Home, List
1839, 1840,
1841, 1842,
© Email
The march of Civilisation
Ships that came to Port Phillip in 1840
Arrivals by each Month - January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Notes on Vessels by name - Adelaide, Caledonia, Eagle, Harvest Home, James, Lord Goderich, Madras, Mary Ridgeway, Perseverance, Statesman, Vesper,

Single click an image to enlarge it, double click to return to small.

Mary Ridgeway

Mary Ridgeway with Captain William Chesser, arrived at Port Adelaide 2 Aug 1839 from London with passengers Samuel Brady, George Morgan, F Pryer and William Thompson.
Reported by Commercial Journal, Sydney Weds 8 Jan 1840, the barque Mary Ridgeway was sold at the Australian Auction Company's Rooms on Thursday last. She was purchased for 4300 pounds, by Captain Millett. This sum includes the freight for her present cargo. She is loading for South Australia.
Report 14 Feb 1840 - late Mary Ridgeway Chesser, left Sydney on the 30 Jan for this port and South Australia with list of Passengers
Arrived late on 14-Feb Mary Ridgeway barque 217 tons, Chaptain Chester, from Sydney 24 Jan, Passengers Mr Snook and wife, Miles Dutton, wife and 2 chn, E Vernon and wife, Miss Cameron, Mary Scears, Messrs Peter, Watts, JE Marragora, William Anderson, 4 policemen and 4 soldiers. Imports 10 trusses line, 5 kegs tripe, 113 bags sugar, 20 coils coir rope, 2 tierces ginger, 70 bags flour, 2 bales gunny bags, 6 trusses canvas, 3 cases silk goods, 3 bales blankets, quantity brandy, 40 cases gin, 10 puncheons rum, 12 hogsheads Colonial rum, W Langhorne & Co.; 24 cases wine, WFA Rucker; 2 cases sundries, 20 boxes cigars, A McKinlay; 12 kegs colonial tobacco, J Roach; 24 packages, Dolland. Mary Ridgeway
Sailed 26-Feb Mary Ridgeway barque 217 tons, Cap Stevens, for South Australia. Passengers Mr and Mrs Snooks, W Peire, Miss Cameron, E Vernon and wife, Mary Scears, W Anderson, W Abbott, Henry Eyre, 3 Policemen from Sydney, and 2 prisoners. Exports 5 casks sheep-wash, 1 chest harness, 1 parcel apparel, 240 boxes soap, 2 casks soda, 3 casks glass, 5 packages hops, 7 pipes 6 half-pipe brandy, 2 bales 2 trunks apparel
Reported by Commercial Journal, Sydney Weds 22 Apr 1840, Mary Ridgeway, 215 tons, Captain Stephens, arrived on Monday from Adelaide whence she sailed the 7th inst, with wool, etc. Passengers Captain Hogg, Messrs Hodges, Moore and Lockett
Expecting 26-Jun Mary Ridgeway left Sydney 12 June for Port Phillip list of Passengers and freight
Report 17-Jul Mary Ridgeway believed to have anchored at Williams Town Thursday evening. She reported she left Sydney nearly a month ago for Port Phillip, put back yesterday after having been westward of Curtis's Group; her cargo was badly stowed and it is probable she will be detained several days before she leaves Sydney
Arrived 6-Aug Mary Ridgeway barque 217 tons Captain Stevens, from Sydney on 8 July Passengers Mrs Kell, Mr Levien, FM Mann, Cunningham and Turner, and 12 in the steerage. Imports Image
Sailed 24-Sep Mary Ridgeway barque 217 tons Captain Steins for Sydney in ballast


Arrived 29-Jan Melbourne a flat-bottomed barge of 45 tons bruthen, McMillan master, from Sydney 18 Jan, made the passage from Sydney in 11 days, with five detained by adverse winds in Twofold Bay. On Sunday 26 at night she was nearly run down by a large barque also going to the southward. The Melbourne is the property of WH Dutton Esq., and is intended to ply as a lighter between Williams Town and Melbourne.


arrived 29 June 1840, barque, 424 tons, Captain Jones master, from London 21 March. Mr H Power surgeon Superintendant.
Passengers T Reibey and lady (of Entally, Tasmania), C Arthur, lady, 2 chn and a servant, Mrs Power, 3 chn and a servant, Mr D Power, Mrs Kirby with dau and 4 chn, Mr and Miss Hervey, Miss Gobbs, Miss Kennett, Intermediate and steerage Mr and Mrs Barry, Mr and Mrs Chapman, Mr and Mrs Laing and 3 chn, Mr Hatch

Report that the Mellish is stuck on a sand bank. The Mellish was grounded inside the Heads, on the eastern bank. The Agents, Messrs Welsh & Co, sent down Lighters to take out part of her cargo.

