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"Duchess Of Northumberland" (Barque) - Colonists to South Australia in 1839

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The Duchess Of Northumberland - 1839

Left London on August 6th and arrived South Australia on November 19th, 1839. The Duchess of Northumberland, commanded by Captain Frederick Geare, was a ship of 600 tonnes carrying 251 passengers and her crew.

Oct 29.-The barque "Duchess of Northumberland," 541 tons, Freeman, from London, 8th, and Plymouth- 20th, July. Passengers - Rev. Mr Bagshaw, Dr. Bowden (surgeon-superin tendent), and 254 emigrants.

Shipping Intelligence. (1847, November 2). South Australian (Adelaide, SA : 1844 - 1851), p. 3. Retrieved January 16, 2016, from


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Some of the passengers:

  • Thomas Fisher aged 42 and his second wife Jane, 3 daughters and 2 sons.
  • John Fisher aged 22, his wife Anne Jones, lost daughter and had a son on the voyage. John may be son of Thomas to first wife (as shown on tree), as well some of the other children.
  • the Head Family
  • The Harper Family


Cramped and unhealthy conditions may have lead to John and Ann Fisher's daughter Anna contracting diarrhoea, at the tender age of one year (she died on September 13th, 1839. This sad event was somewhat lessened by the arrival of their first son, Thomas, on 27 October 1839.

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