This page is dedicated to those families who sought a new life of opportunity in Australia.
In a time when sea journey's were long, dangerous and extremely unpleasant, these families steeled themselves for the emotional upheaval of saying goodbye and leaving other family and homeland forever.

After enduring months at sea, these First Families slowly settled into an unfamiliar and often times
harsh environment to establish a home and future for their children.

Without exception, all these family groups achieved what they sought. They all saw their children and grandchildren embrace their new land, work hard and prosper.

Now, 164 years since the first family settled here, we can be proud and thankful for the courage and determination they showed. They overcame the fear and uncertainty of what lay ahead in the belief
and conviction that they were giving their families freedom and opportunity.

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Year / Place of Departure

Family/
relationship to
Randal Young
Ship

Comments

1788

London

Lucas

Thomas

5G Grandfather

"Scarborough"




Thomas Lucas embarked on the ship "Scarborough" (one of the eleven ships that made up the
First Fleet) as a Marine in the
48th Regiment arriving at Port Jackson in February 1788

After several years of marine duty, Thomas Lucas moved to Norfolk Island where he married
Ann Howard, a convict girl who
had been transported on the
"Lady Juliana" for 7 years

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1788

London

O'Brien

Thomas

GGGG Grandfather


First Fleet entering Port Jackson




 

Thomas O'Brien was a Marine Private with the First Fleet that settled Australia in 1788. After moving to Norfolk Island he married Susannah Mortimer, a convict girl from the "Lady Juliana"

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1828

England

Spence

Francis & Mary

GGG Grandparents


Circular Head, Van Diemen's Land






Francis & Mary Spence sailed from Hull in July 1827 on board the 330 ton ship "Caroline", arriving in Circular Head, Van Diemen's Land on January 19, 1828.
Francis signed on as an Indentured Labourer to work for The Van Diemen's Land Company.

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1839

Ireland

 

O'Neill

John & Mary

Henry 14
Catherine 12
John 10
Charles 7
Mary 3

GGGG Grandparents

 

"Crusader"

 


The 619 ton "Crusader" sailed
from Kingstown, Ireland on the
20th September, 1839 under the command of Captain Peter Inglis.
The journey to Australia took 117 days, and the ship did not stop at any port en route.
183 adults and 110 children started the voyage, during which 3 adult females and 12 children died on board. Six babies were born during the trip.

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1843

London

Young

William & Margaret

John 7
Agnes 5
Margaret 1

GGG Grandparents

 

Wellington Harbour

 

 

The "Thomas Sparks" under
Captain Robert Sharp sailed from London to Wellington, New Zealand via the Cape of Good Hope arriving in January 1843. It was quite an eventful trip, including being shipwrecked and in a collision with another ship.

After 1 year in Wellington the Youngs moved to Launceston, Tasmania where they were to settle and raise their family.

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1844

London

Hellyer

Henry & Johanna

Sophia 10
Louisa 7
Emma 5
Alfred 2

GGGG Grandparents

"Sea Queen"

 

The 414 ton "Sea Queen" sailed from London in January, 1844
with 219 passangers on board.
Captain S.S Martyn stopped at no port on the 102 day voyage in which the ship saw 7 births and
5 deaths.
The ship arrived in Port Phillip on
the 5th April, 1844
The population of Port Phillip District (Victoria) was only
26,000 people at that time.

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1852

London

 

Winnett

William & Mary

William Henry 2
Catherine 8mths

GGG Grandparents

 

Ships entering Port Phillip

 

The "Nepaul" was a 1005 ton ship
that sailed from the East India docks in London during July 1852
She was under the control of Captain William Neale.