Report 26-Jun Mellish barque from London with a general cargo, is grounded inside the Heads on the eastern bank. Messrs Welsh & Co, the Agents, have sent down lighters to take out part of her cargo, and she may be expected up at Williams Town today.
Arrived 29-Jun Mellish barque 480 tons, Captain Jones from London 21 March and recorded 4-Jul Mellish barque 424 tons, Captain Jones from London
Sailed 5-Aug Mellish ship, Captain Jones for Sydney Passengers Mr and Mrs Reiby, Mr and Mrs Arthur with 2 chn and servants, Mrs Kirby with 3 Misses Kirby and 2 chn, Miss Gibbs, Messrs J Henry and T Harvey
Reported by Commercial Journal, Sydney Sat 29 Aug 1840, ship Mellish, Captain Jones, arrived from Port Phillip with sundries and passengers (adds Emily Kirby, Mr and Mrs Heron, Mr Boucher and 2 in the steerage)

Mellish journey Mellish


arrived 13 Dec 1840, barque, 414 tons, George Morrison master, from Leith 23 July. Image Scotland 109
Passengers Rev Charles Simpson, Mr Christie and wife (or could be mother and daughter), Miss Rose, Miss Rosignoti/Rossignoli, Miss Robertson,
Messrs William Westgarth, Cross, Wright, Crombie, Isley, McGilvrie, Drummond, and 8 in the steerage
Midlothian came with 1 couple, 2 ladies and 8 men, most went on to Hobart
28 Dec cleared for Hobart town with part of original cargo. Passengers Mrs and Miss Christie, Miss Robertson, Miss Rosignoti, Mrs Walker, Rev Charles Simpson, Messrs F and J , Westgarth, and Crombie, 2 in the steerage

Midlothian Midlothian Midlothian

Schooner Minerva

schooner, 122 tons, Captain Cummins, left Sydney 26 Mar 1839 for Launceston with goods and passengers, Sydney Gazette Thurs 28 Mar 1839, page 2.
Reported 6-Jan Minerva at Portland Bay the property of Messrs Henty & Co., has gone to pieces. The Captain arrived at Launceston on 27 Dec by the cutter Mary, from Portland Bay. The Minerva was only partly insured
Report 20-Mar Minerva the schooner has been got off the beach at Portland Bay and brought into the port, having sustained only slight damage
Arrived 23-Aug Minerva schooner 110 tons Captain Fawthorp from Launceston on 18 Aug Passengers Messrs E and S Henty, E Morton, T Parker, Mr Clark and 3 chn, J Loffness, P McCabe, J Burns, J Haslem, H McKenzie, W Evans and J Butler. Imports
Sailed 29-Aug Minerva schooner 110 tons Captain Fawthorpe for Launceston in ballast Passengers Messrs Hofness, Price, Burns, McCabe, Mortimer
Sailed 7-Oct Minerva schooner 110 tons Captain Fawthorp, from Launceston for Portland Bay; Henty & Co agents. Passengers G Wenter Esq., Messrs Janop, White, W Crisp, W Foreman, B Shaw, W Fry, H Smith, WM Clemen, C Higgs, Thomas Christina and Isabella Waivers, James M Owen, J Graham, George Warwick, James Roders, A Demprey, James Fadon, James Boxer, John Winnicott, A Ives, James Wood, William Burns.
18 Nov 1840 schooner Minerva 110 tons, Captain James Fawthrop, sailed from Launceston for Portland Bay passengers Mr and Mrs Edward Henty, Mr and Mrs Frost, Mr and Mrs Bourne and child, Mr and Mrs Owen Riley and 4 chn, Mr and Mrs Wiggins and 3 chn, Mr Tullock, Mr Thomas Gould, Mr James Woodward, Thomas Baran, Moses Holt, Thomas Groves, Henry Salfred Saunders

