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William Nic(h)ol, Arrived 7 Jul 1840

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Date: Apr 1840 to 7 Jul 1840
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The voyage of the immigrant ship William Nichol to the South Australian Colony in 1840

The William Nichol (409 old ton ship, built in 1834) left England from Greenock Scotland via Dublin Ireland on the 2nd of April 1840, under Captain William Elder and Surgeon-superintendent Mr Moore, carrying 183 Scottish and Irish emigrants.. The William Nichol was one of 4 Immigrant Ships to arrive at the South Australian Colony on the 7th of July 1840. The others being:

  • The barque Culdee, 388 tons, John Campbell commander from Greenock.
  • The barque Fairlie, 755 tons, Edward Garrett, R.N. commander, from London and the Downs.
  • The brig New Holland, 166 tons, Peter Bussell, commander, from London.

The ship William Nichol, 402 tons, William Elder, commander, from Greenock and Dublin, ninety-six days out from the latter place. Passengers:—Mr and Mrs Sutherland and four children, Mr Sidney Barnard, and 183 men, women, and children, Scotch and Irish emigrants, Cargo:—11 casks whiting, 130 brls, flour, 50 tons salt, 5000 slates, 236 deals, 470 battens, 21 cases biscuit, 4 puns. whiskey, 2 puns. salt, 10 crates earthenware, 20 wheel-barrows, 6 cases preserves, 1 box thread, 6 bales canvas, 10 boxes red herrings, 1 case confections, 1 case candles. [1]

The William Nichol, of 402 tons which recently left Dublin and had on board forty-three married couples; twelve single men, twenty-two single women; two males and two females between the ages of fourteen and fifteen; eight male children and sixteen female children between the ages of seven and fourteen; ten male children and nine female children be tween the ages of one and seven; and seven male and eleven female infants. [2]


1. BOUND FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA: PASSENGER LISTS 1836-1851 at: https://bound-for-south-australia.collections.slsa.sa.gov.au/1840WilliamNichol.htm

2. Barry Leadbeater's South Australian Shipping & Immigration at: http://www.familyhistorysa.org/shipping/passengerlists.html

3. On GENI: "William Nicol" (Ship) - Colonists to South Australia in 1840 at: https://www.geni.com/projects/William-Nicol-Ship-Colonists-to-South-Australia-in-1840/31291

4. 31/03/1840 - 07/07/1840 from the Passengers in History website at: http://passengersinhistory.sa.gov.au/node/941851

5. 1840 William Nichol from the OLD COLONISTS OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA website at: https://oldcolonists.weebly.com/-1840-william-nichol.html

6. Various Newspaper Reports on TROVE

a. The South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA - 1839 - 1900) of Saturday 13 June 1840, Page 4. COMMERCIAL INTELLIGENCE. at: https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/27441527?
b. The South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA - 1839 - 1900) of Saturday 11 July 1840, Page 4. COMMERICAL INTELLIGENCE. at: https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/27441610?
c. The Adelaide Chronicle and South Australian Literary Record (SA - 1840 - 1842) of Wednesday 15 July 1840, Page 2. SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE. at: https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/195860013?
d. The South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA - 1839 - 1900) of Saturday 18 July 1840, Page 1. Advertising. at: https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/27441639?
e. The Southern Australian (Adelaide, SA - 1838 - 1844) of Tuesday 18 August 1840, Page 3. EMIGRATION TO SOUTH AUSTRALIA. at: https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/71619788?
f. Advertising from the Adelaide Chronicle and South Australian Literary Record (SA : 1840 - 1842) of Wednesday 15 July 1840, Page 2. first accessed online on the 9th of February, 2020 at: https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/195860010?

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