Duke of York passenger list

It is impossible to be sure of who was on board the Duke of York. The ‘Register of Emigrant Labourers Applying for a Free Passage to South Australia’ lists those people considering life in the new colony and generally indicates on which ship those deciding to proceed were embarked. However uncertainty arises from clerical errors, last minute changes, and desertions. Together with the South Australian Company’s other officers and servants, the Duke of York’s crew was considered to be an addition to the colony’s population, so those eligible are named in the ‘Register of Emigrant Labourers’ as well as the Directors’ Minutes, which recorded all engagements. The personal journal of Captain Morgan confirms the identity of many on board and names those leaving the ship. Mistakes have crept into lists of passengers compiled over the years as a result of faulty memory or confusion, and no proof other than his obituary has been found for the frequent inclusion of W.H. Hamilton as a crewman. From accounts of the John Pirie’s voyage it is clear that brothers Charles and James Powell, who were to have gone by the Duke of York, both sailed instead by that vessel, leaving Charles Bendin Powell (who was no relation) on the Duke of York.


Master: Robert Clarke Morgan
Mates: William Richards
Robert Frazier Russell
Julian Coreys


Thomas Batchelor
George Branan
Henry Butler
George Cartwright
John Claidan
William Edward Clavell
George Dorrington
Charles R.P. Forbes
George Glansford
Octavius Glorious
Henry Green
Joseph Jameson
John Jones
Thomas Liddiard
Thomas Marshall
Israel Mazey
Andrew Porteus
Frederick Pritchard (gaoled at Torbay)
James Riley (left at Torbay)
W.B. Spratley
Charles Thompson
William Wells (deserted at Torbay)
William Williams

Passengers and emigrants:

Charlotte Hudson Beare
Thomas Hudson Beare
Mrs Lucy Ann Beare
William Loose Beare
Lucy Ann Beare
Arabella Charlotte Beare
Elizabeth Beare
Henry Mitchell
John Neale
Charles Bendin Powell
Daniel Henry Schreyvogel
Samuel Stephens (Colonial Manager of the S.A. Co.)
William West

Information compiled by Mr Bob Sexton

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9 Responses to “Duke of York passenger list”

  1. Christie McBeath June 19, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

    I am the great great great granddaughter of Charles Bendin Powell who arrived in 1836 onboard the Duke of York. I would be grateful for any information pertaining to his early days in the colony and any details of his family in Hackney, Middlesex. I believe his parents were Silas and Sarah Powell and that he had a younger brother John. I have been unable to progress my tree futher than this (and it’s very frustrating!).

    Again, any assistance will be appreciated.

    Kind regards

    • Darren June 20, 2011 at 9:49 am #

      Hi Christie

      I’m sure some of the fellow travellers on this blog might be able to help. Anyone care to volunteer some information about Charles Bendin Powell?

      History SA

  2. michelle micallef nee mazey June 2, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

    Israel Mazey is my great great grandfather and he was one of the crew who helped carry Elizabeth Beare on to Kangaroo Island .I have been trying to find out more about him before he settled in the port Adelaide area, If there is any way you can help me i would appreciate it
    Yours Sincerely

    Michelle Micallef nee Mazey

    • Nollysister June 7, 2011 at 4:35 pm #

      My ancestor was Robert Frazer Russell (not Frazier) and he was the actual person who carried Elizabeth Beare ashore. More information may be obtained from information stored in the museum at Reeves Point on Kangaroo Island. Since this year is the 175th anniversary of the landing on Kangaroo Island, mush information is becoming available. Kangaroo Island council can put you in touch with people who are involved in the selebrations, and the K.I. Progress Association.

      • Ken Rickard June 14, 2011 at 7:12 pm #

        Hello Nollysister

        My name is Ken Rickard and I am undertaking family research. When I was very young I was told that my great great great grandfather brought ashore the first young girl onto SA shores. I am trying to confirm the link through births and marriage certificates but without success. My Great Grandmother was Ada Russell and I understand that Robert Russell was her Grandfather. I have photographs of my great grandmother. I understand that Robert Russell married Elizabeth Hislop who arrived in the colony a short time later. I am looking for details of their children so I can confirm the family link. Are you able to assist me.

        Kind regards

        Ken Rickard

  3. hello hail man May 11, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

    i like this history web 🙂

  4. Peter Nelson March 4, 2011 at 4:08 pm #

    Sounds like an interesting run ashore for the crew at Torbay! I bet the ship’s Master at Arms and his band of enforcers were kept busy there. If nothing else this is probably an indication of how tough it was for those onboard and how unruly crews were.

    Yes…Octavius Glorious – was he a descendant of Biggeth Dicketh and Incontentia Buttocks of Monty Python fame???

  5. MontyP February 25, 2011 at 9:39 am #

    Octavius Glorious? How intriguing! Would like to learn more about this fellow.

  6. Christine Gibson February 23, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    The famous football families The Williams’ and Heads are directly related to Thomas Hudson Beare, through the daughter Arrabella Charlotte Beare she married George Williams.

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