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"Prince George" (Barque) - European Pioneers to South Australia - 1838

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An Historic Voyage

The barque Prince George, 317 tons, Captain Frederick Bigger Chilcott, from Hamburg 8th July 1838, via Plymouth 23rd to 31st July, arrived at Holdfast Bay 18th November 1838 & Port Adelaide, South Australia two to three days later, Dr. Drescher, ships' surgeon.

The Prince George was a barque, built at Newcastle upon Tyne in 1828.

The Prince George and Bengalee group - November 1838 The second group arrived with Pastor August Kavel on the ships Prince George, and Bengalee. These first immigrants to settle from what is today known as Germany were escaping from what they considered to be religious persecution at the hands of Prussian King Frederick William III. The group was composed of Lutheran immigrants who had left their homeland mainly because of their rejection of Prussian state enforcement of a new prayer book for church services. They developed a settlement at Klemzig, six kilometres from Adelaide, named after their namesake home town in the Prussian province of Brandenburg.

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