Arthur Bowes-Smyth, illustrated journal, 1787-1789. Titled `A Journal of a Voyage from Portsmouth to New South Wales and China in the Lady Penrhyn, Merchantman William Cropton Sever, Commander by Arthur Bowes-Smyth, Surgeon - 1787-1788-1789'; being a fair22 March 1787 - 12 August 1789; compiled ca 1790
Arthur Bowes Smyth (1750-1790), known as Bowes while in the colony, sailed with the First Fleet as Surgeon on board the Lady Penrhyn. He was responsible for the women convicts. The Mitchell Library and British Library versions of Bowes Smyth's journal include the names of women convicts on the Lady Penrhyn, and the names of children.
Three manuscript versions of this journal are known to exist. They are held at the National Library of Australia (believed to be the original version); and the British Library (fair copy). The Mitchell Library version is believed to be a fair copy.
Media Transcript: Transcription of Arthur Bowes-Smyth's journal