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Prussian Immigrant Ships to South Australia

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This page provides links to free space pages and categories of the ships that carried German emigrants to South Australia.

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Please see the Category: South Australia, Immigrants from German Confederation for a list of ship categories.

Historic Background

Germans have comprised a significant part of the population of South Australia almost since the first British colonists arrived in 1836.[1] This has been variously estimated at between 7% and 10% until the outbreak of World War I in 1914.[2]

German settlement in Australia began in large numbers in 1838, with the arrival of immigrants from Prussia to Adelaide. German immigrants became prominent in settling South Australia and Queensland. From 1850 until World War I, German settlers and their descendants comprised the largest non-British or Irish group of Europeans in Australia.[3]

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  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Australia#History
  2. http://www.thegermanclub.com.au/about-us/german-history-in-SA.php#Year1838to1914
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_settlement_in_Australia

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Ship Heloise, 476 tons, Captain Jan Beckmann, from Bremen 12th October 1846, arrived at Port Adelaide, South Australia 17th March 1847. Profile Friedrich Schlamelcher (abt.1806-1879) refer http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/heloise1847.shtml via the https://www.wikitree.com/index.php?title=Space:Categories_Waiting_to_be_Added_or_Renamed page.

posted by Chris Willoughby
edited by Chris Willoughby
I will create the category and the initial part of a free space.
posted by Steve Thomas
Thanks Steve, much appreciated.
posted by Chris Willoughby
Hi Steve, it looks like Margaret (Gale) Haining has created the category.
posted by Chris Willoughby
Yes Chris, you are correct - Margaret has created the category for this voyage. The ship category still needs work and I intend to start a free-space page. I forgot to warn you that I don't have much free time this week.
posted by Steve Thomas
You know me Steve, I've thought of mentioning this before and you have seen it, so now hopefully my comment will be taken well. In looking at the dates of the ship arrivals from 1837 to 1866 I would like to remind all that even though many individuals from Prussia left through the ports of Bremen and Hamburg that those dates mean the ships left from the Kingdom of Hannover 1814–1866. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_of_Hanover.

Just talking about 1 ship Dockenhuden 1853 well over 50% were from towns in Hannover. I of course would like to see Hannover in the title, but I know how Prussia is mentioned so often as Hannover became a province of Hannover after 1866.

I do appreciate the Ships names and some places links to wiki profiles and passenger lists. I kno you have done a great job and many hours of work on those. Forgive me for the mention--not trying to start anything but just a little advertising for my favorite the Kingdom of Hannover.

posted by Mike Schindler
I agree with you. I am know more about these subjects than I did when I created the profiles. In some cases the country that someone emigrated from was not clear and I only used Bremen and Hamburg.

The Free Space Page title "Prussian Immigrant Ships to South Australia" is not accurate. Many people left the Kingdom of Hannover and other parts of modern Germany.

posted by Steve Thomas
Carl Joachim Christian Schmiedig - Shoemaker (Schmiedig-1) sailed to South Australia on the "George Washington"

http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/georgewashington1846.shtml has not been included on the "George Washington" - 1846 passenger list?

posted by Roxane Humphries
Yep. I've seen a few of these myself. The lists are not 100% accurate.

If you have good evidence, then the source that needs to change is in the State Library of South Australia. How important is it to you that this is corrected? Or do you accept the general warning that lists are not 100% accurate?

posted by Steve Thomas
I have added a link to the passenger list for 'Gellert' in 1847.

Many passengers were connected by family relationships. Less than half were identified as Lutheran dissidents.

posted by Steve Thomas
I have added links to the passenger lists for 'George Washington', 1844 and 'Heerjeebhoy Rustomjee Patel', 1845.

I also have German ancestors who were part of the group on the Palmyra, 1845 who abandoned the ill-fated settlement at Nelson established by the New Zealand Company (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_Company). Like South Australia, it followed the systematic colonization scheme proposed by Edward Gibbon Wakefield.

posted by Steve Thomas
edited by Steve Thomas
1878 'Elisabeth' Hamburg to Pt Adelaide carried many Germans including 4 of my ancestors in a family group of 9. Many fellow passengers were from what was then Prussia.
posted by James McNamara
Thanks again Scott, for adding category tags. I acknowledge your comment about the work required for ongoing maintenance.
posted by Steve Thomas
Thanks Scott, Separating the links of space pages from categories was a good idea!
posted by Steve Thomas
I separated links to space pages form links to categories, and added a few more categories. I only did up to J, and there's a few categories without matching voyages in the list, but I ran out of time for now. I'd like to be added to the contact list if possible please.

UPDATE: I have completed linking the voyage categories in Category: German Immigrants to South Australia that had a corresponding row in this page. They will need maintenance if we ever standardise the category names. I have NOT made new rows here for categories there, nor ade empty categories for the rest of the voyages listed here.

posted by Scott Davis
I'm adding wiki profiles for passengers on the Prince George, then I'll add profiles to Bengalee and Solway.

I also think it's worth adding the 5 German vine-dressers and labourers on the South Australian in 1837. Although Sth Aus sailed from London, the vineyard workers suggest the start of wine making in South Australia.

posted by Steve Thomas
I've added Tracy Hope to the Trusted List for this page.
posted by [Living Turner]
I am in awe of how much work everyone is putting into this project. Thank you everyone! :)
posted by Kylie Haese
If any team members would like to receive comments from this page as emails, I can add you to the trusted list. It's a way of keeping in touch with what others on the team are doing.


posted by [Living Turner]
Eight ship pages added. Thanks every one! Great work.
posted by [Living Turner]