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Henry Wright, Royal Marines, Prince of Wales 1788

Henry Wright, Private, Royal Marines 51st (Plymouth) Company, Prince of Wales 1788.

Also aboard was his wife Mrs Ann Wright and their new born daughter Mary Ann. Henry and Ann were married 20 Oct 1786 Portsea, Hampshire, England. Their daughter Mary Ann Wright was baptised 19 Aug 1787 on board the Prince of Wales at Rio de Janerio, the baptism appears in St Phillips registrar as Charlicut Wright. Continue reading

Cornelius Caine – Cain, Convict, HMS Gorgon 1791

Cornelius Cain was tried 3 Aug 1789 at Surrey and received a sentence of 7 years transportation. He arrived in NSW aboard HMS Gorgon 1791. Cornelius arrived on Norfolk Island aboard the Pitt in Apr 1792.

1801: Cain Cornelius, Settler on Norfolk Island, convict pardon by King, yet in 1802 he was record as a convict under the name of Cornelius Kane.

Cornelius drowned 9 July 1803 at Norfolk Island.  His death report in the Sydney Gazette 2 Oct 1803:

We are sorry to state, that a Boat returning from Phillip to Norfolk Island, with 38 large Hogs, was overset between Phillip and Nepean Isle by which unfortunate event the Cockswain (sic) and five men were drowned.

From the known causes of death, drowning is the most common, as the convict John Grant wrote in his journal in 1805:

Many poor men have lost their lives on boats between ships and the Isle of Norfolk, but no accident of this sort has taken place since my arrival. It is impossible for you to have any idea of the waves of the sea circulating around this place. Sometimes in a prefect calm the waves themselves make an imposing noise.[1]

[1] John Grant and Yvonne Cramer (ed.), This Beauteous, Wicked Place: Letters and Journals of John Grant, gentleman convict, National Library of Australia, Canberra, 2000, p. 133.

Cite this article as: Cathy Dunn, 'Cornelius Caine – Cain, Convict, HMS Gorgon 1791', Australian History Research, http://www.australianhistoryresearch.info/cornelius-caine-cain-convict-hms-gorgon-1791/, accessed [insert current date]
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Thomas Davis, NSW Corps, HMS Gorgon 1791

Thomas Davis – Davies held the rank of Ensign in 1793. In Oct 1795, he arrived on Norfolk Island, still with the rank of ensign, aboard the Supply.  Thomas left Norfolk Island aboard the Francis in Dec 1795. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in June 1796. Continue reading