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Arrivals in 1839, 1840, 1841, 1842, 1843, 1844, 1845, 1846, 1847, 1848,

They came by the 'David Clark' as Bounty Immigrants in 1839


See Lance Pymble's web page for the David Clark with a image showing her entering Malta, dated 1820, and showing details of the way the various sails were adjusted.
and the Passenger list of the David Clark as recorded by the NSW officials.

David Clark

arrived 27 Oct 1839, Master WP Mills, Superintendent Archibald Gilchrist, notes
According to J. Phipps' 'Register of Ships built in India' (Calcutta 1840) p. 107, the 'David Clark', 608 Tons, was built at Clive Street yard on the Hooghly in 1816 by S. Teague.
The 1st ship to sail from the United Kingdom with immigrants direct to Port Phillip was the 600 ton David Clarke commanded by Capt. J.B. Mills, left Greenock 15 June 1839 with the first shipload of assisted immigrants (mainly Scots) and arrived on 27th Oct 1839 when the population of Port Phillip was 4000.
During this trip, Capt. Mills stayed 14 days in Rio De Janeiro on August 15th, and took in fresh water and provisions, Their stay had to be prolonged as 8 of the Liverpool Irishmen had landed themselves in gaol for 8 days and their fines had to be paid for by Capt. Mills.

Wonderful tales had been brought back by the members of the 73rd Highlanders who were in garrison in Sydney in 1809. There were about sixty families aboard, including John Grierson and family and others who had previously been out with the 73rd Regt.
235 people - 102 females and 133 males, or 41 daughters, 57 sons, 31 married couples, 45 males and 30 females or
87 children under 16, 31 married couples, 51 single males and 35 single females
The children are in 25 families, McLaren 10 chn, McNab 9 chn, McEwan, Kennedy and Armstrong each 8 chn, McMillan 14 chn in 2 families and we have a comprehensive Shipping Disposal record.
Archibald Mcintire was employed as Superintendent of Convicts, Neil Mcmillan was employed on the Revenue Cutter and 101 others were employed by 63 employers - Capt Brown employed Agnes Edgar aged 21, and 5 young men of the 21 members of the McMillan family

From notes were written as a family memoir by John Burton Grierson. The ship David Clark left Greenock for Melbourne on June 15th 1839 having 229 Government emigrants on board. The vessel put into Rio De Janeiro on August 15th, and took in fresh water and provisions. After remaining about 10 days she resumed her voyage and arrived at Port Phillip Bay on October 27th.

As the Yarra at that time was unnavigable for a ship the size of the "David Clark", the passengers were landed in boats at Sandridge (now Port Melb), the women being carried ashore by the sailors and men. Then came a long walk across the ti-tree flats and sandhills over what is now known as Fishermans Bend, Emerald Hill, (now Sth. Melb.) to the Queens Falls where they crossed the Yarra. Their chattels were brought on by dray and bullock wagon.

Passengers included Quinton Dick wed Agness Edgar, Christina Stewart who came as a widow with her son Duncan, and her brothers Alex and James Menzies from Glenlyon, Perthshire, Scotland, also John Arthur who died in 1849 after 3 years as the first superintendent of the Botanic Gardens

BarqueCouplesdau>14dau>7dau<7sons >14sons>7sons<7infants menwomenwidowerswidowstotal
David Clark 3314239193063452812245

Bounty passengers - each link is to notes on each family or individual, including details from the shipping lists

David Aitkin,
Agnes Aitkin,
William/Thomas Armstrong,
John Arthur,
John Barr,
John Beith,
William Bell,
John Bowlas,
Thomas/William Brownlee,
James Campbell,
John Cook,
Peter Dewar,
Quenttin Dick,
James Douglas,
David Duncan,
Agnes Edgar,
Janet Farquharson,
Maria Finlay,
Peter/John Foreman,
John Grierson,
John Halliday,
Samuel Hawkins,
Andrew Impleton,
William Johnstone,
James Joyce,
James Kennedy,
James Lawrie,
Alexander Luckie,
Mary Mansie,
Archibald Matheson,
Francis Maver,
Archibald Mcarthur,
Neil Mcdonald,
John Mcdonald,
John Mcewan,
James Mcfadden,
Alexander Mcfadden, family
Jane Mcfadden,
Peter Mcfarlane,
Archibald Mcintire,
John Mcintosh,
Allan/John Mckenzie,
Donald Mckinley,
Alexander Mclachlane,
Archibald Mclaren,
Duncan Mclaren,
Colin Mclaren,
Margaret Mclaren,
Walter Mclaren,
John Mclean,
Thomas Mcmaster,
Archibald Mcmillan,
Peter Mcmillan,
Angus Mcnab,
James Mcnay,
Alexander Menzies,
James Menzies,
Hugh Middlemas,
Daniel Peacock,
James Renald,
Alexander Robertson,
Hugh/Henry Robinson,
Catherine Robinson,
Francis Rogerson,
Eliza Shields,
Ann Sloss,
Maria Sloss,
Margaret Smith,
Thomas Smith,
Christina Stewart,
Robert Stewart,
William Thomson,
David Walker,
Niel Walker,
Robert Walker,
Andrew Walsh,
Jane Walsh,
Veronica Walsh,

From on Thursday, 15 January, 2009

Dear Elizabeth,
Ii wonder if you could help me with my family research. I am researching Isabella Findlay b 1818 in Scotland. I have been told she arrived on the David Clarke in 1839 in Melbourne but I cannot find her on the passenger list on either Victorian or NSW records but I have seen on your transcription of passengers that she married William Howard in 1840. This information is correct, but I cannot understand why she does not appear on the passenger list. Can you explain how you came by the information of her marriage and am I misreading something or missing a connection somewhere. Is there some connection between the Maria Finlay age 22 also on the David Clarke. I know Maria Sloss also travelled out on the David Clarke and she was a witness at the marriage of Isabella & William Howard.
I believe Isabella's brother Robert Finlay and family arrived on the Salsette in 1841 with his family. And also her brother George and wife Mary on the Frankfeld in 1841 so obviously there was a few emigrating at that time.
I hope you can help me put the pieces together or can steer me in the right direction.
Your sincerly, Pam


A feature of almost all the voyages bringing Bounty passengers, is the few Upper Class people in the Cabin and Intermediate sections, with the lowest fares paid by people in the Steerage class. These people are not in the Bounty lists, because it does not apply to them, or the servants they brought.
The newspaper reports of the arrival of each vessel, lists Cabin and Intermediate passengers, and concludes with a note of the number of Steerage and Bounty passengers, but no names. Of more importance to the Colony appears to be the list of cargo the vessel has brought.
"The Somerset Years", by Florence Chuk, page 51 has a chapter on the Sir Charles Forbes arrived 21 Jan 1841, where for the first time, she makes the comment -
There were no cabin passengers on the vessel, so emigrants could use all decks for exercise, free from the restrictions or the stigma of being steerage passengers.

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