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Cambodia, Immigrant Voyage to Victoria 1852

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The Cambodia sailed from Deal in England on the 23rd of November 1851 traveling via Plymouth then on to the Australian colonies. Deal is a town in Kent, which lies on the border of the North Sea and the English Channel. The Cambodia docked at Geelong in Port Phillip Bay on March 30 1852.

Master: Captain Hammach, Esq;
Surgeon Superintendent: Dr. F. Wilkinson.
Weight: 914 tons
Passengers: 313 immigrants from England and Ireland (possibly Scotland as well).



.................... ENGLISH SHIPPING.-The Mary Bannatyne, from Sydney, arrived in the Downs on the 1st December ; the Colonist, from Newcastle, arrived at Gravesend on the 25th November. The Sir George Seymour entered outwards, for Sydney, on the 20th November ; the Elizabeth, for Hobart Town, sailed from Deal November 20; the Hashemy, for Adelaide, and J. H. Dare, for Hobart Town, sailed from Gravesend November 23; the Cambodia, for Geelong, sailed from Deal November 23 ; the Sybella, for Adelaide, sailed from Gravesend November 25; the Agra, for New Zealand, and Amazon, for Adelaide, sailed from Plymouth November 28.....

VAN DIEMEN'S LAND. from The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) of Thursday 18 March 1852, Page 2. at: https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/12935193?


The Cambodia, from Plymouth, with emigrants for Geelong, was lying at the Heads on Monday evening waiting for a Pilot, none being at Shortlands Bluff, and in all probability it will be near midday today before any can arrive. We wish merely to call the attention of of the proper authorities to this important matter.

from the ENGLISH SHIPPING. of The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) of Wednesday 31 March 1852, Page 4. at: https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/4784104?



Arrived-March 30-Cambodia ship, 914 tons - Hammach, Esq commander, from London, 4th Dec, with 313 emigrants, under the superintendence of Dr F. Wilkinson, all well..................

The emigrants per Cambodia, are classified as follows, and consist of English, Scotch, and Irish, fully one-half of them being from Ireland : 47 married males 47 married females, 67 single males, 95 single females, 29 male children under 14 years of age, and 29 female children under 14 years of age.

PORT OF GEELONG. from The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) of Thursday 1 April 1852, Page 2. at: https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/4784144?



FIVE Pounds Reward will be paid for the apprehension of Hubert Kennerly Birch, who absconded from the Cambodia on the night of April 4th. All persons are cautioned against employing the above-named.


Age, twenty.

Height about five feet four inches.

Complexion, fair.

Hair, dark.

Eyes, dark.

General appearance, respectable and good looking.

John Hammack,


from Advertising in the Geelong Advertiser and Intelligencer (Vic. : 1851 - 1856) of Thursday 8 April 1852, Page 3. at: https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/91930438?



IMPORTS.-Manifest of the Cambodia arrived at Geelong: 100 tons patent fuel, Order: 20 hogsheads rum, 12 quarter-casks brandy, 20 hogsheads beer, 30 tons coal, 100 cases Geneva, 8 caroteels currants; 5 casks refined sugar; 20 casks, 6 cases, 3 tierces, 6 casks, 70 tins, 20 boxes, 2 cases, 5 hogsheads sugar, 4 tierces. 100 casks bottled beer, Henriques and Co ; 65 casks beer, 5 casks cider, 150 casks bottled beer, 3 cases, 10 quarter-casks wine, 20 pockets hops.50 kegs nails, 6 cases, 2 bales, W. Timms; 2 cases paper; A. Beckett; 40 cases brandy, 7 quarter-casks ditto, 2 hogs-heads ditto,. 10 hogsheads rum, Montefiore : 5 cases, 2 iron standards, Officer administering the Government ; 1 case Darling, 10 cases, E. Whitby ; 1 case. F. J.. Sargood ; 9 packages. Batten : 1 case, Miss Aitken ; 34 cases, 11 crates, 3 casks, 7 bales, Hart ; 34 cases, 20 bales paper, 17 bales, 1 crate, Benjamín : 5 crates, 1 bale, 7 cases, 2 puncheons, 5' tierces, 2 packages, Strachan and Co. ; 7 cases, 4 casks, 2 bales. Cowle ; 3 cases books, Pullar; 1 cask,-Langlands.

GEELONG SHIPPING. from the Empire (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1875) of Saturday 10 April 1852, Page 2. at: https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/60129322?


EMIGRANTS.—The Cambodia arrived at Geelong, on the 5th instant, with 313 English and Irish emigrants, including men women and children. The men appear to be in robust health, and well adapted for Colonial labour, if their services can be secured before the gold diggings tempt them away. The women are also most eligible for household work, and will, no doubt, meet with immediate employment.

from LOCAL INTELLIGENCE. in Hobarton Guardian, or, True Friend of Tasmania (Hobart, Tas. : 1847 - 1854) of Saturday 17 April 1852, Page 3. at: https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/173061696?


.......... Noble conduct.— The Vesta, on Monday evening last, brought a number of emigrants from the Cambodia. Some time after they were landed, en emigrant with twelve children re-mained on the wharf. One of the twelve, a fine girl of three years old, fell from the wharf into the water, and would inevitably have been drowned, had not the Captain of the Lalla Rookh, without a moment's hesitation, and without even removing his watch or money from his pocket, plunged in after her, and saved her—Geelong Advertiser.

from MELBOURNE. in The Cornwall Chronicle (Launceston, Tas. : 1835 - 1880) of Saturday 17 April 1852, Page 243. at: https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/65578843?


Assisted passenger lists (1839-1871) Record Series Number (VPRS): 14. from the Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) at; https://prov.vic.gov.au/explore-collection/explore-topic/passenger-records-and-immigration/assisted-passenger-lists

Florence Chuk gives an account of the voyage in her book The Somerset years : government-assisted emigrants from Somerset and Bristol who arrived in Port Phillip/​Victoria, 1839-1854.

  • Chuk, Florence. (1987). The Somerset years : government-assisted emigrants from Somerset and Bristol who arrived in Port Phillip/Victoria, 1839-1854. Ballarat, Vic. : Pennard Hill Publications; pages 157 to 160

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