Saturday, August 20, 2011

Liverpool to Melbourne, early 1850s

George and Susan Griffith's first registered child, Edward George, was born on 14 April 1855 in Wangaratta, so I will take the likely period of arrival for George to be 1851-1854.   Looking at arrivals for George/Mr  Griffith/s in the PROV indexes, I can find the following candidates:

Index to Unassisted Inward Passenger Lists to Victoria 1852-1923

 
GRIFFITHS----22NOV1852DINAPOREBFILM007
GRIFFITHS----24OCT1853HARGRAVESN004001
GRIFFITHS---- MR32JUL1853OSMANLIB042001
GRIFFITHS---- MRAJAN1853CONDORB027007

GRIFFITHSGEO23MAY1853PRINCE ARTHURB037009
GRIFFITHSGEO39FEB1852JOSHUAB001002
GRIFFITHSGEO26OCT1852PANAMAB012004
GRIFFITHSGEORGE19JAN1853CONDORB027004
GRIFFITHSGEORGEAMAY1853PASSAROEANGB038001
GRIFFITHSGEORGE19AUG1853ASIAB045004
GRIFFITHSGEORGE24SEP1852STATESMANB009003
GRIFFITHSGEORGE26OCT1852HIBERNIAB010005

Index to Assisted British Immigration 1839-1871

 
GRIFFITHGEORGE39JAN1852JOSHUA82

 Going on the age usually given for George, he was probably born in 1824, which means that if he arrived between 1851 and 1854, he would have been about 27 to 30 years old on arrival.  The closest candidate by virtue of age would seem to be the 26 year old George Griffiths who arrived per the Hibernia in 1852.  However, any of the ages recorded may have been incorrect, and the transcription for the index could have been incorrect, so they would all bear examination.

The Hibernia, it happens, came to Port Phillip from Liverpool, so that does increase the chances of it being the right George Griffith - but I don't know where the other vessels originated.

"List of vessels in Hobson's Bay, Sunday 10th October 1852":  Hibernia from Liverpool.
LIST OF VESSELS IN HOBSON'S BAY. (1852, October 4). The Argus p. 6.
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4787462

 The other 26 year old George Griffiths who arrived by the Panama in 1852 is less likely as the ship appears (from advertising in The Argus) to have been engaged in a run from Australia to San Francisco and return.

I haven't discounted arrivals in other ports, but as I haven't thoroughly eliminated the Victorian arrivals, I'll leave those until later.

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