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Transcribed and submitted to TheShipsList by Robert Janmaat, Adelaide, from a variety of sources, cited below.
Return to SA Passenger Lists,1847-1886 see also SA German Lists

ship Darra, 999 tons, Captain William Edwards, from London 24th April, via the Downs 25th April 1874, arrived at Port Adelaide, South Australia 14th July 1874

The South Australian Register, Wednesday 15 July 1874 p. 4

Shipping Intelligence.

ARRIVED. Tuesday, July 14.—
DARRA, barque, 999 tons, William Edwards, master, from London April 24, Downs April 25. J. Stilling and Co., Town and Port, agents.
Passengers —Mr. T. Bell, Mr. and Mrs. Billait and servant, in the cabin.
Assisted passengers, in the intermediate— Mr. and Mrs. John Bawden and seven children ; Mr. and Mrs. J. Edwards and child ; Mr. and Mrs. Perkins and two children ; Mr. and Mrs. Bray ; Mr. and Mrs. Hutchinson ; Messrs, John Gale, Wm. Frear, B. Beesley, Thos. Hookings, Jas. McArdle, Peter and James Hutchinson, Robert Smith, Chas. Neuham, Alex. Caldwell, Wm. Wells, Wm. and Geo. Clarke, H. Davidson, and Fred. Balls

. . . . — 7th ship from England to S.A. with government passengers for 1874 ; —0— births and —-0— deaths on the passage ; —?, surgeon-superintendent.
The Passenger List indicates the class of Emigrants, so in the list below, I have combined those lists, but have made notations alongside the family name, thus, CPCH = Colonial Passage Certificate Holders ; CFPCH = Colonial Full Paid Passage Holders ; UKA = United Kingdom Assisted Passage regulation ; UKFPPR = United Kingdom Full Paid Passage regulation ; FP = Free Passage. — Robert

DARRA, from London—
1,227 Cases, 340 Casks, 631 Kegs, 194 Bales, 92 drums, 165 bdls. 66 pots, 12 sheets, 3 pieces, 210 cart boxes, 170 pkgs., 31 trunks, 10 tins biscuits, 72 wheels, 2 rollers, 99 hams, 12 cheeses, 26 cases coin, 25 ingots tins, 17 qr. -casks, 20 stoves, 3 sample pkgs., 80 brls, 42 bags, 178 pkgs. casks, 13 tanks, 1 parcel, 4 hhds., 21 tierces, 1 sample parcel, 105 boxes tin plates, 11,976 boards, 15 anvils, 1,285 bars iron, 34 bdls., sheet-iron, 582 pipe boxes, 30 tons coal, 34 bdls. hoop-iron, 62 grindstones, 28 galvanized furnaces, 1 qr. cask rum, 1 lathe bed, 1,269 rails, 44 bdls. fishplates, 10 tanks malt, 10 bdls. hoop-iron, 10 drums oil, 892 iron plates, 79 castings, 7 brls. Ale, 2 bales, 60 coils rope, 2 coils wire rope, 1,550 bdls. wire, 639 camp ovens. 4 ranges, 43 furnace fans, 18 barrow wheels, 11 pig-troughs, 8 rolls sheet-lead, 500 deals, 1.066 pieces deal, 24 do. retorts, 6 iron retorts and mouth-pieces, 27 plates iron, 44 bdls. sheets, 40 pair wheels and axles, 22air-valves, 294 cases brandy

Per Darra, from London
Far W. Niebour— 4 cases musical instruments.
For Geo. Phillips and Co.— 150 camp ovens and covers, 513 pkgs. hardware, 1 cask solder, 1 do. perambulator-wheels, 3 cases Turkey stones, 16 boxes scythe-stones, 54 grindstones, 4 cases mangles, 1 cask locks, &c, 6 do shot, 50 brls. cement, 1 case twine, 7 do harvest tools, 3 do. zine, 1 do. homoeopathic medicines, 2 do books. For A. M. Bickford and Sons— 1 case drugs,2 do druggists' sundries, 7 casks dispensing bottles.
For A. Simpson and Son— 105 boxes tinplates, 2 casks, 9 pkgs.
For Bartels and Meyer— 2 cases.
For Brown and Wood— 28 galvanized furnaces.
For S. Mayfield and Son— 2 cases.
For F. H. Faulding and Co.— 10 cases, 20 boxes, 10 casks, 10 drums oil.
For H. L. Vobz— 5 pkgs., 10 cases.
For W. Hooper— 6 cases, 21 tierces.
For G. R. Debney— 15 cases;
For H. Ronde— 3 cases.
For James Harris, Gawler — 6 cases, 3 pkgs.
For Donaldson, Andrews, and Sharland — 48cases.
For G. and R. Wills and Co.— 151 cases, 18 bales, 2 trunks, 10 casks.
For H. B. Harman — 1 case concertinas.
For Good, Toms, and Co.— 86 pkgs. drapery.
For D. and W. Murray— 126 pkgs..
For James Scott and Sons— 872 bars, 34 bdls. Iron, 120 casks White's cement, 5 do zinc, 3do. Horses hoes, 4 do. coal-vases, &c, 5 cases cutlery, &c, 8 pkgs..
For J. Morgan— 12 trunks Bostock's boots.


