Smyth, Arthur Bowes (1750-1790)

Also known as
Bowes, Arthur (1750-1790)
Smith, Arthur Bowes (1750-1790)
Smythe, Arthur Bowes (1750-1790)
Field of activity
Artist; Draughtsman; Naval surgeon; Surgeon
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Arthur Bowes Smyth (1750-1790), surgeon, was born on 23 August 1750 at Tolleshunt D'Arcy, Essex, England, the seventh child of Thomas Smyth, a surgeon. He lived at Tolleshunt D'Arcy and practised there...

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Naval surgeon with the First Fleet. Acute observation of birds and plants during his travels led to a collection of journal entries and sketches, including the earliest known drawing of an emu and the now extinct species of bird, the white gallinule.

sketcher and naval surgeon, was born in Tolleshunt D’Arcy, Essex, England on 23 August 1750, son of Thomas and Mary Smyth. He came to NSW with the First Fleet in 1787 as surgeon aboard the Lady Penrhyn , keeping a journal from March 1787 to August 1789 which included an account of the voyage and the first weeks of settlement. In February 1788 he recorded sketching the 'Yellow Gum Plant’ or Grass Tree. He also described bird life at Port Jackson, and at Lord Howe Island where the ship called on the way to China, and his journal contains two pen drawings of birds – one, A New Species of Bird – Shot at Botany Bay New South Wales (1788) being an early portrait of an emu. The one of an emu is a copy after a drawing by Lieutenant John Watts (q.v.) , an officer on board; the other presents three views of a bird 'of the Coot kind found at Lord Howe Island’ and is the earliest known drawing of the now extinct white gallinule. Smyth observed four other birds on Lord Howe Island now also rare or extinct and collected various specimens and curios. Arthur Bowes Smyth died soon after his return to England. He was known in the colony as Arthur Bowes, the name in which he kept his journal. A contemporary copy is in the Mitchell

  • 1787 NSW; First Fleet, aboard the 'Lady Penrhyn'.

Flourished

  • fl. c.1787 - c.1789

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Arthur Smyth was a surgeon on the in the First Fleet where he took charge of the convicts when their surgeon became ill. He kept a journal under the name of Arthur Bowes from 22 March 1787 to 12 August 1789, which included a description of bird life at Port Jackson and Lord Howe Island. Smyth left Sydney on 20 April 1789, making drawings of now rare or extinct birds on Lord Howe Island. He died soon after his return to England. His family name 'Smyth' sometimes also appears in records as Smythe and Smith.

Born 23 August 1750. Buried 31 March 1790. Practised medicine at Tolleshunt D'Arcy, his birthplace, at least between 1778 and 1783. Appointed a surgeon on the "Lady Penrhyn" in 1787 and took charge of the prisoners when the convicts' surgeon became ill. Kept a journal under the name of Arthur Bowes from 22 March 1787 to 12 August 1789, which included a description of bird life at Port Jackson and Lord Howe Island. Left Sydney on 20 April 1789, making drawings of now rare or extinct birds on Lord Howe Island. Died soon after his return to England.

  • Career position - Practised medicine at Tolleshunt D'Arcy, England
  • Career position - Surgeon on the

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Design and Art Australia Online

  • Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
  • (see also) Watts, John
  • (see also) Yellow Gum Plant
  • (see also) A New Species of Bird - Shot at Botany Bay New South Wales
  • (see also) (Views of a bird 'of the Coot kind found at Lord Howe Island')

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Smyth, Arthur Bowes
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Smyth, Arthur Bowes (1750-1790)
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1967
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 2, 453-454
  3. First fleet surgeon: the voyage of Arthur Bowes Smyth
    Hill, David
    Published: National Library of Australia Publishing, Canberra, 2015

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  1. A journal of a voyage from Portsmouth to New South Wales and China in the Lady Penrhyn ... 1787-1789 / Arthur Bowes Symth [i.e. Smyth]
    Smyth, Arthur Bowes, 1750-1790
    [ Unpublished, Microform : 1963-1991 ]
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  2. Journal of Arthur Bowes Smyth
    Smyth, Arthur Bowes, 1750-1790
    [ Unpublished : 1787-1789 ]
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  3. First fleet surgeon : the voyage of Arthur Bowes Smyth / David Hill
    Hill, David, 1946-
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  4. The journal of Arthur Bowes Smyth, surgeon, Lady Penrhyn, 1787-1789, extract, diary of the voyage of the First Fleet
    Smyth, Arthur Bowes, 1750-1790
    [ Book : 1988 ]
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  5. Journal of Arthur Bowes Smyth (as filmed by the AJCP) [M933]
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  6. The journal of Arthur Bowes Smyth : surgeon, Lady Penrhyn, 1787-1789 / edited by Paul G. Fidlon and R. J. Ryan
    Smyth, Arthur Bowes, 1750-1790
    [ Book : 1979 ]
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    The journal of Arthur Bowes Smyth : surgeon, Lady Penrhyn, 1787-1789 / edited by Paul G. Fidlon and R. J. Ryan
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  7. Original daily journal kept on the transport "Lady Penrhyn" : containing one of the most detailed accounts of the first hundred days of settlement of Australia in 1788 / by Arthur Bowes Smyth
    Smyth, Arthur Bowes, 1750-1790
    [ Book : 1964 ]
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  8. Transcript from journal
    Smyth, Arthur Bowes, 1750-1790
    [ Unpublished : 1786-1789 ]
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  1. A journal of a voyage from Portsmouth to New South Wales and China in the Lady Penrhyn ... 1787-1789 / Arthur Bowes Symth [i.e. Smyth]
    Smyth, Arthur Bowes, 1750-1790
    [ Unpublished, Microform : 1963-1991 ]
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  2. Journal of Arthur Bowes Smyth
    Smyth, Arthur Bowes, 1750-1790
    [ Unpublished : 1787-1789 ]
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  3. First fleet surgeon : the voyage of Arthur Bowes Smyth / David Hill
    Hill, David, 1946-
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  4. The journal of Arthur Bowes Smyth, surgeon, Lady Penrhyn, 1787-1789, extract, diary of the voyage of the First Fleet
    Smyth, Arthur Bowes, 1750-1790
    [ Book : 1988 ]
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  5. Arthur Bowes Smyth - Journal [M933], 1787 Mar. 20-1789 Aug. 13
    Bowes Smyth, Arthur, 1750-1790
    [ Unpublished ]
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  6. Journal of Arthur Bowes Smyth (as filmed by the AJCP) [M933]
    Smyth, Arthur Bowes, 1750-1790
    [ Map, Microform : 1950 ]
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  7. The mystery of the Bowes Smyth journals / y Joseph M. O'Donoghue
    O'Donoghue, Joseph M
    [ Unpublished : 1994 ]
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  8. The journal of Arthur Bowes Smyth : surgeon, Lady Penrhyn, 1787-1789 / edited by Paul G. Fidlon and R. J. Ryan
    Smyth, Arthur Bowes, 1750-1790
    [ Book : 1979 ]
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    The journal of Arthur Bowes Smyth : surgeon, Lady Penrhyn, 1787-1789 / edited by Paul G. Fidlon and R. J. Ryan
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