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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

barque Sophie, 278 tons, Captain A. Decker, from Hamburg 26 June (sailed) 5th July 1858, arrived at Port Adelaide, South Australia 21st October 1858

The South Australian Advertiser, Friday 22 October 1858
Thursday October 21— the barque, Sophie, 278 tons, A. Decker, Master, from Hamburg, July 5th. B. Amsberg, Town ; Mocatta, Port, agents.

Passengers: (verbatim, from the newspaper)
Frd. Erdman Kalms ; and Robert Koelmer, in the cabin, and Fiehn Hans, Fock and Carl August, Muller, Hans Fiehn, Heinrich and Johannes Fock, Joh. A. Hensel, Christiane, Dorothea, Henriette, and Sophie Mends, Julius Decker, Andreas, Louise, Louise, Wilhelm, Gustav, Friedrich, and Elise Baumgarten, Johanne Eggeling, Robert Becker, Joh. Fr. Sauer, Elizabeth, Christiane, Johanne, Edward, Gustav Herrmann Sauer, Wilhelm. Grosser, Wilhm., Caroline, Herrmann, and Wilhelm Muller, Beate Weckert, Friedericke Pauline, Carl August, Johne. Amalia Auguste, and Herm. A. Wilhelm Weckert, Fr. Berth. Ferd, Fr. Wilhm., and Ernst August Weckert, Joh. Gottl., Auguste, Pauline, Auguste, Bertha, and Emma Kalms, Adolph Gottlieb Kalms, Carl Kalms, Wilhelmine, Fr. Wilhm., Juliane Auguste, Carl Fried., and Laura Kalms. Joh. Georg., and Susanna Schultz, Joh. Wilhm., Friedericke, Auguste, Julius, Ernestine, and Alwine Neldner. Gottlieb, Anna Rosina, Carl, Joh. Fried, Hermann, and Louise Baum, Adolph, Beate, Wilhelmine, Auguste, and Julius Henning, Joh. Gottf., Louise, Louise, Caroline, Wilhelmine, and Joh., Auguste Anna Stieler, Louis Aug. Eime, Carl Wischer, Ad. Winnecke, August Liebich, Louis, Charlotte, Gustav, Adolph, Hermann, Wilhm., Caroline, Bernard, Robert, and Carl Liebich, Hans Bartels, Louis Hiebich [sic], Wilhelm Liebich [these 2 children are sons of August Liebich], and Hidrael [!] Wiljus, in the intermediate.
The South Australian Advertiser, Friday 22 October 1858

The Sophie. -This barque made her appearance in Gulf St. Vincent yesterday morning, the 21st instant after a passage of 108 days, from Hamburg, having on board a valuable cargo, has also 95 passengers. This vessel is the same that arrived in Port Adelaide eight years since, and is commanded by the same Captain, who reports having experienced a very boisterous run from the longitude of the Cape of Good Hope, to sighting Kangaroo Island. The winds encountered were from S.W. to W.S.W., and compelled him to keep his vessel under close sail. Spoke no vessels. The passengers are chiefly from Prussia: From Hanover, 8 ; Holstein, 3 ; Lauenberg, 2 ; Mecklenberg, 5 ; Prussia, 76. Amongst them are a great number of agricultural labourers, miners, and mechanics. * // The official list announces that the following embarked at Hamburg: Male adults, 56 ; female adults, 41 ; children between eight and twelve years of age, 67 ; children under eight years of age, 25 ; and infants, 3 ; giving a grand total embarking of 196. // During the voyage one birth transpired, as also two deaths -one an infant, the other an elderly female, who had been ailing from pulmonary disease. No other illness occurred during the voyage. The passengers appear healthy and cheerful. The draught of water being only 12 feet, the pilot Mr. Creer, at once proceeded over the Bar into harbour.

* // this section published in the newspaper is obviously in error ; the original embarkation list at Hamburg indicates 95 steerage passengers, plus 2 cabin passengers (add one birth, subtract two deaths) = 96 total //

The South Australian Register, Friday 22 October 1858
The Hamburg barque Sophie has on board a rather varied and extensive cargo of general merchandise and European manufactures, together with a full complement of, passengers, who are for the most part Prussians, and if a judgment can be formed from appearances, they would seem to be well adapted to colonization, being generally healthy and cleanly. [sic] The vessel has made rather a long passage, the weather prior to reaching the parallel of the Cape of Good Hope being unfavourable ; but since that time strong breezes from the west and north-west have predominated. The passengers have enjoyed good health on the passage, there having been only two cases of mortality one an adult female from consumption, and the second an infant which only lived a few hours after its birth. At usual with passenger vessels her draught of water is light, and as soon as the 12- feet signal was made the pilot in charge squared away for the bar.

An index from the State Library South Australia (SLSA) shows that 97 German migrants should have been on the Sophie, I have been able to find 98 as listed below — Regards Robert.

