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Title: Imigrant Ships
Post by: WitchWeb on Saturday 19 April 14 05:17 BST (UK)
I am looking for details of the imigrant ship " Persia " it arrived in Australia in 1856 with a load of passengers some disembarked in Morton Bay (QLD). Did she stop in Sydney?? She also arrived in Melbourne the same year to disembark more passengers.
IS this "Persia" the same ship as the Cunard Line ship 'Persia' as that ship is listed as being mainly on the UK to USA run.
Any help would be very much appreciated as I am tracing the arrival of Edward Witchard and family.
Many Thanks
Ken Witchard (*)

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Title: Re: Imigrant Ships
Post by: a chesters on Saturday 19 April 14 05:40 BST (UK)
Hi Ken, and welcome to Rootschat.

Edward Witchard and family arrived at Moreton Bay on the Persia in 1856

There was Edward, aged 40
        Elizabeth, 39
                 Anne, 16
                 Harriet, 14
        John, 12
        William, 10
                  Mary, 8
                 Emma, 5
                 George 3

There is information about them on NSW Records, Reels 2138 and 2474.
Photocopies can be obtained from NSW Records, or, as I assume you are in Australia, you can go to your local library, and check if they have the microfilms there.

A Chesters
Title: Re: Imigrant Ships
Post by: giblet on Saturday 19 April 14 05:54 BST (UK)
Might be of interest

PS I would remove your email address from your thread for your own security as anyone world wide who reads your query can see it.
Title: Re: Imigrant Ships
Post by: giblet on Saturday 19 April 14 06:11 BST (UK)
I just remembered that has free immigration records this week end. You dont have to be a paid member to search but you do have to be a registered member.

Trove newspapers could be a good source to track the ship of interest also.

And we have to remember that in 1856 there wasnt a QLD  :o QLD didnt come into been until 1859.

"On 6 June, Queen Victoria signs the Letters Patent, approving Queensland becoming a separate colony to New South Wales, with its own representative government"