Barque Minerva

The Minerva set sail from Greenock on 13th September 1837. As well as emigrants from Scotland and Northern Ireland, there was on board a group of German Lutheran missionaries, anxious to minister to the “wretched Aborigines” and reached Sydney and on 23rd January 1838 the Minerva, 380 tons, master Thomas Furlong, had to go to quarantine - out of the 198 steerage passengers 86 were attacked with fever, of these latter 14 died, 34 still remain on the sick list, the rest are convalescent. They suffered from typhus now known to be spread by human lice destroyed by fumigation of bedding and quarters. See Quarantine 1838 for full details.
Left Sheerness 28 May 1838 to reach Hobart 28 Sep 1838 with 159 prisoners (boys) details Hobart Town Courier Fri 5 Oct 1838
Minerva barque, 327 tons, Captain George Brown left Dublin 18 Aug 1839 and reached Sydney 26 Dec 1839, with 26 steerage passengers and 6 chn, 115 female convicts with 30 chn.
On 31 Jan 1840 Minerva 327 tons, Captain Brown departed for India, and reached London 14 Apr 1840, then Valparaiso on 23 May 1840
Reported by Commercial Journal, Sydney Weds 25 Aug 1840, barque Minerva, 327 tons Captain Brown, arrived at Sydney on Saturday last from Valparaiso on 23 May, with 18,000 bushels wheat, 6 mares and sundries, passenger Captain D Fothergham, then departed 25 Sep 1840 for Manilla


Arrived 23-Oct Mona barque 188 tons Captain Milliagan from Launceston on 10 Oct Passengers Mr and Mrs Waddel, Messrs Pittman, Masa, Birmingham, Cowell and Hoghen. Imports image
Sailed 31-Oct Mona barque 188 tons Captain Milligan for Launceston Passengers Mr and Mrs Henty, Mr and Mrs McGillivray, Messrs Mann, Gatehouse, Gardiner, McDonald, Barbrew, Couch. Exports 300 sheep and part of original cargo


Arrived 13 Dec 1840, barque, 596 tons, Capt Douglas Wales master, from London 2 Aug - see my Orient page.


Arrived 10 May 1840, Captain Brown, from London and Plymouth via Adelaide, barque, 323 tons,
list paper 7 April. Passengers Miss Friend, Miss Lyons, Messrs O Gourlay, Carr , Cameron, Oliver, Anderson and Campbell
Steerage Mrs Corbett and 3 chn, Mr Williams, H Cameron, Mr Anderson, Draper wife and child, H Mackenzie.

See visit to Adelaide of Orissa recorded by Di Cummings.
Reported 5 June, Desertion by 7 sailors, on Tuesday night, from Orissa moored at Williams Town
Sailed 8-Jun Orissa barque 323 tons Captain Brown, for Batavia in ballast Passengers JH Greenwood, surgeon.

