The last fortnight was passed by the Beach Rangers in utter inactivity, except the concluding days and nights of the week, when the ships arrived in rapid succession, and there were very short intervals of respite. First a fleet of colliers demanded attention, then the Coonatto, Jessie Isabel, and other English ships succeeding gave the Port and anchorage an animated appearance.
The British Lion was seen on Saturday morning, and from her size and spread of canvas was easily recognised, though many miles distant down the Gulf. Having received a pilot on board, she at once squared away for the anchorage, where she brought up and furled sails, on the 94th day from Plymouth. She is in command of Lieutenant T. P. Reed, of the Royal Naval Reserve, who had the honour of being first of his grade to hoist the blue ensign in South Australia. The Surgeon Superintendent is Dr. Mayne, J.P., of the Burra Burra, who, it will be remembered, proceeded to Europe some time back on sick leave, and has now returned with pleasure to resume the duties at the mine. The ship is an American built craft, of large tonnage and ample accommodation, having 5,865 superficial feet set apart for the immigrants, a fine roomy full poop, and capital height between decks. In fittings there are no especial peculiarities to describe. The distiller, bakery, galley, and Edmund's ventilator have done duty as well as could be wished, though at the offset a gale of wind occurred, and a sea knocked away the central cowl of the latter, so that its utility has not been fairly tested. Dr. Mayne's opinion of it is not very favourable. He considers the disadvantages arising from reduced space and other inconveniences attending are against its general introduction, and in this opinion several Superintendents have coincided. There can be no doubt that some trouble has been taken in selecting this batch of people, if the descriptive column of the passenger list is correct, for there appears quite a miniature colony in itself, as far as useful labour is concerned.
There are 81 labourers, 52 farm labourers, and 68 domestic servants —the latter being the greater proportion of the single females of whose conduct a tolerably favourable report is made. Then follow several who are the only representatives of the following occupations:— Copper miner, grocer, schoolmaster and mistress, female farm servant, engineer, milliner, bootmaker, tindresser, painter, tailor, cabinetmaker, confectioner, dressmaker, matron, quarryman, housemaid, nurse-1 maid, gunmaker, iron founder, and, as if to carry out the modern English rule, a policeman is also on the roll-call.
In addition, there are 2 grooms, 2 dairymaids, 3 drapers, 3 bakers, 3 housekeepers, 4 sawyers, 4 masons, 4 shepherds, 4 cooks, 6 shoemakers, 6 gardeners, 8 carpenters, and 10 ploughmen.
The sanitary state of the ship was highly satisfactory throughout the passage ; indeed, no serious case of sickness occurred. The deaths of three juveniles from being indelicate health on embarkation reduced the population, but two births increased it to within one of the original total it is not possible for the vessel to proceed into harbor till next springtides. Subjoined are the names of the immigrants:—
English —James, Janet, John, and Sarah Armstrong, Robert Arnell, Charles Baxter, John, and Mary Benny, Mark, Sarah, Richard, and Grace Berry, Walter Billy, John Blight, John Bishop, Elizabeth Bowney, John and Mary A. Brownsea, Henry Bryan, Frank Carpenter, Rose Colsall, Mary Colsall, Joseph Cook, William Cooper, Sarah Cornelius, Francis, Mary, James, Philip, Thomas, and Samuel Cornelius, Mary, Jane, and Sarah Crookenden, David, Ann, Ann, and John Davies, William Doney, Richard and Johanna Eddy, John, Thomas, and Philip Eddy, James Fawk, Thomas Finch, Richard, Leah, and Ellen Finch, William Forsyth, Catherine Francis, Robert French, William, Jeannette, Ann, and Thomas Glover, Joseph Goodall, William, Sarah, Elizabeth, and Alice Goodwin, David Griff, Wm Hawke, Chas. Hibbard, Jonas, Margaret, and Louisa Hocking, James Hogg, Jacob Hosken, Jose Hutchings, William Jeal, Mary Key, William King, Peter King, Mary Knight, William and Anne Langdon, Charles Lea, Samuel Lee, Adolphus, Anne, Adolphus, Thomas, and Ada M. Le Mesurier, Edward Lewis, Susan Little, George Lovejoy, Samuel Maddocks, Elizabeth, Amelia, Mary, John, Eliza, Thomas, William, and Frederick Matthews, Samuel Maw, William Meek, William, Mary A., Mary A., Eliza, and John Midwinter, Caroline Mitchell, John, Margaret, Ann, John, Thomas, and Margaret Murphy, Elizabeth Nicholson, George and Jane Nottle, William Partridge, Charles and Louis Perry, Henry, Susan, and William Perry, James Pickatt, Harriet Pithouse, Rosa Phillips, Emma Price, John Purvis, James and Elizabeth Randall, Lucy and Blanche Reading, Thomas Reading, Job Reeves, William Kitchen, Peggy Roberts, Catherine Rowe, Josiah, Jane, and Walter Sayer, John Selman, George Sissons, James Smith, William Sollis, Charles Sowden, Sam Speed, Ann Squires, Jane, Mary A., Jane, William, and John Stanton, Mary Stephens, Jane Stephens, Peter Stevens, James and Michael Stolbry, Michael Sullivan, William Sullivan, Robert Surinam, Miss Jemima Swaby, William Tanner, Helena Taylor, Josh., Harriet, Thomas, Alfred, Harriet, Eleanor, and Louisa Thatcher, William Thomas, Elizabeth Toomee, Peter and Margaret Trewin, Sam Tucker, James, Sarah, and William Vickery, William, Eliza, and George Waite, Locking Waltam, Eugene Warner, John Walking, Elizabeth Wearne, Joseph Webb, Sam. Whitworth, Peter Williams, Samuel and John Williams, Fred. Wilson, Richard Wood, John Yates.
