South Australian Passenger Lists

Early 19th century shipping arrivals and immigration

Passenger lists for 1,320 ship voyages with 32,000 emigrant families arriving in SA (usually Port Adelaide) from Germany (Prussia) up to 1854, UK & Ireland to 1850 and other ports to 1847

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Sources

  1. E A D Opie, South Australian Records prior to 1841, Adelaide, 1917
  2. Register of Emigrant Labourers Applying for a Free Passage to South Australia 1836-41, PRO CO 386/149-151
  3. R Parsons, Migrant Ships for South Australia 1836-66, Gould Books, 1999
  4. South Australian Birth Registration Certificates Index 1842-1928, Genealogy SA, 2012
  5. Cemetery and other memorial inscriptions, 5b burial registers
  6. Newspapers - shipping intelligence, imports, obituaries, etc
  7. Biographical Index of South Australians 1836-1885, SAGHS, 1986
  8. South Australians 1836-1885, SAGHS, 1990
  9. R T Sexton, Shipping Arrivals and Departures South Australia 1627-1850, Gould Books, 1990
  10. South Australian Death Registration Certificates Index 1842-1972, Genealogy SA, 2012
  11. H J Finnis, Before the 'Buffalo', Pioneers Association of SA, 1964
  12. Family and local histories, 12i internet, 12b family bible, 12d diary & family papers, 12o family oral
  13. Miscellaneous Passenger Lists, South Australian Archives, GRG56/68/52 (fmly A1174)
  14. SA Literary Association minutes (correspondence), SA Archives, A31
  15. Schedule of Labourers Wage Advances, SAA, GRG48 (A680)
  16. Early German Origins, SA Archives, RN 11
  17. A Lodewyckx, Die Deutschen in Australien, Stuttgart, 1932
  18. Celebration of the Jubilee Year of South Australia (1886) & other composite photographs, Old Colonists Association, 1887
  19. Miscellaneous Passenger Lists, SAA, GRG35/202/2 (A608)
  20. South Australian Marriage Registration Certificates Index 1842-1937, Genealogy SA, 2012
  21. Manifests of Vessels Arriving from Overseas 1838-42, SAA, GRG41/8 (A743)
  22. Adelaide Hospital Admission Register, SAA, GRG78/49
  23. 1841 South Australia Census Returns, SAA, GRG24/13
  24. South Australian Government Gazette
  25. Australian Dictionary of Biography, Melbourne, 2006
  26. Barry Leadbeater, South Australia Marriages 1836-56, Adelaide, 2005-2014
  27. Royal South Australian Almanack for 1839, Adelaide
  28. Royal South Australian Almanack for 1840, Adelaide
  29. Return of sick and destitute emigrants receiving relief 1840, SAA, GRG24/1
  30. Official passenger lists mainly of immigrants arriving in SA under UK assisted passage 1845-86, SAA, GRG35/48A (A313)
  31. Official lists of passengers arriving in SA from overseas 1888-1940, SAA, GRG41/34 (A764)
  32. L J Ewens, The Little Ships of the Pioneer Years 1836-45, PASA, 1952
  33. Register of cases of destitution, SAA, GRG28/4
  34. Wilhelm Iwan, Because of their beliefs, D Schubert (Ed), Adelaide, 1995
  35. David Schubert, Kavel's People, Lutheran Publishing, Adelaide, 1985
  36. Maureen M Leadbeater, Naturalizations in South Australia 1839-1903, Adelaide, 2008-2011
  37. Dictionary of Australian Artists Online, Australia, 2007
  38. Index to Departures 1817-67, Archives Office of Tasmania
  39. Eric Kopittke, Emigrants from Hamburg to Australia 1850-77, Queensland Family History Society, 1991
  40. Destitute Asylum Admission Register, SAA, GRG28
  41. B Leadbeater, South Australia Births 1836-54, Adelaide, 2010-2014
  42. Colonial Tasmanian Family Links, Archives Office of Tas
  43. Parliamentary Papers of South Australia, Probates and letters of administration 1844-68, Adelaide, No135/1871
  44. Miscellaneous shipping records including manifests, SAA, GRG35/301 & 302
  45. FamilySearch, LDS, 2008-2014
  46. B Leadbeater, South Australia Deaths 1836-55, Adelaide, 2007-2014
  47. M M Leadbeater, Whalers in South Australia's early days, Adelaide, 2007

