On 7 December the ship called at Hobart Town and took on fresh beef and vegetables, which, with sight of land, ‘had a better effect in restoring the health of the sick than all the medicines they have had for the last week’. He was landed on 22 December with the other prisoners.
Folio 24: Note in John Harrison’s treatment that current regulation keeps prisoners in Government employment for six months before being assigned, there were 1060 in the barracks.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 2nd May, 2020 made the following changes:

gender: m

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