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16-01-2009, 11:06 AM
I am wondering if anyone knows the route taken when emigrating from Ireland to Australia.|idea|
I have a Michael Joseph Davey (bc 1834 in Sligo, Ireland) who arrived in Australia in 1855, so the family tell me. However, I have had little success locating him through the NSW Archive records etc.
Would he possibly have traveled from Ireland to England and then on to Australia or would there have been other options ?
many thanks for any information.
16-01-2009, 11:46 AM
He would have gone perhaps from Queenstown(Cork) or from Liverpool, England They often went across to Liverpool, where there were plenty of ships going to the USA/ Australia or Canada. Have you seen the To South Australia WE Are Bound site or the Ships lists? M
16-01-2009, 8:52 PM
With my relatives, who emigrated from Scotland to Australia, from what I can determine (from diaries they kept) there were adverts in the papers from ships agents offering passage from London (Tilbury), Liverpool, Southampton, Glasgow, Plymouth etc over the forthcoming 3 or 4 months. Sometimes the departure dates were a bit vague (because at that stage they didn't know exactly when it would sail). The main factor seemed to be the cost of the fare. They were not wealthy - that was why they were emigrating - and so the cheaper the better. So my relatives travelled from Brechin to Plymouth even though there were other departure options nearer to home. Cost seemed to have been the key factor.
Your relatives could have gone directly from Ireland but would equally have thought little of going to England to join a ship there if that suited better.
17-01-2009, 3:58 AM
Thank you for replying to my query, it has given me food for thought and a couple of avenues to research.
Marie - what are you referring to regarding "To South Australia WE Are Bound site " - this I have not heard of.
17-01-2009, 9:04 AM
Marie - found it !!
17-01-2009, 12:51 PM
It's no good Jayne,
(To Australia we are bound,) as it only goes up to 1851 but at least it will give you some idea of routes taken by the ships.
Your man may well have left from London, Tilbury, wherever but I think it more likely it would have been from Queenstown or Liverpool. M
18-01-2009, 3:43 AM
Hi Jayne, if you find your Relly, would you see if my Gt.G'Mother Jane Murphy was also on board please? She came to Sth.Aust from Cork alone(no Family) aged 16 in 1855.
It's difficult, as my other Fraternal Gt.G'Mother arrived in NSW by ship & a few yrs later the Famliy WALKED to Goolwa, Sth.Australia with a bullock waggon, stopping along the way for the youngest child to be born. Seems noone sailed up to the door you have open. ;)
18-01-2009, 9:43 AM
Hi Waitabit - will definitely keep my eyes open for your Jane Murphy.
How on earth were you able to figure out they walked - seriously you need a medal!!
19-01-2009, 3:48 AM
Nice thought Janey, however Gt.G'Mother kept a journey -journal. One surviving page of this is in Sth.Australian Library Family History Centre, with a translation by a close Family friend of the time to allow for GtGm's naive writing style. At least one of the Hotel/inns they stayed in is still up & running here in Prospect.
( Same name as a BG Forum member. Holland has a lot of them too.)
A good tale , mentions stopping for a birth, bullocks escaping & eventually getting caught again. Not too many of us could handle such a trip these days, I think. :)
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