Notes

  1. The sources of passenger lists for this early period are extremely inconsistent - the variations which could not be resolved are included, those in brackets considered less likely. A name in brackets with a question mark is a suggested possibility only, which needs further investigation by the user prior to acceptance or rejection. Please advise us of any errors or omissions, giving the sources of your information so that we can verify your claim and update the database.
  2. Only a few original passenger lists survive, so it has been necessary to use other sources. Even these original lists are only as accurate as the literacy of the recorder and passengers supplying their details allowed. The ship manifests are even less accurate because they are transcriptions of the original lists onto the cargo manifests. Similarly, the newspaper listings are transcriptions. The applications for a free passage suffer from the same problems as the original passenger lists. Then there is the difficulty of reading the old handwriting, which sometimes introduces further errors. Sources 1, 6 and 7 are quite unreliable, but have not been excluded because at times they are the only sources of the information. In addition, 4, 7 and 8 often provide given names and maiden names not found elsewhere. For more information, see the article on the accuracy of family history sources.
  3. Where feasible, all accompanying offspring including adults are given in each family, unless married. These are listed separately with their own families. Children are listed in chronological order of birth if known.
  4. Many of the ships returned to South Australia multiple times with passengers. In several cases there was more than one ship with the same name.
  5. The ships in this database bringing passengers to South Australia are:—
    1. Abberton 1846, 48, 49, 50; Abeona 1837-45; Abercrombie 1839; Aboukir 1847; Adelaide 1839-47; Aden 1849; Africaine 1836-38; Agenoria 1839, 40; Agincourt 1850; Agnes & Elizabeth 1841; Albatross 1850; Alcmena 1841; Alexandrina 1841; Alfred 1848, 50, 52; Alice Brooks 1839; HMS Alligator 1838; Alma 1839; Alpha 1839, 1842-49; Amelia 1841; Amity Hall 1850; Andromache 1850; Angelina 1847; Anna 1849; Anna Maria 1849, 50; Anna Robertson 1839; Ann Smith 1849; Antares 1847; Antilla 1847; Apolline 1840; Appleton 1847, 48, 49; Arab 1843; Arabian 1850; Ariadne 1839; Ariel 1847; Ascendant 1849; Asia 1839, 50; Asiatic 1849; Athenian 1849; Augusta 1849; Auguste & Meline 1849; Augustus 1840-47; Australia 1849-50;
    2. Baboo 1840, 48; Bandicoot 1840, 43, 47; Bardaster 1839; HMS Beagle 1842; Benares 1841; Bencoolen 1838; Bengal 1850; Bengalee 1838; Benjamin Elkin 1849, 50; Berenice 1847; Bernicia 1850; Bintang (Bing Tang Ting) 1844; Birman 1840; Black Joke 1838-39; Blanche 1842; Bleng 1844, 47; Bolivar 1850; Bolton 1848, 49; Bountiful 1849; Boyne 1850; Branken Moor (Brankenmore) 1840-46; Brazil Packet 1839-40; Brechin Castle 1846; Brightman 1840, 50; Britannia 1838, 46, 49; British Empire 1850; British Sovereign 1847, 50; Britomart 1845; Broadaxe 1850; Brothers 1850; Brougham 1838; Buckinghamshire 1839; HMS Buffalo 1836; Bussorah Merchant 1848;
