CONDITIONS ABOARD EMIGRANT SHIPS VARIED GREATLY. THE CRAIGS SAILED ON THE BEEJAPORE IN 1853 AND THE LOSSES WERE HIGH.
BELOW IS THE CASE OF THE “INDIAN” – AN EMIGRANT SHIP OF 1859 WHICH BROUGHT IRISH EMIGRANTS. THE “OUTRAGES” WERE RAISED IN THE HOUSE OF LORDS. WHILST OUR EMIGRANTS ARE APPARENTLY SCOTS AND ENGLISH , ( OUR IRISH HAVING ALREADY ARRIVED AS CONVICTS) THE ARTICLE BELOW IS CONTEMPORANEOUS WITH THE MCELODS, MACKAYS, SANDERS’ ,JACKSONS AND CRAIGS.
Ancestors Known to have arrived as EMIGRANTS are
||WILHEMINA MCLEOD WITH HER MOTHER JANET MACKAY AND HER SIBLINGS
||WILLIAM AND MARY ANN SANDERS
||WILLIAM JACKSON AND ELIZABETH JOHNSON (HIS WIFE) WITH ONE DAUGHTER.
||THOMAS CRAIG WITH HIS PARENTS AND SIBLINGS
The Sanders are marked on their disembarkation papers as “assisted emigrants”. The 19th century newspapers fill in a good deal of my lack of understanding of emigration in the 19th century. I have images of William Sanders and of Mary Ann Skivings Sanders but none of the other ” emigrants”.
Mary Ann Skivings Sanders and the elderly gentleman seated is BlackBerry Bill Sanders:
NSW STATE ARCHIVES REEL 58.
ASSISTED IMMIGRANTS INWARDS TO SYDNEY PER SHIP ” VICTORIA” ARRIVED 2nd SEPT 1849.
SAUNDERS, William. 26 years. Butcher. Born Kenton Devonshire. Son of William and Elizabeth SAUNDERS- still living in Kenton. C of E – reads and writes. No relations living in Colony. in good health. Complained of short issue of rations during early part of voyage.
SAUNDERS, Mary Ann. 19 years – farm servant – born Silverton Devonshire – daughter of George and Grace Skivings. Still living in Silverton. C of E – Reads and Writes – no relations living in Colony – in Good health.
The Researcher (whom I think may have been Dick Sanders) has added – ( SAUNDERS should read SANDERS )
THE JACKSONS. from READY OR NOT – compiled by PHIL READY.
On 17th May 1853 a sixty ton ketch, WILLIAM BROWN, had arrived in Sydney from Honolulu. Aboard were immigrants WILLIAM JACKSON and his wife ELIZABETH and one daughter. William who had been born in Nottinghamshire in England was a Coppersmith by trade. On 26th November 1849 , in London he had married EIZABETH JOHNSON who had been born in Norfolk England.
In 1853 William whose trade was very much in demand set up in business in Steven Street, Ultimo. The following year his address appeared in SANDS directory as BAY STREET GLEBE. Julia from whom I descend was born on 5th June 1860 – listed as Newtown.
THE OTHER 2 FAMILIES OF EMIGRANTS SO FAR TRACKED ARE :
- WILHELMINA MCLEOD who came from SUTHERLAND SHIRE with her mother and siblings : JANET MACKAY.
- THOMAS CRAIG a lad of 8 and his family.
DAILY NEWS OCTOBER 7th 1850 LONDON ENGLAND
The SANDERS have been traced in a direct line back to Kenton, Devon, UK. from those of us living in 21st Century Australia. Below is an extract from the Country Journal or The Craftsman , a London Newspaper of the 18th Century. My week buried in the SOCIETY OF AUSTRALIAN GENEALOGISTS’ free trial of UK HISTORICAL NEWSPAPERS from THE BRITISH LIBRARY has provided me with many snippets which I will gradually add to the site. Some, like this one, are simply background – reflections of the times in which our ancestors lived. This letter is in the period when John Sanders and Susannah Kerswell were living in Devon. It is from the COUNTRY JOURNAL or THE CRAFTSMAN . SATURDAY APRIL 9 1737. LONDON ENGLAND. ISSUE 562. I thought the Kenton referred to in this edition was OUR KENTON in Devon but on reflection think it likely to refer to the Kenton which is now a neighbourhood within London. I have left the articles in as they do provide such vivid images of the times in England. In addition I spent hours looking at miniscule print to locate these obscurities and I am not wasting them.
This one is the Sanders Kenton in Devon.
AND THESE ARE THE EXTRACTS FROM 1737
Yep. The wrong Kenton. This is the one near Harrow. Fires and burning seemed a common occurrence. We read in the SYDNEY HERALD of 1831 of wee servant lasses running screaming from their workplaces with skirts afire. Melinda McNally was already in the service of Rev Richard Hill at the age of 9 . I myself am fond of the GREY HORSE called COW and would have bet on him. Izzy is of Polish Descent and doesn’t fancy encountering the spectres arising from “the Scarcity of Provisions ” .
other KENTONS : http://www.rahul.net/kenton/OtherKentons.html