The Immigrants by the Steam-Ship Belgravia
The Belgravia (s.), which, as already announced, arrived on Friday night, left Plymouth Sound at 4 p.m. on March 7, with 874 immigrants, equal to 735 1/2 statute adults. The passengers were classified as follows:- 156 married couples, 182 single men, 128 single women, 117 boys, 110 girls under 12, and 25 infants. Their nationalities were-700 English, 16 Scotch, 147 Irish, and two foreigners. Two infants under 12 months died during the passage, one of them having been in a very delicate state of health when taken on board. There was one birth, so that the Belgravia has arrived with 873 souls from London. On leaving the Cape she brought 30 passengers from that colony, which, toge-ther with the ship's company of 87, made in all 900 souls. The classffication of the immigrants is as follows : Shoeing smith, 1 ; cabinet-makers 3 ; harmonium maker, 1 ; scale maker, 1 ; tool maker, 1 ; railway car-riage makers, 2 ; sawyer, 1 ; brush makers, 2 ; bakers, 3 ; wheelwrights, 2 ; butler, 1 ; miners, 7; plumbers, 10; carmen. 3; plasterers, 7 ; brickmaker, 1 ; carter, 1; lath render, 1 ; coopers, 2 ; pipemaker, 1 ; brassworker, 1 ; cigarmaker, 1 ; printer's devil, 1 ; butcher, 1 ; tarpaulin dresser, 1 ; engineer. 1 : clicker, 1 ; warp beamer, 1 ; load chaser, 1 ; shepherd, 1 ; stencil platecutter, 1'; warehouse man, 1 ; zinc worker, 1 ; glazier and paperhanger, 1 ; printers, 15; agricultural labourers, 58; gardeners, 11 ; masons and bricklayers, 17; carpenters and joiners, 28 gasfitters, 5; tailors. 3; shoemakers 9; blacksmiths, 3; quarrymen, 2; sadlers, 2; coachbuilder, 1 ; tinsmith, 1 ; grooms and coachmen, 8 ; mine sinker, 1 ; railway porters, 7. This it the first vessel that has arrived in any one of these colonies from London with such a large number of passengers and so heavy a cargo. The immigrants themselves are a superior class, nearly all young and hale. The accommodation was of the usual kind provided on immigrant vessels and could hardly have been better of its kind. The vessel was built for the pas-senger trade, and the experience of years has been brought to bear in her construction, with the most satisfactory results in the matter of ventilation, as well as in the economy of space. The deck accommodation was ample for all requirements, and throughout there was no overcrowding of immigrants, and no complaints whatever in this respect.
Passenger Lists etc.
- BELGRAVIA OF GLASGOW, GEORGE C. BOOTHBY, MASTER, BURTHEN 4976 TONS FROM THE PORT OF LONDON TO SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES, 5TH MAY 1884. from the Mariners and ships in Australian Waters website. first accessed online on the 5th of August 2020 at: http://marinersandships.com.au/1884/05/014bel.htm
- NRS5316/4_4809/S S Belgravia_2 May 1884/ from the Assisted Immigrants (digital) Shipping Lists on the New South Wales State Archives and Records website. first accessed online on the 5th of August 2020 at: http://indexes.records.nsw.gov.au/ebook/list.aspx?series=NRS5316&item=4_4809&ship=S%20S%20Belgravia
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