The INCONSTANT the Voyage - 1849

On 15 February 1849 the INCONSTANT commanded by Captain Patrick Culliton, sailed from Plymouth for Adelaide in South Australia.
On board were 209 Irish female migrants who sailed on the Inconstant from Plymouth to Adelaide are available from shipping records of the times.
These young Irish orphan girls from Newcastle 18, Mullingar 40, Tullamore 18, Mountmellick 22, Parsontown 30, Limerick 24, Tipperary 22, North Dublin 12 (Total 186), left the poverty of Ireland as part of Earl Grey's PAUPER IMMIGRATION SCHEME, to settle in the "new" land of Australia. Charles Esq. WATKINS, Superintendant-Surgeon, with the Matron and her assistant, had charge of these girls. On this trip almost half of them had their period for the first time.


The INCONSTANT reached Adelaide on June 7th, 1849.
The secretary of Adelaide's ORPHAN IMMIGRATION COMMITTEE, M. Moorhouse, informed parties "desirous of engaging the services of any of these immigrants are requested to apply to the Emigration Agent or at the Native School". Many of the Irish orphan girls found work in the new settlements as servants or seamstresses, as teachers or nannies, and many married settlers.

The names of many of the 209 Irish female migrants who sailed on this voyage are available from shipping records of the times. The Register 9/6/1849 lists 117 of these:
ALLEN, Susan
ASHMERE / ASHMORE, Rose - orphan
      (parents were John Ross and Margaret O'Donnell)
BARLOW, Eliza
BEVIN, Theresa
BRACKIN, Catherine
BRACKIN, Katherine
BRADY, Ann
BRADY, Eliza
BRENNAN, Rose
BROTHY, Catherine
BRYAN, Margaret
BUCKLEY, Bridget
CARROLL, Catherine
CARRY, Ann
CASTELLO, Mary
CHURCH, Mary
COLLINS, Margaret
CONDRAN, Biddy
CONDRAN, Biddy
CONNALLY, Alice
CONNOR, Biddy
CONNOR, Catherine
CONNOR, Margaret
CONNOR, Margaret
CORNOY, Ann
CORRIGAN, Hetty
DALP, Kitty
DAVIS, Charlotte
DEHEE / DEAN / DEANE, Margaret
       born Donohill, Tipperary
DIBBS, Eliza
DILLON, Johanna
DOOLAN, Ann
DORAN, Mary
DORON, Biddy
DUNN, Maru
EGHA, Catherine
EVANS, Bridget
EVANS, Mary Ann
FAY, Bridget - 14 yrs, orphan in good health
      (N.City, Wellington St.)
      into Dublin Workhouse 3/2/48, out Feb.1849
FITZPATRICK, Biddy
FOUCET, Susan
FLANNAGAN, Johanna
FRAZER, Catherine
FULKAM, Ann
FUNNEY, Maria
FYRAN, Biddy
GORMAN, Margaret
GORMAN, Mary
GREGORY, Eliza
HARRICK, Eliza - 14 yrs, orphan, Prot. delicate
      (N.City, Carmel Terrace.)
      into Dublin Workhouse 26/4/48, out Feb.1849
HAY, Rose
HAYES, Johanna
HEALY, Mary
HEANING, Eliza
HEANING, Honora
HEDMAN, Esther
INGRAM, Eliza
JOHNSTONE, Jane
KEARNEY, Honora
KEENAN, Ann
KEENAN, Catherine
KEENAN, Eliza
KELLY, Eliza
KENNY, Mary
KILLY, Mary
KNOGGS, Judy
LEVI, Ann
LYNCH, Bridget
LYNCH, Eliza
MAHON, Judith
MALME, Ann
MARTIN, Alice
MARTIN, Isabella
MCCANN, Mary
McCARMICK, Ann
MCCARTHY, Bridget
MCCORMACK, Bridget
MCGRATH, Bridget
MCGRATH, Margaret
MCGRAVE, Jane
MCMAHON, Catherine
MOORE, Mary Ann
MORGAN, Mrs
MURRAY, Bridget
NEIL, Margaret
NEILLE, Maria
NEWMAN, Margaret
NEWMAN, Mary Ann - 15 yrs, RC born in Kilkenny county,
      ragged and dirty, Union at large (mother Mary a widow)
      into Dublin Workhouse 31/3/47, out 7/2/1849
PARRION, Ann
PARRION, Frances
PRICE, Eliza
PRICE, Margaret
REDDY, Mary
REED, Eliza
REGAN, Catherine
REILLY, Mary
RIARDEN, Catharine
ROE, Eliza
ROONEY, Mary
RUSSELL, Mary
SHEA, Catherine
SHORT, Mary
SMITH, Mary
TAAFE, Eliza
TAAFE, Mary - 16 yrs, orphan RC in good health (N.City, Jervis St.)
      into Dublin Workhouse 26/7/48, out Feb.1849
THOMAS, Rebecca - 10 yrs 8 mths, orphan RC,
      returned from fever hospital (N.City)
      into Dublin Workhouse 3/3/46, out 7/2/1849
TOWZER, Ann
TRIMBLE, Mary
WALKER, Margaret
WALSH, Margaret
WARD, Jane
WARD, Margaret
WARD, Rose
WARD, Rose
WILLIAMS, Susan
WIN, Eliza
WIN, Margaret
WIN, Mary
WYNNE, Mary
There were possibly 33 in the crew: Captain Patrick Culliton
2 mates
Surgeon
Bosun
2 watches of 8 able seamen,
ordinary seamen and boys
Cook and 2 assistants Cooper
Carpenter
Sail maker
Matron and assistant
Butcher
Purse

Voyage of the INCONSTANT in 1849


The INCONSTANT reached Adelaide on June 7,1849 and while in port eleven of the crew were "confined for disobedience" which occurred on the voyage.
After repairs the ship left Australia on September 11, 1849 for Callao, Peru, via Wellington,
with four passengers and a cargo of "29 cases Cavendish tobacco (a fine sample), 20 skins Brazillian, and 6 cases Alum".
This was a very light cargo, so the ship was carrying large stones in its hull for ballast.

Source: Irish Orphan Girls, 'Barefoot And Pregnant? - Irish Famine Orphans In Australia' ISBN 0 949672 25 4.
This book contains a detailed Orphan Register of many of the young women that travelled to Australia
under the PAUPER IMMIGRATION SCHEME.


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