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David Malcolm, 1839

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Immigrant Ship "David Malcolm"

The DAVID MALCOLM was a 495 tons ship built in 1839 at Mulmein, Burma.

Her port of registry was London, and the owners were D. Dunbar.

The barque David Malcolm made Numerous Voyages to the Australian Colonies in the 19th Century

The "David Malcolm" was a 495 ton barque built in 1839 at Moulmein, Burma. She made numerous voyages to the Australian colonies including these from Passengers in History and Bound For South Australia websites.

From London on Monday, May 12, 1845 - arriving at Norfolk Island on Sunday, August 24, 1845. (via the Downs) Captain James Cable.
From Plymouth on Monday, October 12, 1846 - arriving at Port Adelaide on Friday, January 22, 1847. Captain Jacob William Smith and Samuel Hodgkinson the Surgeon Superintendent.
From Plymouth on December 21, 1847 - arriving at Port Adelaide on Thursday March 23, 1848. Captain Jacob W. Smith and Surgeon-superintendent J. J. Neales.
From London on Saturday, December 23, 1848 - arriving at Port Adelaide on Friday, April 6, 1849. Captain Jacob William Smith
From Plymouth on Tuesday, September 20, 1853 - arriving at Port Adelaide on Tuesday, January 3, 1854. Captain Alexander Sinclair and William Henry King, Surgeon-superintendent with 220 immigrants.
From Plymouth on Tuesday, January 23, 1855 - arriving at Port Adelaide on Sunday, April 29, 1855. Captain G. B. Lee

Note in the years between 1849 and 1853 the David Malcolm did not return to the Australian colonies. However:

She arrived at San Francisco, on the 22nd December 1849, Captain J. W. Smith and passengers all well. [1]
Cleared out at Honolulu for Manila on the 25th March 1850. Still with Captain J. W. Smith in charge.
In May 1850 the David Malcolm lost her topmasts fifty miles to the westward of Corregidor, an island located at the entrance of Manila Bay in southwestern part of Luzon Island in the Philippines. Note that it wasn't until January 18, 1853, that the Corregidor Island Lighthouse was opened. [2]
The David Malcolm, from Manila for London, put into Table Bay (South Africa) for supplies on the 12th September 1850. [3]
24 April 1852 we see: By the David Malcolm a detachment of invalids go home Dr Stewart and Captain Fuller, of the 59th, accompany them - HongKong Register. [4]

1847 Sailing

This Voyage from London 21st of December 1847 then to Plymouth.

Master: Captain A. Dewar -

Surgeon Superintendent: JJ Neales

Having taken her final departure from Plymouth on the 21st December, the DAVID MALCOLM has been accomplished her voyage in ninety-three days. At early dawn on Thursday morning this fine barque, with 250 emigrants on board, made her appearance in the Gulf, and was so soon abreast of the Flagstaff, that the mails were in town before the usual time of opening the Post-office.

The emigrants are chiefly from Huntingdonshire, Wiltshire, Devon, and Cornwall; and we have no doubt they will prove a most useful selection of industrious servants. Their names and other particulars will be found duly recorded in our arrival column.

(There is evidence to suggest that the Semaphore anchorage was used initially during these visits, particularly for the 1848 visit.)

We are happy to learn that the few casualties on the passage were as usual among the young children, and the deaths, as often heretofore, were counter-balanced by the number of births on board. A seaman, who was washed overboard in a gale of wind, was the only adult lost during the voyage.

PASSENGERS: Steerage - 47 families, 34 single males, 21 Single Females.

Births 6 and Deaths 4

Jabey Frost & his wife lost their first born who was born on the voyage

John Batch & his wife lost their only child

Stephen Robinson & William Watkins also

PASSENGER LIST INCLUDES: REDDEN John (employed on voyage as cook's assistant paid three pounds REDDEN Mrs (wife of John and two children)

The Lloyd's Register of Shipping details can be viewed on the 1847 DAVID MALCOM webpage <1847DavidMalcom.htm> The David Malcolm made five separate voyages to South Australia. The arrival dates for each these emigrant transportations to South Australia were listed as follows: January 23 1847, March 23 1848, April 7 1849, January 4 1854, and April 30 1855.

There is evidence to suggest that the Semaphore anchorage was initially used during these visits, particularly for the 1848 visit. She also conveyed early migrants to New Zealand.

From Barry Leadbeater's South Australian Shipping & Immigration website at [5]

Passengers arriving 1848-03-23 in SA aboard the "David Malcolm" (495/538 t brq 1839) from London 1847-12-21 via Plymouth,

