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"Lord Goderich" (Ship) - Colonists to South Australia in 1838

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The Lord Goderich sailed from London with Captain Andrew Smith, and arrived in Port Adelaide on 15 April 1838, 157 passengers (111 adults, 46 children).

This long expected vessel has at length arrived after a tedious passage of six months. The detention was occasioned principally by some unpleasant differences between the passengers and the captain.

In order to settle them, the ship put into Bahia, and proceeded afterwards to Rio de Janeiro, under the charge of Lieutenant Edwards of H.M.S. Samarang, then at the former port. At Rio, the differences were considered so serious, that Mr. Hesketh, the English Consul there, thought it his duty to put the ship and passengers under the su perintendence of Mr. Wethem, master's as sistant of H.M.S. Lyra. We regret to learn that these unhappy differences continued throughout the entire voyage; and that actions and counter actions in the Courts of the province have already been commenced by the parties who consider them selves aggrieved.

THE LORD GODERICH. (1838, April 28). South Australian Gazette and Colonial Register (Adelaide, SA : 1836 - 1839), p. 3. Retrieved January 29, 2016, from


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Some of the passengers

  • William Oldham, wife Sarah Carmichael and Frederick Bagot Oldham (see bellow), son born on the voyage.
  • J. N. Hooper
  • Mrs. W. Hooper (Bronfield)
  • George Alston and family

Obituary for passengers of this voyage

Mr. F. B. Oldham, who at the last two Commemoration Day luncheons at Glenelg responded on behalf of the pioneers, died on June 18, at his home, Miller-street, North Unley. He was born on the ship Lord Goderich, which arrived at Holdfast Bay in 1838, and was in his eighty third year. His early days were full of adventure and interest, and his mind retained so many of the events of the pioneering days that it was always interesting to hear him speak. He spent his earlier years in the neighborhood of Kapunda, but subsequently went to the Northern Territory, where he lived for some time. For a man of this age Mr. Oldham displayed much activity, and he was in full possession of his faculties. His widow, one son (Mr Hugh Oldham, who is in the Western Australian Civil Service), and four daughters (Mesdames Luttman-Johnson and Garth, of London, and Misses A. and E. Oldham) survive.

Obituary. (1920, June 26). Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), p. 12. Retrieved January 29, 2016

The Late Mr. George Malpas.—Another pioneer, Mr. George Malpas, of Noarlunga, son of the late Mr. Jonn Malpas, of St. Bernards, Magill, and brother of Air. Henry Malpas, J.P., of Willuuga, and Air. William Malpas, of Athelstone, died on July 19 after a short illness, caused by an affection of the heart, at the age of seventy three years.

He arrived in the colony on April 15, 1838, in the barque Lord Goderich, 500 tons, after a most tedious passage of six months.

During the voyage considerable difficulty was caused by differences between the captain and the passengers, and in order to settle them the captain put into Bahia, and proceeded to Rio de Janeiro under the charge of Lieutenant Edwards, of H.M.S. Samarang. At Rio the British Consul put the ship and passengers under the superintendence of Mr. Stephen Whettem, R.N., master assistant of H.M.S. Lyra. Amongst the fellow passengers of the deceased were:

  • Messrs. Frederick Wicksteed
  • Edward Castres Gwynne (late Judge)
  • Charles Fenn
  • W. Sandford
  • S. Fairlie
  • B. Shaw
  • R. J. Bradshaw, and others.

The deceased leaves a widow, three sons, five daughters, and several grandchildren. The funeral, which took place on Wednesday last at Noarlunga in the churchyard of S.S. Phillip and James, was attended by the relatives of the deceased, and the Church was filled with persons from all parts of the district, who desired to pay the last tribute of respect to the remains of one who had resided in Noarlunga for forty two years. Adelaide Observer (SA) - July 30 1892


Payneham To Appoint Its First Mayor

First step in the change-over from district council to municipa lity at Payneham will be the elec tion of a mayor at a meeting of the council on Monday.

Mr. F. N. Drage is now chair man of the council. All members will retire in July. 1946. when ratepayers will select the mayor and 10 councillors for the next term. ' The district was named after the late Mr. Samuel Payne, who came lo Australia in 1838 in the ship Lord Goderich. He was the original owner of the Adelaide town acre on which the Exchange Hotel now stands. Shares were sold by him at £10 each in the 'village of Payneham 107 years ago. Payneham comprised portion of East Torrens Council until 1856. when Campbelltown. St. Peters, and Payneham formed the District Council of Payneham. The Camp belltown section was severed from Payneham proper in 1868. and the St. Peters Municipality in 1883.

Payneham To Appoint Its First Mayor. (1945, September 29). The Mail (Adelaide, SA : 1912 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved January 29, 2016, from

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