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Bound for Queensland

In 1823, John Oxley, a British explorer, sailed north from what is now Sydney to scout possible penal colony sites in Gladstone (then Port Curtis) and Moreton Bay. At Moreton Bay, he found the Brisbane River. He returned in 1824 and established a settlement at what is now Redcliffe. The settlement, initially known as Edenglassie, was then transferred to the current location of the Brisbane city centre. Edmund Lockyer discovered outcrops of coal along the banks of the upper Brisbane River in 1825. In 1839 transportation of convicts was ceased, culminating in the closure of the Brisbane penal settlement. In 1842 free settlement was permitted. In 1847, the Port of Maryborough was opened as a wool port. The first free immigrant ship to arrive in Moreton Bay was the Artemisia, in 1848. In 1857, Queensland's first lighthouse was built at Cape Moreton.

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Convict Arrivals

  • 1825

Free Colonist Arrivals

  • 1848 Artemisia arrived Morton Bay [Geni Project - Artemisia 1848]
  • 1849 Fortitude, Chasely and Lima in January 1849. The migrants believed Dr Lang's privately-sponsored scheme with its land grants would be honoured by the Government of New South Wales, which was the governing body at the time. (
  • 1855 ship Truro 694 tons, 26 May from Liverpool, 14th February with 318 Govt. immigrants [Geni Project - Truro 1855]
  • 1860 Montmorency (public funds) departed 07 July arrived Brisbane 16 Oct 300 aboard [Geni Project - Montmorency 1860]
  • 1863 ship La Rochelle from Hamburg arr 7th August Brisbane 444 German immigrants
  • 1863 ship Beejapore to Queensland - Geni-Project Beejapore 1863
  • 1864 ship Susanne Godeffroy from Hamburg 21st September arr 17th January in Moreton Bay 369 German immigrants
  • 1864 ship Young England from Liverpool arr September Brisbane
  • 1864 ship La Rochelle from Hamburg arr September Brisbane
  • 1878 ship Gauntlet arrived at Brisbane 13th Jan [Geni Project - Gauntlet 1878]
  • 1878 1 ship Woodlark from London arrived at Brisbane 18th Jan [Geni Project - Woodlark 1878]
  • 1878 barque Scottish Knight from London, arrived at Townsville 23 Jan with 266 immigrants [Geni Project - Scottish Knight 1878]
  • 1878 the Singapore landed 450 Chinese at Cooktown from Hong Kong 30th Jan 1878
  • 1883 Scottish Hero from Plymouth 19th November 1882 arrived Brisbane 24th February [Geni Project - Scottish Hero 1883]

Reference Notes

  • 1 most were landed in due course, but on the 29th, contagious disease being found on board, the ship and twenty of the passengers were put in quarantine.


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