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Scottish Wizard, Immigrant Voyage to Queensland 1881-82

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Scottish Wizard, sailed October 1881
Captain: Captain H. Baker, Captain Scales; Matron: Mrs. M Keddie; Doctor: Dr. Woodward

The Brisbane Courier reported on 3 January 1882 that the Scottish Wizard from London for Maryborough and Newcastle, via Plymouth, sailed from Plymouth 15th October 1881 with Captain H. Baker, but subsequently put back to Plymouth with condensers out of order, and left on 27th October.

On 12 January 1882, Rockhampton's Morning Bulletin reported the Scottish Wizard, barque, from Liverpool bound to Maryborough was due the following month, bringing immigrants and cargo. The single women, of whom there were 63 free, 5 remittance, 2 free nominated, and 7 full paying, were under the charge of Mrs. M Keddie, the matron. The married couples department represents 132 souls, of whom 22 were assisted, 93 free, 11 remittance, and 6 free nominated. Of the single men there were 100 in all, 14 being assisted passengers, 75 free, 7 remittance, and 4 free nominated.

The Scottish Wizard arrived in Maryborough on 27 January 1882; the voyage took ninety-one days. Captain Scales reported by telegraph that all is well on board, no deaths occurred and they had 272 passengers on leaving Plymouth with 274 arriving because of two births during the voyage. Another newspaper report has the Scottish Wizard arriving in Maryborough with 315 immigrants.

Three days later, on 30 January, nearly the whole of the crew of the barque Scottish Wizard were sentenced to fourteen days' imprisonment for disobedience of orders. A number of sympathising immigrants escorted them to and from the court with band playing.

The local Immigration Board held an inquiry into charges preferred by immigrants on the Scottish Wizard. Rockhampton's Morning Bulletin publishes the results of the inquiry on 14 February: the QLD government consider the Immigration Board's report and decided: Scottish Wizard's doctor, Dr. Woodward, its captain, Captain Scales, and its officers are banned from future immigration service work, and Dr. Woodward is fined £50, because an immigrant had been "Put to the Torture" by 'thumbscrewing'. "The decision may to many appear severe, but where so un-English a thing as 'thumbscrewing' takes place, everybody in authority on board must expect to receive the taint; and if the reputation of our immigration service is to be maintained, severe measures cannot be altogether condemned."

The Immigration Register of arrivals on the Scottish Wizard in 1883, at Queensland State Archives, says the captain's name was Scales.


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