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Voyage of the Canterbury to the South Australian Colony in 1866

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Date: 25 Sep 1866 to 31 Dec 1866
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The voyage of the Canterbury to South Australia in 1866

The ship Canterbury, 1,296 tons, Captain George R. Fentie carried 444 Government Immigrants to the South Australian Colony in 1866. Dr. J. W. Barry was this voyages' Surgeon-superintendent.

She sailed from London on the 25th of September 1866 (Plymouth 2nd October 1866) and arrived at Port Adelaide, South Australia on the 31st of December 1866.


From the South Australian Weekly Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1858 - 1867) of Saturday the 5th of January 1867, Page 6.

The last of the Commissioner's selection was certainly not the least. The Canterbury is of 1,296 tons register, and a draught of 17 feet 6 inches— just such a ship as would suit for troops to India, but entirely outre for emigrants to Port Adelaide. It is not, however, the largest ships which are best adapted to our immigrant transport. The Peeress is a far smaller ship, and had no bar difficulties ; but in the present case a large, lofty, commanding-looking ship is taken up, and she certainly brings a full cargo.

They are equal to 398 1/2 adults, or 69 married men, 74 married women, 156 single men, 72 single women, 55 children, 11 infants, and 7 born on board. This number of souls falls under the following industrial category: — Ploughmen 56, ploughman and tailor 1, ploughman and mason 1, plough man and sawyer 1, ploughman and carpenter 1. agricultural laborers 19, farmer 1, gardeners 6, shepherd 1, laborers 20, miners 4, millers 3, grooms 3, masons 3, carpenters and joiners 24, ships' carpenters 2, sawyers 3, plasterers 4, painters, glaizers, and plumbers 11, bricklayers 4, brickmaker 1, builder's laborer 1, engineer 1, engineman 1, tinsmiths and plateworkers 3, smiths 2, coachsmith 1, carmen 2. baker and laborer 1, tailors 2. saddlers and harness makers 6, boot and shoe makers 2, page 1, domestic and general servants 46, cooks 4, housemaids 7, nurse maids 3, housekeeper 1, laundress 1, dressmaker 1. Total classes, 41.

In general appearance the people differ but little from the majority of immigrants. They are a stalwart-looking lot of men, and the women and children will doubtless make as good colonists as any. The Surgeon's report is not as free from sickness as most of the recent ships, though he is an old hand in the service, having been here a year ago in the Electric, and formerly in the Woodbridge. In the present voyage he has had to deal with cholera, fever, whooping-cough, measles, diarrhoea, besides two accidental cases alluded to elsewhere. In the face of these evils he succeeded in bringing his charge to anchor tolerably convalescent, and Dr. Duncan immediately granted pratique. The master and officers are highly spoken of — indeed the Surgeon's report throughout is of a satisfactory character, alluding particularly to Mrs. Brewster, the matron, who rendered good service in the single females' department. Beyond this the arrival of the vessel has no feature of interest, and it may be some time before we see another immigrant ship in the Gulf.

