TheShipsList-L ArchivesArchiver > TheShipsList > 2008-09 > 1222360316
From: Sue Swiggum <>
Subject: Re: [TSL] Immigration from West Indies to Victoria,Australia in 1850's
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2008 13:31:56 -0300
Just a comment on the vessel you mention. The spelling was RIDDERKERK
rather than RITTERKERK. I checked the unassisted index and found that the
ship arrived at Melbourne In Feb. 1854 with Captain T.C. Nolte and only
nine passengers. I was puzzled that it had sailed from a (B) British port,
so I checked the Sydney shipping Gazette to see what it said . . . not too
RIDDERKERK arrived February 22nd 1854, from London.
It is conceivable that they travelled back to England before embarking for
Australia. With so few passengers they would likely be "cabin" passengers,
which explains the lack of detail regarding names. They do look rather
compelling for your family. The Sydney Shipping Gazette, March 6th 1854
issue reported only the arrival date and port of departure, so I suggest
you might want to check a Melbourne newspaper to see if they reported the
arrival more fully.
>At 09:49 PM 2008-09-23 +1000, you wrote:
>Hoping someone can help. I'm trying to locate any ships that would transport
>immigrants between the West Indies and Victoria between 1848 and 1860, more
>likely after 1850. The family was George Brown, born c1809 Scotland and his
>wife Catherine Hortense Amelia Grano, born about 1811 Dominica, W.I. They
>had at least four children: Henriette/Harriet b. abt. 1842, William b. abt.
>1845, Warren George b. abt. 1846 and George Brown b. abt. 1848. They were
>all born in Dominica and were living in Geelong, Victoria, Australia area
>in late 1860's. George Brown (father) was a clerk.
>I have checked the Australian Immigration Records between 1852 and 1923 and
>no listings for these people, that is easily identified. I did locate one
>entry in 1854 for Mr. G. Brown 42 years, Mrs. G. Brown 40 years and five
>children ranging from 17 to 4 years of age. The ship was the Ritterkerk. I
>have no further info. Any suggestions or ideas would be grateful.
|Re: [TSL] Immigration from West Indies to Victoria,Australia in 1850's by Sue Swiggum <>|