    3. Cacique 1846, 47; Caesar Godeffroy 1854; Calcutta 1849; Caleb Angas 1840, 42; Caledonia 1840; Calphurnia 1849; Camilla 1849; Camoena 1843; Candahar 1849, 50; Canton 1838, 46; Captain Cook 1848; Caroline 1839, 49; Caroline Agnes 1850; Catharina 1839; Catherine Jamieson 1838; Cecilia 1849; Ceres 1850; Ceylon 1850; Challenger 1840-42; Champion 1845-47; Charles 1840, 41; Charles Kerr 1840; Charlotte 1839; Cheapside 1849; Cheerful 1846; Childe Harold 1849; China 1847; Christiana 1841; Christina 1839, 40, 41; City of Adelaide 1839, 40, 41; City of London 1840; Cleveland 1839, 46; Clydeside 1841; Comet 1840; Commodore 1847; Competitor 1846-49; Condor 1850; Constance 1848, 49, 50; Constant 1849; Coquette 1844, 46; Coromandel 1837, 49, 50; Corsair 1841, 43; Countess of Durham 1841, 42; Countess of Yarborough 1850; Courier 1840, 53; Cressy 1847; Cromwell 1849; Culdee 1840; Cygnet 1836-47;
    4. D'Auvergne 1839; Daniel Wheeler 1841; Daphne 1841; Dart 1838; Dauntless 1840; David 1838, 40; David Malcolm 1847, 48, 49; Davidsons 1843; David Witton 1838, 39; Dawsons 1839; Deborah 1844; Delhi 1839; Delta 1850; Derwent 1849; Devon 1841; Diadem 1840; Dockenhuden 1849-53; Domain 1844; Dorothy 1849; Dorset 1839-47; Douglas 1850; Duchess of Clarence 1849; Duchess of Northumberland 1839, 47; Duke of Bedford 1848; Duke of Bronte 1849; Duke of Portland 1850; Duke of Richmond 1846; Duke of Roxburghe 1838; Duke of Sussex 1841; Duke of Wellington 1849; Duke of York 1836; Dumfries 1839; Duncan 1849; Dusty Miller 1842;
    5. Eagle 1838-39; Eamont 1840; Eden 1838; Edina 1841; Elgin 1849; Eliza 1840-49; Elizabeth 1838-49; Elizabeth Buckham 1843; Elizabeth Jane 1847; Elizabeth Lloyd 1840, 46; Elizabeth Thompson 1847; Eliza Frances 1850; Elphinstone 1845; Emerald Isle 1838; Emily 1847, 49; Emma 1836-47; Emma Eugenia 1838; Emma Sherratt 1846; Emmy 1850; Empress 1847; Emu 1846, 49; Enmore 1846, 48; Enterprise 1840; Essex 1840; Ettrick 1845; Eudora 1837-41; Exporter 1839;
    6. Fairfield 1839, 40; Fairlie 1840; Falco 1845; Fama 1841; Fanny 1838; Fatima 1850; Flibberty 1847; Florentia 1849; Forfarshire 1848; Fortfield 1842; Fortitude 1842; Foster Fyans 1846; Fox 1839-42; Frances 1840; Francis Ridley 1850; Francis Spaight 1843; Freak 1839; Frederick Huth 1841, 42;
    7. Ganges 1839; Garland Grove 1849; Gellert 1847; Gem 1837, 38; George Washington 1844, 46, 49; Georgiana 1839; Ghika 1846; G H Wappaus 1849; Gipsy 1842; Gipsy Queen 1850; Glenalvon 1838; Glenarm 1842; Glenelg 1849; Glen Huntley 1849; Glenswilly 1839; Godeffroy 1849; Goshawk 1838; Governor Gawler 1843-45; Grasbrook (Grassbrook, Graasbroek, Grassbroek) 1853; Gratitude 1848, 49; Grecian 1849, 50; Guiana 1840-46; Guillarden 1838; Gunga 1840-49;
    8. Hamilton 1840; Harpley 1848, 49; Harry Lorrequer 1849; Hartley 1837, 38; Harvest Home 1840; Hawk 1841-47; Heerjeebhoy Rustomjee Patel 1845, 46; Helene (Helena) 1851, 54; Helen Thompson 1840; Heloise 1847; Henrietta 1849; Henry 1833-47; Henry Freeling 1838-39; Henry Fulcher 1842; Henry Hoyle 1841; Henry Porcher 1838; Herder 1851; Hermann von Beckerath 1847; Hero 1839-46; Herrmann (Hermann) 1853; Hetty 1838; Himalaya 1846, 49; Hind 1837; Hindoo 1848; Hooghly 1839-48; Hope 1838; Hydaspes 1849, 50;
