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Extracts from the British Parliamentary Papers of 1839

Appendix C

Copy of a Despatch from Governor Sir George Gipps to Lord Glenelg.
Government House, Sydney, 28 July 1838,
My Lord,
With reference to the latter part of your Lordship’s Dispatch, No. 46, of the 14th December 1837, I have the honour to report to your Lordship that Mr. J.D. Pinnock arrived in Port Jackson on the 1st of July, but as the vessel in which he came, the “Amelia Thompson,” had to perform quarantine, he did not reach Sydney until the 23d of July.

I have appointed Mr. Pinnock agent for emigration, agreeably to your Lordship’s intentions, and have assigned to him a salary of 500l. a year, subject, however, to your Lordship’s approval, and on the understanding that the appointment may not possibly prove a permanent one.
I have, &c.
(signed) George Gipps


Copy of a Despatch from Governor Sir George Gripps to Lord Glenelg.
Government House, Sydney, 1 October 1838.
My Lord,
I beg leave to recommend to your Lordship, that a Government emigrant ship should, as soon as possible, be sent to Port Philip, and that another should follow after a lapse of four or five months.

A mixed company of emigrants, partly mechanics and partly farm labourers, would be most acceptable; and the mechanics should consist principally of carpenters, bricklayers (not masons), and smiths.

The settlement of Port Philip is, I am happy to say, rapidly advancing; the first sale of land for agricultural purposes took place on the 12th instant, when the prices realized far exceeded my expectations.

I enclose for your Lordship’s information a return of all the land that has been sold since the settlement was first established.

The number of inhabitants of all descriptions is supposed now to exceed 3,000 of whom, however, a considerable number are convicts, as it has been found impossible to prevent prisoners being taken there, notwithstanding the desire expressed by your Lordship to limit the number as much as possible; and I must respectfully express an opinion, that if it had been intended to prevent altogether the assignment of convicts in that part of the territory, it would have been better to have made it a separate government.

I have, &c.
(signed) George Gipps


Enclosure in No. 8.
2, Middle Scotland Yard, 7 March 1839.
(To James Stephen, Esq., &c., &c., &c.)
Sir,
I have the honour to acknowledge your letter of the 2d instant, enclosing a report from Sir George Gipps on the progress of the settlement of Port Philip, in which it is recommended that two emigrant ships should be sent to that quarter; the first to sail as soon as possible, and the second to follow after a lapse of four or five months.

I beg leave to state, for the information of the Marquess of Normanby, that all the earlier ships which it is proposed to despatch in April, are already engaged for Sydney; but that I have taken measures for effecting an arrangement by which a party of emigrants will be enabled to start from Greenock on their voyage to Port Philip in the latter part of May, and that I shall have it in my power to despatch a second vessel to the same place in the autumn, in conformity with the recommendation of Sir George Gipps.

I would suggest that the present information should be communicated to the Governor in reply to his despatch.