Read an account of the journey
by another passenger,
Thomas Lyle

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1853

London

Ennever

Mary Ann 22

GG Grandmother

 

"Blackwall"

 

 

Mary Ann arrived in Melbourne in 1853 with her first husband,
Thomas Griffin. In 1858 she had a son Robert Griffin. By 1860 she had the first of 4 children to
Alexander John Napier

 

1853

London


Fasham

Thomas

GGG Grandfather

 

 

"Walmer Castle"



 

Thomas Fasham embarked on his journey accompanied by his brother, William.
The 656 ton "Walmer Castle" was to spend 3 hot and uncomfortable months on her journey to Melbourne, with Captain Pryer at
the helm. Thomas had left behind his wife, Emma and two young son's,
who would follow on 3 years later.

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1854

London

Charlton

Robert 21

John 35

GGG Grandfather
GGGG Uncle

"Mermaid"

 

 

Brother's, Robert & John Charlton left England on 10 May 1854 on
the "Mermaid" and arrived in
Victoria on the 18 July 1854

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1854

London

 

Waterworth

George & Mary

Thomas 13
Mary Jane 11

GGG Grandparents

 

Ships entering Port Phillip

 

George Waterworth arrived in
Port Phillip in March 1854 with
his wife and two children on the
ship " Barrackpore"

1854

London

 

Hall

William Downie Hall
Armstrong Ritchie Hall
William Downie
Benjamin Dodd

 

Ships entering Port Phillip

 

Captain William Downie Hall arrived on the "Eblana" with other family members.

Armstrong Ritchie Hall &
Benjamin Dodd returned to England the following year to collect their respective wife's and families.

Armstrong returned on the
"Royal Charter" in 1856 with family
(see below)

Benjamin Dodd returned on the "Great Britain" in 1857 with family
(see below)

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1855

London

 

Hall

William Downie Hall
Elizabeth Pilgrim Hall

GG Grandparents

Sydney Harbour 1855

 

Captain William Downie Hall returned to England to collect his wife, Elizabeth, and retruned from Liverpool via San Francisco and arrived in Sydney Harbour in July 1855 per the "Mary Ann James". Their first son, Sydney Ritchie Hall was born there and baptized in November 1855 at St Lawrence's Church. In 1856 the travelled back to Victoria and settled for a few years in Buninyong

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1856

London

Hall

Armstrong Ritchie Hall & Martha

Jessie 9
Albany 5
Haidee 3

GGG Uncle & Aunt

 

"Royal Charter"

 

Armstrong Ritchie Hall returned on the "Royal Charter" in 1856

1856

London

 

Fasham

Emma

Thomas William 8
John 5

GGG Grandmother

 

"True Briton"

 

 

 

Emma Fasham made the journey
alone with her two young son's, Thomas and John on board the "True Briton"
as her husband, Thomas, had travelled ahead 3 years earlier on the "Walmer Castle" to find work and establish himself
in
preparation for their arrival.

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1857

London

Dodd

Benjamin & Mary

Mary 1

 

"Great Britain"

 

Benjamin & Mary (nee Hall) arrived on the "Great Britain" in 1857

1859

 

Elliott

Edward

GGG Uncle

 

"Ida"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edward Elliott arrived in 1859 per "Ida" when he was 25.
He settled in the Newstead area with his brother Thomas.
Edward died in 1874 aged 39.

500-600 people attended his
funeral in Newstead

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1861

London


Irwin

Mary Ann
GGG Grandmother

Rachel Irwin
Sarah Irwin

GGGG Aunts

 

"Lightning"

 

Mary Ann Irwin arrived per "Lightning" in 1861 with her two sisters, Rachel and Sarah.
Mary Ann married Robert Charlton who arrived 1854 per "Mermaid"
(see above)

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1866

 

McAlpine

Margaret

William Spence 1

GG Grandmother

 

"Royal Standard"

 

 

 

Margaret McApline travelled to Australia in 1866 with her 1 year old son William on the
" Royal Standard"

Margaret's husband,
William Spence McAlpine was to follow 7 years later on the
"Ben Cruachan"

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1873

Glasgow

McAlpine

William Spence

GG Grandfather

 

"Ben Cruachan"

 

 

At the age of 35, William McAlpine made the journey to Melbourne on the "Ben Cruachan" to join his wife and son whom he had not seen in
7 years.

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