Emma passenger list

It is impossible to be sure of who was on board the brig Emma. The vessel was chartered by the South Australian Company to take out stores for which there was no room in the other ships, and called at the Cape of Good Hope on the way to obtain additional cattle and other stock for the new province. The passengers on board were almost all Company servants, whose engagements were recorded in the Directors’ Minutes, and their names and details appear in the ‘Register of Emigrant Labourers Applying for a Free Passage to South Australia’. This lists the people considering life in the new colony and generally indicates on which ship those deciding to proceed were embarked. However uncertainty can arise from clerical errors, last minute changes, and desertions. Being a privately-owned vessel there is no record of the crew other than the name of the master, John Nelson. Charles Hare, a cabin passenger, mentioned Mrs Nelson in a letter, and also that Mr ‘Douglass’ had helped conduct religious services. Henry Douglas was one of the comparatively few people who, through ineligibility for a free passage or other reasons, paid his own way.


Master: John Nelson

Henry Douglas
Charles Simeon Hare
Mrs Hare
Mrs Nelson


George Allen
John Barnett
Edward Byfield
Charles Thos Chittenden
John Cranfield
Mrs Cranfield
William Flaxman
Mrs Flaxman & 2 children
William Howlett
William Hutton
Joseph Lyne
Mrs Lyne & 2 children
James Edwin Palmer
George Richards
Joseph Thompson
William Wilkins
Mrs Wilkins & 2 children

Information compiled by Bob Sexton.

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4 Responses to “Emma passenger list”

  1. shontelle brinsley-hawes October 9, 2011 at 5:38 pm #

    some of it was very interesting to read and learn about i will definetly come again

    • Allison October 10, 2011 at 9:38 am #

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      Allison – History SA

  2. Jenny Scott August 8, 2011 at 11:03 am #

    Joseph Lyne (Top Sawyer), his wife Rebecca Lyne nee Page, their daughter Elizabeth and possibly another Annie who died in 1838, were passengers on the Emma.

    Charles Simeon Hare writing to George Fife Angas in February 1837 says:
    “Six or seven of the Emma’s crew, Hutton, Barnet, Howland, Palmer, Thompson, Lyne, Cranfield and others joined the men previously mentioned –and they held meetings formed societies etc. to coerce Mr Stephens their first rule being to strike one and all when a man was discharged for any cause whatever and refuse to work until he was again employed. …. “ SLSA PRG 174/7 pp 171 – 174

    In South Australia Joseph and Rebecca had four more daughters; Eliza, Ellen, Emma and Rebecca.

    Joseph died on 29 November 1847, after which Rebecca married George Perrin, and they had another three children.

  3. Descendant of Henry Douglas May 2, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

    I read in the introduction to the book ‘ Happy was our Valley’ compiled from the diary of Henry Douglas by Barbara Mullins and Ern Carmichael that Henry had paid for one of the two sleeping cabins on the Brig Emma, the other one taken by Captain Nelson. At the last moment Mr and Mrs Hare, Mr Hare being a servant of the SA Company, came on board and he had to give up his cabin to them and content himself with a bunk in the main cabin for which he received ‘no abatement’. As a paying passenger, he had a man, Wilkins, that he was entitled to take with him in virtue of his land order.

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