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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 President Smidt, 450 tons, Captain H. Hitcken, from Bremen [?] 1848, arrived at Port Adelaide, South Australia 8th April 1848 — Emil Reuner, Surgeon-superintendent

The South Australian Register Wednesday April 12 1848

Monday April 8, the Ship President Smidt, 450 tons, H. Hitcken, Master, from Bremen.
Passengers.— Mr. F.W. Jansen (Supercargo) and lady, Mrs. E. Jansen and Dr. Emil Reuner (Ships Surgeon) in the cabin.

This ship (the second passenger ship from Germany within a fortnight) arrived in our harbour yesterday, bringing 83 passengers, whose names, professions, and callings, will be found in our list of shipping arrivals. There were two deaths and two births during the passage. We are glad to notice amongst these new comers a goodly number of handicraftsman, because we apprehend, judging from past arrivals, that German gentlemen, without capital, are even less likely than English gentlemen similarly disqualified, to succeed here, fortuitously; and we need scarcely say that mere accomplishment will do little to serve their owners in a country where scholastic and counting-house qualifications are yet in limited demand, and of course very insufficiently requited. Our motive in making these observations surely cannot be misunderstood ; and is they are not, we hope they will be translated in Germany (for the German press here, after a series of very eccentric efforts to establish itself, is defunct).

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
Ahrens Christian 36 Wheelwright 10/3 - Ahern
  Sophia Hedwig (Held) 32   11/1   as Ahms
  child n/a        
Altschwager Georg Bernard Christian 38 Butcher / Farmer 22/2 Germany  
  Anna Maria Sophie Dorothea (Schonfeldt) 28        
  Frederick 2        
  Georg Heinrich inf        
Bartels A.J.C. (Hans) 57 Hatmaker 85/2 Hanover  
  Wilhelmine 54        
  Adolph Freidrich Heinrich 29        
  Sophia Maria Johanne Henriette 23        
Behrens Johann n/a Tailor - -  
  wife n/a        
Dobel Rudolf n/a Blacksmith 409/3    
  wife n/a        
  child n/a        
Odewahn Johann (Heinrich Conrad) 43 Dealer / Copyist - -  
  Friedrike (Wedau) 45        
  Bertha Maria Sophia 14        
  Johann Carl Bernard 12        
Rath Ludwig 48 Butcher - -  
  Caroline 36        
  Louis Heinrich Albert 8        
  Elisa Elvina 3        
  Wilhelm inf        
Ruwoldt Johann Joachim Peter Christian 38 Mason 1408/1 Mecklenberg  
  Catharina Lisette Maria (Gebhard) 41        
  Joachim Christian Carl Mathias 12        
  Joachim Ludwig Heinrich 7        
  Johann Joachim Ludwig 10        
Scharrenberg Johann Christian 49 Cabinetmaker 1435/3 Satow / Doberan Scharenberg
  Anna Sophia Dorothea (Schumacher) 35        
  Sophia Ernestina Carolina Dorothea 14        
  Wilhelm Joachim Heinrich 11        
Vogeler Carl (Charles Karl) n/a Woodturner 1650/3 -  
  Louise (Schmidt) n/a        
  Dorothea 7        
  Carl ? n/a        
  child n/a        
  child n/a        
  child n/a        
Names Age Occupation B-index Residence Remarks
Last Given
Single Men
Auhl Heim (Heinrich Christian) 23 Labourer 45/3 Holstein  
Block Johann 26 Coachman - -  
Brandstatter Guido 24 Lithographer 165/2 - Brandsletter
Bruhn Johann Carl Adolph 38 Mason 193/3 - Braune
Burmeister Heinrich 31 Mason 207/2 -  
Frieberger Georg (Johann George) 30 Shoemaker 534/2 -  
Gahl Fritz n/a Sheep Farmer 542/1 -  
Hameister Ernst Joachim Heinrich Wilhelm 28 Labourer 655/1 -  
Jams Wilhelm n/a Tailor 830/2 -  
Jius Heinrich n/a Labourer - -  
Juttner Franz 29 Tanner 871/3 Crossen  
Kasch Peter n/a Cabinetmaker 875/1 -  
Koster Georg Phillip 20 Clerk 934/3 Cassel, Hessen  
Kruger Joachim 25 Miller 940/2 Prussia  
Pluckhahn Johann Joachim Caspar 35 Sheep Farmer 1291/2 - Plueckhann
Schmidt August 24 - - -  
Sturm Joachim (Johann Ludwig Carl) 23 Cabinetmaker - -  
Tollner Johann Friedrich 23 Labourer 1609/2 Mecklenberg  
Westphal Christoph n/a Webster ? - -  
Zerck Christian n/a Webster ? - -  
Single Women
Auhl n/a child      
Auhl Elisabeth n/a        
Bitter n/a child      
Bitter Sophia Dorothea 22        
Brush / Brus Margaretha Dorothea Elisabeth 22        
Greve Anna Catharina n/a Milliner 618/1    
Gumtow n/a        
Gumtow n/a        
Gumtow Wilhelmine 28        
Kuster Dorothea 28        
Mellendorff Anna 27       Melldorf
Mohn Christiane 24        
Pingel Caroline n/a        
Schmidz Sophie n/a        
Wedow n/a child      
Wedow Caroline n/a        
Westendorff Louise 26        

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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