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Trusty 1842 - Ship Tree

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Date: 1842 to 6 Dec 1842
Location: Western Australiamap
Surnames/tags: Ship_Tree Trusty Leschenault
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Ship Arrival at Australind, 6 December 1842
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from the Harvey History Online website
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. . . . Arrival at Australind, - On the 6th December, the Trusty, John Elsdon, Commander, from London. Out four months and two days.
Passengers - Cabin, H. A. Allen, Esq., M.D. Surgeon Superintendent in charge, and lady, J Ferguson Esq., Henry Dey, Esq., and A. J. Orr, Esq.

Steerage -
James Arber, William and Elizabeth Arnold and three children, John and Elizabeth Bishop and five children J. Bath,W. and M.Bass and two children, Edward and Charlotte Clayfeeld with five in family, John and Rebecca Corston, John and Emma Delaporte, John Forsayth,
William and Margaret Forrest, Gavin and Mary Forrest, and four children, Alfred Frost,
Reuben and Anne Gardner and six children, Jesse and Jane Gardner and four children,
John and and Marianne Heritage, and eight children, Elizabeth Henderson, William and E. Howells and one child, Joseph and Rebecca Hamblin, Joseph Hooper, J. and H. Jarvis and one child, J. and E. Jones, J. and M. Johnson and one child,
J. and A. Kenworthy and three children, E. and A. Letts and one child. Mr. Letts, J. and M. Lack and three in family, Thomas and Clarissa Mackay and four children, James and M. McCourt and two children, A. McAndrew, J. and D. Neal and one child, A. Nicholson, J. and W. Place and 4 children, S. and M. Pri-deaux and two in family, Thomas and M. Ryder, E. Ricketts, F. and A. Spence, W. Spenser, W. and A Smith, and one child,
H. and E. Tyler, W. Vance, J. and S. Wills and 7 in family, I. and A. Wear, and 7 in family, C. and J. Wines and four children, John and C. Wear, J, Walker.

Born on the passage, two.....

Imports per Trusty, from London, and landed at Australind.

1 case, L. Birch ; 7 packages, a beuse, 5 cases, and 5 casks, J. Witt ;
a carriage, 4 cases, 1 hhd., W. Clifton ;
1 box, Absoian ; 2 packages, Bedingfeld ; 3 casks, G. J. Y. Smith; 1 box, W. R. Bunbury ; 20 packages and bundles, G. T. Sadler ; 87 barrels flour, 26 tierces beef, 34 barrels pork, 6 chests tea, 17 kegs, and 13 cases and casks, M. W. Clifton, shipped by the W. A. Company;
1 box, A. Serle; 7 ploughs, 1 wheel, 2 frames, 2 boxes, 1 boiler, 1 case, 1 barbel, 8 packages, J. Ferguson ; 55 cases, 2 bales, 1 hhd., Clifton & Plowes ; 1 case, 1 bundle, J. Bussell ; 1 package, Bate;
1 box, R. Clifton; 1 box, M. W. Clifton.

Messrs. F. Mangles & Co., Agents.

From SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE. in The Perth Gazette and Western Australian Journal (WA : 1833 - 1847) of Saturday 10 December 1842, Page 2.


(From a Correspondent.)

Australind, Dec. 7, 1842.— A signal made by Mr. Eliot, the Government Resident at Bunbury, on the hill above his residence, announced to us yesterday morning at an early hour that a ship was in sight. The whole settlement was soon in a state of excitement, from the hope that the long-expected ship from England had at last rounded Cape Naturaliste. The Chief Commissioner, with several of the officers and other gentlemen, immediately proceeded in his boat to the port, and shortly after his arrival there, he set a signal which announced to us that the sail in sight was a British ship.
Soon afterwards again another signal announced that the ship was chartered with emigrants by the Company. It is impossible to describe the general excitement which prevailed in the settlement till the Chief Commissioner's return at night, when we learnt that the Trusty, Captain Elsdon, chartered by the Company, had anchored safely in Port Leschenault at 3 o'clock in the afternoon, and that on his going on board, he found all well, after a most favourable voyage of four months, she having sailed from Gravesend on the 2nd August, and not touched anywhere.
She has on board 15 cabin passengers, and 156 emigrants, in high health and spirits, under the charge of Dr. Allen, Surgeon Superintendent. Dr. Ferguson and lady and two children, Mr. Day, Mr. Sadler, Mr. Orr, Mrs. Allen, and other settlers, passengers, all arrived in perfect health. The utmost harmony has prevailed on board during the voyage, in proof of which I send you copies of letters addressed by the emigrants and passengers to Captain Elsdon.

