D’Arcy Wentworth was an Irish surgeon who could have been a First Fleet convict himself, thanks to charges of Highway Robbery at the Old Bailey in 1787, but he was found not guilty. After being acquitted of a third charge of highway robbery due to a lack of evidence in 1789, the judge at the Old Bailey was informed ‘the prisoner at the Bar, has taken a passage to go in a fleet to Botany Bay and has obtained an appointment in it as Assistant Surgeon and desires to be discharged immediately.’
Wentworth came to the colony on board the Second Fleet ship Neptune (1790) where he formed a relationship with convict Catherine Crowley. He was commandant / supervisor of convicts and made use of medical skills in Norfolk Island, Sydney, and Parramatta. He was appointed a justice of the peace and elected to sit in the Governor’s Court in 1810, a role in which he committed many convict women to Parramatta’s Female Factories.
Read more about D’Arcy Wentworth’s life:
J. J. Auchmuty, ‘Wentworth, D’Arcy (1762–1827)‘, Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, published first in hardcopy 1967, accessed online 10 March 2017.
- Section 2, Row J, No.3
- Partner of Catherine Crowley
- Parent of William Charles Wentworth
- Parent of Katherine Wentworth
# Second Fleet
# Ship: Neptune (1790)
# Grave: marked