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Java, Arrived Port Adelaide 6 Feb 1840.

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JAVA from London

Departed from London 29 - 10 1839 via Plymouth with Captain Alexander Duthie in command. Her surgeon superintendant was H.C.Martin, and ship's surgeon Mr J. Smith. Arrived Port Adelaide 6 February 1840.

Carrying 464 passengers (at least 30 deaths occurred on the voyage).

The Java arrived at Port Adelaide on February the 6th, 1840.= trove.nla.gov.au.


She was described as a square rigged ship with three masts and being 1175 ton built at Calcutta in 1811 by Blackmore & Company; being the last of the East Indiamen. This particular voyage of the Java was somewhat infamous in her history, with a Medical Board inquiry held by the Government of South Australia into the number of deaths on the voyage.


COMMERICAL INTELLIGENCE. South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900) View title info Sat 8 Feb 1840 Page 3.

February 6.—The ship Java, 1175 tons, Alexander Duthie commander, from London and Plymouth, having left the latter place on the 29th October, with sundries. Passengers—Mrs Watson and three children, Misses Jane and Ellen Cotter, Miss Bernard, Misses Charlotte and Mary Greig, Messrs Grote, McLeod, and Buddeley. Intermediate—Mr and Mrs Conigrave and two children, Messrs J. Crews, A. Walters, J. Graham, O. E. Dorian Alfred Dorian. H. C. Martin surgeon-superintendent, and 470 men, women, and children in the steerage. Mr Watson, Mr Bernard, two emigrants, and a number of children died on the passage.


ORIGINAL CORRESPONDENCE. Southern Australian (Adelaide, SA : 1838 - 1844), Thursday 20 February 1840, page 4.

To the Editor of the Southern Australian.

SIR.—I have just observed in the Adelaide Chronicle of yesterday, the statement that shameful misconduct had been attributed to the surgeon of the ship Java. The paragraph referring to me, I must request you to give publicity to a complete disavowal on my part, of having had anything to do with the un-pleasant proceedings which have taken place on board that vessel. As I have had nothing whatever to do with the Emigrants, I cannot consequently be affected by any complaints which they may have made.

I have the honor to remain, Sir. Your most obedient servant,

J PHIN SMITH, M. D.

Surgeon to the ship Java. Adelaide Feb 12, 1840.

(as a matter of justice we insert the above letter. We have also heard of the affairs on board the 'Java.' but we refrain from remarks until the pending enquiry is finished. If we understand Dr Smith aright, he is merely the surgeon of the ship, and as such, of course he had nothing to do with the Emigrants.—ED)

Passenger List

Atkinson, Jane

Axford, Richard - wife & 4 children

Baddockby, Mr

Barlow, Mrs E.

Bassett, William - wife & 4 children

Bastian, Elizabeth

Bastian, Jane

Bastian, Samson Jnr

Bastian, Samson - wife & 7 children

Bates, Jas & - wife

Bryden, Elizabeth - a child

Burnard, E.

Burnard, R.

Burnard, Robert - wife & 6 children

Candy, William - wife

Carbin, Mahaloe

Carbin, Thomas - wife

Carbin, Thomas - wife

Cardin, Thomas

Chanter, John - wife & 1 child

Chisholm, John

Chivell, Joseph

Chivell, William

Coad, James - wife & 3 children

Coad, John

Cocking, Eliza

Cocking, George - wife

Cocking, Rebekah - 4 children

Cole, Eliza

Cole, Nicholas - wife & 1 child

Cotter, Ellen

Coulls, Daniel

Coulls, Jane

Coulls, John - wife & 2 children

Crabb, Richard - wife & 2 children

Crabb, William

Crabb, William - wife & 4 children

Crowle, James - wife

Crowle, Thomason

Dennis, Anna

Direll, T. Jas. - wife & 1 child

Donoughue, Thomas - wife & 1 child

Downing, John - wife & 1 child

Downs, Mrs S

Dunstan, Robert - wife & 5 children

Dutch, Mary

Edwards, Elizabeth

Edwards, James - wife & 5 children

Edwards, William - wife & 2 children

Elvery, James - wife & 1 child

England, Stephen - wife

Francis, H.F.

