It should be appreciated that extant surgeon's journals have been copied as part of
the Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP) on microfilms and are therefore available for
free at such libraries as State Libraries and the National Library in Canberra. The
National Archives in England has been steadily indexing the sick lists on their website.
As ancestry is not free and if one does not have a subscription, I would suggest that
access to ancestry be a last resort.
On my web site I have listed all extant journals alphabetically by ship and provide the
TNA reference number and AJCP microfilm. If your ship is not there then the journal is not
held by TNA and has likely been destroyed/lost.
As an example, say you are researching Thomas Shenfield who arrived in Sydney on the
Adamant on 8 Sept 1821, look up my index for this ship at
This page gives you two references, first the AJCP microfilm reference AJCP reel 3187 so
that you can then go to a Library which holds these reels to look at a copy of the
original journal, and second, you can check the TNA reference - adm 101/1/2 - to see if
TNA has indexed part of the journal by going to the TNA search page below
Following the above example, in the search box key in adm 101/1/2, you will get to this
page which mentions Thomas
Please realise that it is always best to see all the pages of the original journal, as
there is always a General Remarks section usually giving comments about the voyage. Also,
some journals are hard to read so there can be transcription errors.
On 06/08/2014, at 3:27 PM, MargM via wrote:
UK Royal Navy Medical Journals
or what we know more as Surgeons Journals / Joint Copying
Project etc etc
This wasn't easy to find even though I knew it was there
Beautiful NSW Central Coast
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