Paul Pry

Sailed 13-Jan Paul Pry schooner, 56 tons, Captain Harding, for Launceston. Passengers Captain Hunter, Thomas Jennings, Charles Peters. Exports 1 tierce hardware, 4 bales hardware, 1 case hardware, 11 bags bags
Arrived 12-Feb Paul Pry schooner 56 tons, Captian Harding, from Launceston on the 1 Feb and via Circular Head on the 9 Feb. Passengers 7 in the steerage
Sailed 18-Feb Paul Pry schooner 56 tons, Captain Harding, for Launceston, Passengers Cabin Mrs Cottrell, Mrs Ferguson, Captain McLean, Mr Summerfield, steerage T Grady. Ballast
Arrived 21-Mar Paul Pry schooner 56 tons, Captain Harding, from Launceston on 15 Mar, Passengers Miss J Day, Captain Downes, Messrs Sparks and Burkrell, steerage Messrs Paine, Miller, Barnford, Lawford, Younghusband, Marcus, Davis, Asshworth, Jones and Bates. Imports
Sailed 26-Mar Paul Pry schooner 56 tons, Harding, for Launceston Passengers Mrs Roberts and child, and Mr Todd. Exports 10 casks horse shoes, 6 waggons, 75 packages
Arrived 16-Apr Paul Pry schooner 96 tons, Captain Harding from Lauceston
Arrived 18-Apr Paul Pry schooner 56 tons, Captain Harding from Lauceston Passengers cabin Captain and Mrs Downs, Messrs J Farrel, Setley, Andrews, Melham, Mrs Harding; steerage Mr and Mrs Coeran.
Arrived 14-May Paul Pry schooner Captain Harding from Launceston
March Paul Pry MayPaul Pry June Paul Pry
Arrived 1-Jun Paul Pry schooner 56 tons Captain Harding from Launceston on 30 May taking only 40 hours from the wharf at Launceston, to the anchorage at Williams Town. Passengers Mr E Dumaresq, Mrs Budds and child, Mr Guy,Mr Brenton and 4 in steerage. Imports image
Sailed 4-Jun Paul Pry schooner 56 tons, Captain Harding for Launceston in ballast
Arrived 2-Jul Paul Pry schooner Captain Harding from Launceston Imports 295 bags flour S, 23 bags bran, 4 bags sharps SX, 9 rolls lead, Order; 90 bags oats, 3000 laths, 45 bags flour, 300 palings, Harding; 94 bags bran, Ashton; 32 bags wheat, Capmbell & Woolley
Sailed 10-Jul Paul Pry schooner 56 tons Captain Smith for Hobart Passengers Messrs Guy, Duncan, Grant, Evans, Day and Mrs Hanson. Exports 100 sheep
Arrived 1-Aug Paul Pry schooner 55 tons Captain Harding from Launceston on 25 July Passengers cabin Messrs J McDowaland N Campbell, one in steerage. Imports 65 bags flour, McDonal; 37 bags flour, Porter & White; 3 bags wheat, 25 cases beer, 1 phacton H, 18 kegs lard NC Order; 6 bags oats, 48 bags flour, 1000 broad paling, 4000 heet sawn timber, Campbell; 106 bags oats, 137 bags bran, 3 cases slops, J Harding; 1 cask hardware, 1 bundle, J Day; 2 bags flour, Order.
Report 1-Aug by Paul Pry Captain Harding who reported two vessels ashore on Flinders Island. The Government brig the Tamar arrived at George Town the evening previous to the sailing of the Paul Pry, with the news of the wreck of the City of Edinburgh from London to Sydney, with 10 lives lost, and of the Ocean Queen from London to Launceston, but expected to be got off (floated again).
Arrived 30-Aug Paul Pry schooner 56 tons Captain Harding from Launceston on 24 Aug Passengers cabin Messrs J Frost, O Williams, J Grant, steerage Edward Preston
Sailed 10-Sep Paul Pry schooner 56 tons Captain Harding for Launceston Passengers Messrs P Best and J Hodges. Exports 25 cases pickles, 5 bags flour, 3 bags sugar, 3 cases wine, 1 package tea, 100 sheep.
Arrived 1-Oct Paul Pry schooner 56 tons Captain Harding from Launceston Passengers Messrs Smith, Rose, Barrett. Imports image
Sailed 5-Oct Paul Pry schooner 56 tons Captain Harding for Launceston . Exports 4 casks beef, 15 hhds stout, 6 hhds 15 barrels ale, 24 cases porter, 21 cases ale, 30 quarter-cases 45 half-cases soap
Arrived 23-Oct Paul Pry schooner 56 tons Captain Harding from Launceston Passengers Messrs Budds and Tyers. Imports image
Sailed 31-Oct Paul Pry schooner 56 tons Captain Harding for Launceston Passengers Messrs Birmingham, Meyer, Breck and 2 in the steerage. Exports 24 quarter-casks wine, 11 chests, 8 half-chests tea, 11 casks oil, 100 sheep, 6 casks tallow, 1 cask beef.
Arrived 21-Nov Paul Pry schooner 56 tons Captain Harding from Launceston Passengers Messrs Lette, Barlow, Bell, Dibble, Mountford and 6 in the steerage Imports
Sailed 27-Nov Paul Pry schooner 56 tons Captain Harding for Launceston Exports 115 sheep, 1 chest, 1 half-chest tea, 2 barrels oatmeal.
Arrived 21-Dec Paul Pry schooner 56 tons Captain Harding from Launceston Passengers Mr and Mrs Fisher, Mr Messrs Ferin, Learmonth, Foster, Benjamin and 1 in the steerage. Imports
Sailed 26-Dec Paul Pry schooner 56 tons Captain Harding for Launceston Passengers Mr and Mrs Fisher, Messrs Cook, Deane, Fenne, Scott and 1 in the steerage. Exports 12 bags rice, 36 barrels pork, 100 barrels coal tar, 9 pieces machinery, 28 bags wheat, 1 wool press, 1 carriage, 1 gig, 12 barrels stock tar, 9 casks pitch, 1 case rosin


