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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

barque West Australian, 599 tons, Captain S.J. Andrews, from London 25th November 1873, arrived at Port Adelaide, South Australia 12th March 1874

The South Australian Register, Friday 13 March 1874 p. 4

Shipping Intelligence.

ARRIVED. Thursday, March 12.— WEST AUSTRALIAN, barque, 599 tons, S.J. Andrew, master, from London November 25. D. and J. Fowler, Town and Port, agents.
Passengers —Mrs. Andrew in the cabin.
Assisted passengers— Thomas, Mary R. J., Ellen S. Ellis ; W. Bullen ; John Harvey ; E. Tangye ; John Williams ; James Edwards ; James Oates ; John Docking ; John Martin ; Alfred Williams ; John Elsdon ; Edward Easterbrook ; Alfred, Eliza, Charles, Charlotte, Fred and Mary Lawson, in second cabin.

. . . . — 3rd 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
 
IMPORTS

WEST AUSTRALIAN, from London— 1,650 cases, 272 bales, 225 casks bottled beer,- 68 casks,40 brls., 4 boxes, 8 crates, 178 kegs, 30 qr. casks, 9 bdls., 6 tierces, 50 hhds. pale ale, 17 hhds. glass, 25. cases matches, 1,000 deals, 10 bales tobacco, 5 brls. rosin, 6 wings, 6 whips,1 Dell, 6 garden rollers, 17 kegs galvanized screws, 2 casks shot, 16 kegs washers, 5 runlets. 21 tons coal, 105 bars (angles), 6 bdls. spades, 12 do. hoops, 14 hhds., 600 bdls. wire, 22 sheets,15 brls. tar, 14 cases fluid, 11 kegs handles, 1 lens, 56 bdls. bar iron, 10 brls. pitch, 20 half brls. do., 115 pipes, 19 grindstones, 23 pckts. 'hops, 2 trunks, 14 cases tongs, 31 pairs bellows,7 anvils, 17 tinplates, 49 specula, 6,500 pieces board, 19,850 bricks.
Per West Australian, from London —
For G. and R: Wills and Co.— 49 cases, 13 bales, 6 trunks.
For Good; Toms, and Co.— 142 pkgs. drapery, 2 parcels samples.
For D. and W. Murray— 43 pkgs
For Barters and Meyer— 44 cases.
For Brown and Wood— 3 brls. rosin, 2 cases. 
For D: and J. Fowler— 200 pkgs., 175 kegs.
For Donaldson, Andrews, and Sharland — 4 bales, 28 cases.
For A. Dowie — 2 cases.
For A. Simpson and Son— 17 boxes 2 cases tin, 56 bdls iron, 10 cases Fluid, 20 bdb. sheet, 12do. hoops, 105 bar angles.

 
MISCELLANEOUS SHIPPING.

The West Australian, when last here, was a full-rigged ship, but has been, changed to barque, and being a fine vessel was selected to carry a few assisted passengers. Captain Andrew reports leaving London on November 26, and ; after lying wind bound at the North Foreland for two days he proceeded down the Channel with light winds predominating. On 7th of December the craft was off the Start Point, and on the 9th the Scilly Islands, with fresh east and south-east winds, which continued as far as the Western Islands. Then came a period of doldrums and calms, rendering the passage to the Line tedious, especially as the north-east trades were scarcely perceptible, and entirely ceased in the latitude of the Cape de Verdi Islands and longitude 26°. On January 5th she crossed the Line in 28° of west longitude, and upon heading away south was met by the trades so far to the southward that the barque was so near the Brazilian coast that she was compelled to tack to clear the land. The policy of tacking was soon apparent, for she fell in with a brisk trade breeze, and made smart progress to the southward until on January 26 she was off Tristan d'Acunha. When within three miles of the coast two boats were observed coming, and the mainyard was hove to the mast. Soon the boats ranged alongside, and proved welcome, for they were stocked with all kinds of products of the island. There were pigs, sheep, fowls, fruit, and vegetables. It proved an agreeable break to the monotony of the voyage, as the people traded with their stocks for clothes or other necessaries. The interchange was a great source of pleasure to the islanders, for six months had elapsed since any vessel had touched there. For a couple of hours a brisk scene of marketing was exhibited, and when the stocks were sold out the Tristans took to their boats and the West Australian filled away on her voyage.
On February 3 she was off the Cane in 44° 30' S., with strong westerly gales, and then commenced a good run to the eastward, until passing the Crozets and nearing the longitude of Kerguelen's Land there were a few days of light winds, but the same parallel was sustained till the ship was off Cape Leuwin, when a northerly course brought the vessel into contact with contrary winds. Avoid Cape was sighted on March 5, and from there strong east and south-east gales continued. On the 9th she reached in and made the land southward of Cape, Borda, and on standing off shore was, assailed by a severe cyclonic squall, which came from north-west, and instantly veered round by the east. It blew a new foretopsail away, and showered down hailstones as big as pigeons' eggs, but only lasted a very short time. Judging from Captain Andrew's description, the storm was similar to that which years ago capsized the Zenoni in the Gulf, or dismasted the ship General Blanco off Troubridge Island. The barque beat through Investigator's Straits, and worked up the Gulf until the red light at Glenelg induced the master to anchor there, and weigh again on Thursday morning. A light breeze took her to the Semaphore, where she brought up to await the afternoon's tide, when the tug towed her into harbour.

 
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
Cabin
  Andrews Mrs. n/a          
   
Second Cabin - Families
  Ellis Thomas George 63 Miner 467/2   Madron, Cornwall  
    Mary (Greene) 56          
    Ellen Sophia 21          
                 
  Lawson Alfred Antony 30   - B? Bromley, Kent  
    Eliza Amelia (Strickland) 35          
    Charles Henry 6          
    Charlotte Maud 3          
    Frederick William 2          
    Mary inf?          
                 
 
Names Age Occupation B-index BMD Residence Remarks
  Last Given
Single Men
  Bullen W.     -   England  
  Docking John     410/2   England  
  Easterbrook Edward     -   England  
  Edwards James     -   England  
  Elsdon John     -   England  
  Harvey John     -   England  
  Oates James     -   England  
  Tangye Edwin Jeffree 25   1574/2   Redruth, Cornwall  
  Williams Alfred     -   England  
  Williams John     -   England  
 

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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