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

ship City of Benares, 1,187 tons, Captain James McDonald, from London 25th September 1874, arrived at Port Adelaide, South Australia 20th December 1874

The South Australian Register, Monday 21 December 1874 p. 4

Shipping Intelligence.

ARRIVED. Sunday, December 20.—
CITY Of BENARES, ship, 1,187 tons, Jas. McDonald, master, from London September 25. J. Stilling and Co., agents.
Passengers— Mr. and Mrs. Raymont. Mr. and Mrs. Fulton, Messrs. W. Clare, H. E. Pousford, H. Nixon, H. W. Guest, and T. Russell, in the cabin;
John Burke, S. G. Bates, F., E., A., and E. Bushel, James and Thomas Bailey, Hugh Bell, A., M., M., W., and J. Casson and infant, John and Ellen Chrisfield, Geo., Ellen, Mary, and Georgiana Glazier, W. H. Green, Chs. Hodge, Adolf Schubert, H. Margrave, Jas. McNaught, T., M., T., W., and G. Mills, W., E., and F. Roberts, Tom and Cath. Sanford, J., S., A., A., and A. Smith, in the steerage.

. . . . — 14th ship from England to S.A. with government passengers for 1874 ; —1— birth and —-0— deaths on the passage ; Dr. Park, surgeon-superintendent.
The Passenger List indicates the class of Emigrants, so in the list below, I have combined those lists, but have made notations alongside the family name, thus, CPCH = Colonial Passage Certificate Holders ; CFPCH = Colonial Full Paid Passage Holders ; UKA = United Kingdom Assisted Passage regulation ; UKFPPR = United Kingdom Full Paid Passage regulation ; FP = Free Passage. — Robert

Per City of Benares, from London.
For Donaldson, Andrews, and Sharland— 421packages.
For J. Morgan, 104, Rundle-street— 28 trunks Bostock's boots and shoes.
For G. Phillips and Co.— 72 cases American chairs, 3 racks churns, 7 cases galvanized iron, 10 kegs screws, 2 casks do., 2 bales marline and gasket, 19 bdls. tubing, 5 cases books and stationery.
For D. and W. Murray—115 pkgs.
For G. and R. Wills and Co.—204 cases, 36 bake, 9 casks.
For J. G. Ramsay and Co.— 16 cases Melland's treadle chaffcutters, and 1 do. Chaffcutter knives.
For Good, Toms, and Co.— 31 pkgs, drapery, and 1 parcel samples.
For Robin and Birks— 22 cases and bales.
For John Hodgkiss and Co.— 79 cases and bales.


The City of Benares belongs to the celebrated City line which has so frequently of late sent here fine ships to carry our produce. The present vessel is a handsome ship of immense length, and evident power. She has immense spread of sail, and after being sighted on Sunday morning made short work of reaching the roads. She is in charge of Captain McDonald, who was here in the City of Vienna when that ship loaded wheat for England. Gravesend was left on September 25, and after continued moderate winds the craft crossed the line on October 28. The south-east trades were brisk, but failed in 20° south latitude, and until the passing of the meridian of Greenwich on November 21 in 41° 30' S. baffling winds were felt. Crossing the Southern Ocean was smart work unto coming in with, the land, when the wind headed the ship off to a bowline for a long period. She will be towed into harbour about Wednesday. The ship has brought about 50 passengers under the Superintendence of Dr. Park. They consist for the most part of artisans and families, but very few single people being on board, and their general conduct is extremely well spoken of by the master. Immediately on the vessel anchoring Dr. Duncan mustered the passengers, who were then free to leave.
The state of health during the passage was very satisfactory, not a serious case of sickness having occurred. The only domestic event was an addition to the population, which was named Fanny Benares Casson. The people look like hard workers, and no doubt employment will be readily obtained,

GRG 35/48/2 Crown lands and Immigrant ships papers
Surgeon Superintendent report.
" Deaths on the voyage"
Name Age Date of Death Cause of Death Where buried
    No records found  
Surgeon Superintendent Report "Births on Board"
Name of Mother   Date of Birth Sex of Infant  
    No records found    

note: where maiden name of wife is indicated, it has been included in the given name column within ( ) ; the passenger list comprises three sections arranged alphabetically, i families, ii single men, iii single women & children ; transcriber notes

Names Age Occupation B-index BMD Residence Remarks
  Last Given
UKAP Bushell Frederick 36 Labourer 213/2   Great Mongeham, Kent  
    Eliza (Bentley) 41          
    Augusta 14          
    Edward C.F. 8          
UKFP Casson Alfred 35 Fencer 249/1   Preston, Lancashire  
CPC   Mary Ellen (Clark) 32          
CPC   Mary 5          
CPC   William 2          
UKAP   Jane 1          
FREE   Fanny Benares inf         born at sea, 14 Nov.
FREE Chrisfield John Thomas C. 23 Tailor 271/3   Whitefriars, London  
    Ellen (Robins) 21          
UKAP Glazier George 27 Bootmaker 576/1   Killorglin, Kerry to NSW
    Ellen (Huggard) 22          
    Georgina Ellen inf twins        
    Mary Anne Jemima inf.        
FREE Mills Thomas 34 Tailor 1114/1   Battersea, Surrey  
    Mary Jane (Laramy) 30          
    Thomas John 8          
    William Henry 4          
    George inf          
UK?P Roberts Walter 24 Labourer 1366/1   Aston, Warwickshire  
    Eliza (Toy) 22          
    Frank 1          
FREE Sanford / Sandford Tom 30 Tailor 1426/3   England  
    Catherine 24          
CPC Smith James 39 Bootmaker 1510/3   West Ham, Essex  
    Sophia (Allen) 38          
    Agnes 6          
    Amelia 2          
    Alice inf          
FREE Strachan Robert 22 Tailor 1556/2   St George Hanover Square, London  
    Elizabeth (Tatham) 22          
Names Age Occupation B-index BMD Residence Remarks
  Last Given
Single Men
UKAP Bailey James 21 Gardener 56/1   England  
UKAP Bailey Thomas 19 Gardener 56/3   England  
UKAP Bates Samuel G. 19 Agr. Labourer 94/2   England  
UKAP Bell Hugh 21 Caulker 107/1   Antrim, Ireland  
UKAP Burke John 30 Agr. Labourer 206/2   England  
UKAP Green William Henry 20 Agr. Labourer 613/2   England  
UKAP Hodges Charles 20 Wheelwright 753/3   England  
UKAP Margrove Henry 25 Cooper 1018/1   England  
UKAP McNaught James 21 Baker -   Scotland  
UKAP Schubert Adolph 24 Labourer -   England  
UKAP Wilson William 20 Wheelwright -   Scotland  
UKAP Yule Thomas 19 Agr. Labourer -   Scotland  

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 (formerly ACC 313); Sydney Shipping Gazette; South Australian Register; The South Australian Government Gazette; GRG 35/48/2 Crown lands and Immigrant ships papers; Biographical index SA 1836-1885 (the B-index column indicates individuals who may be found in that index, with corresponding reference ; FreeBMD ; UK census'

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