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
BBI Brandenberg Index from Ancestry
AMPI Australian Medical Pioneers Index

note: where maiden name of wife is indicated, it has been included in the given name column within ( )

Names Age Occupation B-index BMD Residence Remarks
Last Given
Kalms Friedrich Erdmann 17 Landmann 874/1 M?/D Prauswitz Prussia GMI
Koelmers Robert 23 Dr. Medicine 931/3   Ohrdorf Sachsen-Gotha  
  Families - Intermediate  
Baum Gottlieb 55 Labourer - M/D Ransen Prussia GMI
  Anna Rosina / Hannah 48          
  Carl 22          
  Johann Friedrich Wilhelm 18   97/3     NAA 3178566
  Friedrich Herrmann 11          
  Louise 9          
Baumgarten Andreas 33 Landmann -   Allerbuttel Hannover NAA 1815973
  Louise 43          
  Louise 15          
  Wilhelm 14          
  Gustav Louis 13         NAA 3577 | to Victoria
  Friedrich 6          
  Elise 5          
Hennig Heinrich Adolph 33 - - B/M/D Bomst Prussia GMI
  Beate (Anansche) 37          
  Wilhelmine Caroline Louise 6          
  Pauline Auguste 4          
  Heinrich Julius inf         NAA 29369
Kalms Carl Friedrich 48 Clothmaker 874/1 D/M Schonlack Prussia GMI
  Frederika Wilhelmine (Fengler) 32          
  Friedrich Wilhelm 12          
  Juliane Auguste 11          
  Carl Friedrich 8         NAA 31150
  Laura 2          
Kalms Johann Gottlieb 43 Farmer 874/1   Rackwitz Prussia GMI | NAA 814947 | Johann, Auguste and Auguste also listed aboard Hermann Von Beckerath 1847 | to NSW
  Johanne Auguste (Schultz) 32          
  Juliane Auguste Wilhelmine 11          
  Amalia Pauline 9          
  Emilie Bertha 7          
  Ottilie Emma 5          
  Adolf Gottlieb 2          
Liebich / Liebig August 32 Cooper -   Friedrichshuld Crossen Prussia with family
  Louis 29 Landmann        
  Charlotte 34          
  Gustav 9          
  Louis 3          
  Wilhelm 2          
  Adolph inf          
Liebich / Liebig Hermann 28 Mason -   Friedrichshuld Crossen Prussia with family
  Caroline 28          
  Bernhard 2          
Muller Wilhelm 56 Miller -   Bomst Prussia  
  Caroline 40          
  Wilhelm Herrmann 8     M   GMI
  Wilhelm 2          
Neldner Johann Friedrich Wilhelm 36 Landmann 1171/1 M Prischgow Rackwitz Possen Prussia GMI | NAA 3172113
  Anna Amelia Friederike (Scholz) 28          
  Wilhelmine Auguste 10          
  Johann Julius 8          
  Ernestine Luise Bertha 4          
  Alwine Pauline 1          
Sauer Johann Friedrich 62 Mason 1428/3 M/D Ransen Prussia GMI | NAA 3178246
  Anna Elisabeth (Stein) 58          
  Johanne Christiane 24          
  Johanne Helena 22         married Johann Friederich Haase in 1860
  Johann Carl Eduard 18          
  Heinrich Gustav 16   1428/3      
  Johann Herrmann 11          
Schulz Johann George 71 Labourer - D Pauskow Prussia  
  Susanna 62          
Stieler Johann Gottfried 40 Carpenter 1550/1 M/D Bomst Prussia GMI | NAA 3177605
  Louise (Helm) 41          
  Johanne Louise 17          
  Johanna Caroline 15          
  Johanna Wilhelmine 13          
  Johanna Marie Bertha 5          
  Johanne Auguste Anna 1          
Weckert Carl August 43 Farmer 1688/3   Rackwitz Prussia GMI | NAA 3176623 ? | Carl August senior on board this trip ?
  Johanna Beate (Schulz) 37         GMI
  Friederike Pauline 18          
  Carl August 16          
  Caroline Amelia Auguste 11          
  Albert Wilmelm Herrmann 9         NAA 39736
  Friedrich Berthold 4          
  Friedrich Wilhelm 2          
  Ernst August inf         NAA 39388
Names Age Occupation B-index BMD Residence Remarks
Last Given
Single Men & Women
Bartels Hans 68 Landmann     Gilzow Lauenberg  
Becker Robert 37 Farmer     Lowenberg Prussia  
Decker Julius 33 Seaman     Hamburg  
Eggeling Johanne 30     M Fallerleben Hannover  
Eime Louis August 52       Osterwick Prussia  
Fiehn Hans 25 Merchant     Bockel Holstein  
Fock Heinrich 25 Landmann 515/1   Barbeck Holstein  
Fock Johann Christian Kasper 17 Landmann   M Barbeck Holstein  
Grosser Wilhelm 20 Shepherd     Proschen Prussia  
Hensel Johann A. 22 Shoemaker   M Rackau Prussia  
Liebich / Liebig Carl 27 Mason     Friedrichshuld Crossen Prussia with family
Liebich / Liebig Robert 26 Miller     Friedrichshuld Crossen Prussia with family
Mundt Christiane 30       Neu Karin Mecklenburg  
Mundt Dorothea 27       Neu Karin Mecklenburg  
Mundt Henriette 26       Neu Karin Mecklenburg  
Mundt Sophie 23       Neu Karin Mecklenburg  
Schmelzkopf Carl Friedrich 24 Type Setter 1440/2 M? Haslberstadt Prussia  
Wilgus / Wiljus Michael 24 Landmann     Wollstein Prussia  
Winneke Wilhelm Adolph 14 Landmann   M Rode Braunsweig GMI
Wischer Heinrich Hermann Carl 26 Labourer 1733/2 M Ratzeburg Lauenburg married Johanne Eggling, listed above

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; 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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