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Berwick, Immigrant Voyage to Van Diemen's Land 1823

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The Berwick left Gravesend on 6 December 1822,[1] arriving in Hobart Town, Van Diemen's Land on 21 June 1823.[2]

The cabin passenger list was apparently on page 2 of Hobart Town Gazette of 28 June, which is missing from the National Library of Australia online archives.

From Wikiwand:

Lloyd's Register for 1825 (Seq.№B193) showed Berwick with R. Jeffrey, master, W.C. Hurry and Co., owner, and trade London–Van Diemen's Land. She had been making the run between London and Van Diemen's Land for some time. She had left Gravesend on 6 December 1822 and had arrived in Hobart Town on 21 June 1823. She carried passengers, and delivered some Merino sheep.

The Oriental Herald and Colonial Review reported that Captain Jeffrey and Berwick had stopped at Tristan da Cunha on 25 March 1823 on her way to Van Diemen's Land. She had found it now had a population of 17, or 22 men and three women (accounts differ), and the leadership of a former British artillery corporal. It was well supplied with domestic animals and grew its own produce and potatoes. Its leader traded with the Cape of Good Hope in a small schooner, delivering seal skins and elephant-seal oil.[3]

On 7 July, after her arrival, several steerage passengers sued Jeffrey for inadequate accommodations, lack of access to the deck, and water shortages. The court found in their favor and required Jeffrey to pay damages ranging from £8-£20 relative to a per person charge for the voyage of around £40.[4]


Further Reading

Sources

  1. George Matthews Arnold, Robert Pocock : the Gravesend historian, naturalist, antiquarian, and printer
  2. HOBART-TOWN. from the Hobart Town Gazette and Van Diemen's Land Advertiser (Tas. : 1821 - 1825) of Saturday 21 June 1823, Page 2, column 2. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/1089920.
  3. Oriental Herald and Colonial Review (May–August 1824), Vol. 2, p.135.
    Asiatic Journal (March 1824), Vol. 17, p.298.
    Cited at https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Berwick_(1795_ship), accessed 5 January 2023.
  4. Hobart Town Gazette and Van Diemen's Land Advertiser, 26 July 1823, page 2. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/1089934.
    Asiatic Journal (March 1824), Vol. 17, p.298.
    Cited at https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Berwick_(1795_ship), accessed 5 January 2023.




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