At an early hour this morning the Chief Commissioner proceeded again to the ship, and made arrangements with Captain Elsdon for commencing landing the emigrants and cargo tomorrow. A board, consisting of G. Eliot, Esq., the Government Resident, Andrew Stirling, Esq., J.P., with Dr. Millard, examined all the emigrants, assisted by the Chief Commissioner and Dr. Harris, the Company's medical officer at Australind, and passed high encomiums on the general character and appearance of the emigrants, and their remarkable state of health and right feeling. In the afternoon all the cabin passengers and Captain Elsdon arrived with the Chief Commissioner at Australind, and after inspecting the townsite, with which they ex-pressed themselves greatly delighted, dined with the Chief Commissioner.

December 8, 1842. — A large number of the emigrants, with their families, this day were conveyed by water from the port and landed here. Huts and other places of shelter has been provided for them, and they were soon located in their temporary habitations. All has been bustle and preparation, but no confusion ; and I never saw a more quiet, orderly, well-conducted set of people than the Company have sent out. The utmost praise is due to Captain Elsdon and to the Surgeon Superintendent for their treatment and care of these people during the voyage.
The Trusty brings excellent accounts of the solid advance of the Company, who are rising superior to all their difficulties occasioned by the proposed change of site to Port Grey, which happily was not carried into effect. Sales of land steadily continue, and arrangements have been made for extending the sales in India. The plan of the town of Australind, beautifully engraved, was attracting much attention, and extensive emigration to Australind was preparing.

The following are copies of the letters above referred to: —

" Ship Trusty, at sea, Sept. 28, 1842.

" We, the undersigned, being free emigrants on board the ship Trusty of London, bound to Western Australia, venture to express our satisfaction to the Directors for their judicious appointment of Captain Elsdon to the command of the above ship, and respectfully beg to convey to him our sincere thanks for the invariable attention and urbanity of feeling exhibited by him thus far on our voyage. . Also for the gentlemanly conduct of the officers and good feeling of the ship's company towards us all."
[Signed by all the emigrants. ]

" Port Leschenault, Western Australia,
" December 7, 1842.

"Sir, — The free emigrants on board the ship Trusty beg again to offer their sincere thanks for your unwearied attention during the voyage.

" They also wish to convey to the Directors their gratitude for providing so superior a ship. It may be thought presumptuous in offering an opinion, but vie cannot refrain our admiration when we recollect that few or none were inconvenienced from bad weather since leaving England, beyond two or three days, and that entirely owing to the Trusty being so superior a sea-boat.

" As regards the provisions and accommodations, they were excellent. Our future friends who may sail for this or any other settlement in the Trusty, under the command of Capt. Elsdon, may consider themselves singularly fortunate.

" Accept our warm respect, and permit us, sir, to assure you the unremitting attention and kind ness of yourself, officers, and ship's company, will be long remembered by yours most respect fully,

" The free emigrants on board the ship Trusty,

" Captain Elsdon."

"December 7, 1842.

" Dear Sir, — We, the undersigned, cabin passengers on board the Western Australian Company's ship Trusty, beg to express our un-limited satisfaction at the gentlemanly conduct and kindness of manner which you have uniformly evinced towards us during our passage from London to Australind. These, added to the very high opinion we entertain of your experience and professional skill, have in a great measure served to beguile the tedium of a four mouths' voyage. We beg, sir, that you will receive this statement as a proof of our highest respect and esteem, and to assure you that we shall always fed much interested in your welfare and happiness.

"We are, dear Sir, your very sincere friends,


(From a Correspondent.) in the Inquirer
(Perth, WA : 1840 - 1855) of Wednesday 21 December 1842, Page 3.

HISTORICAL RECORDS OF W.A. from The West Australian [1]
of Saturday 5 June 1926, Page 6. (for the 1929 Centenary)

The trustees of the Public Library, Museum and Art Gallery acknowledge receipt of oil paintings of Mr. and Mrs. John Locke, together with some samples of glass and pottery which have been presented by a grand-daughter, Mrs. Shillington. The portraits especially are an acquisition to the historical collection. Mr. and. Mrs. Locke were migrants to the Australind settlement by the ship Trusty, in December, 1842, the vessel which brought, amongst others, the parents of the late Lord Forrest.
In view of the approaching centenary the trustees hope that other relatives of pioneers will forward portraits, documents, and relics of various kinds, so that by 1929 as complete a record as possible of the early days of the State may be available.
The efforts of the trustees in the past have resulted in the collection of a fine nucleus which, with the help of the descendants of those who blazed the track may be expanded into an historical museum of great interest - to the general public and invaluable to the research students of the future.


  1. The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954) of Saturday 5 June 1926, Page 6.

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