MEHTER MAHAL BEJAPORE ( BIJAPUR) – PERHAPS THE ORIGIN OF THE NAME OF THE SHIP ON WHICH THE CRAIGS SEEM TO HAVE COME.
THE CRAIG FAMILY AND ASSISTED IMMIGRATION IN 1853 VIA BEEJAPORE.
VESSEL DAY MTH YEAR DEPARTED DAY MTH YEAR ARRIVED
BEEJAPORE .. 06 1852 London 03 1853 Keppel Bay
|1852 Oct 12th||Beejapore||Liverpool (12th Oct 1852) to Sydney (9th Jan 1853)|
The arrival of the Beejapore in 1853, with over one thousand passengers, at a time when the Quarantine Station could accommodate 150 persons, triggered a new building phase. As a temporary measure, the hulk Harmony was purchased and moored in Spring Cove as a hospital ship. The Beejapore was an experiment in trying to reduce migration costs by using two-deck vessels, and the outcome was judged not to be a success. Fifty-five people died during the voyage, and a further sixty two died at the Quarantine Station, from the illnesses of measles, scarlet fever and typhus fever. The majority of the passengers and crew had to be housed in tents. The biggest impetus for change came not so much from a concern about poor housing, but rather a concern for the morals of the married women and the ‘200 single women let loose in the bush’ that represented the undeveloped station at that time. The resulting changes to the station, besides the use of the hospital ship, included the construction of a barracks for the single women in the former Sick
Ground, surrounded by a double fence with a sentry stationed between them, to prevent communication with the women. Two new buildings were built in the Healthy Ground, each to house sixty people, with verandahs for dining. The original burial ground was levelled and the grave stones [though not the dead] removed to the new [second] burial ground, thus further removing
he burials from the view of the Healthy Ground.8 Quarters were also built for the Superintendent .
The single female immigrants aboard the quarantined Beejapore in 1853 pleaded not to be sent ashore after they had viewed the beach with the graveyard above it (ibid; 57). Once on the Healthy Ground, the view over the Cemetery was a constant reminder of the closeness of disease and death, as well as a reminder of those who had already died. THE QUARANTINE STATION NORTH HEAD SYDNEY.
SOME OF THE VOYAGERS ON THE BEEJAPORE AND THEIR STORIES
THE CRAIG FAMILY
- Janet McKELLAR, Mrs Chesher Imm. “Beejapore” 1853
Born: Est 1841 – Argyll, Scotland
Died: Est 1917 – NSW, Australia
Father: John McKELLAR, immigrant “Beejapore” 1853 (Est 1825-Est 1881) Mother: Isabella UNKNOWN, Mrs McKellar imm. “Beejapore” 1853 (1824-1896)
- James Fergus and his wife JANE STEVENSON
JOHN CALWELL AND FAMILY : He immigrated to Australia in Sydney Harbour and released 9/2/1853.
from Scotland with family and brother David and his family on the vessel “Beejapore” in 1853. The ship arrived 6 January 1853. They were quarantined in Sydney Harbour and released 9/2/1853. John married Mary McNab October 26, 1839 in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland, daughter of John McNab and Rebecca. Mary was born in 1822 in Scotland, died July 21, 1885 in Bobundarah,
- NSW at age 63, and was buried in Bobundarah, NSW Grave 7. More about Mary : • She immigrated to Australia
from Scotland with family on the vessel “Beejapore” in 1853. The ship arrived 6 January 1853 They were quarantined
Ann , Rose and Mary Hassett (Sisters) 20 1853 Beejapore
- Sarah Doherty arrived in Sydney aboard the “Beejapore” in 1853.
- Susan Jackson arrived in New South Wales, with her family, aboard the ship ” Beejapore ” on the 9th January 1853. She came as an ” assisted immigrant “.
- TAKE A LOOK AT THE DRAYTON SITE. THE WELL KNOWN VIGNEURS. TRAGEDY SEEMS TO DOG THEM.
- Joseph DRAYTON
Born 20th October 1825 Normanby Lincolnshire
Died 11th November 1887 Pokolbin New South Wales Australia
Born 1829 Willingham Lincolnshire
Died 25th January 1853 Sydney New South Wales Australia (Quarantine Station/ Died of TB) Age 24
Joseph and Hannah had three children:-
Charles Born 1850 Stow Lincolnshire Died 1st December 1852 Age 2 Aboard the Beejapore Immigrant Ship on it’s way to Sydney Australia.
Emily.W. Born 1852 Stow Lincolnshire Died 1853 Sydney New South Wales Australia (Quaratine Station/Died of TB) Age 1
- Eliza Purser was christened 6 Jan 1850 in Shotteswell, Warwick, England. She died 1852 in on board the Beejapore.
- Sarah Purser was christened 25 May 1851 in Shotteswell, Warwick, England. She died 1852 in on board the Beejapore
- Van Diemans Purser was born 1852 in on board the Beejapore. He died as an infant in on board the Beejapore.
- THE HIRD FAMILY
- Samuel Goldsborough arrived in Sydney with his wife Margaret and 4 year old son Robert on the ship Beejapore in 1853. Margaret later died and is buried at the quarantine station at Manly
___________________________________The Port of St. John
The finest wooden sailing-ships were built upon my shore,
The roaring “Marco Polo” and the bounding “Beejapore”;
The “Flying Cloud”, the “Guiding Star”,
and other far famed ships,
Designed and built by St. John men,
went smoking from their ships.