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Voyage of the Mary Dugdale to the South Australian Colony in 1840

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Date: 2 Jun 1840 to 1 Oct 1840
Location: South Australiamap
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The Mary Dugdale, departed Bristol, 1 June 1840, via Dublin, arrived Port Adelaide, 1 October 1840. Captain Henry Buckland and 205 passengers on board, the most part Irish.

The Lord Lieutenant of Ireland and Emigration to South Australia

A VERY interesting and gratifying scene was presented at Dublin on Saturday last. The Mary Dugdale, emigration-ship, at Kingston, bound for South Australia, having on board thirty-four married couples, twenty-two single men, sixteen single women, twenty-nine male and thirty female children between the ages of 7 and 14 years, ten males and fifteen females between 1 and 7, and five male and ten female infants ; making a total of two hundred and five individuals—was visited by the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, attended by Captain Dunn, one of his aides-decamp. His Excellency examined the accommodations with minute attention; he inquired with evident interest into the arrangements, and expressed his entire satisfaction with them all. The emigrants had been previously informed of his intention of visiting them ; and having prepared an address, requested permission to present it through the agent of the emigration commissioners, Dr Barnard. The address was read by one of the emigrants; while the rest, men, women, and children, crowded around: it was evidently their own uncorrected composition, and though, of course, unadorned, was replete both with good sense and warm feeling. It expressed their heartfelt satisfaction at the interst the Lord Lieutenant took in their affairs when about to leave their native land, their gratitude for the books he had presented to them for the use of themselves and their children on the voyage, and their hope that when far away, endeavouring to improve the condition of their families, they should hear of the happiness of their sovereign, the welfare of his Excellency, and the prosperity of the empire. His lordship returned a very kind and feeling reply, thanking them for their expression of good-will, and committing them to the protecting care of the Providence of God. His Excellency was loudly cheered as he left the vessel. The books thus given were procured from the ^National Education Board; they will be highly useful, as there are ninety children in the vessel capable of being taught to read, who are to be duly instructed during the voyage by schoolmasters selected from the emigrants.

The Mary Dugdale sailed on Monday last.

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