I have, &c.
T. Frederick Elliot

Return of Immigrants who arrived in New South Wales from the 1st January 1837 to 30th June 1838. (Note: there is a column labelled "Remarks" on this table in the original but there are no entries in it so it was omitted.)
Ships Name Tonnage From whence Date of Arrival Persons not receiving Assistance from Government Persons receiving Assistance from Government Amount of Pecuniary Assistance given by the Government Number of Deaths on the Voyage
Adults Children Total Adults Children Total Adults Children
Male Female Above 12 Years of Age Under 12 Years of Age Male Female Above 12 Years of Age Under 12 Years of Age
Scotia 343 London 5 Jan 1837 4 - - - 4 - - - - - - - -
Duke of Roxburgh 414 London 7 Jan " 4 1 2 - 7 - - - - - - - -
Statesman 346 Liverpool 16 Jan " 16 8 1 - 25 4 4 - 11 19 80 - - - -
Wave 341 London 19 Jan " 12 1 - - 13 - - - - - - - -
Fortune 311 London ditto 4 1 - - 5 - - - - - - - -
Colombia 580 London 30 Jan " 7 10 3 - 20 - - - - - - - -
Northumberland 361 Liverpool 6 Feb " 8 1 - - 9 - - - - - - - -
Kinnear 326 London 7 Feb 9 8 2 - 19 - - - - - - - -
Fairlie 756 London 12 Feb " - - - - 32 10 10 - 25 45 320 - - - -
British Sovereign 350 London ditto 5 1 2 - 8 - - - - - - - -
James Watt 141 London 18 Feb " 2 - - - 2 - - - - - - - -
William Metcalf 447 London 23 Feb " 1 - - - 1 - - - - - - - -
Lady M'Naghton 558 Cork 2 Feb " - - - - - 68 138 86 65 357 4,550 - - 10 44
Royal George 486 London 13 Mar " 10 4 1 - 15 - - - - - - - -
Maria 280 Liverpool 15 Mar " 2 2 - - 4 - - - - - - - -
Thomas lowry 409 London 3 apr " 7 3 3 - 13 - - - - - - - -
Brothers 359 London 8 Apr " - - - - 17 20 20 2 27 69 695 - - - -
Caroline 330 London 11 Apr " 8 3 - - 11 - - - - - - - -
Hope 377 London 7 May " 8 6 2 - 16 - - - - - - - -
Hilvellyn 240 Liverpool 12 May 2 2 - - 4 - - - - - - - -
City of Edinburgh 367 London 24 May 11 8 9 - 28 - - - - - - - -
Persian 400 London ditto 13 6 8 - 27 - - - - - - - -
Richard Bell 252 London - - - - - 9 - - - - - - - -
Giraffe 260 London 14 June - 2 - - 2 - - - - - - - -
John 446 Liverpool 20 June 13 4 2 - 19 - - - - - - - -
Hebe 256 London 12 July 3 2 2 - 7 - - - - - - - -
Resource 417 London 24 June 12 5 - - 17 2 7 2 5 16 165 - -
*Adam Lodge 467 Londonderry 13 July - - - - - 83 117 76
above 5
97
under 5
373 6,497 15 8 13 3
*John Barry 524 Dundee ditto - - - - - 80 92 39
above 10
103
under 10
314 5,218 15 9¾ 2 22
Orissa 323 London 16 July 2 2 1 - 5 - - - - - - -
Achilles 334 London 21 July 14 8 17 - 39 - - - - - - - -
Able Gower 336 London 23 July 7 3 - - 10 - - - - - - - -
Perthshire 265 Leith 3 Aug 15 6 - - 21 - - - 3 3 15 - - - -
Magnet 147 London 12 Aug 3 - - - 3 - - - - - - - -
Majestic 334 Liverpool 18 Aug 13 3 - - 16 - - - - - - - -
Ellen 397 London 20 Aug 4 1 4 - 9 - - - - - - - -
Earl Durham 383 London 3 Aug 14 6 7 - 27 11 11 - 9 31 350 - - - -
City of Edinburgh 453 London 31 Aug 36 21 - 28 85 47 50 1 37 135 1,590 - - none none
Honduras 392 London 19 Sept 7 4 - - 11 - - - - - - - -
North Briton 403 Leith 27 Sept 20 5 2 - 27 - - - - - - - -
Glenbervie 388 Greenock 30 Sept 7 2 - - 9 - - - - - - - -
Lord William Bentinck 443 London 8 Oct 18 9 12 - 39 4 4 - 6 14 145 - - - -
*Augusta Jessie 380 Portsmouth 11 Oct - - - - - 63 62 - 102 227 3,611 13 9½ 1 7