Scotch — Isabella Anderson, Donald and George Anderson, Agnes Binnie, George Coutts, Henry Denoon, Janet Duff, William, Ann, Johann, Christina, and James Faulds, George and William Ferguson, Isabella Ferrier, Donald and Finlay Fraser, Henry Garden, James Gibson, Jessie Graham, Charles and Alexander Grant, Anne Gray, Marian Gunn, Margaret Henderson, Thomas, Mary, and Peter Hill, Alexander Bell, Christina and William Kennedy, James Knox, Alexander Leslie, Alexander Lobban, William, Elizabeth, and Mary Lyon, Alexandrina Malcolm, William Mahon, Willian Melville, Mary McArthur, Mary McCulloch, George McCullock, Helen Donald, and Ann McDonald, James, Margaret, and Mary McGavish, Alexander McGregor, John Mclntyre, John Mclntyre, Margaret McLennan, James McLeod, Christina McLeod, Neil McNaughton, Helen McQuade, Neil McQuarry, James, Sarah, John, and James McTavish, Donald McVarith, William Milne, John Mitchell, James Ready, Alexander Riddoch, Angus Ross, David, Elizabeth, John, and William Russell, Peter Sinclair, Matthew and Thomas Smith, Michael, Ellen, Isaac, Michael, and Elizabeth Smith, Christina Stephens, Mary Stephens, Duncan and Ellen Stewart, James Sutherland, Thomas Taylor, Thomas Turnem, James, Mary, Robert, and Alexander Wallace, James, Margaret, Helen, and Sarah Watson, Rosina Wilson.
Irish — Mary Black, Pat, Maria, Michael, and Dennis Bowes, James Bowes, Johanna Brazily, Michael Brooks, Thomas Burns, Henry Burns, Pat Byrk, Margaret Byrk, Margaret Clarke, Michael Clarke, Pat Condon, Hannah Condon, Catherine Catherine Crowe, James, John and Pat Crowley, John Curry, Michael Dalton, Pat, Mary, John, Michael, Thomas, Margaret, and Joshua Ellard, George Ellard, Catherine Ellard, Bridget Fall, Michael Fall, Michael, Neil, and Benjamin Farrell, Catherine and Ellen Fitzpatrick, Pat Flannigan, Johanna Flannigan, Johanna Flynn, Pat and Margaret Foley, Ellen Ford, Catherine Fyans, Pat Gallety, Thomas and John Gleeson, Henry, Julia, John, and Richard Hamilton, John Hanby, Catherine Hanby, Martin Hanney, William Haugh, Johanna Hartigan, Maurice Hayes, Margaret Hayes, John Heagerty, Thomas Hogan, John Holland, Bridget Jordon, Thomas Kelliter, Lot and Thomas Kemeat, Cornelius Kennedy, John Kennedy, Honora Kenedy, Margaret Keok, Lot Malone, Nancy Maloney, Peter, Alice, Rose, Thomas, Elizabeth, John, and Catherine Martin, James McCann, Tim McCarthy, Thomas and Denis McCraik, Margaret McCraik, Bridget and Mary McKeough, Mick McKeough, Mary McMahon, Bridget McMahon, Catherine McNamara, Michael McNamara, Maurice Moore, Michael Moran, William, Margaret, Michael, and Win. Newton, Mary Nolan, Pat and Timothy Nolan, Bridget, John, Margt and Mary O'Brien, Thomas O'Brien, Thomas O'Dea, Martin O'Dee, Pat, Winifred, John, Michael, and Bridget O'Dea, Mary O'Leary, Michael O'Malley, Michael O'Neil, William, Margaret, Mary, and Win. Palmer, Thomas and James Palmer, Margaret Purtell, Bridget and Mary Reidy, Honora Roach, Bridget Shanahan, Thomas Shanahan, Bridget Scanlan, Bridget Scanlan, E. Scanlan, Michael Scanlan, William Sheedy, Edward Smith, Matthew Smith, John Smyth, Thomas Stevens, Alexander Taylor, Matthew Vaughan, Martin Walsh, John, John, and Joshua Waters, and Mary Waters.