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HARTLEY from London arrived Port Adelaide on 20 October 1837 with Captain Thomas Fewson, and 108 passengers (57 adults, 51 children)
See below the passenger list for details regarding the Captain Thomas FEWSON.

House of Commons, Third Report of the Colonization Commissioners for South Australia, May 13th 1839, Returns of Land Relating to South Australia, No.6, p.18
lists the HARTLEY as departing on May 18th 1837


A quote from the book by Jane Isabella Watts (nee Giles), page 1.

William Giles is referred to as Mr A___. Jane tried to disguise the family and others in the book. That's like a red rag to a bull for a genealogist and I [Lady A - thanks] decided to try and find out who all the people were in the book. Finding the ship was easy and from there it was simple to match up the Giles family. I then re-read the book and matched up all family members.
"... and it was finally settled that on the 7th May, 1837, the whole family -- at that time consisting of Mr A___, his second wife and young infant, together with nine children, six sons and three daughters by a former marriage, should embark on board the good ship H___, bound for Kingscote, Kangaroo Island."

The six sons are William Jr, Henry, Thomas, James, John Stokes and Samuel. The baby is the second wife's daughter Emily Rebecca. The three daughters are Mary, Jane Isabella and Lydia. Another son, George Hartley was born enroute, at sea. This is mentioned in the book. The ship stopped at Cape Town for three weeks.

Source: Memories of Early Days in South Australia 1837-1845 - by J.I. Watts, Year: (1837-45) 2007, ISBN: 9781921081538
Published by Archive Digital Books Australia:


Sketcher, surveyor and ship's master, was born in Hull, Yorkshire, on August 27th 1797, son of Captain Thomas Fewson RN. He joined the Royal Navy on February 10th 1810 but later resigned his commission. In 1829 he transported a shipload of passengers, stock and cargo to the newly established Swan River settlement (Western Australia), where he acquired his own barque, the Hartley. In 1837 he set off for South Australia with another load of emigrants. Over the next few years he made regular voyages between Adelaide, Portland Bay (Victoria) and Launceston and charted the coastline. His surveys were published in London by Novies Charts. Fewson eventually retired to Launceston.
Source: Memorandum of a Few Items of Thomas Fewson's Life (Launceston 1857).


Henry Nell paid a deposit for his land in November 1836. He and his son, Harley Thomas Nell left England on the HARTLEY on May 7th 1837, some six weeks before the KATHERINE STEWART FORBES which arrived at Holdfast Bay just a day before.