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).
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)
Axford, Richard - wife & 4 children
Barlow, Mrs E.
Bassett, William - wife & 4 children
Bastian, Samson Jnr
Bastian, Samson - wife & 7 children
Bates, Jas & - wife
Bryden, Elizabeth - a child
Burnard, Robert - wife & 6 children
Candy, William - wife
Carbin, Thomas - wife
Carbin, Thomas - wife
Chanter, John - wife & 1 child
Coad, James - wife & 3 children
Cocking, George - wife
Cocking, Rebekah - 4 children
Cole, Nicholas - wife & 1 child
Coulls, John - wife & 2 children
Crabb, Richard - wife & 2 children
Crabb, William - wife & 4 children
Crowle, James - wife
Direll, T. Jas. - wife & 1 child
Donoughue, Thomas - wife & 1 child
Downing, John - wife & 1 child
Downs, Mrs S
Dunstan, Robert - wife & 5 children
Edwards, James - wife & 5 children
Edwards, William - wife & 2 children
Elvery, James - wife & 1 child
England, Stephen - wife
Francis, William - wife & 4 children
Gahan, Benjamin - wife & 3 children
Gately, Joseph - wife & 3 children
George, James - wife & 2 children
Germain, John - wife
Giles, Richard - wife
Gillard, Grace - 2 children
Haines, George Jnr.
Haines, George - wife & 2 children
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
Humberstone, William - wife & 1 child
Huxtable, John - wife & 5 children
Jemmell, George R.H. - wife & 5 children
Johnston, Alexander - wife & 1 child
Jose, Mary Jane
Kellock, John - wife & 3 children
Lightfoot, William - wife & 4 children
Low, Charles - wife & 5 children
Magor, Thomas - wife & 2 children
Mallett, Henry - wife
McCarthy, Mary (nee Burnard)
McKissock, Andrew - wife
Mitchell, William - wife & 2 children
Moore, John - wife & 1 child
Moore, William - wife
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
Porter, George - wife & 1 child
Porter, George William - wife
Porter, Henry John - 2 children
Porter, William H.
Reynolds, William - wife
Richards, William - wife & 5 children
Rowe, J.W. - wife & 4 children
Rowe, Peter - wife
Rundle, John Robins
Rundle, John - wife & 6 children
Shakes, James - wife & 1 child
Sleep, James - wife & 2 children
Stanton, Josiah (Joseph) - wife & 2 children
Taylor, John H.
Taylor, William H.
Thomas, Mrs Sarah
Tonkin, Enoch - wife & 6 children
Tonkin, William H.
Trangman, Mary Ann
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, Honor - wife
Williams, Robert Thomas - wife & 3 children
Wills, John - wife & 2 children
- Barry Leadbeater's South Australian Shipping & Immigration database on the FamilyHistorySA website: 
- The Java at Roger Sando's website : http://gekkos.tripod.com/ships/java.htm
- COMMERCIAL INTELLIGENCE. South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900) of Saturday the 8th of February 1840 on Page 3 
- ORIGINAL CORRESPONDENCE. Southern Australian (Adelaide, SA : 1838 - 1844) of Thursday the 20th of February 1840 on Page 4 
- JAVA from London 1840 from Diane Cumming's BOUND FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA website. first accessed online on the 7th of February, 2020 at: https://bound-for-south-australia.collections.slsa.sa.gov.au/1840Java-PassengerLists.htm and https://bound-for-south-australia.collections.slsa.sa.gov.au/1840Java-PassengerLists-more.htm
- 1840 'Java' from the OLD COLONISTS OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA website. first accessed online on the 7th of February, 2020 at: https://oldcolonists.weebly.com/-1840-java.html
- 14/10/1839 - 06/02/1840 from the Passengers in History website. An initiative of the South Australian Maritime Museum. first accessed online on the 7th of February, 2020 at: http://passengersinhistory.sa.gov.au/node/946942
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