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John Pirie, Immigrant Voyage to South Australia 1836

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The "John Pirie" departed London on 22 February, departed Gravesend on 23 February, was at the Downs in the English Channel on 25 February, at Falmouth from 4-19 March, and then after weathering a violent storm at sea returned to England at Dartmouth from 2-16 April for repairs and restocking of lost supplies and livestock. (The date of departure from England that was printed in The Sydney Monitor of 18 June 1836 was 1 March 1836, but on 27 July had been corrected to 23 February, the date of leaving Gravesend.) The ship was 1 of 5 vessels, 4 of whom were taking passengers who worked for the South Australian Company as settlers to the new Colony of South Australia. The "John Pirie" arrived at Kangaroo Island, South Australia, on 16 August 1836. Whaleboats were then sent to meet the "John Pirie". Whale boats were hired and/or borrowed from the Kangaroo Island sealers and whalers to meet the newly arrived ships carrying emigrants to the Colony. ... Before the main settlement was moved from Kingscote at Nepean Bay, Kangaroo Island to Holdfast Bay on the mainland, however, Captain George Martin and the "John Pirie" had departed Nepean Bay, Kangaroo Island for Hobart. This was to be the first of many trips to and from Tasmania, and later Sydney, to pick up necessary supplies for the new Colony of South Australia.

27 September 1836 sails from Nepean Bay, Kangaroo Island for Hobart with passengers. 8 October 1836 - 8 November 1836, Hobart. The "John Pirie" arrived in Hobart "in ballast". "In Ballast" is an empty ship looking for a cargo. Whilst in Hobart it was commented that Captain Martin would be remembered by its residents as master of the "Jupiter" from "some years ago". Also whilst in Hobart George Martin enrolled his sons Robert Terence and George Jnr in what he described as "a very good school at New Town" where he was to leave them when he returned to South Australia. They began their formal schooling on 30 October 1836. On 5 November the "John Pirie" departed Hobart, put back on 6th due to adverse conditions, and left again on the 8th ... Capt. Martin of the John Pirie now in our harbour has explored the new territory for nearly a hundred miles, and reports it to be one of the finest on the globe. The climate is delightful, the soil fertile, watered with numerous streams and rivers.

The Hobart Town Courier, 21 October 1836



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