A richly illustrated CD-ROM which brings, for the first time, a complete listing of 323 voyages to South Australia between 1848 and 1885 under the auspices of the South Australian Government.
Information for each ship includes the port and date of departure, date of arrival, number of emigrants, and their age-class and regions of origin.
The further information is drawn from surgeon's reports and other sources. See sample report below
- Introduction by Robin Haines
- Alphabetical list of 323 government-assisted ships arriving in South Australia 1848-1885, summarising births, deaths, and surgeons’ names
- Summary of voyages (1848-1885), arranged by vessel
- Summary of voyages (1848-1885), arranged by surgeon
- 40 pages of illustrations
SAMPLE Voyage Report (some reports have less information, some more)
Port of Departure: Plymouth
Date of Departure: 16 May 1864
Port of Arrival: Adelaide
Date of Arrival: 22 August 1864
Emigrants embarking: 326, including 74 children; 214 English, 41 Scots, 66 Irish
Surgeon: John Carroll
Deaths on Board: 12
|Name ||Sex ||Age ||Date ||Cause of Death |
|Lee, Charlotte ||F ||1 ||19 June ||Malignant measles |
|Ingleby, Edwin ||M ||Inf ||19 June ||Measles |
|Lee, Alfred ||M ||2 ||21 June ||Fever after measles |
|Ingleby, Jonathan ||M ||2 ||27 June ||Gangrene after measles |
|Bourke, Richard J ||M ||1 ||12 July ||Bronchitis after measles |
|Cooper, John ||M ||Inf ||17 July ||Convulsions after measles |
|McNamara (born on board) ||M ||8 hrs ||18 July ||Supposed to be overlaid |
|Barrett, Ernest ||M ||iNF ||21 July ||Sequela of measles |
|Oliver, William J ||M ||1 ||7 Aug ||Croup |
|Robins, James R ||M ||4 ||11 Aug ||Marasmus after measles |
|Inseal, Eleanor ||F ||4 ||13 Aug ||Fever after measles |
|Allbright/Albright, John ||M ||1 ||20 Aug ||Croup John |
Births on Board: 4
|Names of parents ||Date of birth ||Sex of child ||Name of child |
|Lee, Mary A and Edwin ||3 July ||M || |
|Vile, Sarah and William ||9 July ||M || |
|McNamara, Ann and John ||18 July ||M || |
|Waddell, Mary and William ||6 August ||F || |
Notes from the Surgeon’s Report: ‘Measles was the principal disease from the beginning of the voyage … Hooping[sic] cough and ophthalmia also prevailed. I would beg leave to suggest the introduction into the charter party of a clause forbidding in the winter season a higher latitude than from 42° to 45°S. We sailed in a much higher latitude and the people, particularly women and children felt it much. They suffered also from chilblains to an extent that I never before saw equalled and I don’t think any difference in time saved by taking a high latitude is commensurate with the discomfort produced thereby in the winter season.’ In the event, the Emigration Commissioners attempted to confine masters within the latitude 45°S, but some masters went for higher, to around 50°S, causing much discomfort for emigrants who suffered from exposure to the cold. Such contravention of regulations was relatively rare.
The author, Robin Haines, is widely known for her books on migration. Recommended is her
Life and Death in the Age of Sail: The Passage to Australia published in 2003 by University of NSW Press. Another Emigration and the Labouring Poor: Australian recruitment in Britain and Ireland 1831-1860 was published by Macmillan Press in London. This soon sold out and a new edition is under consideration.
This CD does not generally include passengers, other than those born or who died during the voyage. Many passenger lists, indexes and other guides to information on voyages to South Australia will be available at the State Library of South Australia, State Records, The SA Genealogy and Heraldry Society, The South Australian Maritime Museum and other major libraries and societies in Australia. Others have also compiled lists or indexes, including Di Cummings. This database of passenger arrivals has over 47,000 families, compiled in large measure from newspaper reports of passenger arrivals. Though this database has a similar title to the CD published by Gould Genealogy, there is no connection between the two resources, other than the fact that some of the voyages covered will be the same.
See also Cora Num's comprehensive and excellent guide - How to Find Shipping and Immigration Records in Australia