Tamar 117 Liverpool 22 Oct - 1 - - 1 - - - - - - - -
*William Nicol 408 Scotland 27 Oct - - - - - 68 68 80
above 7
86
under 7
302 3,134 17 1¾ 2 19
Eweretta 356 London 31 Oct 7 5 - - 12 - - - - - - - -
Andromache 468 Plymouth ditto 28 18 2 24 72 44 52 2 42 140 1,625 - - 1 1
Samuel Winter 313 London 3 Nov 5 2 - - 7 - - - - - - - -
Portland 541 Greenock 4 Dec 10 2 - - 14 77 87 62 - 226 2,695 - - - -
Hindoo 310 Liverpool 12 Dec 18 4 14 - 36 - - - - - - - -
*Midlothian 414 Scotland ditto - - - - - 58 65 52
above 7
77
under 7
252 3,896 - 8½ 7 17
William Harris 342 London ditto 6 6 - - 12 - - - - - - - -
Juliet 446 London 13 Dec 19 4 8 - 31 - - - - - - - -
Alfred 716 London 31 Dec 23 10 2 16 51 49 53 1 38 141 1,630 - - 1 1
Minerva - Greenock 23 Jan 1838 24 4 - 7 35 45 42 16 18 121 1,410 - - - -
Dutchess of Kent 342 London 5 Jan " 11 5 3 - 19 2 3 - 1 6 80 - - - -
Layton 513 Bristol 19 Jan " - - - - - 59 62 35
over 10
75
under 10
231 4,471 5 5½ 1 68
Jessie 314 Liverpool ditto 22 9 2 - 33 - - - - - - - -
Craigievar 262 London 20 Jan " 1 - - - 1 - - - - - - - -
William the Fourth 81 Plymouth ditto 1 - - - 1 - - - - - - - -
*Brilliant 478 Scotland ditto - - - - - 46 51 79
over 10
124
under 10
300 3,872 16 4½ - 6
Marquis of Hastings 452 London 23 Jan " - - - - 46 - - - - - - - -
Bencoolen 416 London ditto 10 14 5 - 29 - - - - - - - -
*Strathfieldsay 476 Limerick 30 Jan " - - - - - 68 86 22
over 10
73
under 10
249 4,337 17 6½ - 27
Spartan 364 London 31 Jan " 14 8 - 8 30 7 5 4 - 16 175 - - - -
Siam 422 London 1 Feb " 14 5 - 2 21 2 2 1 2 7 75 - - - -
Tropic 382 London 9 Feb " 8 6 - - 14 - - - - - - - -
Upton Castle 596 London 24 Feb " 38 23 2 4 67 13 20 - 10 43 625 - - - -
Earl of Harewood 280 London ditto 6 1 - - 7 - - - - - - - -
Superb 354 Liverpool 25 Feb " 22 13 18 - 53 - - - - - - - -
Cockermouth Castle 231 London 7 Mar 3 - - - 3 - - - - - - - -
Captain Cook 451 London 25 Mar - - - - 40 - - - - - - - -
Orestes 529 Bristol 12 Apr " 13 5 2 - 20 - - - - - - - -
Grecian 212 London ditto 1 - - - 1 - - - - - - - -
Ganges 430 Liverpool 22 Apr 17 3 4 - 24 - - - - - - - -
Duchess of Northumberland 542 London ditto 30 15 2 19 66 58 57 2 57 174 1,935 - - - 4
Kinnear 370 London 23 Apr " 2 - - - 2 16 12 - - 28 270 - - - -
Ferguson 554 London 24 Apr " 23 9 - - 32 - - - - - - - -
Mary Anne 587 London 4 May " 4 1 1 - 6 - - - - - - - -
*Orontes 452 London 18 May - - - - - 52 50 31
over 10
80
under 10
213 3,698 8 9¼ 3 11
Renown 316 London 20 May " 4 1 1 - 6 - - - - - - - -
British Sovereign 350 London 22 May " 12 10 1 - 23 - - - - - - - -
Ellen 352 London 24 May " 7 1 4 - 12 - - - - - - - -
Jane 348 Leith 2 June " 14 6 3 - 23 - - - - - - - -
Aberdeenshire 422 London 15 June " 9 1 1 - 11 - - - - - - - -
Maria 290 London 24 June " 1 - - - 1 - - - - - - - -
Sultana 374 Liverpool 25 June " 9 3 - - 12 - - - - - - - -
*Westminster 610 London 27 June - - - - - 65 58 31
over 10
98
under 10
252 **2,280 10 9¾ - 10
Duncan 542 Greenock 30 June " - - - - - 63 62 36 105 266 3,201 16 1¾ 3 19
        757 343 155 110 1,509 4,182 1,350 660 1,376 4,570 62,651 18 2½ 44 259
* Government emigrant ships. ** The expense of provisions is not included, not having yet been reported by the Agent General
Colonial Secretary's Office, Sydney,

