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Transcribed and submitted to TheShipsList by Robert Janmaat, Adelaide, from a variety of sources, cited below.
Return to German Emigrants to South Australia

ship Godeffroy / Goddefroy, 460 tons, Captain J.H. Behn, from Hamburg 30th October 1848, via Plymouth 9th November 1848, via Melbourne 11th February 1849, (dep. 24th February) arrived at Port Adelaide, South Australia 1st March 1849

South Australian Register Saturday 3rd March 1849 p. 4

Thursday March 1st 1849:— The ship, Godeffroy, 503 tons, Behn, Master, from Hamburg and Melbourne (168 emigrants) Dr. Hillibrandt, surgeon-superintendent .... below an exerpt from the Argus, reporting the arrival of those who disembarked at Melboune

The ship Godeffroy, 503 tons, Behn, master, from Hamburg and Melbourne.
Passengers: — Mrs Hector and two children, Theodor Leimkuhl and wife, Freg. Bergest, Wilh. Godehene, Dr W. Hildebrandt, Mrs Hammond, August Kumnick, Carl Kumnick, Johann Neack, Michael Wend, C F. Moritz, Wilhelm Bentsch, H. F. Bekneke, Withoe, Bender, Wilhelm, Weser, Eduard Petricates, Albert Trenkaus, Carl Schmidt, Carl Wallman, C. F. Tuedeband, G. Tuedeband, H. Eichner, Gustav Ackmet, Wilhelm Eickhoff, Carl Wilhelmi, Johann Goetje, A. Georgi, G. Wiencke wife and child, Aug. Beincke, Johann Letcke.

Melbourne Argus Tuesday 13th February 1849:—
ship Godeffroy arrived Feb 11, 1849, 503 tons J.H. Bohn, master sailed from Hamburgh 15th October with emigrants. .... This is an interesting time in Emigration matters. The arrival of the ship Lord Hungerford has shown the success of a novel attempt to introduce a very useful class to our community, and that of the Godeffroy possesses peculiar claims to attention, from furnishing us with the first installment of a species of immigrant, pregnant with more than usual interest and advantage. That vessel proceeds to Adelaide in a few days, after discharging upon our shores the first body of German Immigrants that have ever landed here. Their number, and their respective callings are as follows:
28 Men:— Tailors - 3 ; Mason - 1 ; Vinedresser - 1 ; Botanist and gardener - 1 ; Miller - 1 ; Farming bailliffs - 2 ; Whitesmith - 1 ; Cutlers and steel workers - 4 ; Clerks - 3 ; Dyer - 1 ; Sawyer - 1 ; Butcher - 1 ; Farmer and weaver - 1 ; Joiners - 2 ; Cabinet maker - 1 ; cloth makers - 2 ; Saddlers and upholsterers - 2
10 Women:— Domestic Servants - 2 ; Dressmakers - 3 ; Midwives - 2 ; School mistress - 1 ; Washer woman - 2
.... besides several children of various ages, up to 13, and who are generally described as being useful for all purposes.

Besides the above, which are specially engaged for Port Phillip, many of those originally shipped for Adelaide, have intimated a wish to remain here, and the above list will consequently be largely increased. The immigrants appear healthy and intelligent, and (always a good sign) speak highly of their treatment during the voyage. They also seem cheerful and contented with so much of their future prospects as has been explained to them, and having come from a poor and disturbed district, they evidently look forward with some complacency upon the peace and plenty of their adopted land. We trust that they may receive a hearty and generous welcome...

note.— There are very few surviving original lists of German passengers, so the data below has been compiled from a variety of sources, such as contemporary newspaper(s), internet sources, input from descendants and the South Australian Heraldry Genealogy society, (SAGHS).
I know the list is incomplete and may contain errors, so any feedback with additions or corrections, will be most appreciated. Please contact me using the link above. Regards Robert, Adelaide

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 in italics

Names Age Occupation B-index Residence Remarks
Last Given
Hector Mrs. n/a - - -  
  child n/a        
  child n/a        
Lehmkuhl Jurgen Theodor 34 - - - Leimkuhl
  wife n/a        
Moritz C.F. Gottlieb Friedrich 34 - 1132/3 Germany  
  Ernestine Christiane Henrietta (Werner) 30        
Noack Johann 31 - 1190/1 - Neack
  Agnes (Bartsch) 22        
Wiencke G. n/a - - -  
  wife n/a        
  child n/a        
Names Age Occupation B-index Residence Remarks
Last Given
Single Men
Ackmet Gustav n/a - 4/2 -  
Beincke August n/a Farmer 106/1 Prussia Beinke
Bekncke H.F. n/a - - -  
Bender W. n/a - - -  
Bentach Wilhelm n/a - - -  
Bergest Freg. n/a - - -  
Eickhoff Wilhelm n/a - - -  
Eickner Franz Wilhelm n/a - - -  
George Abraham 24 - - -  
Geotje Johann n/a - 581/1 -  
Gotchene Wilhelm n/a - 596/2 - Gottschalk
Hildebrandt W. 29 surgeon-superintendent - -  
Kumnick Friedrich August 34 - 943/3 -  
Kumnick Carl 4 child 943/3 -  
Letcke Johann n/a - - - Leske
Petricates Eduard n/a - - -  
Schmidt Carl 31 - - -  
Trinkaus Albert 30 Locksmith - Schraplau (near Halle), Prussia to Castlemaine, via Melbourne, Victoria 21 Oct. 1851 aboard Christina
Tuedeband C.F. n/a - - - family ?
Tuedeband G. n/a - - - family ?
Wallman Carl Friedrch 28 - - -  
Wendt Michael n/a - - -  
Weser n/a - - -  
Weser n/a/ - - -  
Wilhelm Gottfried 46 widower - -  
Wilhelm Carl n/a - - -  
Single Women
Hammond Mrs. - - - -  

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)

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