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Ship No 30
Captain Snell, R.N. Left Portsmouth on 5 April 1837, under the care of Mrs. Bourhill the Matron, and arrived at Cape Town 2 June 1837. 1 male, 37 females.
[Listed in this order - Apprentice, Master, no capacity to Master give, and in some instance no further information available]
Master South African List are marked ✔
- Adamson, Julia - Re. Wm. Robertson ✔
- Aylward, Charlotte - Wm. Cairncross ✔
- Aylward, Mary Ann - H.C. Selby ✔
- Barrett, Harriett - C.C. Burton ✔
- Brockway, Amelia - Henry Cloete, LLD ✔
- Brown, Mary - Geo. Finfley ✔
- Brown, Sarah - J.T. Jurgens ✔
- Brumley, Sophia - H. White ✔
- Burton, Mary Ann - Thomas Barry ✔
- Cato, Eliza - John Dyason ✔
- Coady, Mary - W.J. MacKrill ✔
- Cramer, George - ? ✔
- Ellis, Hannah - Wm. Wright ✔
- Freeman, C. Wood - G.W. Silberbauer ✔
- Hannah, Margaret - Mr. Geworge Grieg ✔
- Harvey, Fanny - Peter Laing ✔
- Holland, Mary - Major Barnes ✔
- Hopkins, Eliza - Col. d'Aguilar, H.C.S. ✔
- Hughey, Harriet - R.G. Medgles ✔
- Issacs, Eliza - Major Mitchell ✔
- Lander, Mary Ann - J.J.S. de Villiers ✔
- Major, Mary Ann - John Fairbairn ✔
- Munn, Mary Jane - Martin West J.P. ✔
- Munn, Susan M. - Martin West J.P. ✔
- Nickson, Caroline - Mrs. Bosman ✔
- Phillips, Mary Ann - P.L. Cloete L.S. ✔
- Piper, Sarah - ? ✔
- Pugh, Helen - Mr J.A.H.F. Wieth ✔
- Rapkins, Maria - J.S. Ford ✔
- Rapkins, Susan - G. W. Prince ✔
- Rolfe, Mary Ann - Sam Oliver ✔
- Schroder, Elizabeth - ? ✔
- Starkey, Margaret - ? ✔
- Stockman, Anna - Edward Norton ✔
- Stockman, Ellen - F.T. Watermeyer ✔
- Tilley, Mary - Col. Hare ✔
- Wallis, Elizabeth - Mrs. Gurn ✔
- White, Hannah - Abraham Fauze ✔
Source:- CFS 8th annual report, 1838.
"The Times" 10th May 1839 P5e & 11th May 1839 P3a
Main Reference The Children's Friend Society - Juvenile Emigrants to Western Australia, South Africa and Canada 1834 - 1842 by Geoff Blackburn. This book can be obtained from Access Press, P.O. Box 132, Northbridge, Western Australia.
Mrs. Rebecca Lovat Bourhill, nee Fraser, was the widow of Henry Champion Bourhill who died before 1837. The couple were from Scotland, Henry from Inveresk, Midlothoian where he was born in 1770, the son of James Bourhill and Mary Clark. Rebecca was born in 1796, in Lanarkshire, the daughter of William Fraser and Elisabeth Blair. They married on 21 September 1804 in South Leith, Midlothian. In 1837 she accompanied 37 girls on the Perfect. After settling the girls she returned to England, but in 1838 chaperoned another party of 13 boys and 32 girls aboard the Mermaid, arriving at the Cape in November 1838. There is no available embarkation list for this sailing. She established a “school” at the Cape which was called Victoria Lodge. This was a rented house at Green Point near Cape Town which was used by the Society until Mrs. Bourhill died in July 1839.
She apparently took her children, (Anne Champion Bourhill b. 1809, Rebecca Lowe Bourhill b. 1813, John Charles Herries Bourhill, Henry Bourhill b 1820 and Agnes Murray C Bourhill) to the Cape. Rebecca Bourhill died on 16 Jul 1839 aged 53 at Green Point, Cape, South Africa aged 53.