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Shand, Immigrant Voyage to Victoria 1854-55

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The SHAND Voyage to Portland Victoria 27/10/1854 - 20/01/1855

....The first number of the Portland "Chronicle" was published on Janu-ary 20th, 1855, by the proprietor, Edward F. Hughes, and issued from the Julia street office.....The Shand, from Plymouth, with 382 immigrants, arrived on January 20th, 1855. In addition, vessels in the harbor included the ship Birm-ingham, from Plymouth; ship Se-vern, from London ; and the barques Derry Castle, from Callao; Albion and May Queen, from London; and coasting vessels numbering fifteen. All this is from The History of Portland in the Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953) of Monday 9 June 1930, Page 2. at: [1]

Shand - 836 ton - left Plymouth 27 Oct 1854 - arrived Portland, Victoria on 20 January 1855 after a voyage of 85 days. Surgeon Superintendent: Thomas Lightfoot.

128 male adults

109 female adults

47 male children under 14 years

48 female children under 14 years.

332 total souls

1 male child under 14 death

4 female child under 14 death

5 Total deaths

This from the Ships List database at: [2]


Portland Bay, January 20th, 1855

-Sir- We hope you will excuse the liberty we have taken in thus addressing you, but being impressed with a lively sense of your kindness, and in respect for your manly and impartial conduct during our long voyage, we cannot bid you farewell without expressing our sincere thanks for past kindness and a wish for your future prosperity. We also beg to assure you, that it is with sincere regret we now take leave of you, and sincerely hoping that you may lead a long, happy and useful life.

We remain, Dear Sir,

Yours most respectfully and affectionately, Committee

C. Sheppard

D. Nicholson

J.C. Rodgers

M. Bruce

W. Slight(?)

By order of the Passengers on Board the Shand.'


(The Passengers have presented Captain Christie with £10 for the purchase of a piece of plate)

from Advertising from the Portland Guardian and Normanby General Advertiser (Vic. : 1842 - 1843; 1854 - 1876) of Thursday 25 January 1855, Page 3. at: [3]

Plus slightly different statistics from the voyage:

Ship: Shand

Sailed from: Plymouth

Days at sea: 84

Arrived Portland: January 20, 1855

Births: 15

Deaths: 7

Souls: 340

from the Assisted Immigrants from Great Britain Assisted Immigrants from Great Britain that landed at Portland 1851- that landed at Portland 1851-1857 PDF at [4]


  • The History of Portland in the Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953) of Monday 9 June 1930, Page 2. at: [5]

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