1st October 1838

E. Deas Thomson

(Appendix D of this report gives an account of the amount of land sold in various counties. There appears a few notes of interest and only they have been extracted.)

Abstract of Sales of Land under the Regulations of 1st August 1831 in the Year 1832.

Overpaid by Wilkinson 1£ 12s.
Warburton’s cancelled £63.

Abstract of Sales of Land in 1834.

Simeon Lord’s not paid, – omitted £204 3s 20p
Robert Forster’s not paid,– Durham £220
J. Blaxland, error in Brisbane £600
Deduct Jos. Phillips, cook £80.
Price of Land above – Simeon Lord’s £156 8s 2p
Robert Forster’s £253 9s
Deduct Jos. Phillips, omitted in Return £20

Abstract of Sales of Land in 1835.

H. Ferris’s forfeited £10
H.A. Greaves’s, forfeited 1s 27p
J. Brown’s, forfeited £100
W. Hopkin’s, forfeited £100
Colonel Dumaresq £954
J. Buckley £50

Appendix K

Opinions of the Colonist as to raising Money by Loan for assisting Emigration.
To the Honourable the Committee of the Legislative Council appointed to consider the Question of Immigration.
New South Wales, September 1839.
My Lord and Gentlemen,
Aware that your honourable committee is desirous of eliciting the opinions of the colonists with reference to the all-important subject you are now engaged in considering, we deem that it will be no less acceptable to you than it is a duty incumbent upon us that we should express our sentiments regarding the proposed measure of raising in England a sum of money on loan, at a low rate of interest, in anticipation of future sales of colonial waste lands, such money to be applied in the introduction of the largest number of properly selected emigrants from the mother country that the amount will admit of.

We therefore beg leave to state that, having attentively considered the proposed measure, we conceive it to be the only practicable and effectual means whereby a supply of labouring population at all commensurate with our urgent wants can be obtained, without which the colony must inevitably retrograde, and one from which inestimable benefits would be derived both by this colony and the parent state.

We are not unaware that an objection to the proposed measure had been entertained, founded on the apprehension that in the administration of so extensive a fund a wasteful expenditure or an unwise misapplication of the money might take place; but we do not regard this as a valid or sufficient objection; the wisdom of the legislature must provide against the occurrence of errors so vitally destructive.

It is doubtless essential to the success of the measure that the funds to be raised should be exclusively appropriated to the object in view, and disbursed with the strictest regard to economy, as well as that the whole proceeds of the sales of waste lands in this colony should henceforward be exclusively applied, first, in redeeming the debt to be incurred, and, secondly, in procuring the introduction, at the least expense, of the largest possible number of properly selected emigrants; and it is only in the presuasion [sic] that these objects will be effectually provided for that we respectfully beg leave to recommend the proposed measure to the favourable consideration of your honourable committee and of his Excellency the Governor.

We have the honour to be,
My Lord and Gentlemen,
Your most obedient and faithful servants,

(names have been rearranged into alphabetical order)

