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Dates of Emigration/Immigration of the NEWMAN and FOX ancestors

The GALL family - 1842
The first of the ancestors to go to Australia were the Gall family - Robert and Margaret Gall, née; Fletcher who travelled with their children Robert, Catherine, Ann (or Jane, Peter,and John. Robert and Margaret were the parents of Margaret Govan, née; Gall, wife of James Govan. They travelled to Australia on the "Robert Benn" and arrived 26 January 1842 from Greenock. The Robert Benn was a 3-masted, squared-rigged ship built of black birch, oak and tamarack. She was built in Quebec in 1840 and weighed 801 tons. Her owner was Macfie & Co. and her master A Ritchie. In 1847 the Robert Benn foundered in Bay of Biscay on passage from Bombay to Liverpool with a cargo of tea valued at 80,000. The captain, Captain Richie and crew were lost.

The TOPPERWIEN family - 1849
Heinrich Philipp and Dorothea Topperwien departed from Hamburg, Germany on the 2nd May 1849, on the "Australia". They sailed first to Rio de Janiero where they arrived on 23rd July before sailing on to Adelaide, Australia where they arrived on 12th September 1849 - a journey of over 4 months.

The STEVENS family - 1850
In 1850 Thomas Stevens arrived with his wife Hannah, nee Clack and they daughters Hannah, Mary Ann, Louisa, Martha and Elizabeth on the Navarino which was a wool ship of 453 tons carrying 4 cabin passengers and 65 steerage passengers. The voyage took 15 weeks.

Charles BULLEY - 1852
Charles Bulley traveller by himself, aged 26 or 27, on the Eliza leaving England from London on 13th August 1852 and arriving in Melbourne on 9th December 1852. The ship was 912 tons and carried 28 cabin passengers and 329 steerage passengers. The master of the ship was Thomas Paine. The voyage took 17 weeks.

The NEWMAN family - 1852-1853
Edward Ford Newman and his mother Mary Ann Newman, nee Putt embarked at Bristol on the Velore on 10th August 1852. The Velore was a three masted barque, square rigged on the fore and main masts and fore and aft rigged on the mizzen. She weighed 484 tons and was skippered by Captain Campbell. They arrived in Melbourne on 22nd January 1853 making the journey over 19 weeks.

Advertisement in The Times Supplement for the Velore 14th July 1852


FOR PORT PHILIP and SYDNEY, to follow the Winchester, the beautiful British clipper ship VELORE, A1 12 years, 1000 tons harden, built entirely of English oak, with 7 feet height `tween decks; will leave Bristol the end o July. The improved ventilation, commodious fittings, size and arrangement of cabins, superior provisions, and liberal accommodations, have earned for this line a favourable reputation. All the berths are enclosed. Early application is requested to Mr W. Dobbin, 31 Princes Street, Bristol or to Mr. R. Towne, Fenchurch Street, London.


The GOVAN family - 1853
James and Margaret Govan, nee Gall went to Australia on the Brilliant with their children, James, Robert and Margaret Fletcher. They sailed from London on 8th June 1853. The Brilliant was a Ship, i.e. a vessel with 3 masts with tops and yards fitted to each to spread square sails. She weighed 548 tons. Her master was Murray and her owner W.Duthie. Her port of registry was Aberdeen. (Information about the Brilliant from Lloyds Shipping Register.)

Advertisement in The Times supplement for the Brilliant 23rd May 1852

STEAM to PORT PHILLIP and SYDNEY, - To sail from London about 7th of July - cabin passengers and [ 1 ?] only, taking no [2 cargo?] but coals sufficient for this voyage, this screw steamer BRILLIANT, A1 12 years, etc. [3 ?] [4 ?] J ALLAN, Commander (withdrawn from the Madeira [5 ?] for this voyage only: This splendid ship, built by Mr. Joseph White at Cowes known to be one of the fastest sailing vessels afloat, has been fitted with auxiliary [6 ?] [7 ?]engines of 50 horse power, and is expected from her rapid passage in the Madeira trade, to make the passage to the colonies in 80 days. Her accommodations are unrivalled, consisting of main saloon, ladies saloon, baths, and sleeping cabins fully furnished with bed, bedding, wash hand stand, etc., passengers pay 70 guineas, including provisions, wine, etc. for further particulars and plans of accommodation apply to Mr. Thomas Hill, Southampton [8 ?] 81 Great St. Helen's, Bishopsgate Street, London.

If this description of the accommodation on the Brilliant is accurate, it would seem that the conditions of travel for the Govan family were very good and better than I have described in other parts of this history. Perhaps obtaining berths on this ship was worth the journey from Dumbarton to London.

The WALDOCK family - 1853
Thomas and Mary Ann Waldock, nee Burroughs sailed in the Truro from Southampton on 5th November 1853 arriving in Melbourne on 31st January 1854. With them were their two small daughters Eliza Ann, 2 years old, and Salina, 6 months old. This family seems to be the only family that came under the assisted passage scheme. Their journey took 12 weeks - 7 weeks shorter that that of Edward Ford and Mary Ann Newman. The Truro was a barque weighing 694 tons. Her port of registration was Sunderland. He owner was J Laing and her master R. Darling. This was a journey of 12 weeks.

The FOX family - 1854
James Fox and Rachel Fox, nee Eldon left Ireland for Liverpool and boarded the "Joseph Ryan" there for Australia -date unknown. They arrived in Adelaide on 18th June 1854.

The RAYMOND family - 1855
Thomas and Mary Ann Raymond, nee Bowden sailed to Australia on the Ralph Waller with their children Mary Ann, aged 15 and George, aged 13. They sailed from Liverpool on 2nd January 1855 and arrived in Melbourne on 11th April 1855, a voyage of 14 weeks. A fellow passenger on this voyage, J Butters, wrote a diary of the voyage which is held in the Mitchell Library, part of the State Library in Sydney, New South Wales. This journey took 14 weeks but would undoubtedly have been much shorted if they had not hit an iceberg.

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