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Charles Kerr, Immigrant Voyage to Van Diemen's Land 1835

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The voyage of the Charles Kerr to Van Diemens Land in 1835

The Charles Kerr was a female emigrant ship commissioned by the British government to provide female labour to the Australian colonies. The ship arrived in Launceston from London on 19 November 1835. [1]

The trip was reported in the Sydney Herald: [2]

The Charles Kerr had sailed on the 10th July for Launceston, having on board free females.-Colonial Times.
In the Morning Herald of the 10th of July, we read the following account of the Charles Kerr; with free female emigrants, for Launceston :
Yesterday the Charles Kerr, of 500 tons burthen, chartered by the Emigration Com-mittee for the conveyance of single women and families to Launceston, Van Diemen's Land, sailed from Gravesend for her des-tination. This consignment consisted of 240 persons, of whom about a hundred and forty are unmarried females between the ages of fifteen and thirty years; fourteen families averaging eight individuals in each, who are all provided with a free passage by Government, and sixteen young women belonging to a more respectable class of society, who pay an extra £5 each for addi-tional accommodations and cabins in the poop; where they are entirely separated from the other passengers. Mr. Weymouth, an old and experienced Surgeon, is appointed to the situation of Doctor and Superintendent of the emigrants, offices hitherto filled by two persons ; but, in consequence of dis-putes occasioned by the division of autho-rity, now filled by one. Mr. Weymouth is accompanied by his lady, (who is to act as matron), and a fine family of eight girls and two boys.


  1. Centre for Tasmanian Historical Studies, 2006, the companion to Tasmanian History, Stephen Kerrison
  2. Trove, National Library of Australia, The Sydney Herald (NSW : 1831 - 1842) Thu 5 Nov 1835 Page 3 Van Diemens Land. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/12853409

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