The Ship

“Erin-go-bragh” – 1862

My Country
(A Sunburnt Country)

SECTION 1: The Log Book (1-31) :
Copies of Original Pages Passenger & Crew Lists
Appreciation Letters & Directions 1-5 Port of Entry Registrations
Reading Material & URLs Crew/Reports On Crew 6-9 Land Orders
Deaths 10-19 Where to now?
On Board Events 20-31

SECTION 2: Passenger Status, Age, Occupation, Ship Accommodation
A List lodged in the Mitchell Library
These Must be the Real Thing

The Colony of Queensland Australia was separated from New South Wales
on 10 December 1859.

The Erin-go-bragh was the first ship to bring mainly Irish migrants to Moreton Bay and she was the first ship to be quarantined in Queensland since it became a Colony. There were also a few Scottish and English folk on board. This voyage was the first of those sponsored by the Queensland Immigration Society (Q.I.S.), represented by the
Rev. Fathers Quinn and Dunne.

She sailed from Liverpool England, to Queenstown (Cobh) Ireland, stopped at the Cape of Good Hope South Africa, Hobart Town Tasmania, and berthed at Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia. Different sources quote different dates so we are assuming a day variation either side. Liverpool departure 23 January 1862, Queenstown embarking 6 February, departure 7-8 February 1862, Cape of Good Hope 17 May 1862 (water supplies needed urgently), Hobart Town 12-14 July (food and water supplies situation desperate), Moreton Bay entrance 31 July - St Helena 2 August 1862.

People repeatedly ask “Why are you doing this?” and therein lies a story. Almost to the day in August 2002, 140 years after the “Erin-go-bragh” arrived in Moreton Bay, there was not a great deal of readily available information relating to the ship nor her passengers and crew. Material was out there, yes, but a novice researcher had a great deal of difficulty rounding it up. Trained Librarians were tested during the search, which can never end ... but ‘herein and herewith’ are some clues to help new researchers embarking on their Family History Trail.

This is not a book, just data.

Because there are many pages of that data to peruse, and it does become tiresome reading it, you may prefer to bookmark this site and pay other visits. I am adding information progressively.

There are links to articles on the internet, transcriptions of photocopies of original documents which have lain hidden in folks’ filing cabinets for many years and also a Link to a GEDCOM (Genealogical Data Communication) for those who wish to “prove descendancy” from one of a few of the pioneering families who sailed on her to this wonderful new country. Little did they know what lay ahead. The horrors of the voyage, the wretchedness of the untamed hot, dry and desolate Australian countryside and her native inhabitants, would never have occurred to them!

They paved the way for our love and enjoyment of -
A Sunburnt Country

(Bev Kerlin)