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Evening Post Saturday January 23rd 1875

The ship Berar 902 tons, Captain Hight, was signalled yesterday afternoon and rounded Point Halswell a little after seven o'clock, when it was seen that the dread yellow flag was flying from the main. She bore up for the quarantine ground, and shortly afterwards the Harbour master's boat with the health and immigration officers left for the island. On arriving alongside it was ascertained that Dr Newall, the Surgeon- Superintendent, that on the day after leaving port scarlatina had appeared, and that it and dysentry had raged throughout the voyage. The general health of the passengers was described as "bad", and twenty twenty passengers and one of the crew had died. It was also stated that there were twenty cases of scarlatina now under treatment and several other suspicious cases. The number of immigrants on board on leaving was 346. The detention of passengers in quarantine is likely to be a long one. The following are the names of those who died on the voyage:

- Adults: Clayton, Lord, Frisize, White. Children: Cogger, Meacham, Brown, Benson, Simmons, Lord (2), Ashworth, Smith, Frisize, Heighton, Neale, Shannan, Blake, Saville. The twentieth was a child still born. The immigrants were all landed on the island to-day.

Evening Post Monday January 25rd 1875

The following is a list of the Berar passengers now in hospital on Somes Island: Fanny Nash, aged 17; Emma Lord, 16; Sophia Carman, 18; Anthony Alderson, 50; Mary Alderson, 15; Sarah Alderson, 18; James Alderson, 5; Phoebe Alderson, 11; William Strand, 7; Jane Blake, 12; Eliza Fielding, 2; Edith Webb, 4; Agnes Carroll, 17; George Shoebridge, 11; Elise Maul, 2; John Thomas, 31. One child, Anne Laughton, aged 14 months died on Somes Island.