  • Captain Jacob W Smith
  • ATKINS Joseph, Leah CLARKE, 2 ch (Wm, Hrt?)
  • BARKER Thomas, Emma Anne GROWCUT, child, Henrietta Elizabeth Malcolm (b@sea)
  • BARNES James, wife, 2 ch (Wm, Hrt?)
  • BATCH John, Hannah SUTTON, child (d@sea)
  • BLYTH Jane Walkston/Haulkerston
  • BOUCH Joseph
  • BOUNDY Cornelius, Ann ROWE (m@sea), (My Jane b 1948-03-28)
  • BRENNAN William, (wife, Wm Francis d aft arr?)
  • BROOKS Emma
  • BUTTERS John, Rebecca KNIGHT, child
  • BYRNE John
  • BYRNE Mary
  • CATH?N George, wife, child
  • CHIRGWIN William Matthew, wife, John, Mtn, Crln, 2 ch inc Christiana, (Mgt?)
  • CLARKE Robert
  • COLEMAN William, Harriet TAYLOR, child (Martha?)
  • CRAKER George
  • CROWLE John, Ann CROCKER, Wm, Jas, John, 5 ch inc Thos, Eliz Ann, (My, Cath)
  • CURNOW Thomas, Elizabeth (wife), My Ann, Thos
  • D?R?E / (DARGE? / DARKE?) William, wife, 2 ch
  • DAVIS John
  • DAVIS Samuel
  • DOWLING Robert
  • DRIVER John, Mary Ann THOMPSON, Crln, Eliz
  • EASOM David
  • EDMONDS William
  • FARR Christopher, Elizabeth GILBERT
  • FOYLE Edwin, Mary Ann PRICE
  • FOYLE John, wife, child (Edwin?)
  • FOYLE Caroline, Fanny
  • FROST William, Rebecca HARRISON, child, Fanny, Rachel (d aft arr), Thos (b@sea, d aft arr)
  • FROST Samuel, Ann SMITH, Martha
  • FROST Jabez, Mary Ann TAYLOR, child (b & d@sea)
  • GAMLEN Eli, Charlotte BIDWELL
  • GARBUTT William Whitehead, Ann (wife, d aft arr), 2 ch inc Wm Whitehead (d aft arr)
  • GREEN George
  • GREGORY William Parnell, Ann HARRIS, 4 ch
  • GROWCUT Elisabeth, Sarah Ann
  • HARDING James Henry, Ann PARSONS, 5 ch inc John Hy, Jas Hy, Joseph, Wm (b@sea)
  • HARDING William (brother of Jas Hy snr)
  • HILL Stephen
  • HILL Thomas
  • HUNT Matthew, Elizabeth LEMON, Em Jane, Edwin Jas
  • JARRAN Edward
  • JENKINS Charles, wife, 4 ch inc Samuel, Grace
  • KEMPSTER Joseph, Martha (wife), Geo, 4 ch inc Jemima, Jane, Joseph
  • LANGSFORD John Binding, Mary Ann BRYANT, James/(John Philip), Wm John, Hannah Maria
  • LEE William, wife (Elizabeth?), Jemima, child (Thos Smithells?)
  • LEMON Sarah
  • MATTERS Robert, Mary NORTHCOTE, 2 ch (1 b@sea)
  • MATTERS William, Elizabeth BICKLE, Sarah, John
  • MEEK James, Sophia KEELY, 3 ch inc Wm, Agatha
  • MELLOR Abraham, Hannah (wife)
  • MESSENGER Thomas
  • MEYMOTT Charles
  • MOYLE Richard
  • MURFITT Richard
  • NICHOLSON James, wife, Jas, Mary
  • OKE Philip James, Jemima Eliz Gould CROSS, Jemima Gould, Philip Sam
  • OSTLER George (d aft arr)
  • PAULL John
  • PEARCE William, Susannah COLES, Em Leah, Polly, Clara Eliz, Malcolm (b@sea)
  • ROBINSON Stephen, Sarah CHAPMAN, Stephen (d@sea), Wm, Jas
  • ROGERS John Phillips, Elizabeth LUKE, 4 ch inc Eliza Paull, My Hannah Paull
  • SAUNDERS William
  • SECOMBE Henry, Margaret ROWE, Hy
  • SEMMENS Ebemah
  • SEMMENS Grace, child
  • SEMMENS Richard, Grace TREVISE, John, Thos, Rd
  • SEXTON Jonathan Rooke, Harriet ALBY
  • SPRINGBETT Eleanor
  • SPRINGBETT John Lawes
  • TAYLOR Joseph, wife
  • TOMAN Elizabeth (w?), 3 ch inc My Ann, Wm
  • TONNELL William
  • TREMAINE William, Maria BUCKINGHAM, 2 ch inc Wm Hy
  • WALKER John Bingham, Ann BATEMAN (d aft arr)
  • WATKINS William, Elizabeth ATKINS, Fdk, child (d@sea)
  • WAYWOOD Mary
  • WHITCOMB George, Sarah HEATH
  • WHITHICH Charles
  • WILLIAMS Elizabeth, ch John, Eliz, Wm, Thos
  • WILLIAMS Richard, wife (Jenefery HOLMAN?), 4 ch (inc Thos, My, John?)
  • WILLIAMS William, wife, 4 ch
  • WRIGHT Elizabeth


1. The David Malcolm Emigrant Ship Copyright Diann Cummings 2010 at: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~deadsearch/david_malcolm2.htm

2. Barry Leadbeater's South Australian Shipping & Immigration website at: [6]

3. John Redden (1820 - 1886) on WIKITREE: [7]

4. The Ships List Page Transcribed and Submitted by Robert Janmaat: [8]

5. Official Passenger List, State Records of South Australia [9], https://www.archives.sa.gov.au/sites/default/files/documentstore/passengerlists/1847/GRG35_48_1_47-0.25_David%20Malcolm.pdf

6. Passengers in History, An initiative of the South Australian Maritime Museum, http://passengersinhistory.sa.gov.au/node/945813

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