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