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Published in the South Australian register

Adelaide: Wednesday July 19, 1848


The “Sibella” from London


The barque Sibella, Captain Coleman, which left Plymouth on the 6th April, anchored safely in the Port of Adelaide on Sunday morning last, and was brought to the wharf on Monday, having made the passage in 101 days.

She has brought emigrants from different parts of England, and Scotland, consisting of married and unmarried of both sexes; agricultural labourers, miners, stonemasons, bricklayers, carpenters, artisans of different trades, domestic servants & c.

Having in times past had had a few occasions to condemn the treatment experienced by cabin passengers as well as free emigrants, we feel unalloyed pleasure upon this occasion in stating that the conduct of Captain Coleman and Dr E Gregory, Surgeon-Superintendent, has been such as to call forth a grateful and merited expression of thankfulness from the passengers. So unanimous was this feeling that we understand a meeting was convened on ship board, shortly before the completion of the voyage, when votes of thanks were formally passed by the free emigrants to the captain and the Surgeon and the entire proceedings were ordered to be printed in the Adelaide Observer with the view to the information of their friends in England and to encourage many who contemplated emigrating to this colony, but had been deterred by reports of ill-usage and “short commons” on the voyage.

From the accounts given by the passengers we should collect, that the convulsive struggles of the nations of Europe are far from having reached their termination. The thrones of Europe are shaken and absolute power will become a dream of the past. More enlightened systems of Government in which the people will have their due and proper influence will rise up. We may except from this general convulsion the Government of our own country, that land of the free and the throne of our beloved Queen. The genial influence upon mankind, will, be shown by the future events, meanwhile it is pleasing to know that the constitution of our own country seems to have attracted the attention of foreigners and deputations have arrived from foreign parts, especially from Germany, to study our laws and constitution as an example to govern their proceedings.

The unfortunate state of Ireland, however, continued to engross the anxious attention of our rulers. France was enjoying, by the last accounts, a calm but most persons of reflection in that country, as well as in England, seemed to be of opinion that this pause in the wheel of revolution was but momentary, and fears were entertained, that scenes of a more serious nature would be enacted, the effects of which upon france and upon Europe itself could hardly be foreseen………etc.

We understand that a gentleman has arrived by the Sibella (G J Walters Esq.) whose appearance will be hailed with great satisfaction by the mining interest of this colony. His object is the establishment of large and powerful works for the smelting of copper ore in this country, from which our mining interests will derive very great advantages and receive a fresh impulse. The works are to be established under a patent, at Swansea after having passed their youth and manhood in working under the old system, the adoption of which in these colonies, is precluded by the high price and large expenditure of coal, as well as the greater amount pf labour required. We were quite prepared to learn that the parties to this enterprise unite the most ample pecuniary means with consummate practical skill.

Sir Henry Young was induced to forego his intended passage in the Sibella in consequence of a contracted matrimonial alliance with the only daughter of Charles Marryatt Esq of Parkfield, Potters Bar, Herts. niece of Captain Frederick Marryatt R.N. and standing in the same degree of relationship to our excellent Bishop. They were to be married about the 15th April and to embark, a few days after at Plymouth, on board the Forfarshire. We understand the accomplished bride elect was in her twenty second year, and is distinguished by virtues which are likely to render her a blessing to this community.


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