Does anybody have knowledge of any sources for passengers on ships in the 19th century travelling from Australia to the Great Britain?
The first surviving child of my great great grandfather was born in Wallaroo, South Australia in 1863 and appears in the 1871 Wales census living with her maternal grandparents. It is possible she was taken by either her father (after her mother had died in 1866) or nanny, but I have not found any relevant reports or records.
Wallaroo was a site for smelting copper, and there would have been freight ships carrying ore, copper, grain and wool from Wallaroo, and her grandparents lived in Margam, a suburb of Port Talbot in Wales which could have imported these commodities, and maybe exported Welsh coal to run the Wallaroo smelters. Her father would likely have had contacts to use a freight ship rather than a "regular" migrant ship as he worked at the smelters in Wallaroo, and possibly in Margam before he emigrated.