Francis, William - wife & 4 children

Gahan, Benjamin - wife & 3 children

Gately, Joseph - wife & 3 children

George, James - wife & 2 children

Germain, Ann

Germain, John - wife

Giles, Richard - wife

Gillard, Eliza

Gillard, Grace - 2 children

Gillard, John

Gillard, Joseph

Gillard, Mary

Gillard, Sally

Goyan, John

Greig, Bernard

Greig, Charlotte

Greig, Mary

Grigg, John

Haines, George Jnr.

Haines, George - wife & 2 children

Hales, Constance

Hamlyn, Elizabeth

Hannigan, Thomas

Harford, George

Harris, Edward - wife & 2 children

Harris, James - wife & 1 child

Harris, William N. - wife

Hawke, William - wife & 3 children

Hill, Mary Ann

Hill, William - wife & 2 children

Hinigan, Thomas

Humberstone, William - wife & 1 child

Hunt, George

Huxtable, John - wife & 5 children

Isbel, Robert

Jemmell, George R.H. - wife & 5 children

Johns, Bennett

Johnston, Alexander - wife & 1 child

Jose, Mary Jane

Kellock, John - wife & 3 children

Lavin, James

Lightfoot, William - wife & 4 children

Low, Charles - wife & 5 children

Low, R.L.

Magor, Thomas - wife & 2 children

Mallett, Henry - wife

McCarthy, Mary (nee Burnard)

McKissock, Andrew - wife

McLeod, Mr

Mitchell, John

Mitchell, William - wife & 2 children

Moore, Harriet

Moore, John - wife & 1 child

Moore, William - wife

Mundy, Sarah

Mundy, William - wife & 1 child Neville, Margaret

Odgers, Josiah - wife

Orrock, James - wife & 5 children

Paine, W.H.J. - wife & 1 child

Parsons, Richard - wife & 2 children

Pearce, James - wife & 2 children

Pengilley, Josiah - wife

Perkins, R - wife & 1 child

Philip, William - wife & 2 children

Player, Nicholas - wife & 5 children

Please, John - wife & 2 children

Polkinghorne, Isaac - wife & 1 child

Polkinghorne, Thomas

Porter, George - wife & 1 child

Porter, George William - wife

Porter, Henry John - 2 children

Porter, William H.

Randall, Wilmott

Randell, John

Reynolds, William - wife

Richards, George

Richards, William - wife & 5 children

Roberts, John

Rowe, J.W. - wife & 4 children

Rowe, Peter - wife

Rundle, Elizabeth

Rundle, Jane

Rundle, John

Rundle, John Robins

Rundle, John - wife & 6 children

Rundle, Mary

Shakes, James - wife & 1 child

Sleep, James - wife & 2 children

Stanton, Josiah (Joseph) - wife & 2 children

Stewart, Helen

Stewart, Jemima

Stewart, William

Taylor, John H.

Taylor, William H.

Thomas, Mrs Sarah

Tonkin, Amelia

Tonkin, Charles

Tonkin, Enoch - wife & 6 children

Tonkin, William H.

Tonkins, William

Tracy, Mary

Trangman, Mary Ann

Trankiman, James

Tregeagle, John - wife & 4 children

Treleggan, Frederick - wife & 3 children

Treleggan, William - wife

Veall, Luke - wife & 1 child

Walls, Thomas - wife & 2 children

Ward, Elizabeth - a child

Welch, William - wife & 2 children

Williams, Grace

Williams, Honor - wife

Williams, Robert Thomas - wife & 3 children

Williams, Sally

Williams, William

Wills, John - wife & 2 children

Sources

  • Barry Leadbeater's South Australian Shipping & Immigration database on the FamilyHistorySA website: [1]
  • COMMERCIAL INTELLIGENCE. South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900) of Saturday the 8th of February 1840 on Page 3 [2]
  • ORIGINAL CORRESPONDENCE. Southern Australian (Adelaide, SA : 1838 - 1844) of Thursday the 20th of February 1840 on Page 4 [3]


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