The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser

 Tuesday 28 June 1831



From London, Portsmouth, and the Cape of Good Hope, on Saturday last, having left Portsmouth on the 19th of February, the ship Eleanor (310 tons), Captain Cook, with 137 male prisoners, convicted of machine-breaking, &c Surgeon Superintendent, J. Stephen- son, Esq. The guard consists of 29 men of different corps, 5 women, and 10 children, under the command of Lieutenant Stewart, 4Gth Regiment.




THE SYDNEY MONITOR WEDNESDAY MORNING, JUNE 29, 1831. NEWS BY THE ELEANOR' MALE CONVICT SHIP.   The Eleanor has brought us a series of London Morning Chronicles and Atlas's, down to the 17th" of February. She left England the 18th. She brings 137 male prisoners, convicted of breaking machines. They are a most valuable body of men ; and being one of the last bonne bouches they can expect to receive during the present flickering dynasty, we recommend the civil officers, and address makers of the Colony, with Mr. M'Leay at their head, to apply for four or five of them a-piece ; for it may happen, that ere the next cargo arrive, they may be put on a level with those who have had the misfortune either to offend the General, or to have been Gregsonised, and so be compelled to pay a premium for their services like other people.




The Sydney Herald (NSW : 1831 - 1842)

 Monday 18 July 1831 Page 4

The machine breakers, per Eleanor, were landed on Monday, and being fine healthy men, and two thirds of them agriculturists, will be a valuable acquisition to the Colony. They innocently expressed a hope that they would not be placed along with the housebreakers, pickpockets, etc. We understand the Government has very considerately investigated the characters of persons to whom the above men are to be consigned, and only given them to such as are respectable.