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Palmyra, Immigrant Voyage to New South Wales 1838

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The Voyage of the Immigrant ship Palmyra to the New South Wales colony in 1838

type: barque

size: 602 tons

built: 1820 at Calcutta

sailed: from Gravesend England on 13 May 1838

master: Mr. Parsons

arrived: at Sydney 26 September 1838

surgeon superintendent:

passengers: 260 Government Immigrants


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My great, great, great grandfather came aboard the Palmyra in 1838. His name was John Wesley Parker and he brought with him his wife Anne Hannah Webb Ransom and 5 children. He was a cabinet maker and had been contracted by the NSW government. There was an outbreak of scarlet fever on the way and so the ship was quarantined at the Manly Quarantine Station on arrival on the 26th of September 1838. Whilst at the quarantine station their youngest child, Mahala, passed away and was buried in the earliest cemetery there. Her grave is unmarked.
posted by Kate (Cocks) Shaw