First Fleet of South Australia

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The nine[1] ships employed by the South Australian Company to carry its staff and the first European settlers for the establishment of the City of Adelaide.[2] It is difficult, if not impossible to arrive at a definitive list,[3] as extant primary evidence is limited, due to poor record keeping and management, and a series of misfortunes resulting in the loss of records. Readers are advised to be cautious in accepting the names on this page as factual.

Ship Type &
Burthen (bm)
Master Dep.* England* (1836) Arr.* Nepean* Bay (1836) Arr.* Holdfast* Bay (1836) Passengers[4]
Duke of York Barque,* 197 tons Robert C. Morgan 5 April 27 July?* 28 July? 37 passengers, including:[5]
  • T. Hudson Beare and four children
  • Lucy Ann Beare (died on K.I.)
  • Charlotte Hudson Beare
  • G. Massing
  • Israel Mazey
  • Thomas Mitchell
  • John Neale
  • Charles B. Powell
  • Robert Russell
  • D. H. Schreyvogel
  • Samuel Stephens
  • William West
Lady Mary Pelham Barque,* 206 tons Robert Ross 7 April 28 July?* 30 July? 29 passengers inc.
  • Cornelius Birdseye
  • Mrs. Birdseye
John Pirie Schooner George Martin 22 February 16 August 28 passengers, inc.
  • Henry Alford
  • Charles Chandler
  • Mrs. Martin
  • Charles Powell
  • Mrs. Powell
  • James Powell
  • Mary Ann Powell
  • Henry Simpson
Rapid Brig,* 162 tons Col. William Light 2 August 24 passengers, inc.:
Cygnet Barque John Rolls 11 September 5 November 84 passengers, inc:
  • E. Adams
  • James Adams
  • Mrs. Adams
  • William Adams
  • Mrs. Adams
  • John Afford
  • John Avery
  • Thomas Bell
  • Mrs. Bell
  • John Brinnan
  • Robert Bristow
  • Mrs. Bristow
  • Selby Brown
  • John Cannon
  • Samuel Chapman
  • Mrs. Chapman
  • John Corney
  • David Divine
  • Joseph Finch
  • B. T. Finniss
  • Mrs. Finniss
  • George Friend
  • Thomas Gilbert
  • John Goodman
  • William Green
  • Mrs. Green
  • Alfred Hardy
  • E. Harrington
  • A. Heath
  • James Hoare
  • Mrs. Hoare
  • G. S. Kingston
  • W. H. Kingston
  • John Levey
  • Berry Lipson
  • T. Lipson, R.N.
  • Mrs. Lipson
  • Emma Lipson
  • Eliza Lipson
  • Mary Lipson
  • John Locket
  • James Marshall
  • Mrs. Marshall
  • John Morphett
  • William H. Neale
  • Mrs. Neale
  • Henry Osborn
  • J. Osborn
  • Stephen Paris
  • Mrs. Paris
  • Charles Parrington
  • Edmund Parsons
  • Thomas Powis
  • Hugh Quin
  • Thomas W. Rogers
  • Basil Sladden
  • Isaac Sladden
  • Smythett Sladden
  • James Butler Stone
  • James Stubbington
  • Richard G. Symonds
  • William Teasdale
  • Robert G. Thomas
  • William S. Williams
  • Charles Wright
  • Dr. Edward Wright
  • Mrs. Wright
Emma Barque John F. Nelson 5 October 22 passengers, inc:
  • John Bennett
  • John Cranfield
  • Mrs. Cranfield
  • Henry Douglas
  • Charles S. Hare
  • Mrs. Hare
  • William Wilkins
  • Mrs. Wilkins
Africaine Barque,* 346 tons John F. Duff 28 June 2 November 8 November 76 passengers, inc:
  • John Demmett Bagg
  • John Brown
  • Mrs. Brown
  • Henry Bushell
  • Mrs. Bushell
  • Jeremiah Calnan
  • Mrs. Calnan
  • Margaret Clarke
  • James Coltman
  • Mrs. Coltman
  • Daniel Cox
  • James Cronk
  • Samuel East
  • Mrs. East
  • Dr. C. G. Everard
  • Mrs. Everard
  • William Everard
  • Robert Fisher
  • Arthur Gliddon
  • Robert Gouger
  • Mrs. Gouger
  • John Hallett
  • Mrs. Hallett
  • Henry Hill
  • Joseph A. Hill
  • Andrew Jacobs
  • Mary Lillywhite
  • James Masters
  • Mrs. Masters
  • Charles Nantes
  • E. W. Osborne (died on K.I.)[6]
  • George Parsell
  • Mary Parsell
  • John E. Pollard
  • Maria Pollard
  • John Michael Skipper
  • Dr. John Slater (died on K.I.)[6]
  • Benjamin Smith
  • Matthew Smith
  • Mary Smith
  • John Snoswell
  • Mrs. Snoswell
  • Robert Thomas
  • Mrs. Thomas
  • W. Kyffin Thomas
  • Frances Thomas
  • Mary Thomas
  • Helen Thomas
  • Mary Vincent
  • Benjamin Wickham
  • William Williams
  • James Windebank
  • Alfred Young
Tam o' Shanter Barque Whiteman Freeman 30 November 17 December 74 passengers, inc.:
  • Thomas Allen
  • Mrs. Allen
  • William Bailes
  • John Barnard
  • Robert Botting
  • Henry Briggs
  • Walter Bromley
  • Maria Catchlove
  • Jane Catchlove
  • Edward Catchlove, sen.
  • Catchlove, jun.
  • John Clarke
  • Thomas Clarke
  • Charles Forbes
  • Mrs. Forbes
  • William Fouke
  • George Freeth
  • Henry Gilbert
  • George Guthrie
  • William Hardington
  • Alfred Jaques
  • William Jaques
  • Philip Lee
  • Mrs. Lee
  • Thomas Maslin
  • Thomas Masters
  • Henry Moseley
  • William Moseley
  • William Nation
  • William Phillips
  • Mrs. Phillips
  • Clara Rogers
  • Fanny Rogers
  • Josiah Rogers
  • Mary F. Rogers
  • Robert A. Rogers
  • Mrs. Thomas W. Rogers
  • Robert Ross
  • Robert Seaborne
  • Mrs. Seaborne
  • Thomas William Skuce
  • John Stuckey
  • Mrs. Stuckey
  • Edward Surflen
  • George White
  • John White
  • Alexander Woods
  • Mrs. Woods
Buffalo (1813) Barque John Hindmarsh (Port Lincoln)* 24 December 28 December 174 passengers, inc.:
  • Giles Abbott, jun.
  • Giles Abbott, sen.
  • Mrs. Abbott
  • John Abbott
  • John William Adams
  • Mrs. Adams
  • Frederick W. Allen
  • Cornelius Bean
  • Jonathan Bean
  • James Bennett
  • Mrs. Bennett
  • Emily Blundell
  • Isaac Breaker
  • Jane Maria Breaker
  • Luke Broadbent
  • Mrs. Broadbent
  • Samuel Chapman
  • Joseph Chegwyn
  • James Chittleborough
  • Mrs. Chittleborough
  • Robert Cock
  • Mrs. Cock
  • James Cock
  • William Coulthard
  • Mrs. Coulthard
  • William Croxall
  • Mrs. Croxall
  • William Ferguson
  • Mrs. Ferguson
  • Charles B. Fisher
  • Elizabeth Fisher
  • James Fisher
  • James Hurtle Fisher
  • Mrs. Fisher
  • Robert Fox
  • W. Henry Giles
  • Osmond Gilles
  • James Harvey
  • Richard Harvey
  • Mrs. Harvey
  • Henry Greig Hewett
  • John Hill
  • William Hill
  • John Hindmarsh
  • Mrs. Hindmarsh
  • Susan Hindmarsh
  • Jane Hindmarsh
  • Mary Hindmarsh
  • Rev. Charles B. Howard
  • Mrs. Howard
  • Young B. Hutchinson
  • William Irvin
  • James Jackson
  • Henry Jickling R.N.
  • Warwick Langley
  • Philip Leigh
  • Arthur F. Lindsay
  • William Malcolm
  • Joseph Middleton
  • Mrs. Middleton
  • John Monck
  • William Moore
  • Henry T. Morris
  • Richard Neville
  • Thomas Norris
  • Mrs. Norris
  • Josiah Oakley
  • Samuel Oakley, jnr
  • Samuel Oakley
  • Mrs. Oakley
  • Thomas Oakley
  • George Ormsby
  • Kate Oxenham
  • Eliza Oxenham
  • Richard Pike
  • Mrs. Pike
  • Frank Potts
  • Jacob Prowse
  • Mrs. Prowse
  • Philip M. Richards
  • George Roberts
  • Mrs. Roberts
  • Isabella Sladden
  • John Sladden
  • Mrs. J. Sladden
  • Richard Sladden
  • Mrs. R. Sladden
  • G. Stevenson
  • Mrs. Stevenson
  • Giles E. Strangways
  • T. Bewes Strangways
  • Stubbing
  • Robert Walker
  • Mrs. Walker
  • William Walker
  • Wheatley

