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Newcastle, Immigrant Voyage to Queensland 1877

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The immigrants by the ship Newcastle, from London were brought up by the Settler (photo above) yesterday and landed at the depot shortly after 4 o'clock in the afternoon.

​The number of souls originally taken on board was 398, or equal to 353 statute adults. Fourteen deaths occurred during the voyage, thirteen of the deceased being children, who died from measles. The other death was that of a man named William B. James, who fell overboard off Tasmania. He was endeavouring to raise a bucket of water at the time, and the ship was sailing before a smart breeze - going at the rate of about thirteen knots an hour. As soon as he dropped the bucket he was dragged overboard and was drowned before any assistance could reach him.

The number of passengers landed is 388, who are classified as follows : 9 steerage, 200 assisted, 165 free, 23 remittance, and 1 stowaway.

A good many of the single girls have been engaged today as domestic servants at rates varying from 8s. to 10s. per week. Some of the single men, and a few of the married people have also been engaged at fair rates. The immigrants appear a very respectable class of people.

The immigrant ship Newcastle left the West India Docks with 359 1/2 statute adults on July 10, but owing to baffling winds, did not land the pilot at Start Point until the 23rd. She had slight winds from the Channel to the line, and experienced no steady north-east trades; crossed the Equator on August 27, in longitude 16 degs. 4 mins.; from the line she had fine weather to the Cape, which she was off September 23, when she experienced a strong gale of wind, which lasted for two days. The easting was run down in latitude 43 degs., and made a good run to the island of Tasmania, but owing to head winds and a strong current, the light at Moreton Head was not sighted before November 7.

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THE immigrants by the ship Newcastle, who were brought up to the Brisbane Depot on Wed- nesday, consist of 89 single girls, 101 single men, and 36 married couples. They are a fine lot, and are going off briskly. About 50 single girls have already left the depot under engagement, or to go to their friends ; a large number of single men have also cleared out, and the mar- ried people, excepting a few with large families, are finding ready employment. The wages ob- tained are-by single girls, 8s. to 14s. per week ; single men, £30 to £35 per annum, with rations ; and married couples, £40 to £50 per annum, with rations. The Newcastle immigrants altogether numbered 388 (equal to 353 statute adults), 175 being English, 8 Scotch, 205 Irish, and 9 other nationalities. [3]


  1. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/169497753
  2. http://www.martinsofipswich.com/1877-the-arrival-of-the-newcastle.html
  3. The Brisbane Courier. (1877, November 16). The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), p. 2. Retrieved July 11, 2018, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1367897

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