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Came to Port Phillip in 1844
Arrivals in 1839, 1840, 1841, 1842, 1843, here, 1845, 1846, 1847, 1848, 1849,

Accuracy of the quoted age is questionable - for both adults and children. Fares were determined by the age.

They came by ship - Assisted Immigrants who arrived or left in 1844

Pages beginning with the Abeona, Camaena, Ellen, Imaun of Muscat, Margaret, Rajah, Tamar,

Arrivals by each Month in 1844 - January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

New in Dec 2009 - NSW has released the Online Reels List shows year, date of Arrival, Ship, begins 1838, and includes 'Persons on bounty ships arriving at Port Phillip,'
Scroll through the digital copies of these lists, ship by ship, just as you would if you were going through a microfilm in the reading rooms.
These replace the earlier Passenger lists - NSW lists as families or singles,
Victorian lists have age of individual, or C=child, A=Adult and includes crew and maybe the paying passengers.

See Sea Queen account of voyage - by Frank Argus.

own pages for Abberton Dale Park, Lord William Bentinck, Royal Consort, Sea Queen, Shamrock steamer, Wallace,
notes page 1, Abeona, Abercombie, Aden, Agenoria, Agnes and Elizabeth, Alice, Alpha, Amity, Aphrasia, Arab, Athens, Augustus, Barbara, Boujah Maiden,
notes page 2, Camaena, Cascade, Catherine, Cecilia, Christina, Clarendon, Coquette, Corsair, David, Deborah, Diana, Domain, Dorset,
notes page 3, Ellen, Ellen and Elizabeth, Emily, Emma, Enterprise, Essington, Ettrick, Flying Fish, Flying Squirrel, Gilmore, Glentanner, Governor LaTrobe, Hawk, Henry, Hero,
notes page 4, Imaun of Muscat, Isabella ship, Isabella steamer, Jane and Emma, Jane Goudie, Jean, John, John and Charlotte, Johnstone, Joseph Cripps, Lady Mary Pelham, Lillias, London, Lord Keane, Lowestoft, Lucy,
notes page 5, Margaret, Marian Watson, Mariner, Martha and Elizabeth, Mary 1, Mary 2, Mary 3, Mary Ann, Mary Jane, Mary Lloyd, Mary Mitcheson, Mary White, Medusa, Mercury, Minerva, Morayshire, Palmyra, Platina,
notes page 6, Rajah, Ranger, Regulus, Reward, Royal George, Sally Ann, Saundraporay, Scotia, Scout, Shamrock cutter, Sisters, Skerne, Swan, Swan River Packet, Sylvanus,
notes page 7, Tamar, Thomas Hughes, Thomson, Timbo, Tobago, Tropic, Tyne, Velocity, Vesta, Vixen, Wave, Will Watch, Winchester,
IMMIGRATION. Messrs Carter and Bonus, in conjunction with Messrs John Gore & Co, Mr Robert Brooks, and other merchants of London, interested in the colony, have established a new line of packets to sail regularly from London on the 1st, and Cork on the 12th of each month, alternatively for Port Phillip and Sydney.
The first vessel was to sail on the 1st of March for Port Phillip, and the second vessel on the 1st of April for Sydney. We are under the necessity of rejoicing at every prospect afforded us of obtaining labour, but we must say the emigrants likely to be procured from Cork are not of the description which we should like to see arrive.
Mr Ridley, at his section close to the Port Adelaide Rd, has erected a horizontal windmill - described in detail. To raise water for irrigation Copied from Adelaide Observer, July 27 1844. Source - Melbourne Weekly Courier 31 Aug 1844
Port Phillip Herald 22 Oct 1844 has a statement about population of the Colony of Port Phillip at the close of 1842 and 1843. The increase of the entire colony was only 5652 souls, those of 42 being 159889 and of 43, 165541. The District of Port Phillip at 2 March was 11,738 - 8274 being males and 3464 females. In Dec 43 it amounted to 21,138.

'Perilous Voyages to the New Land' by Michael Cannon, page 120 reported that 1406 individuals came in 6 vessels, most in family groups, with only 379 single people. On 11 Jan 1843 the Port Phillip Gazette commented that female servants could not be hired - due to the large number of girls who have obtained husbands lately.

Mail Ships - a description of the usual path taken across the seas from England to Australia.
News of the establishment of the contract mail service to New South Wales was printed in The Times on November 18th, 1843. The same paper carried an advertisement regarding the sailings of the packets, in which they were described as "first-class fast-sailing vessels, fitted with every regard for the comfort and accommodation of passengers, and so adapted as to render a regular and punctual communication between this country and the colony." Then it went on to say "The vessels will load in the London Docks and will in every case leave Gravesend on the first day of each month".

Owing to the increasing number of vessels sailing direct for Port Phillip, mails for there were sent by private ship, unless endorsed otherwise, in accordance with Instructions No. 12, issued in July 1847. Instructions No. 8, of 1849, announced the termination of the contract as from March of that year. Following this all mail was once again sent by private ships, the rates being 8d. the half-ounce on letters and one penny each for newspapers.

Pages beginning with the Abeona, Camaena, Ellen, Imaun of Muscat, Margaret, Rajah, Tamar,

Arrivals by each Month in 1844 - January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Arrivals in 1840, 1841, 1842, 1843, here 1845, 1846, 1847, 1848, 1849,
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