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Kindly transcribed and submitted to TheShipsList by Robert Janmaat, Adelaide, from a variety of sources, cited below.
Return to SA Passenger Lists,1847-1886

barque Bussorah Merchant, 650 tons, Captain Edwards, from London 1848 & Plymouth 7th July 1848, arrived at Port Adelaide, South Australia 10th November 1848

South Australian Register Tuesday 14th November 1848

Friday November 10th., the ship Bussorah Merchant, 650 tons, Edwards, Master, from London and Plymouth.
Passengers: none in the cabin and 204 in the steerage. [Mr. Wilcocks Emigration List]
John T. Allen & wife James Allwright & wife & three children William Barnscote & wife & child
Joseph Counsel & wife & five children Joseph Cartwright & wife & three children James Cousins & wife & three children
James Davey & wife & seven children John Ellis & wife & six children Thomas Green & wife & two children
William Grivell & wife & child Job Grivell & wife William Harris & wife & child
Joseph Hocking & wife & five children, St. Just, Cornwall William Hocking & wife & four children John Haggor & wife
Joseph Jacobs & wife & four children Frederick Leighton & wife & child Stephen Murray & wife
John Morgan & wife & two children Frederick Martin & wife John Matthews & wife Emma (nee Trengrouse) & eight children, Cornwall
David Oliver & wife & two children Henry Pound & wife Thomas Pearce & wife & child
John Pearce & wife & three children Isaac Poole & wife & six children William Price & wife
Daniel Pullen & wife William Richards & wife & two children Thomas Roach & wife & seven children
James Rhoda & wife & child Robert Sleep & wife & three children John Samals & wife & three children
Henry Stoner & wife & three children
Henry c1818, Naomi c1823, children James Michael (bapt 1842) George (bapt 1844) & William (bapt 1847) all baptised in Cowfold, Sussex.
Moses Storer & wife Mary Ann (nee Day) & child Moses, Warwickshire Levi Stoner (Storer) & wife
James Tyler (Tyley) & wife & child James Turnbull & wife Nicholas Male & wife & child
Josiah Williams & wife & child James Were (Ware) & wife & two children Henry Walker & wife & five children
James Wake & wife    
Single Males    
James Bishop Joseph Bradbury George Blake
Frederick Brookes Alexander Cunningham Henry Dawe
William French (Finch) John Gillingham William Grivell
James Harris James Harvey George Hutchinson
Arthur Hill Robert Leddia (Leddra) Stephen Lovelock
George Mansell Samuel Pemberton John Presdee
Francis Roach [sic] Frances (see list below) Isaac Roach John Santall
William Sandercock, Cornwall Edmond Smith Frederick Smith
Samuel Wood William Ware  
Single Females    
Mary Allwright Isabella Adams Eliza Bill
Julia Burdon Caroline Clarke Agnes Cunningham
Mary Ann Curnow Hannah Dewson Louisa Green
Elizabeth Grey Sarah Gregory Ann Hill
Sarah Hall Agnes Phillips Elizabeth Plush
Elizabeth Quick Eleanor Quick Jane Roach
Sarah Roach Jane Rhina Susan Rogers
Martha Rogers Elizabeth Rogers Jane Sandercock, Cornwall
Ann Smith Frances Smith (or Francis . . male)  

List of Emigrants selected by Mr. J.B. Wilcocks per Bussorah Merchant

For many years Mr. James B. Wilcocks was the chief Agent for the Emigration Commissioners, for the west of England, based at Plymouth. He selected Emigrants for Australia and British North America. He had long been engaged in Australian emigration, both as a Government service and for private self-supporting emigration.

Mr. Wilcock's list below, numbered 48/1B, is undated, but contains the names of many of the emigrants who are known to have sailed to South Australia aboard the Bussorah Merchant. It contains names of some indicated above simply as "wife" or "child" but also contains names which don't appear on the list above, some of whom could possibly be alternate, or more likely, the correct spellings of some emigrant names. Those who didn't sail on this ship, may have sailed earlier or later, on another vessel.

William Finch ; Labourer William Hocking & family ; Agricultural Labourer James Davey & family ; Blacksmith
James Renowden & family ; Agricultural Labourer Thomas Pearce & wife ; Agricultural Labourer & Miner William Henry Davey ; Blacksmith
Margaret Davey ; Domestic Servant Elizabeth Hocking ; Domestic Servant Mary Hocking ; Domestic Servant
Emma Hocking ; Domestic Servant John Hocking ; Agricultural Labourer & Miner -- and his wife -- Fanny Nettle ; Domestic Servant James Hocking ; Agricultural Labourer
Amelia Hocking ; Domestic Servant Robert Sleep & family ; Agricultural Labourer David Oliver ; Agricultural Labourer
Frederick Martin & wife ; Agricultural Labourer Nicholas Male & family ; Agricultural Labourer William Richard & family ; Mason
George Carkeck & wife ; Miner & Agricultural Labourer John Samels & family ; Agricultural Labourer Sarah E. Gregory ; Farm Servant
Henry Dawe ; Agricultural Labourer William Barnicoat & family ; Agricultural Labourer Nicholas Peters ; Miner
Robert Leddra ; Carpenter Edward J. Tonkin ; Agricultural Labourer William Sandercock & wife ; Agricultural Labourer
William Dorman & wife ; Miner Maria Daniels ; Domestic Servant John Matthews & family ; Agricultural Labourer
Ann Matthews ; Domestic Servant James Matthews ; Agricultural Labourer Emma Matthews ; Domestic Servant
John Matthews ; Agricultural Labourer William Harris & family ; Sawyer & Agricultural Labourer Jane Harris ; seamstress
Joseph Hocking & family ; Agricultural Labourer Mary Ann Curnow ; Servant Jane Roach ; Servant
Sarah Roach ; Servant Frances Roach ; Servant Isaac Roach ; Servant
Thomas Roach & family ; Tin Miner & Farmer
The Roach family was living at Lelant, Cornwall in the 1841 England census, borough of St. Ives. In 1841 the family consisted of fourteen members living at home : ages for those age 15 & above were rounded down
Thomas 45 ; Mary 40 ; Thomas 20 ; Robert 20 ; John 20 ; Mary 20 ; William 15 ; James 14 ; Jane 10 ; Sarah 9 ; Frances 8 ; Isaac 6 ; Jacob 4 ; Henry 1 month

Sources: State Library South Australia, official passenger lists, mainly of immigrants arriving in South Australia under United Kingdom assisted passage schemes, 1847-1886 GRG 35/48a (formely ACC 313); Sydney Shipping Gazette; South Australian Register; The South Australian Government Gazette; Biographical index SA 1836-1885 (the B-index column indicates individuals who may be found in that index, with corresponding reference number for further research); some extracts from 1841 England census in italics

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