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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

ship William Prowse, 602 tons, Captain Williams, from Plymouth 25th May 1854, arrived at Port Adelaide, South Australia 19th August 1854

South Australian Register Monday 21st August 1854
Saturday, August 19th :- the ship William Prowse, 602 tons, Williams, Master, from Plymouth May 25th 1854.
18th ship from England to S.A. with government passengers for 1854 ; 2 births and 3 deaths on the passage ; C. French Esq., surgeon-superintendent.
ship William Prowse

The above named emigrant ship arrived on Saturday (April 19) after smart passage, the distance from Plymouth to Kangaroo Island having been accomplished in 79 days. The emigrants 268 in number (entirely English and chiefly miners), arrived in excellent health and high spirits. They are loud in their praises of Captain Williams and C.French Esq., Surgeon Superintendent and the good feeling seems to be reciprocal ; for both gentlemen speak of the emigrants in strong commendation , elicted by their orderly behaviour and general propriety of conduct during the voyage. Two births have occurred and three deaths, namely a female adult who was suffering from internal inflammation, an other who died from consumption, and a infant.
The Following is the official classification:-
Married couples 80 = 160
Single Men, 7
Single Women, 38
Male children above 1 and under 14 years of age 22
Female children above 1 and under 14 years of age 32
Male children under 1 year, 5
Female children under 1 year, 5
Births, 2 total = 271 Deaths, 3 Total Arrived = 263

Fifteen cases of measles and Numerous cases of dysentery among the children are mentioned by the Surgeon-Superintendent; and the circumstance that only one death occurred among the children must be deemed presumptive evidence of the professional skill and attention.

 
The Government emigrant ship William Prowse has made a good passage, having left Plymouth May 25th. Although bringing 265 emigrants, she has no cargo for South Australia. Her cargo consists entirely of rails and chairs for the madras Railway Company. She will therefore sail for Madras as soon as she has landed her emigrants.
 
Four seamen, from whom the handcuffs had been slipped when about to take a boat under the guidance of their captain for the William Prowse, lying at the lightship, fled from him, and, though the police and captain gave chase, two succeeded in outrunning them. The two who were captured, were at once taken on board, and their more nimble mates are now free colonists, the captain having renounced all further claim to them rather than incur any delay in port.— Adelaide Times, September 11th.
 
Arrived on the 19th August, after a passage of eighty seven days, bringing to the province 268 souls. This vessel came out in very excellent order, and the Surgeon-Superintendent performed his duty most efficiently.
A new system of berthing the people was adopted in this ship, which seems to me most excellent, and which the Surgeon-Superintendent found to be practically very useful. The berths were arranged round the ships of the ship as in the old system, but the half of each berth is movable upon a hinge so as to allow a clear space during the day between the berths and the sides of the ship, when the one half is fastened up. This enables the port holes to be opened at all hours of the day, so that both light and ventilation are obtained, while the whole space in the centre of the between decks is available, as in the old system. I highly approve of this system, especially in ships of small size ; for, in such ships, the system of berthing amidships is attended by the discomfort of dividing the space allotted to the tables and messing into two compartments, which, except in very large ships, is decidedly inconvenient.
There was, in the William Prowse a want of sufficient strength about the hinges, which were fastened with nails instead of screws, and the wood to which they were fixed was not sufficiently strong ; but this is a mere matter of detail. The Surgeon-Superintendent recommends that, in future emigrant ships, the poop should be divided off; one half being set apart and divided into hospital, bathroom, bread room and store-room ; the door of the latter to open on the main deck. He recommends this to obviate the necessity of serving out the provisions between decks, which, he says, causes great confusion, and interferes with the cleaning of the ship on the days set apart for that purpose. The emigrants by this vessel were of a very eligible class and found ready employment.
 
The South Australian Government Gazette 1866 p. 86
Name Age Date of Death Cause of Death Where buried
Brett, Mercy 24 July 02 Diarrhoea at sea
Wherman, Jane
(Whenam)
28 July 16 Gangrene at sea
Glanville, Richard inf July 22 Diarrhoea at sea