    9. Imaum of Muscat 1843; Inconstant 1849; Indarra 1913; India 1840; Indian 1849; Indus 1839, 40; Industry 1837-40; Iona 1842; Isabella 1837-42; Isabella Hercus 1849; Isabella Watson 1845, 46; Iserbrook 1854; Ituna 1840;
    10. James Gibb 1850; James Holmes 1839; James Turcan 1841; Jane 1850; Jane & Emma 1840, 45; Jane Frances 1847; Jane Geary 1845; Jane Morrison 1850; Java 1840; Jean Henri 1840; Jenny Jones 1849; Jenny Lind 1850; Johanna Catharina (Jeanna Catherina) 1850; John 1840, 46; John Bartlett 1847, 48, 49; John Cooper 1841; John Dunscombe 1838-39; John Heyes 1844, John Mitchell 1849; John Munn 1849; John Panter 1847; John Pirie 1836-44; John Renwick 1837; John R Moller 1854; John Woodhall 1849; Joseph Albino 1843-47; Joseph Cripps 1844-47; Joseph Somes 1850; Joshua Carroll 1840; Julia 1845-46; Julia Percy 1847; Julindur 1850; Juno 1847; Justina/Justitia 1838; Justine 1839; J W A Lorentzen 1854;
    11. Kallibokka 1847; Kate 1839; Katherine Stewart Forbes 1837, 38, 39, 50; King Henry 1841-43; Kingston 1846, 47;
    12. L'Heroine 1842; La Belle Alliance 1847; Lady Bruce 1846; Lady Bute 1839; Lady Clarke 1849; Lady Emma 1837-41, Lady Fitzherbert 1842; Lady Lilford 1839; Lady Mary Pelham 1836, 38, 39; Lady MacNaghten (Lady McNaughton) 1847, 50; Lady of the Lake 1838; Lady Wellington 1838; Lalla Rookh 1840; Lapwing 1850; Leontine 1848, 50; Lightning 1845-47; Lindsays 1839; Lively 1840-41; Livonia 1850; Lloyds 1838; London 1841, 45; Look-in 1839; Lord Ashburton 1850; Lord Glenelg 1841; Lord Goderich 1838; Lord Hobart 1838-39; Lord Sidmouth 1840; Lord Stanley 1850; Louisa 1839, 40; Louisa Baillie 1849; Louise 1849; Lowestoft 1838-39; Lucy 1850; Lulworth (Lullworth) 1839; Lynher 1847; Lysander 139, 40, 50;
    13. Macedon 1849; Madawaska 1849; Madras 1843; Maid of Auckland 1850; Malcolm 1846; Margaret 1845-46; Maria 1840; Maria Charlotte 1850; Marine Plant 1850; Mariner 1847; Marion 1849; Martha 1839; Martin Luther 1840; Mary 1840-45; Mary & Jane 1837; Mary Ann 1849, 50; Mary Clarke 1849; Mary Dugdale 1840; Mary Harrison 1852; Mary Mallaby 1839; Mary Ridgway 1839, 40; Mary White 1844, 46; Marys 1840-45; Mazeppa 1846-50; Medway 1846; Melrose 1840; Mercury 1845; Mercy 1849; Merope 1838; Midge 1845; Midlothian 1850; Minerva 1839-49; Mississippi (whaler) 1839; Moffatt 1839; Morley 1840; Munford 1838-40;
    14. Naiad 1840-43; Navarino 1837, 48; Nelson 1847; Nereus 1824, 25, 38; Nestor 1849, 50; New Holland 1840; Northumberland 1850;
    15. Oak 1849; Ocean (Wolga) 1849; Ocean Queen 1843; Onyx 1848, 50; Opossum 1844, 45, 46; Orator 1849; Orbona 1848; Orissa 1840, 41; Orleana 1839, 40;
    16. Pakenham 1849, 50; Palmyra 1839-46; Panama 1850; Parkfield 1839; Parland 1838; Parsee 1838; Pauline 1846, 48, 49; Paul Jones 1845; Pedlar 1844; Pero 1838; Perseverance 1838-42; Pestonjee Bomanjee 1838; Peter Proctor 1837; Phantom 1846-47; Phoebe 1845-47; Piscator 1840; Planter 1839, 40; Platina 1839; Poictiers 1848; Porter 1839-41; Posthumous 1849, 50; Premier 1843; President Smidt 1848; Pribislaw (Pribislav) 1850; Prince Albert 1844; Prince George 1838; Prince of Denmark 1842; Prince Regent 1839, 49, 51; Princess Helena 1850; Princess Louise 1849; Princess Royal 1847, 48; Providence 1849, 50; Psyche 1849;
