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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 Martha Birnie, 831 tons, Captain James Jamieson, from London 20th May 1874, arrived at Port Adelaide, South Australia 19th August 1874

The South Australian Register, Thursday 20 August 1874 p. 4 & Friday 21 August 1874 p.4

Shipping Intelligence.

ARRIVED. Wednesday, August 19.—
Martha Birnie, ship, 831 tons, James Jamieson, master, from London May 20. P. Santo, agent.
Passengers —Messrs. Gardner, Smith (2), Harris, Johnson, and Coleman, in the cabin.

. . . . — 8th ship from England to S.A. with government passengers for 1874 ; —0— births and —-0— deaths on the passage ; —?, 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

MARTHA. BIRNIE, from London— 2,104 cases. 1.211 casks, 56 hhds., 50 qr.-casks, 6 tierces, 260 drums. 50 crates, 1,108 bdls, 1,000 tags, 116 bales, 213 kegs, 2 furnaces, 7,917 flooring boards, 1 wooden bin. 40 tons coal, 4,041 iron bars, sheets, and plates, 7 iron pipes, 142 grindstones, 828 camp ovens, 8 tanks, 84 qr. kegs, 28 qr. brls., 60 half-brls., 17 grindstones,30 qr.-cases, 100 brls., 71 boxes, 75 shocks, 191 kegs, 873 rails, 3 parcels, 26 trunks, 9 stoves, 2 castings.

Per Martha Birnie, from London
For 'W. and T. Rhodes— 9 Bradford's mangles, 10 cases lamp ware, 74 lockstitch hand sewing machines and accessories, 17 grindstones, 5 crates earthenware, 19 pkgs. assorted hardware.
For Edward Maud, Gawler-place— 12 cases 3 casks drugs.
For J. Osborne, Port Adelaide— 56 cases and bales of drapery, clothing, Etc.
For Geo. Phillips and Co.— 25 cases Lamp glasses, 6 casks hardware and tools, 1 case K.P. ware, 20 bdls. tarred rope, 4 cases homeopathic medicines, 1 case stationery, 2 cases books.
For Virgoe, Son, and Co. — 20 qr.-casks Rouyer, Gillett, and Co.'s brandy, 20 cases do. do., 400 do Lorne whisky, 200 do. Boord's Old Tom, 9 hhds., 30 qr. -casks Duff Gordon's sherry, 10 cases Keen's spice, 15 do. do. mustard, 20 do. do  blue, 15 do. Bryant and May's vestas, 2 do.and 4 bales paper bags.
For J. Witkowski— 4 cases.
For Pearson and Cussen— 12 cases.
For A. Simpson and Son — 16 crates.
For Brown and Wood— 10 bdls., 12 boxes, 2cases, 19 kegs.
For F. H. Fauldings and Co.— 100 kegs, 8 casks, 8 cases, 1 drum.
For J. and J. Wilcox— 1 case.
For D. and W. Murray— 104 pkgs.
For A. Dowie— 2 cases.
For W. D. Allott— 5 cases, 3 casks.
For Thomas Wilcox — 19 cubes and bales drapery.


The Martha Birnie was seen from the Semaphore Station during Wednesday, but so slow was her progress that Thursday morning arrived before she was boarded, and then it was at a Iong distance west of the jetty. She has a large parcel of gunpowder, which will be discharged at the magazine before the vessel proceeds into harbour. Fine weather marked the early part of the voyage, but after the vessel's rounding the Cape some bad weather supervened, and up to the time of her arrival no incident of special note occurred.

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
  Coleman Mr. -          
  Gardner Mr. -          
  Harris Mr. -          
  Johnson Matthew 24 Plumber 850/1      
  Smith Mr. -          
  Smith Mr. -          

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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