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As published in the South Australian Government Gazette 1858


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1155 tons, commanded by Mr William Robertson, sailed from Liverpool on the 1st day of June and arrived on the 20th September, having on board, as Government Emigrants, 413 souls. The Frenchman is a very fine ship and throughout was in a state of the most perfect order and cleanliness. The Surgeon speaks in the highest terms of the conduct of the Master and officers of the ship. Mr Arthur Goullet, Surgeon-Superintendant, is a gentleman who has the somewhat rare talent of securing on the part of the emigrants the most perfect obedience, and at the same time the esteem and gratitude of all; this is the second voyage in which he has brought emigrants to this Colony. Mr Goullet, had the medical superintendence of the emigrant ship Navarino, which arrived on the 16th July 1857. On that occasion great disturbances occurred during the voyage, produced by an insubordinate crew endeavouring to hold forced communication with the female emigrants. The conduct of the single men was most exemplary in supporting the Surgeon-Superintendant, and the behaviour of the single women was most meritorious, sto that insubordination was successfully resisted; certainly passive indifference on the part of the single men, or encouragement by the single women might have produced frightful consequences. On the present voyage, though there was happily no need for such a test of good management, yet had there been such a necessity, it is very certain that the call would have been equally promptly responded to by the emigrants on board the Frenchman.


General Hewett

1055 tons, commanded by Mr C H Loutted, sailed from Plymouth on the 11th day of May and arrived on the 11th of September, having been 124 days at sea. She landed in the Colony 368 souls; eight births and four deaths having been the casualties at sea. The ship was lofty and spacious, and arrived in good order, the married people, with a few exceptions, seemed to be an eligible class of persons; the single men, however, were, for the most part, ordinary laborers, and as such, increased an already superabundant supply of such labor in the Colony. This is the third voyage in which Mr J O’Donnell, the Surgeon-Superintendant has brought emigrants to South Australia, and on each occasion has acquitted himself in the most satisfactory manner; he states that the Master and officers of the ship gave him every assistance in the discharge of his duty. The general health of the people on the ship’s arrival was good; measles had appeared soon after leaving England, of which there were about 36 cases in all; only one death is recorded as the consequence of this disease. The conduct of the people was satisfactory, that of the single women was reported to be most unexceptionable.



1128 tons, commanded by Mr W H Bond, and of which Mr. William Donaldson was the surgeon-superintendant, sailed from Southampton on the 21st day of January, and arrived on the 3rd day of April after a voyage of 73 days duration. I believe the shortest passage of an emigrant ship on record. By this vessel 388 souls were added to our population; seven deaths and one birth occurred at sea. The ship was well adapted for passengers, being lofty, well lighted and ventilated; the provisions were abundant and of good quality. The emigrants expressed themselves satisfied with their diet and grateful for the kind treatment they had received. The people were nominated emigrants under the old regulations. they were not generally of that class which a Colonial Agent, knowing the requirements of the Colony, would have selected, though the greater number were young healthy people. The Surgeon-Superintendant who performed his duties very efficiently stated that he had received every support and co-operation from the Master and Officers of the ship, and that the conduct of the emigrants had been most satisfactory. he complained, however, that the cargo on board the ship, being iron, caused the ship to roll and strain; that, consequently, much water was shipped, which made the passengers most uncomfortable.


sir thomas Gresham

Arrived from Plymouth on the 9th day of March. This ship was commanded by Mr John Manning and Mr James P Hill was the Surgeon-Superintendant; to both of these gentlemen the greatest credit is due for the very efficient manner in which they discharged their various duties, and the harmony and co-operation with which they acted for the benefit and comfort of the people. No death took place at sea, but three births added to the numbers originally embarked, so that 230 souls were landed. Mr Hill, the Surgeon-Superintendant, and mr Manning the master of the ship, received a most kind letter of thanks from the emigrants, on the arrival of the ship; in which they strongly expressed their gratitude to these gentlemen for the “unwearied, kind, humane and obliging attentions” which they had evinced on all occasions. I may add that such a testimonial to these gentlemen was not less well-deserved than it must have been satisfactory to them. Only nominated emigrants arrived by this vessel, and as such may be serviceable to the friends who sent for them; but, as a body, I should have considered them ill-suited for the demand in the labor market. The numbers from the different parts of the United Kingdom were as follows; from England 30, Ireland 175, Scotland 25.



Left Plymouth on the 24th October 1857, and arrived on the 1st day of February 1858 with 336 immigrants. Eleven deaths and three births occurred at sea. She was commanded by Mr I A Smith and Mr Henry Richards was the Surgeon-Superintendant. The ship was lofty, well lighted and ventilated, and in every respect well adapted for emigrants. The provisions were good and abundant. The Master and Officers of the ship were kind and attentive to the emigrants. The people expressed themselves satisfied and grateful for the treatment which they had received; and the Surgeon-Superintendant appeared to have performed his duties efficiently. Eleven deaths in this ship, being upwards of three per cent on the number embarked, is a ratio of mortality very much greater than the usual average. On perusing the journal of the Surgeon-Superintendant, it appears that, just before entering the northern tropics, the weather was very wet and stormy producing inflammatory colds, and that the sudden transition to tropical heat produced low fever and diarrhoea, which diseases carried off the only four adults who died; but sickness was most prevalent throughout the ship. When the state of the weather produces such effects among adults, it is not wonderful that young children, with more feeble vital powers, should suffer in a greater ratio. The Surgeon-Superintendant of this ship complains that the fire-engine sent on board by the contractors was perfectly useless, as the machinery broke like glass after the first or second trial at sea. The immigrants by this ship were all nominated. The proportions from the three kingdoms ere as follows- England 121, Ireland 215; In this as in almost all other ships carrying nominated emigrants there were several old people who did not appear to be able by their own labor to support themselves for any long period.


storm cloud

907 tons, sailed from Plymouth on the 13th February and arrived here on the 28th April, the voyage being accomplished in 75 days. She landed in the colony 335 souls. Two births and two deaths were the casualties at sea. The ship arrived in excellent order, and was well adapted for emigrants; she was well lighted and ventilated. The provisions were abundant and of good quality. The people expressed themselves well satisfied with their diet and treatment. Of the entire number who were landed, 203 were nominated and 132 were selected immigrants. The Storm Cloud was commanded by Mr James Campbell, and Mr Augustus Davies was the Surgeon-Superintendant, this being his fifth voyage in charge of emigrants. From inquiries which I have made, I am led to believe that the persons who have arrived as nominated immigrants are, for the most part, of a class for which there is little demand in this Colony; ordinary laborers, who are unaccustomed to the details of farming operations, have difficulty in procuring employment. There is at present a supply of such a class in excess of the demand; while persons who are really good ploughman and accustomed to the various operations of husbandry find ready employment. Good domestic servants are also in great demand.



947 tons, left Liverpool on the 28th day of March and arrived on the 9th of July, having been 104 days at sea. She landed 341 souls. Four births and five deaths occurred before the final disembarkation. She was commanded by Mr H C Keen and Dr George Graham was the Surgeon-Superintendant. Dr Graham performed his duties very efficiently and was ably supported by the master and officers of the ship. The Utopia was well adapted for passengers; the provisions were abundant and good, and the people expressed themselves well satisfied. Of the numbers who embarked, 266 were nominated emigrants, ninety of whom were single men; of these last there was too large a proportion of ordinary laborers, a class which has been for some months in excess of the demand for it in the labor market. On the 1st June a case of measles occurred amongst the single men. At this time the ship had been upwards of two months at sea, and it was found impossible to account for the appearance of the disease; all the children, of whom three died, and a few adults were attacked.



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