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Voyage of the Immigrant ship Buckinghamshire to The South Australian Colony in 1838/39

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Date: 11 Dec 1838 to 21 Mar 1839
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The Immigrant Ship Buckinghamshire Voyage from London 11 December 1838 Arriving in South Australia 21 March 1839

From the Adelaide Shipping Report. from the Southern Australian (Adelaide, SA : 1838 - 1844) of Wednesday 27 March 1839, Page 3 we see:

MARCH 21.—The ship Buckinghamshire, 1460 tons W. Moore Esq. Commander, from London and Plymouth 11th Dec., with general cargo, and emigrants. Passengers—W. Allen, Esq., J. Ellis Esq., J. Gilbert, Esq., Rev. Mr. Wiz, W. H. Cooke, Esq. Mr. and Mrs. Hailes, Mr. H. Harding, Mr. J. Browne, Surgeon, Mr Kentish.

The Buckinghamshire was a much larger boat than others that have been recorded, her tonnage being 1,450 tons against the Buffalo's 860 and the Rapid's 160. She was probably considered a very large boat indeed by 1839 standards the last word in a luxury liner, and very fast, too, taking a little over 14 weeks for the voyage, leaving Portsmouth on December 11, 1838 and arriving at Holdfast Bay on March 22, 1839.

The ship was a fine old East Indian under the command of Capt. W. Moore, and had 512 passengers on board, in cluding 180 children. Of these, 443 were migrants being sent out by the Commissioners under the care of General Superintendent Nathaniel Hailes for the colonisation of South Australia. Many of these poor people were very misinformed over the whole business, being told that it was very much the same as moving from one county to another, ie. from Dorset to Devon. The average laboring family was very ignorant, many of them spending their whole lives within a few miles of the village in which they were born.

The Buckinghamshire, drawn by Colonel William Light.

From the South Australian Gazette and Colonial Register of Saturday 30 March 1839, we see:

March 22.—The ship BUCKINGHAM- SHIRE, 1468 tons, Wm. Moor, Commander, from London, December 1, 1838.— 8 cases and 2 boxes of gold and silver specie, 2 cases jewellery, 2 cases furniture, table, iron bedsteads, stove, clock, 2 mattresses, 14 bundles, 27 pack- ages building materials, 45 packages 4 bales 1 case 1 cask 1 tierce 1 box merchandise, 10 deals, 653 pigs Spanish lead, 281 casks oil, 30 cases oilmen's stores, 2 casks paint and tools, 1 bundle 44 cases 3 casks ironmongery, 1 cask tinware, 1 case brushes, 3 bundles 1 chest 1 sack tools, 1 cask crockery, and 1 tub earthenware, 3 case cutlery, 1 bale slops, 5 bales 4 boxes 1 case 1 barrel wearing apparel, 1 bale leather, 2 bundles iron wire, 5 kegs nails, I case mould frames, 1 case umbrellas, 1 case haberdashery, 1 case drapery. I case stationery, 1 case books. 1 case pease, 1 box seeds, 4 boxes plants, 31 barrels 2 half ditto pork, 1 barrel and 6 hams, 3 kegs 4 cases cheese, 10 tierces sugar loaves, I hhd. butter, 1 cask tapioca, 1 case sago, 1 case oatmeal, 2 cases blue, 2 case starch, 1 case lucifers, 1 cask blacking, 1 barrel shot, 5 casks bottled beer, 1 butt sherry, 1 hhd. Madeira, 3 cases 1 crate sundries.

Passengers—Mr and Mrs Cook, Mr and Mrs Hailes and 3 children, Mr and Mrs Hezelden, Mr and Mrs Robertson, Mr and Mrs Munday and 3 children, Misses Shultz, Williams, and Hairidge, Rev. Mr Wix, Messrs. Gilbert, Broun, Elles, Allen, Miller, Mitchel, Templar, Poulden, Hard- ing, Handcock, Pratt, Williams, Gratwick, Bour- chier, Lock, Gothordt, Salmon, Snape ? 15 steerage, and 443 sent by Commissioners, being in all 512.


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