The Darra, from London, was signaled early on Tuesday, but owing to the light winds did not reach the roads till late in the day, when she was boarded by the pilot, who came to single anchor near the Bell Buoy. The ship looks little changed, but those on board connected with her are all new men except the steward. Captain Edwards, who is in charge, had previously a fine steamer of 3,150 tons ; but preferring a sailing vessel, he remained on shore until appointed to the Darra.
The ship has brought a few assisted immigrants, who look in excellent health, and throughout the voyage there was no case of serious illness. As soon as the passengers are mustered by the Immigration Officer they will be free to land.
The Darra left Gravesend on April 24, and the same day anchored in the Downs. On the 25th she weighed and beat out with the wind southwest, and next day when off the Isle of Wight discharged the Channel pilot. On April 27 the ship was off Start Point, and the following day, it 3 p.m., took her final departure from the Lizard. On May 19, at noon, the crossed the line in 27° of west longitude, on the 21st day from the Lizard. On May 29 light S.S.K. winds set in, and they lasted five days, but on June 3 a fine fair wind was hailed with delight. On the 12th the craft crossed the meridian of Greenwich, in lat 39½° S. On June 15, at midnight, she passed the meridian of the Cape, in lat 41½° S., having run 2,795 miles in 12 ½ days. On July 5 the ship passed the meridian of the Leuwin in 40° S., having made the passage of the Southern Ocean from the longitude of the Cape to that of Cape Leuwin in 20 ½ days. Light airs and calms then set in, and July 12 arrived before Kangaroo Island was sighted. After this light airs continued, so that another two days were spent before the vessel's anchoring at the Semaphore.

The South Australian Register, Monday 20 July 1874 p. 1

To captain Edwards.

We the undersigned, passengers of the Ship Darra, take great pleasure in offering our thanks to Captain Edwards for the uniform kindness and courtesy with which he has treated us during the entire passage, he sparing no pains, and at times inconveniencing himself for the sake of our comfort. And also of tendering our sincerest thanks to the Captain for the trouble he has taken to hold Divine Service on Sunday mornings, and at the same time expressing our deep regret that some of the passengers (and those, too, who should have known better) should have so far forgotten themselves as to act in a most unbecoming manner during the time these Services were held.

John Gale Barth. Beesley
W.B. Frear R. Smith
C. Wenham A. Caldwell
T. Hookings W.P. Clarke
F. Balls G.J. Bawden
H.G. Davison J. McArdle
W. Wells F.J. Hutchison [sic ?]
C.M.A. Cain P. Hutchinson
M.E. Perkins H. Perkins
George Bray E. Bray
J. Edwards E. Edwards
J. Bawden S.J. Bawden
J. Bawden A. Bawden
M.J. Bawden E. Bawden
S.A. Bawden J.F. Bawden
C.J.M. Tomkins J. Hutchinson
E. Hutchinson J. Edwards
R.S. Miller G.D. Clarke
July 9, 1874  
GRG 35/48/2 Crown lands and Immigrant ships papers
Surgeon Superintendent report.
" Deaths on the voyage"
Name Age Date of Death Cause of Death Where buried
    No records found  
Surgeon Superintendent Report "Births on Board"
Name of Mother   Date of Birth Sex of Infant  
    No records found    

note: where maiden name of wife is indicated, it has been included in the given name column within ( ) ; the passenger list comprises three sections arranged alphabetically, i families, ii single men, iii single women & children ; transcriber notes

Names Age Occupation B-index BMD Residence Remarks
  Last Given
CPCH Bawden John 39 Labourer 98/3 D Redruth, Cornwall  
    Sarah Jane (Jeffery) 37          
    George Jeffery 12          
    John 11          
    Albert 9          
    Mary Jane 7          
    Emily 6          
    Sarah Ann 4          
    James F. 1          
CPCH Bray George 29 Labourer 167/3 B West Derby, Lancashire  
    Elizabeth (Cashman) 24          
UKAP Edwards John 26 Gardener / Botanist 457/3   Blean, Kent  
    Emily (Wells) 18          
    John inf          
UKAP Hutchinson Alfred [sic] John ? 29 Farm Labourer 803/3   England  
    Elizabeth 22          
UKAP Perkins Charles William 32 Labourer 1268/3   Northampton, Northamptonshire  
    Mary Elizabeth (Parbery) 22          
    Ada Kate E. 2          
    Charles William inf          
Names Age Occupation B-index BMD Residence Remarks
  Last Given
Single Men
UKAP Balls Fred. 12       England died at sea ? | family in SA ?
UKAP Beesley Bartholomew 26 Plumber 105/1   England  
CPCH Caldwell Alexander 18 Labourer 226/2 M Scotland  
UKAP Clarke William P. 16 Labourer 281/1   Newington, Surrey ? ages interchanged ?
UKAP Clarke George Daniel 13 Labourer -  
CPCH Dennison Henry G. 16 Labourer 398/3   England  
UKAP Frear W.B. 22 Plumber -   England  
UKAP Gale John 27 Farm Labourer 543/1   England  
CPCH Hooking Thomas 19 Labourer 770/3   England  
UKAP Hutchinson Peter 24 Bricklayer - M England  
UKAP Hutchinson James 22 Baker -   England  
UKAP McArdle James 24 Carpenter 1048/2   England  
UKAP Smith Robert 22 Shoemaker -   England  
UKAP Wells William 17 Locksmith - M England  
UKAP Wenham Charles 22 Gardener -   England  

Sources: State Library South Australia, official passenger lists, mainly of immigrants arriving in South Australia under United Kingdom assisted passage schemes, 1847-1886 GRG 35/48a (formerly ACC 313); Sydney Shipping Gazette; South Australian Register; The South Australian Government Gazette; GRG 35/48/2 Crown lands and Immigrant ships papers; Biographical index SA 1836-1885 (the B-index column indicates individuals who may be found in that index, with corresponding reference ; FreeBMD ; UK census'

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