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 Birthplace Remarks
Last Given
Families
Allen John 38 Miner 18/1 Illogan, Cornwall  
  Mariann 36        
  Lavinia 16 Tailoress     with parents | born abt. 1841 ?
  Eliza 15 Tailoress     with parents | born abt. 1842 ?
  John 12       born abt. 1838 ?
  Emmalia / Emblye (f) 11        
  William 6        
Andrew James 30 Labourer 29/2 Middlesex  
  Elizabeth 29        
Andrew John 24 Miner 29/2 Cornwall  
  Susannah 24        
  Peter 2        
  Richard inf        
Andrew William 27 Miner 29/3 Cornwall  
  Catherine (Collins) 22        
Ashfield Andrew 32 Carpenter 40/3 Tyrone  
  Anne 25        
Bartley Jeremiah 22 Miner 87/3 Cornwall  
  Caroline 23        
  William 1        
Beard Henry 22 Miner - Cornwall  
  Mary 21        
  William inf        
Beard Joseph 23 Miner - Cornwall  
  Eliza 19        
Bennett John 21 Miner 112/1 Cornwall  
  Elizabeth (Worth) 20        
  William inf        
Bennetts Thomas 25 Labourer 114/1 Middlesex  
  Ann 22        
Best Thomas 30 Carpenter 120/3 Cornwall  
  Mary Ann 28        
  Mary 7        
  Ann 4        
  Thomas 2        
Borrell William 39 Mason 146/2 Cornwall  
  Elizabeth 35        
  Elizabeth 18 Servant     with parents
  Mary 12        
  Anne 9        
  Charlotte 6        
  Ricahard 4        
Boundy William 26 Miner 151/2 Cornwall  
  Grace (Treverton) 21        
Brett George 36 Labourer 172/1 Dorset  
  Mercy 24       died at sea, July 02
Came James 38 Labourer 240/1 Cornwall  
  Hannah 40        
Chant Henry 28 Carpenter 257/3 Malborough, Devon  
  Susan (Vincent / Wakeman) 25        
  Emma 1        
Cock Henry 23 Labourer 290/2 Middlesex  
  Jane 19        
Collins William 23 Miner 302/1 Cornwall  
  Nancy 21        
Crago Thomas 23 Miner 336/3 Cornwall  
  Eliza 18        
Creber John 31 Miner 340/3 Devon  
  Mary (Foot) 25        
  Emma inf        
Daw / Dawe John 19 Labourer 385/1 Cornwall  
  Grace B. 20        
Daw / Dawe Peter 20 Miner 385/2 Cornwall  
  Margaret 19        
Dunstan John 21 Miner 442/2 Cornwall  
  Nancy 22        
Dunstone Edward 36 Miner 443/1 Cornwall  
  Esther 27        
  John 5        
Farrow William 34 Miner 487/2 Menheniot, Cornwall  
  Ann 33        
  Thursea J. (f) 5        
  Mary inf        
Faull Thomas 26 Miner 488/2 Cornwall  
  Eliza 23        
  Alice inf        
Fisher William 39 Tailor 503/2 Devon  
  Mary 42        
  John 14        
  Elizabeth 13        
  Edwin 12        
  Harriet 11        
Glanville Richard 35 Miner 575/1 Cornwall  
  Mary (Jewell) 25        
  Mary 2        
  Richard inf       died at sea, July 22
Gooding William 32 Gardener 590/1 Gloucester  
  Ann 35        
Harris Thomas 36 Carpenter 680/2 Cornwall  
  Elizabeth 38        
  Mary Jane 12        
  Elizabeth 9        
  Samuel 1        
Holl James 40 Carpenter 763/2 Glamorgan  
  Susannah 40        
Jenkyn Thomas 22 Miner 839/3 Cornwall  
  Elizabeth 26        
Jewell John 32 Miner 842/2 Cornwall  
  Elizabeth 25        
Jewell Solomon 21 Miner 842/3 Cornwall  
  Lavinia 22        
Jewell William 22 Miner 842/3 Cornwall  
  Ann 22        
  Elizabeth inf       died at sea
Julian Henry Richard 22 Miner 869/3 Cornwall  
  Elizabeth 23        
Keen William 26 Blacksmith 881/3 Cornwall  
  Susan 20        
Kellaway William 28 Miner 883/3 Devon  
  Keziah (Gary) 23        
Knapman James 28 Carpenter 925/2 Devon  
  Ann 23        
  Mary 4        
  John 1        
Lancaster Mark 28 Labourer - Somerset  
  Elizabeth 22        
  Mark 2        
Liggett Joseph 45 Labourer 972/3 Tyrone  
  Ann 47        
  Martha 19 Servant     with parents
  Margaret 19 Domestic Servant     with parents
  Ann 17 Dressmaker     with parents
  Mary 15 Domestic Servant     with parents
  Elizabeth 13        
  Catherine 10        
  Sarah 7        
Miller George 27 Labourer - Dorset  
  Sarah 25        
Munday Peter 30 Labourer 1150/2 Cornwall  
  Eleanor 23        
Nicholls Luke 20 Miner 1182/3 Cornwall  
  Phillippa 24        
Oliver Sampson 20 Miner - Cornwall  
  Jennifer 19        
  Mary inf        
Oppy Francis 24 Miner 1221/1 Cornwall  
  Ann 23        
Osborne Thomas 24 Mason 1223/1 Somerset  
  Mary 22        
Pascoe William Henry 29 Miner 1245/2 Cornwall  
  Jane 24        
Pearce Henry 35 Labourer 1255/3 Devon Pearse / Cornwall ?
  Elizabeth 39        
  Mary Jane 10        
  Elizabeth 10       — ? —
Pearse Richard 38 Carpenter 1258/2 Devon  
  Jane 35        
  Matilda 15        
  Jane 11        
Perry Elisha 30 Miner 1270/1 Cornwall  
  Christiana 29        
Peters William 20 Labourer 1273/3 Cornwall  
  Florence 24        
Phillips John 37 Miner 1279/2 Cornwall  
  Mary (Dunstan) 33        
  John 7        
Potter John 27 Miner 1302/2 Cornwall  
  Mary 24        
Renfry Samuel 24 Miner - Cornwall  
  Elizabeth 21        
  Samuel 3        
  Blanche 1        
Reynolds Richard 23 Miner - Cornwall  
  Mary 18        
Richards Samuel 36 Miner 1350/3 Cornwall  
  Mary 35        
  Samuel 11        
  Mary 9        
  Hannah 7        
  Jane 3        
Richards William 29 Miner 1351/1 Cornwall  
  Eliza 24        
  Eliza 1        
Rogers Francis 25 Miner 1377/3 Cornwall  
  Ann 26        
Roscow Richard 28 Miner 1385/1 Cornwall  
  Abigail 24        
Rowe Charles 22 Miner 1393/2 Cornwall  
  Ann (Hodge) 19        
Sampson Richard 29 Miner 1420/2 Cornwall  
  Amelia 25        
Sheppard Thomas Carpenter 21 Baker 1478/3 Middlesex  
  Lydia 24        
Sleep Edward 27 Miner 1498/3 Cornwall  
  Charlotte 23        
Smith Richard 23 Miner 1509/1 Cornwall  
  Prudence 24        
  George 1        
Stephens Hugh 26 Miner 1542/3 St. Cleer, Cornwall  
  Magery (Pascoe) 36        
Hocking Eliza 12       Magery's daughter
Stephens John (Tressider) 48 Labourer 1543/3 Wendron, Cornwall  
  Ipsa (Mitchell) 47        
  Jane 26 Domestic Servant     with parents
  Ipsa (f) 19 Domestic Servant     with parents
  Henry 17 Labourer     with parents
Tregay Edwin 21 Miner - Cornwall  
  Elizabeth 19        
Tink William 39 Blacksmith - Maker, Cornwall  
  Jane 32        
  Louisa Ann 10        
  Milbah Maria 8        
  Mary 6        
  William Howe (?) 3        
Treglohan John 27 Carpenter - Cornwall  
  Jane 23        
  Ellen inf        
Truscott William 23 Miner - Cornwall  
  Jane 21        
Ward Roger 28 Labourer - Dorset  
  Jane 25        
Webber William 39 Brickmaker - Somerset  
  Maria 38        
  Clara 6        
Webster James 36 Labourer - Cornwall  
  Mary 32        
Whenam Edwin 28 Miner - Camborne, Cornwall age 29 in 1851 census
  Jane 28       died at sea, July 16
  Susan 4        
  James 1        
White William 41 Labourer - Cornwall  
  Elizabeth 35        
  William 11        
  Elizabeth 10        
Will / Wills Thomas 23 Labourer - Devon  
  Jane 18        
Williams John 41 Miner 1718/1 Cornwall  
  Grace 39        
  Thomas 16 Miner     with parents
  Christopher 14 Miner     with parents
  Elizabeth 12        
  Ralph 9        
  James 4        
  John 2        
Williams John 22 Carpenter 1718/2 Glamorgan  
  Mary James (?) 21        
  James inf        
Windsor John 25 Labourer - Gloucester  
  Henrietta 26        
  James 1        
 
