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John Fielden, Immigrant Voyage to Queensland 1853

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Immigrant Ship John Fielden's Voyage to Brisbane then still part of New South Wales in 1853
The Immigrants PER "John Fielden." - The immigrants by this vessel are divided as follows:
married couples, 73 ; single women 102 ; single men 19: males from 1 to 14 years, 42 ; females from 1 to 14 years, 76; and infants 14. The Health officer having made a satisfactory report, the local Immigration Board will proceed to the ship this day, to muster the passengers, after which they will be removed to, Brisbane without delay. It will be seen that of the whole number of passengers, only ninety-two are adult males, and of these 73 are married and the remainder connected with families on board. The large number of single women and girls makes it highly desirable for all persons requiring female servants to apply for them forthwith, so that, no excuse for cutting off our supply of immigration may again be taken from the detention of immigrants in the depot. While upon this subject, we cannot avoid alluding to reports which have long been current, to the effect that some parties employed in the Immigrant Depot at Brisbane have been in the habit of taking great pains in instructing newly arrived women servants to stand out for high rates of wages, with the apparent object of keeping up the establishment. We trust that these reports are unfounded, or, if true, that such an objectionable practice will be forthwith abandoned.<be> (from DOMESTIC INTELLIGENCE in The Moreton Bay Courier (Brisbane, Qld. : 1846 - 1861) of Saturday 18 June 1853, Page 2.

THE NEXT IMMIGRANT SHIP.— A communication from Liverpool, dated February 22nd, says "The John Fielden, ship, 916 tons, is on the berth, taking in passengers for Moreton Bay. No cargo will be received."
English Shipping.— For Moreton Bay : John Fielden, 916.
Moreton Bay. — Arrivals: June 11. John Fielden, from Liverpool March 11th, with 396 Government immigrants.
The John Fielden has made an excellent run of ninety days from Liverpool to Moreton Bay. She left the former place on the 11th March ; made the Cape of Good Hope in 59 days ; was off Sydney on the 84th day ; and took the pilot on board inside Moreton Bay on Saturday last.
Spoke the Ariel, from London, for Algoa Bay, in lat. 30 S., long. 28 W. On the voyage one of the supernumerary seamen of the John Fielden, jumped overboard and was drowned. On coming into Moreton Bay, Captain Clarke was taken rather aback at finding no buoys to mark the ship channel, as shown upon his chart ; for it appears that the buoys recently laid down are now all carried away again. He had no alternative but to hang about the neighbourhood of the spot where he thought the channel ought to be, until the pilot came on board, when it was too hazy to proceed, and he was therefore obliged to cast anchor in the open sea channel. The consequence was that the cable parted, and he had to get down another anchor, losing thirty fathom of chain cable and his best bower anchor, and breaking his wind-lass in hoisting the second anchor next morning. The ship was then brought over to the usual anchorage ground off the Brisbane. The immigrants are all well. The original number embarked, including infants, was 393, and there have been four deaths (children) and seven births, on the passage.
John Fielden, sailed 11th March, 1853, contract price £21 19s, 403 emigrants embarked.

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My great great grandparents - Patrick and Jane Ryan, from Tipperary Ireland were also on the John Fielden 1853.

They travelled with their six children, and settled in Purga, Queensland Australia.

I am endeavouring to write our family history in a blog. I am having difficulty finding an image for the ship. Can anyone suggest where I might find one. Thanks.

posted by Pat (Ryan) Saunders
My relatives, William and Catherine Duggan traveled with their 1 y.o. on this ship.
posted by Ronald Bradford
My great great grandparents, Matthew and Sarah Merrell from Lincoln in England set sail on the "John Fielden" shortly after their marriage, their destination being Morton Bay (Brisbane) in Australia. Matthew was a blacksmith and as such skills were needed in the colony, they came as assisted passengers. The couple found their way to Tenterfield in New South Wales and set up a blacksmith business. One of their ten children, Sarah, married local businessman William Reid and their daughter Marjorie Hannah Reid was my grandmother.
posted by Stuart Purvis-Smith