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"Heerjeebhoy Rustomjee Patel" (Ship) - European Pioneers to South Australia - 1845

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The ship Heerjeebhoy Rustomjee Patel, 510 tons, Captain Eugene Laun, from Bremen 21st April 1845, arrived at Port Adelaide, South Australia 18th September 1845.

The South Australian Register, Saturday, September 20 1845 Thursday September 18.— The Ship Heerjeebhoy Rustomjee Patel, 510 tons, Captain, Eugune Laun, from Bremen Passengers— Mrs. Laun, Messrs. Heuzenroder, Buttner, Swaine, Jacobsen, Ey, Scholer [sic]— Surgeon L. Callmann in the Cabin ........

The South Australian Register. ADELAIDE: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1845.


We have today to announce the arrival of the Heejeebhoy Rustomjee Patel, the long-expected ship from Bremen, with 262 German immigrants, after a voyage of 117 days from port to port.

Her passage has been a pleasant and prosperous one throughout, with the exception of Sunday last, when the weather was so rough and stormy, that the ship was nearly thrown on her beam ends, and even the sailors admit ted that they were in considerable danger for a few hours.

The passengers she brings are of rather a superior class, and comprise many workmen of trades much wanted here; for example, there are several linen, cotton, and cloth weavers, who seriously contemplate following up their various vocations, and speak confidently of being able to establish blanket, cloth, linen, and cotton manufactures: there are also several miners, two chemists, and a practical assayer, besides the usual sprinkling of carpenters, builders, shoemakers, tailors, &c.

They are in good spirits, and appear to be well pleased with the first glimpse of their newly adopted home, and are not a little rejoiced at hearing that perfect religious liberty is the rule of government in this country, as persecution on the ground of spiritual faith is more rife than ever in Germany, especially in the domains of the King of Prussia.

Many attempts had been made to assassinate Ronge, the apostle of dissent from the doctrines of Rome, who, however, seems to be attended by a species of bodyguard, by whom every attack upon the preacher in question had been hitherto frustrated. The numbers of those who had left the Church of Rome to follow the new leader of dissent were very numerous, not only in Prussia, but in other districts of Germany, having even made no trifling progress in Austria itself, the Catholic, par excellence, and bearing an appearance of being second only to the grand movement under Luther in the six teenth century.

Tschek, the would be regicide, had been executed, so secretly, that it was not till after a lapse of several weeks that the old form of announcing the death of a great malefactor, fuit, made known to the public that he had ceased to exist.

According to the reports of the best informed of the passengers, the desire for immigration to this colony is extending itself in every direction, and we may expect a very considerable and useful addition to our population from the various countries which form the total of Germany ; the movement is no longer confined to Prussia, but amongst the new comers by this arrival are Hanoverians, Hessians, Saxons, and others.

We were not a little amused to see the extent to which the powers that be have succeeded, in mystifying the intellects of our new colonial brethren, amongst whom will be found some of high mental endowments: thus we were seriously asked if a man durst smoke a cigar or a pipe in the streets of Adelaide; if it would be permitted him to carry a gun; if they dare go on shore without express permission from the authorities ; and other similar questions, with the assurance that they had been told, that all these things (and many others of private and personal arrangement) would be subjects of official supervision. It is almost superfluous to add, that when informed that every man might do "as seemed right in his own eyes," so long as he did not infringe upon the rights and privileges of his neighbours, they were pleased in the highest degree, and almost imagined they had landed on the shores of the real Utopia. Many of them were so well pleased with the appearance of the place, that they said it was worth the voyage to get a glimpse of so fine a country.

There were seven children born on the passage, and eleven persons died, chiefly old men and very young children.

The vessel does not bring much cargo for this place, her ultimate destination being Ba tavia, or some of the Indian ports; but the captain seemed perfectly astounded to find our port so absolutely free as it is, and intimated his intention of announcing the fact wherever he went, as an example worthy of being followed by all enlightened governments.

The George Washington would be laid on for this place immediately apon her arrival in Bremen, nearly 100 passengers having already intimated their intention of proceeding by her (or any other vessel for this place), and there is no doubt that a great stimulus will be given to the already awakened desire to emigrate to this Colony, when the reports from her captain and crew shall be circulated in Germany.

We have much pleasure in announcing the official appointment of Herman Conrad Stakemann, Esq., as Consul-General in South Australia for the free and Hanseatic City of Breman.

The South Australian Register. ADELAIDE: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1845. (1845, September 20). South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), p. 2. Retrieved February 11, 2016 Sources:

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