[7]

"I notice that Sir George Kingston gives the date of the arrival of the Duke of York at Nepean Bay as July 28, but Robert Russell, the second mate, is positive that it was the 27th, and they are also at variance as to date of the arrival of the Lady Mary Pelham, Russell making it only a day after the Duke of York, which is probably correct, as the two vessels spoke each other on the voyage out, and the Lady Mary was in close company with the Duke."[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ The Company's barque South Australian which brought Samuel Stephens's replacement David McLaren to Kingscote, Kangaroo Island on 22 April 1837, is not considered part of the Fleet.
  2. ^ a b "Our Pioneer Ships — A Narrative of 1836". South Australian Register. Adelaide: National Library of Australia. 27 July 1886. p. 6. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Passenger Lists". Bound for South Australia. HistorySA. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  4. ^ This column is intended to contain all names which might be found elsewhere in Wikipedia and in newspapers of the 1800s. For further names please refer to the website at "External links".
  5. ^ "The First Vessel". South Australian Register. XXII, (3509). South Australia. 5 January 1858. p. 2. Retrieved 12 January 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ a b Osborne and Slater never made it to the mainland, having perished on an exploratory trek on Kangaroo Island
  7. ^ "The Pioneers of South Australia". Adelaide Observer. National Library of Australia. 10 November 1877. p. 6. Retrieved 6 June 2015.

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