    17. (none);
    18. Rachel 1847; Rajah 1847, 49, 50; Rajasthan 1838, 40; Rambler 1844; Ramillies 1849; Rapid 1836-40; Raven 1846-47; Rebecca Jane 1847; Recovery 1839; Regia 1838, 46, 47; Reiherstieg 1854; Resolution 1847; Resource 1839, 47; Richard & William 1846; Richardsons 1848, 50; River Chief 1847; Robert Henderson 1849; Roman Emperor 1848; Roon 1912; Rosanna (Rose Anna) 1845-46; Rosetta 1847; Royal Admiral 1838, 40; Royal Archer 1845-49; Royal George 1847, 48; Royal Mail 1841; Royal Shepherdess 1850; Royal Sovereign 1849; Royal William 1846;
    19. Sacramento 1850; St Helena 1844; Salacia 1850; Sally Ann 1839; Samuel Baker 1839; Samuel Boddington 1849, 50; San Francisco 1850; Sans Pareille 1842-47; Sanspareil 1847; Santipore 1848, 50; Sarah 1846; Sarah & Elizabeth 1837, 42; Sarepta 1849; Schah 1837; Scotia 1844, 45; Scout 1840-47; Sea Queen 1850; Senator 1849; Seppings 1839, 40; Shamrock 1840, 45, 46; Siam 1841; Sibella 1848, 50; Simlah (Simlar) 1849; Singapore 1839; Sir Charles Forbes 1839, 49; Sir Charles McCarthy 1837; Sir Edmund Head 1850; Sir Edward Parry 1849; Siren 1837-38; Sisters 1845; Sister 1847; Skerne 1839; Skjold (Skiold) 1841; Socrates 1839, 40; Solway 1837; Somersetshire 1839; Sophia 1820; Sophia Moffatt 1850; Sophie 1850, 51; South Australian 1837; Souvenir 1845, 46; Sovereign 1840; Spartan 1845, 49; Stag 1850; Statesman 1850; Stebonheath 1849, 50; Steinwaerder (Steinwarder) 1849, 53, 54; Stratheden 1850; Strathisla 1839; Success 1836, 48; Sultana 1842, 50; Superb 1839, 40; Surry (Surrey) 1838; Susannah 1849; Susanne 1851; Swan 1846; Symmetry 1844-50;
    20. Taglioni 1842-46; Tamar 1838-40; Tam O'Shanter 1836; Teazer 1845-46; Telegraph 1845; Templar 1845; Tenasserim 1847; Terror 1843; Theresa 1847; Thirteen 1840; Thistle 1834, 35; Thomas Chodwick (Chadwick) 1850; Thomas Fielden 1850; Thomas Harrison 1839; Thomas Lowry 1848; Thomson 1847; Tigress 1846-48; Timbo 1844-47, Titania 1846; Tomatin 1840; Tory 1850; Trafalgar 1847-50; Troubadour 1850; Truelove 1836-41; Truganini 1840-42; Trusty 1838; Tyrone 1841;
    21. Undaunted 1848; Union 1803-47;
    22. Vanguard 1845; Velocity 1842, 44; Venus 1846; HMS Victor 1837; Victoria 1840-48; Ville de Bordeaux 1841; Vittoria 1831; Vixen 1841, 44; Vulcan 1844;
    23. Wanderer 1846; Wandrahm 1854; G H Wappaus (Wappus) 1849; Warlock 1849; Warratah (Waratah) 1847; Warrior 1840; Water Witch 1839, 43; Waterwitch 1840-50; Waterloo 1840; Wave 1847; Welcome 1839, 42; Westminster 1848; Wilhelmina Maria 1849; William 1835-45; William Barrass 1839; William Fulcher 1842; William Hutt 1837; William Hyde 1849, 50; William Mitchell 1840; William Money 1849; William Nichol 1840, 42; William Parker 1847; William Stevenson 1850; William Watson 1849; William Wilson 1849; William Wise 1845; Will Watch 1842-47; Winchester 1838; Woden 1853; Woodbridge 1850; Wuzeer 1849;
    24. (none);
    25. Yare 1844; Young England 1850;
    26. Zealous 1848; Zebra 1838.

Acknowledgments

Grateful thanks to all those who have assisted with data entry, additions and amendments from various sources, especially arrival information from obituaries and biographies, and discrepancy resolution.

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