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OrientArrived 13 Dec 1840, barque, 596 tons, Capt Douglas Wales master, from London 2 Aug and Plymouth 11 Aug, to Port Phillip [assisted emigrant passengers] Surg Supt Grant,
Staff gratuities are listed, for first time, Captain Douglas Wales, 1st Mate GD Pritt, 2nd Mate A Brooking and 3rd Mate William Maurice.
24 cabin, intermediate and paid Steerage passengers, and 243 steerage passengers (bounty immigrants) - Passage money has gone up to 19 pounds per adult, also paying for children 10 pounds if over 7, under 7 - 5 pounds, and nil for infants.
The Orient carried imported goods - Barrels pork, 15 barrels flour, 7 cases champagne, 7 cases hock, 151 battens, 151 water butts, 5 casks oatmeal and pease, 1 Durham cow, 1 bull calf, 1 Durham bull - Thomas Enscoe and James; 1 case books, Christopher; 2 bales slops, 36 coils cordage, 2 bales cloth and cotton goods, 3 cases cloth, case cotton goods, Order. For Sydney - 3 tierces, Order.
This voyage was marked by the reported bad behaviour of 20 young females, 11 described as 'very turbulent and improper', accused of distracting the crew from their work and also provoking disturbance among the married couples.
The arrival of the Orient was signalled to Melbourne's population by the high signalpost on Flagstaff Hill erected in Sept 1840. It became Melbourne's earliest timepiece, for daily at noon a black ball was dropped from the flagstaff, so watches could be adjusted to official Flagstaff Hill Time. The shipping movements were signalled by a display of a series of flags, pennants and wicker balls, soon as easily interpreted by the townspeople, as by the officials.
Dec 31 cleared for Sydney Passengers Mrs Colonel Gwynne, Mr and Mrs Mason, Mr and Mrs Harrison, Messrs Gwynne, Pritchard, Dalrymple, 17 in steerage.
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