FITZJAMES
last modified 3 November 2014


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The Fitzjames of 1206/1307 tons (om/nm) of timber construction was built at Richibucto, New Brunswick in 1852 by John James Jardine.  In 1853 she was sold to Pilkington and Wilson (later HT Wilson and Chambers, owners of the White Star Line).

She made at least four successful voyages to Australia:

  3 Oct 1855 - Dec 1855 from Southhampton to Port Adelaide
  23 Dec 1856 - 1 Apr 1857 from Plymouth to Sydney (>440 passengers)*
  23 Apr 1858 - 28 Jul 1858 from Plymouth to Sydney (>461 passengers)*
  13 Nov 1859 - 28 Feb 1860 from Liverpool to Sydney and Brisbane (11 Mar 1860) (>420 passengers)**

On 24 Jan 1866 she set sail from Liverpool enroute to Melbourne.   On 14 Feb 1866 she put into Lisbon after springing aleak and was declared unseaworthy on arrival in Melbourne.  The Fitzjames ended her days in Port Adelaide as a quarantine vessel and as a boys reformatory hulk.  Sometime around the turn of the century she was broken up in the vicinity of Jervois Bay, an area which served as a ships graveyard in inner Port Adelaide until the early 1980's.

* number of passengers in online list in the State Records NSW database: Index to assisted immigrants arriving in Sydney and Newcastle 1844-59
** number of passengers in online list in the State Records NSW database: Index to assisted immigrants arriving in Sydney 1860-79

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Passenger List

A searchable passenger list for the 1858 voyage of the Fitzjames from Plymouth to Sydney is available on line in the State Records NSW database.  A crew list is also available on line.

Captain
Hamilton  MJ

Steerage Passengers
Oates Thomas (23)

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Newspaper Reports

The Sydney Morning Herald
Thursday 29 July 1858

MERCANTILE AND MONEY ARTICLE
Wednesday Evening.

The arrivals today are the Melanie from Mauritius, with 2200 bags sugar ; the Theresa, from Liverpool, with general cargo ; and the Fitzjames, from Plymouth, with immigrants.

The Sydney Morning Herald
Saturday 31 July 1858

SYDNEY LABOUR MARKET.
FRIDAY, 30th JULY.

My engagements this week have been of a general class for town
and country, at about the current rate of wages. As the roads
into the interior become passable, the orders for all descriptions of
labour increase, and the demand from the pastoral districts are
beginning to press upon a market by no means overstocked with
very efficient and suitable hands. Under these circumstances, the
Fitzjames has just arrived from England, very opportunely, with
upwards of 450 immigrants of a mixed class. Wages among some
kinds of mechanics, are said to be, if anything, downward in their
tendency-on account of the great number still out of employment
In the city.

W. B. HAIGH, corner King and Castlereagh streets.
The Fitzjames has arrived with 450 immigrants of a suitable class
for agricultural purposes. Our demand for such description is
still large, and wages are supported ; thirty-five pounds being the
ruling rate when able to plough, &c. Married couples, also in
request at the late reduction in their currency. Mechanics are
not much enquired for. Engagements have been made to some
extent, for shepherds, bullock drivers, and bushmen, for the
country districts. Female servants offer to take situations at
very moderate wages, for both in and out of Sydney.
SPENCER ASHLIN, 139, Pitt-street North.

ORDERS this week comprise principally farm servants, for which
there is a pressing demand. The arrival of the Fitzjames with
immigrants this week, will enable us to execute orders unavoid-
ably delayed. Married couples, for farm and house work, about
equal to demand. Bullock drivers, sawyers, brickmakers, and
gardeners, can meet with ready engagements. Female cooks are
in request. General house servants, housemaids, and nurse-
maids, are in excess of demand, and will readily hire for country
service. Wages remain about same as last.
J. C. GLUE, Pitt-street North.

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References and Notes

[1] Anne Oates A Gathering of the Oates Anne Oates: Millthorpe, NSW, 1974 (p 21).
[2] Bruce W. Thomas William Thomas (1805-1881) and the Thomas Family of Guyong Bruce W. Thomas: Millthorpe, NSW, 1974 (pp 7, 110).
[3] Pictures that appearred prieviosly on this page were of another ship of the same name.  Some pictures of the Fitzjames appear  in the documents listed beloe under Ships Details.


Links

Ships Details
Palmer List of Merchant Vessels
Immigrant Ships D-F
Magellan - Ship Biographies
Grafton Rowing Club
JOURNAL Richards&May Fitzjames GC 2003 (pdf file)

Passenger Lists
Passenger List - Fitzjames, London & Southampton to Adelaide, 1856
Mariners and Ships in Australian Waters July 1858 (crew list)
Index to assisted immigrants arriving in Sydney and Newcastle 1844-59
Index to assisted immigrants arriving in Sydney 1860-79

Additional Information
Passenger Ships Arriving in NSW  
Passenger Ships Arriving in Queensland
Australian shipping 1788-1968
The Ships List

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