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General Hewett, Immigrant Voyage to New South Wales 1848

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Date: 12 Aug 1848 to 13 Nov 1848
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Departed: Plymouth, England on 12 August 1848
Arrived: Port Jackson, Sydney, New South Wales on 13 November 1848

Media coverage of the General Hewitt's arrival via TROVE November 1848

SHIPPING INTELLIGENGE. from the The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) of Tuesday 14 November 1848, Page 2. at: https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/12907272?

November 13.-General Hewitt, ship, 961 tons, Captain Gatenby, from Plymouth the 12th August, with immigrants. Passengers-Mr. and Mrs. Pickering, Mr. G. Rees, Mr. Sparrow, Mr. Boxwell, Mr Thelwall, Mr. Matterson, Dr. and Mrs. Harrison.

SHIPS' MAILS. The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) of Tuesday 14 November 1848, Page 2. at: https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/12907268?

THE GENERAL HEWITT.-This ship has made an excellent passage of ninety-two days from Plymouth, being the quickest of the season. During one week in the month of September, she ran a distance of 1849 miles, thus averaging 264 miles per day, or eleven miles an hour for the whole seven days ; during the month of October her average rate of sailing was 220 miles per day.

She brings to the colony three hundred and thirty-four immigrants, principally English, of whom fifty-six are married couples, sixty-two single men, sixty-two single women, thirty-seven boys and forty-three girls from one to fourteen years of age, and fourteen infants. Four births occurred on the voyage, but no deaths, and the whole of the immigrants appear in excellent health. Great credit is due to the Captain, Surgeon Superintendent, and Officers of the ship, for the cleanly and orderly state in which she has arrived in port.

The only vessel spoken by the General Hewitt on her passage was the Achilles, in lat. 4° 37' N., longitude 14° W., from London, bound, for Port Phillip, having sailed in June. A large ship, supposed to be a man-of-war, showing English colours, and standing to the southward, was passed by her on Sunday last.

IMMIGRANTS PER GENERAL HEWITTT. from the Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) of Thursday 16 November 1848, Page 3. at: https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/12910924?


His Excellency the Governor has directed it to be notified, for general information, that the ship General Hewitt, with 333 immigrants, arrived in Port Jackson on the 13th instant.

The callings of the immigrants, and the number of each calling, areas follows, viz. :


Married - Single.

Agricultural labourers... 32 - 41

Shepherds... 4 - 3

Carpenters... 7 - 6

Wheelwrights... 1 - 1

Blacksmiths ... 4 - 8

Gardeners ... 2 - 0

Miners... 1 - 3

Masons ... 3 - 0

Bricklayer... 1 - 0

Veterinary surgeon ..1 - 0

FEMALES Unmarried.

House servants ... 30

Sempstresses ... 2

Nursemaids ... 5

Dairymaid ... 1

Cooks ... 6

Housemaids ... 6

Nursery governess ... 1

On Friday, the seventeenth instant, and following days, between the hours of 10 A.M. and 4 P.M., the hiring of the male immigrants will be proceeded with.

The unmarried females will be landed from the vessel on Friday, the 17th instant, and lodged in the depot at Hyde Park Barracks, where they can be hired between the hours of 2 and 4 P.M., by employers whose respectability is known at the Immigration Office, or who bring introductory letters from persons of known respectability, provided that such employers do not keep inns or other houses of public entertainment.

Passenger List

View the Passenger list via the New South Wales State Archives Assisted Immigrants (digital) Shipping Lists at: [1]

New South Wales Government Gazette

New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) of Wednesday 15 November 1848 [Issue No.131 (SUPPLEMENT)] Page 1683 IMMIGRANTS PER "GENERAL HEWETT.

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