Names Age Occupation B-index Birthplace Remarks
Last Given
Single Men
Phillips John 23 Miner 1279/2 Cornwall  
Williams John 20 Miner 1718/2 Cornwall  
Weymouth Samuel 19 Tailor - Devon  
 
Single Women
Sheppard Mrs. Mary 45 Matron 1478/2 Middlesex  
Bawden Elizabeth 18 Servant   Cornwall  
Boundy Sarah 21 Dressmaker   Cornwall  
Carpenter Ellen 20 Servant   Cornwall  
Davy Jane 19 Servant   Cornwall  
Dean / Lean Caroline 21 Servant   Cornwall  
Ellis Elizabeth 20 Servant   Cornwall  
George Jane 19 Servant   Cornwall  
Giles Margaret 19 Servant   Cornwall  
Hosking Thomasina 25 Servant   Cornwall  
Howell Hannah 20 Servant   Cornwall  
Jacka Catherine 21 Servant   Cornwall  
James Martha 20 Servant   Cornwall  
Lendall Jane 21 Servant   Devon  
Little Mary 28 Seamstress   Tyrone  
Mathews Elizabeth 18 Servant   Cornwall  
Mathews Jane 19 Servant   Cornwall  
Peters Elizabeth 18 Servant   Cornwall  
Phillips Elizabeth 18 Servant   Cornwall  
Power Margaret n/a Servant   Cornwall  
Retallick Elizabeth 19 Servant   Cornwall  
Robin Jane 18 Servant   Cornwall  
Simmonds / Simmons Mary 21 Servant   Cornwall  
Smith Elizabeth 19 Servant   Cornwall  
Stephen Mary 45 Servant   Cornwall did not sail ?
Stevens Elizabeth 22 Servant   Cornwall  
Tomlinson Ann F. 21 Servant   Gloucester  
Walter Mary 17 Servant   Devon  
Wilson Jane 20 Servant   Tyrone  

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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