Subjoined is the official list of passengers' names ;—

Saml, Mary, George, and Thos. Boyd. Pat, Bridget, Maria, Pat, and John Fahy, Thos., Eliza, William, James, and Stephen Foley, John and Julia Ingham. James, Ellen, Ivan, aud Ellen Ingram, Silas and Saml Boyd, Wm. Brown, James Brereton, Dinnis, Michael, and Pat Connor, John Dunbar, Edward Dwyer, John Lynane, Pat McGrath, Archibald McAdam, John McNamara, Thos. Moroney, Michael Robinson, Timothy Ryan, David and Thomas Pullock, Thomas and James Watson, Andrina. Catherine, Margaret, and Barbara Andrew, Agnes Brownlie, Susanna Bradley, Margaret and Elizabeth Boyd, Sarah, William, Richd., and Thos. Cowling, Mary Corbet, Mary Kil lery, Julia, Richard, and Mary Donnell, Bridget Gormley, Bridget Harney, Mary and Eliza Kearns, Grace Mackinlay, Ellen Milley, Mar-garet Macnamara, Mary O'Connors, Bridget and Mary Power, Amelia Rosewarne, Margaret Saunders, Sophia Turner, Wm. and Elizabeth Aylward, William, Mary, William and Robert Benson, Charles, Eliza, George, and Francis Bull, Thomes, Mary A., William, and Emma Bateman, James, Bridget, and Henry Butler, John and Ann Barclay, Edwin and Mary A. Bolitho, Walter and Ellen Bolitho, Thomas, Jane, and Thomas Chesterfield, Ben. and Susan Lawrence, George, Mary, and Emma Leslie, Roderick and Christina McLennan, John and Maria Matthews, William and Eliza Morgan, Aaron and Elizabeth Northcote, Callow and Eliza New, Thomas, Jane, Charles, and John Northcote, John Temperance, John, Tempe rance, Jane, and Ellen Oppy, Henry, Mary, John, and Jas. H. Oaten, John, Sarah, and Alice Pringle, Charles, Caroline, Charles, Henry, Caroline, Edward, and Maria Pritchard, George and M. A. Robertson, Archibald and Mary Snodgrass, Joseph and Jane Stoneman, John and Emily Stevens, John and Elizabeth Stoker, Henry, Elizabeth, William, and James Shar man, John and Mary Stoneham, Charles, Sarah, Charles, and Agnes Piptaft, Henry and Mary Thomas, George, Elizabeth, Elizabeth. Ann, George, and Emma Tabel, Henry, Sophia, and Betsey A. Toms; George, Batheba, and Frederic Tantram, Edward, Jenifer, Emily, and J. Tremelling, Elizabeth Hide, Emily Hilliar, Janet Hay, Elizabeth Hook, Ellen Kearns, Elizabeth Kay. Barbara King, Elizabeth Lang don. Jessie McGregor, Janet Mercer, Annie McLennan, Mary McDougal, Jane Muuro, Lillias Oliphant, Eliza Riley, Agnes Sinclair, Jane Tucker, Elizabeth Vinnard, Mary Phillips, Marianne Turner, Emily Donaldson, Elizabeth Edwards, Mary Bourne. Emma Grigg, Elizabeth and Eliza Manning, Mary Werren, Catherine McCormick, Cordelia Webb, James Woodstock, William Hatherly, James Dunford, Christopher Hawkins, Henry Hill, Wm. Hobbs, William Hudson, Benjamin Judkins, Hugh Searle, John Sweeney. James Stacey, Charles Tilley, William Uphill. Sampson Webb, John Warne John and Mary Clemes, George and Ann M. Crocombe, Allan and Isabella Collie, Thomas and Grace Cowling, Edward, Emily, and Edward Chandler, Josh.. Selina, Sophia, John, and Charles Cox, William and Sarah Cripps, Josh, and Elizabeth Davey, Charles, Emma, and George England, Thomas, Ellen, and Thomas Eve, Henry and Amelia Gifford, Thomas and Jane Grose, James, Mary Ann, and Mary K. Holman, Matthew and Marianne Henderson, Thomas and Eliza Herbert, James, Eliza, and Eliza Hawkes, John, Kiuina, John, Joseph, and Emma Hughes, Josh, and Mary Jenkins, John, Jane, Walter, and Jane Jerred. Geo. Stevens, Levi Shadwell, W. H., Edwin, Charles, and John Stocker, Chas. Sharman. Isaac Freely, Wm. Tamlin. Philip Thomas, George Treais, Henry Verran, Thomas Vinnard, James White, Lewis Walker. Philip and Walter Wills. Alfred Williams, Thos. Worth, Joseph Williams, Richard Wilton. Joshua Whitehorn, Wm. Ward, Richard Willy, Thos. Worrall, Henry Wray, Angus Wilson. Eliza Brinster, Ellen Allen, Julia Boyle, Mary Anne Bray. Ellen Borthwicke. Mary Butler, Elizabeth Clarke. Ann Campbell. Maria and Jane Clarke, Margaret Carroll, Jane Dewstone, Elizabeth A. Davey. Elizabeth Grosse, Mary Ann Gilbert, Margaret Griffiths, Priscilla, Josh., and Edward Hughes, Elizabeth Hawkes, Priscilla Hughes. James Gough, Wm. Hill, Geo. Holmes, Richd. Hobbs, Thomas Hocking, John Hortin, Jabez Hooper, Wm. Humphreys, James HoIIoway, Benjamin Heath, David Inverach, James Johns, W. H. Jones, John Knox, A. Kitson, W. Lyford. W. and S. Lovering, J. Lawrence. George Lane, Samuel Matthews, Neil Mclntosh, John Matheson, John McCaracken, George Munro, James Murray, John Morrison, Miles McInnes, Wm. McGregor, John Murray, Edward Molloy, Wm. Nicols, Richard nnd John Pascoe, George Pearl, Geo. Peagrim, Thomas Quinlaii, William Russell, Richard Rogers, William Richards. William and James Ross. Colin Ramsey, Thomas and Joshua Roberts. Donald Ross, Arthur Redwards, John Shoebridge, Walter Sommers, Richard, Grace L., and James Williams, John, Maria.and Alice Ware, Wm., Elizabeth, Jessie, and Sarah Wille, John W., Clara, Eliza, and Sarah Weeks, John, Sarah, and Ernest Warren, Henry and Charles Antton, John Anderson, Matt Aiken, William Allen, Alfred Apps, Bull Simpson. Matt Bath. William Burr, William Crage, John Cox William Carruthers, Allendine Christie. James Catt. Charles Chapple. Josh. Costello, Edmund Clark. Philip Doland, Charles Davidson, Robt Edwards, James Eades, William Frond, George Furby, James Ford, Emanuel Frederick, Abraham Gregory, Charles Garraway, William Grose, John Groond, Josh. Gibson, Charles Gellet, Thomas Garratt, John Gillard, Wm. Proctor, Henry Pinchin, Win. Bright. George Fairbanks, Thos. Allen, John Joy, Zacbarias and Phillippe Colley, James and Susan Coombe, John and Catherine Rawling, Joshua and Charlotte Taylor, Wm. and Mary Ann Ratcliff, Wm., Eiiza, and Emma Prior, Robert Bayley, George A. Bright.

Passenger Lists etc.

  • EMIGRANTS TO ARRIVE from The Adelaide Express (SA : 1863 - 1866) of Tuesday the 18th of December 1866, Page 3 at: [1]
  • ARRIVAL OF THE CANTERBURY WITH 444 GOVERNMENT IMMIGRANTS from The South Australian Weekly Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1858 - 1867) of Saturday the 5th of January 1867, Page 6 at: [2]
  • ARRIVAL OF THE CANTERBURY WITH 444 GOVERNMENT IMMIGRANTS. from The South Australian Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1858 - 1889) of Wednesday the 2nd of January 1867; Page 3 at: [3]
  • ship Canterbury, 1,296 tons, Captain George R. Fentie, from London 25th September via Plymouth 2nd October, 1866 arrived at Port Adelaide, South Australia 31st December 1866. Transcribed and submitted to The Ships List by Robert Janmaat at: [4]

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