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Chinaarrived 2 May 1840 at Port Phillip from London via Plymouth 27 Nov 1839 and Cape of Good Hope, 620 tons, Alexander Robertson, commander, the voyage taking approximately six months with a total of 219 immigrants.
The China was short of fresh water, so called in at Capetown 26 Feb 1840 till 1 March
David Stolworthy Esq Surgeon Superintendent with 150 Bounty immigrants in his care. Bounty of 2470 pounds was paid for 52 single women, 25 single men and 29 families of 73 souls. Passenger John Dickins acted as the ship's butcher during the journey.
Passengers Cabin - Rev John Vaughan, Mr and Lady Dawson, Mr and Mrs Kirby, Miss Mary Kirby, (Mr Kirby junior and six brothers and sisters travelled Intermediate), Mr and Mrs Selby,
Messrs John Grainger junior, Richard Harnett/Harriet, Thomas Mcnab/Macnab, William Macnab, Alfred Meyrick, HH Meyrick, Patrick Mitchell, James Neate,
Freight list begins - 50 barrels pork, 10 hogsheads Geneva, ends - Shipped at Cape of God Hope, 101 hbds 25 quarter-casks Cape wine, 1 case preserves, 2 cases dried fruits, PW Welsh & Co,
"Perilous Journeys to the New Land" by Michael Cannon, mentions some names not otherwise found - Simpson with wife and 6 chn, James Hooper a missionary, Mr Hill who became insane, John Lear whose baby and wife both died.
"Perilous Journeys to the New Land" by Michael Cannon, page 32 begins an extensive account based on a diary kept by William Snow, and makes the comment 'but Dr Stolworthy did not include this in his report to the Melbourne authorities' (he wanted to be paid his Gratuity)
On 4 Dec we encountered stormy weather, the ship's jib boom was caried away, the cuddy cook slipped and broke his arm, and an Irishman was engaged to take his place.
Has notes on Henry Beaton, Emanuel Bell, Charlotte Cook, Stephen Cook, Charles and Anne Harding, Henry and Anna Horter, from Somerset.
Comments that communal life for the Bounty passengers was very crowded - with box-like beds six feet wide, shared by 2 couples, with a dividing wall down the middle.
The account ends - The China sailed through the Heads without a pilot, anchoring off Gelibrand Point at Hobson's Bay, where an immigrant from the ship was buried.
On page 44, Florence Chuk, records that at the time of the China's departure, the firm of Edgington and Co if Old Kent Rd, was advertising 'Australian and New Zealand cottages' weighing less than 4cwt, which may be erected in two hours.
Cleared 23 May for Sydney in ballast, ship, 658 tons, Robertson master, Passengers (from England) Dr Stolworthy, Rev Mr Vaughan, Messrs Grainger and Harriet/Harnett, (from Port Phillip) - Mr Allanton, Mr Balcombe, Mr Graham, Mr Kerwell, Mr Ravenshaw Mr Schewell, and 31 in steerage
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