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Parsee, Immigrant Voyage to Queensland 1853

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The Immigrant Ship Parsee sailed from Plymouth on September 30 1852 - arriving Moreton Bay on January 17 1853

DIRECT IMMIGRATION. We are glad to announce that official information has already been received of the intended despatch of another emigrant ship, to follow the America. The Colonial Land and Emigration Commissioners had chartered the Parsee to sail from Plymouth for Moreton Bay, with emigrants, on or about the 29th September last.

DIRECT IMMIGRATION. from The Moreton Bay Courier (Brisbane, Qld. : 1846 - 1861) of Saturday 11 December 1852, Page 2. at: on TROVE

SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE Jan. 10. Parsee, ship, 1170 tons, E. E. Thomas, from Plymouth, 30th September. Passengers, Dr. Hugh Bell, Surgeon Superintendent, Mrs. Bell and servant, and 493 immigrants.

(and on the same page) IMPORTS. Parsee ; 4 pkgs merchandize, 2 cases, 2 bales, Hope and Ramsay ; 15 kgs, 170 csks bottled beer, 213 tons coal, Order; 1 cse, Bigge.

(and on the same page) The Parsee has made an excellent voyage of 102 days from Plymouth to Moreton Bay, leaving England more than a month after the America, and coming to anchor in the Bay a little before her.

The Parsee crossed the equator on the 2nd November, and came round Van Diemen's Land on the 22nd ult, being the 84th day from England but was detained on this coast by northerly winds. Sighted land at Sugar Loaf Point on the 1st instant. She brings 493 immigrants, of whom 105 couples are married, 18 males and 106 females adults are single, 144 are boys and girls between one and fourteen, and 15 are infants under one year.

There were six births and seven deaths on the passage, only one adult being among the latter. There were some severe cases of diarrhrea, chiefly in the tropics, but no infec-tions or contagious disease is on board, and the people all appear in good health and spirits. Their decent and orderly demeanour reflect great credit upon their management.

The Parsee is a splendid vessel, newly built for the New York trade, having only made one voyage to that port. The loftiness and extent of the space between decks afforded ample ventilation, and great regard to cleanliness appears to have been observed.

We regret to learn that some of the seamen of this ship have behaved very badly. The second officer was placed in irons about three weeks ago, for threatening the Captain's life and eight of the seamen absconded from the ship, on Tuesday last in a boat belonging to the America, which had come alongside for a supply of fresh water. They landed near the mouth of the Brisbane river and there left the boat, which has since been recovered.

from SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE. in The Moreton Bay Courier (Brisbane, Qld. : 1846 - 1861) of Saturday 15 January 1853, Page 2. at: on TROVE

WE, the undersigned, from the ship Parsee, having been safely landed at Moreton Bay, desire to return our sincere and united thanks for the unbounded kindness which we all received from our highly respected and much beloved Captain, Edwin Evans Thomas.

We are quite satisfied that no ship ever left the port of London with so kind, humane, and sympathising a Captain and his generous and noble conduct towards us during the whole of the voyage, which was accomplished in 100 days, and his kind and good wishes for our future welfare, will never be forgotten.

The ship Parsee is a splendid vessel, offering us every accommodation—Provisions good and abundant—she was well ventilated, and in fact she was fitted out in the best possible manner and there being no sickness on board was a sufficient proof that she was carefully and judicially looked after. We were all happy and quite contented, and we particularly wish to make this acknowledgment public, in order to give our dear and absent friends notice, that if they ever intend coming out to this country their chief object should be to get on board the ship Parsee, and sail with her noble captain, Edwin Evans Thomas.

On behalf of all the emigrants (una voce.)

Signed by WILLIAM MILNER, (son of the late Rev. Dr. Milner,) and Schoolmaster on board the ship Parsee.

from SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE. in The Moreton Bay Courier (Brisbane, Qld. : 1846 - 1861) of Saturday 29 January 1853, Page 2. at: on TROVE


  • Queensland Government, Assisted Immigration 1848-1912: Last name:Butler; Given names: John (James); Age: 36; Ship: Parsee; Date: 1853/01/17; Year: 1853; Page: 46; Item ID: ITM18474; Digital Image ID: DR39147; Digital Image ID Source: https://www.archivessearch.qld.gov.au/api/download_file/DR39147 ; Microfilm 1: Z1957; Microfilm 2: M1696; Series ID: S13086.

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