PIONEERS AND SETTLERS BOUND FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA
KATHERINE STEWART FORBES 1837
KATHERINE STEWART FORBES sailed from Gravesend on July 27th 1837, just a month after King William IV died on June 20th 1837. |
She arrived at Holdfast Bay on October 17th, 1837 under the command of Captain Alfred Fell. This 457 ton barque was built at Northfleet, Kent, in 1818.
According to statistics submitted to the House of Commons in 1840, the KATHERINE STEWART FORBES carried 177 passengers on its voyage to South Australia during 1837. The passengers came from all over England, and some from Ireland. There were six aged over thirty, of whom five paid their own way. There were 129 aged between fifteen and thirty, of whom only four were required to pay, and there were forty-two aged under fifteen, all of whom were granted free passage. The OBSERVER August 29, 1896 reports: John Watts said he was on board this vessel when it left London on July 27, 1837. Alfred Fell was master, William Donovan was Chief Officer, W B Willoughby was Second`Officer and Duncan Donovan was Third Officer.
Passenger and crew details were extracted from the periodical Newsletter No. 15 "Before the Buffalo", The Story of South Australia 1800-1836 by H.J. Finnis, President, The Pioneers' Association of South Australia 1964. (Published by The Pioneers' Association of South Australia, Murray House, 77 Grenfell St, Adelaide, South Australia). "Compilation of a list of passengers carried on the vessels which arrived in South Australia in the early period of its history is fraught with difficulties. The absence of records is accounted for no doubt, by accidental destruction by fire of official papers. Figures given in the S.A. Commissioners' Reports do not accord with the number of names recorded in the lists of persons carried, when these are available. The South Australian Company's papers, deposited in the South Australian Archives have made it possible to compile an authentic list of persons who embarked for South Australia in the Company's vessels".