Arrived: 8 November 1840 ship 658 tons, Captain Snell Master, from Greenoch, 24th June. Have fiche page, also Images 161, Image Scotland 108. with Dr Surg SuptCampbell,
Port Phillip Herald Tuesday November 10th 1840, Shipping Intelligence:-
Passengers Mrs Major Fraser/Frazer, two Misses Frazers, Misses Sarah Montgomery and Jean Montgomery, Mr and Mrs McDonald of Glengary, two Misses McDonald, Master McDonald, Miss Baird and Mr and Mrs Richards and child, Mr and Mrs Jamieson, Messrs Frazer, Bell, James Cuthbert, Croker, Gridwood, Mood, Nash, Mather, Rankin, Douglas, Connell, McKenzie, Mirsh, and Matthew, 34 in the steerage

List from Victorian web site - John Bon 32, John Cameron 22, Wm Enwin 20, Francis Mcgregor 23, James Walker 19, and the 9 listed for the Bounty claim

From Bounty claim, Sydney records - Agent Mr Watson, Bounty of 134 pounds was claimed for 9 souls,
James McGregor 23 and Elizabeth McGregor 22, (Shepherd and Dairywoman from Argyleshire),
James Ramsay 34, and Ann Ramsay 29 (Labourer from Ayreshire and Housemaid from Belfast),
Samuel Mcmillan 39, Janet Mcmillan 28, Thos Mcmillan 8, Janet Mcmillan 5, Letitia Mcmillan 3, (Labourer from Londonderry and Housekeeper from Ayreshire).
All are Presbyterians, adults - Ann reads, others both read and write.

From Celtic influence -
On 24 June 1840, the Perfect sailed for Port Phillip, arrived 8 Nov 1840. Aboard was the Highland chief Macdonald of Glengarry, his family and entourage "the most wealthy emigrants we should suppose that ever left the Clyde" along with his cattle and herdsmen. Three months later, the John Cooper left for New South Wales with almost one hundred of "the most wealthy and respectable description, taking out an immense capital in money, besides livestock of valuable kinds."

Port Phillip Herald - 14 Dec cleared for Sydney with part of original cargo. Passengers Mrs M'Donald, Miss M'Donald, and two Masters M'Donald, Mr Jamieson and wife, Miss Baird, Mr Richards and wife, Mrs Browne and child, Messrs Connell, Croker, Douglas, Girdwood, Mather, Mood, Nash, Rankin, McKenzie , 31 in the steerage.

Perfect arrived on Sunday in Sydney from Port Phillip, Reported Weds 30 Dec 1840, variants of surnames, Neish, Wood, Mrs Richards, Mrs and Miss McDonnell, two Master McDonnell
Perfect departed Sydney 2 Feb 1841 for Calcutta with cargo, Snell master, passengers Mr and Mrs Peak with 3 dau and 3 sons, Dr Christie

Notes on Vessels by name - Adelaide, Caledonia, Eagle, Harvest Home, James, Lord Goderich, Madras, Mary Ridgeway, Perseverance, Statesman, Vesper,
Arrivals in 1839, 1840, 1841, 1842, 1843, 1844, 1845, 1846, 1847, 1848, 1849,

Elizabeth Janson's web contributions
began 1st Nov, 1998
See my Resume and list of new web addresses.
© Say thanks to