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"Rajah" (Barque) - Colonists to South Australia in 1849

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The barque Rajah, 332 tons: Captain Charles Ferguson sailed from London on the 30th August 1848 via Plymouth on the 9th September 1848 and arrived at Port Adelaide, South Australia 6th January 1849.

South Australian Register Wednesday 10th January 1849

Saturday January 6th, 1849:- the barque Rajah, 332 tons, Ferguson, Master, from London and Plymouth. Passengers: Rev. John M. Strongman (Independent Minister) and Mrs. Strongman, William Rayne Esq., Mrs. Rayne and two children ; John Shrewdwick Esq. and John Day Esq., surgeon-superintendent, in the cabin, and 200 government emigrants in the steerage


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Some of the passengers:

  • William Jacka, His bride Catherine Whitburn and his children from his previous marriage to Mary Francesca Bray The family of Donald Alan Dunston a past Premier of South Australia.
  • John Luke Batton (44) and wife Constance Peters (36) and five unnamed children accompanying John & Constance, consisting of either ; Elizabeth Jane, 15 ; Matthew Peters, 12 ; Edwin Mark, 11 ; William Henry, 9 ; Eliza Ann, 6 ; John Luke, 4 ; Ellen Louisa Constance, 2. Two of these children embarked on the barque John Woodhall, with their grandmother, Grace Peters. John Woodhall departed London Sept. 6th, Plymouth Sept. 14th 1848 and arrived at Adelaide 17th January 1849.
  • John Trenoweth (24) and Grace Thomas (21) Other members of John’s family followed him to SA at a later time, including his parents, William and Phyllis (née Hutchens) [Lady McDonald 1855]. The family was from St Buryan. John was killed by a falling tree at Woodside, in the Adelaide Hills, in 1855.


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