Ackroyd, Robert, Dep. Assist. Com. Gen. Lockver, Edmund, J.P., Ermington
Allen, George, Supreme Court Lord, John, Sydney
Anderson, R., Sydney M’Donald, R.J., Sydney
Besnard, Nicholson, Yass M’Farlane, D., Argyle
Betts, Edward Dent, Sydney M’Farlane, James, Argyle
Betts, Henry M’Gaa, A., Sydney
Betts, J.A., Glenroy, Vale of Clwyd M’Leay, George, Brownlow Hill
Betts, John, Sydney Macalister, L., J.P., Stonequarry
Black, Thomas, M.D., Littlefields, Mulgoa Macarthur, W., J.P., Camden
Blaxland, Edward James, Luddenham Macdonald, G., Yass
Botts, William C., Sydney Mackenzie, Robert, New England
Bowman, J., J.P., Lyndhurst Mackenzie, William
Breillat, T.C., Sydney Mackey, George Edward, River Ovens
Brodribb, W.A., Moorumbidgee Maclean, John, J.P., Principal Superintendent of Convicts
Brown, John, Parramatta Macquoid, T., High Sheriff
Brown, Sylvester J., New Town Manning, Edye, J.P., Sydney
Browne, Hutchinson, H., Bathurst Manning, J.E., J.P., Registrar of the Supreme Court
Browne, R.H., Port Philli Manning, W.M., J.P., Chairman of the Quarter Sessions
Cadell, Thomas, Sydney Marsden, Charles, South Creek
Cahuac, H.S. John Mathew, Felton, Town Surveyor
Campbell, Charles, Campbell’s Wharf Miller, William, Deputy Commissary General
Campbell, Charles J., Bathurst Minithorpe, William, Sydney
Campbell, Charles T., Sydney Mitchell, H., J.P.
Campbell, John, J.P., Campbell’s Wharf Mitchell, James, J.P., Sydney
Campbell, Neil, Port Phillip Mocatta, George, Wellington
Campbell, R., J.P., Darlinghurst Moncrieff, George F.
Campbell, Septimus, Port Phillip Moore, F., Barrister-at-Law
Carmichael, Henry, Patterson’s River Moore, Henry, Sydney
Carr, William, Sydney Mowle, E.B., St. Vincent
Carter, William, J.P., Supreme Court Nicholson, Charles, M.D., Sydney
Chambers, Charles H., Supreme Court Nicholson, John, Mater Attendant
Cheeke, Alfred, J.P., Barrister-at-Law North, J., Hunter’s River
Cheers, W. Northwood, J., Tamar
Clarke, W.H., J.P., Hunter’s River Norton, Nathaniel, Mulgoa
Coghill, John, J.P., St. Vincent O’Brien, C., J.P., Yass
Collie, William O’Brien, H., J.P., Yass
Cooper, George, Comptroller of the Customs Parbury, Frederick, Sydney
Courtoys, J.A., Sydney Perry, S.A., Surveyor General
Cox, Edward, J.P., Fernhill, Mulgoa Phillips, Joseph
Cox, Henry, J.P., Glenmore, Mulgoa Porter, George, Sydney
Cross, John Powell, Nathaniel, Campbelltown
Davidson, J.A., Sydney Ramsay, David, Dobroyde
Dawes, Wm., Sydney Ramsay, Robert, Sydney
Dodds, James, Sydney Reid, J. Hunter’s River
Doyle, Christopher Roemer, C.W., Sydney
Druitt, George, J.P., Mount Druitt Rogers, George, Sydney
Dulhunty, R.V., J.P., Penrith Rogers, Richard, Ordnance
Dutton, Frederick, Maneroo Ryder, T.U., J.P., Sydney
Dutton, Pelham, Maneroo Ryrie, S., St. Vincent
Dutton, W.H., J.P., Sydney Sandeman, Gordon, Sydney
Eales, J., Hunter’s River Saunders, Alfred, Sydney
Ebden, C.H., Port Phillip Scott, Robert, J.P., Glendon
Ebhart, F.C., Cook’s River Shadforth, J., J.P., Woolloomoolloo
Edwards and Hunter, Sydney Shelly, William, Goulburn
Ellis, J., R.N., Sydney Simpson, D.C., Hunter [sic] River
Falconer, P., Australasia Bank Sims, Charles, Coroner, Penrith
Fattorini, C.D.L. Smith, A.B., Sydney
Ferriter, J. Stephen, Liverpool Plains Smith, Thomas, Sydney
Fisher, Francis, J.P., Crown Solicitor Smyth, Henry, Major, Port Phillip
Flower, P.W., Sydney Spark, A.B., J.P., Cook’s River
Forbes, Charles, P.M., St. Patrick’s Plains Stacy, I.E.
Forbes, Georges [sic], J.P., Edenglassie Steel, A., Sydney
Forster, T., M.D., J.P., Parramatta Steel, Charles, Port Macquarie
Fraser, Alexander, Woodville, Castlereagh Stephens, Ward, Sydney
Gardner, P., Australia Bank Stocking, John
Geary, W.H., J.P. Street, John, J.P., Bathurst
Goodsir, J. Tod, Deputy Assistant Commissary General Sturt, E.P., Commissioner
Gore, Thomas, Sydney Sullivan, Benjamin Robert
Gosling, J.W., Bathurst Sutton, G., Bathurst
Gray, Charles George, J.P. Swift, Quinten, New England
Gray, William M., J.P. Thompson, A.F., Clydesdale
Harper, George, Stonequarry Thompson, Charles jun., Lemon Grove, Penrith
Haslingden, Edward, Sydney Thomson, Alexander
Hawdon, Joseph, River Hume Thomson, Alexander, Geelong, Port Phillip
Hayes, Richard, Bathurst Tompson, Edwin H., Clydesdale
Holliday, George Townsend, G., J.P., Hunter’s River
Hooper, James, Sydney Toyer, Horatio
Hosking, John, Sydney Viles, J.P., Sydney
Hughes, J. Terry, Sydney Walker, Archibald, Sydney
Hume, Hamilton, Appin Walker, Thomas, Sydney
Hunter (see Edwards and Hunter) Walker, Thomas, Deputy Assistant Commissary General
Innes, Archibald C. Warlters, Jeremiah
Jeffrey, Thomas, Customs, Sydney Warne, Charles F., Wellington Valley
Jones, John Wauch, Robert Andrew, J.P.
King, P.P., J.P., Capt. R.N., Penrith Wedge, Thomas, Port Phillip
Kinnear, G., J.P., Australasia Bank White, H.P., Sydney
Lamb, John, Sydney Windeyer, Richard, Sydney
Land, Andrew, Hunter’s River Wood, W.D.G., Port Phillip
Lethbridge, R., J.P., Penrith Wright, S., J.P., Parramatta
Lethbridge, Robert, J.P., Craigend Young, Adolphus W., Sydney
Living, G.P., Orwell Young, Alexander, Sydney

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