He was subsequently discharged from Millbank and sent due north to the newly opened Pentonville 'Model Prison' where he was admitted on 13th November 1844. Andrew would remain there for 18 months until he set sail for Australia with a pardon in his pocket.
During his time at Pentonville, Andrew was submitted to the 'Separate System' which placed each prisoner in solitary confinement, stripped of his name, contact with friends or family and any hope of ever seeing home again.
Terrible? You may think so, but it is now my overwhelming opinion that Andrew was actually very fortunate, and that being 'selected' for Pentonville saved his life and ensured that he would go on to make a life surrounded by a wife and family on the other side of the world However, I'm not so sure the young Andrew would have agreed with me.
So many factors came together at a crucial time for Andrew, and saved him form a squalid death from cholera, dysentery or typhoid, if he had been left to rot in Millbank Penitentiary. Andrew could also have starved to death or been the victim of a violent death at the hands of another convict as they fought for survival in cold and damp cells, breathing in the air from the stagnant marshland that surrounded the gaol on which Millbank was built.