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 œ80,000. The captain, Captain Richie and crew were
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
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
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
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.