The ShipSir Thomas Arbuthnot sailed from Spithead, England, on Sunday, 10 January 1847 with JosephPerks aboard and arrived in Port Phillip, Melbourne, Australia on 4 May 1847. The Master of the 621 ton ship was John Thompson and the surgeon was Henry Baker. The ship disembarked 291 exiles. There were 89 Parkhurst boys (teenagers, most of whom had been convicted for theft), expirees who embarked at the Isle of Wight. Another 150 of the exiles were from Pentonville Prison and the rest were from Millbank Prison.1
24 Dec 2008
[S799] Shona Gladman, "Descendants of Joseph Perks," e-mail to Robert Mote, December 2008.