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THE PORT PHILLIP SETTLEMENT

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The following is an extract from a ships' log on its arrival in Port Phillip after the voyage from England: 

"the immigrants arrived at Port Phillip in excellent health and spirits, and appear to be a reputable body of people, and well suited to the wants of this colony. Their general conduct during the voyage has been orderly and obedient, and they all express themselves as highly pleased with the arrangements and accommodation on board, and the treatment experienced from the surgeon, superintendent, the captain and officers of the ship. Their health and comforts have been well attended to, the ship appeared clean and well ventilated, and the provisions of the best quality. 

The immigrants were all landed in an orderly manner on the 29th and 30th of October, and placed in tents ready for their occupation on the opposite side of the Yarra from Melbourne. In a fortnight they were all advantageously disposed of as their services were very much required here, and from the high rate of wages their condition in life must be vastly improved.' Robert and Sarah arrived in Port Phillip to find that the first religious service in the settlement had been held by Rev. Joseph Orton on 24th April, 1836, and in 1837 the first wooden church was opened. The population of the Port Phillip District had risen from 3,511 in 1838 to 20,416 by the end of 1841. This was partly the result of twenty four vessels landing 8,000 new citizens in 1841 alone."

 

 

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