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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

ship Norman, 582 tons, Captain John Adams, from Southampton 4th December 1854, arrived at Port Adelaide, South Australia 7th March 1855

South Australian Register Thursday 8th March 1855

Wednesday March 7th, 1855:- the ship Norman, 582 tons, J. Adams, Master, from Southampton November 8th [sic] [1854], Elders and Co., Agents.
Passengers: Mr.& Mrs. Fastlen ; Miss Chadwick ; Mr. Thomas Alexander, surgeon-superintendent in the cabin and the following emigrants in the steerage. . . .
7th ship from England to S.A. with government passengers for 1855 ; 0 births and 0 deaths on the passage ; Mr. Thomas Alexander, surgeon-superintendent.

South Australian Government Gazette 1855.
ship Norman
Left Southampton on the 2nd December, 1854 and arrived in Port Adelaide on the 7th March, 1855. No deaths nor births took place on the voyage. This has not occurred in a Government emigrant ship since the year 1850, when the barque British Empire arrived under the same circumstances.
The Norman arrived in apparently very excellent order, the passage decks were clean and the people seemed a respectable and well selected class of persons. Unfortunately, however, there was a want of good feeling and mutual co-operation between the master and the surgeon-superintendent of the ship. The surgeon-superintendent refused to sign the certificate that the charter party had been fulfilled ; and many complaints, and some of serious character, were made by the emigrants. In consequence of this, the Immigration Board assembled, and sat several days investigating the nature of the complaints ; and on the 23rd of March, presented to His Excellency their report. They found that two charges were clearly proved against the master of the ship.
1st:- That there had been indecent familiarities with one or more of the single women ; and
2nd:- That the emigrants had been annoyed on crossing the line.
The twenty-third clause of the charter party expressly stipulates that the emigrants shall not be molested on crossing the line; and that the master of the ship shall strictly prohibit and prevent, on the part of the crew or officers of the ship, any intercourse whatever with the female passengers on board. That any breach of either of those regulations will entail forfeiture of the passage money, and of any gratuities which might otherwise have been payable to the offenders.
The Board stated that the familiarities of which the master in their opinion was guilty, though no attempt was made by his accusers to infer any criminal intention on his part, were yet of a nature, which if permitted in an emigrant ship, were calculated to lead to serious evil. The Board had also full proof given them that many of the emigrants had water pumped upon them by the fire engine on crossing the line ; in consequence of which, many of them were thoroughly drenched, and some of the young women attributed a long continued illness to that cause. It was clearly proved that all this was done with the consent of the master. The Immigration Board gave it as their opinion, that, in the two respects above mentioned, the twenty third clause of the charter party had been vitiated ; and that according to the stipulations therein contained, the passage money was forfeited, as well as the gratuity otherwise payable to the master of the ship. But, during the investigation, it appeared to the Board that there was a most unfortunate want of good feeling and cordial co-operation between the master and the surgeon of the ship.
The Board could not discover that the surgeon gave warning to the master of the consequences which would follow ; and though the master of the ship ought not to have required warning to avoid the two errors which he committed, yet the Board felt convinced, had fair warning been given, that on arrival no such clauses of complaint would have existed. They state, that it was painfully evident to them during the investigation that there was a vindictive feeling of the surgeon-superintendent towards the master of the ship, and that the surgeon had watched in silence the master compromising himself and the charter party, without entering a protest, or giving warning of an irregularity, that a repetition would be followed by a formal complaint to the Colonial Government.
The Immigration Board recommended that the gratuity of the master of the ship should be withheld, which they hoped would act as a warning to him to avoid hereafter the errors which have now taken place ; as in all other respects it appeared to the Board that he acted with kindness and consideration to the emigrants; and although, according to the strict letter of the charter-party, the passage money was forfeited, yet the board suggested to His Excellency, that the Colonial Land and Emigration Commissioners should be requested not to arrest the passage money, as the Board thought that the object sought to be obtained could be accomplished without such severity. His Excellency the Officer Administering the Government was pleased to approve of the report and of the suggestions therein contained and to direct that a copy should be forwarded to the Colonial Land and Emigration Commissioners.

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 Residence Remarks
Last Given
Allcock John Ephraim 29 Agr. Labourer 12/3 Long Sutton, Lincoln  
  Elizabeth (Seamer) 25        
  Mary Elizabeth 4        
  Tom 1        
Allen David 24 Agr. Labourer 16/3 Cambridge  
  Sarah (Downes ?) 26        
  Mary 2        
Baker George 21 Agr. Labourer 60/3 Surrey  
  Mary A. 19        
Bell Joseph 59 Agr. Labourer 107/3 Blyborough, Lincoln  
  Sarah 59        
Bowyer Thomas Henry 44 Labourer 157/2 Cowlinge, Suffolk  
  Rebecca (Boot) 44        
  Henry 13        
  Sarah 11        
  Eliza 8        
  George 4        
  Hannah inf        
Boyse Charles 36 Bricklayer 159/3 Kent  
  Susan 39        
  William 12        
  John 10        
  George 9        
Bradley George 22 Carpenter 161/1 St. George, Hanover Square, Middlesex  
  Elizabeth 24       Elizabeth (Dobbinson ?)
Brooks Thomas 38 Agr. Labourer 184/1 Cambridge  
  Sarah 36        
  Rebecca 12        
Buckwell William 22 Agr. Labourer 198/2 Lewes, Sussex  
  Esther (Bailey) 24        
  Arthur inf        
Dean Robert 40 Agr. Labourer 392/1 Lower Halstow, Kent  
  Emily (Seager) 32        
  Jane 11        
  Sarah 4        
Denny Mary 48 Domestic Servant 399/1 St. Marylebone, Middlesex widow ? 1851 census, husband Thomas, age 54
  Mary 17 Housemaid      
  Thomas 15 Errand Boy      
  Christopher 13        
  Catherine 5        
Drayton Joseph 30 Gardener 428/1 — ?  
  Susan 27        
  Mary 1        
Dowling William 24 Carpenter 424/3 Chelsea, Middlesex  
  Eliza (Page) 21        
Gann Austin 37 Agr. Labourer 546/2 Sutton St. Mary, Lincoln  
  Mary (Clay) 32        
  Elizabeth 9        
  Mary 7        
Griffiths John 34 Smith 620/3 Nottingham  
  Harriet (Wood) 25        
  Byron John 1        
Gurney Joseph 45 Agr. Labourer 630/2 Bury St. Edmunds St. James, Suffolk  
  Frances 39        
  Eliza 10        
  Frances 8        
  Frederick 5        
  Emma 2        
Harmer Thomas 19 Agr. Labourer 673/3 Erpingham, Norfolk  
  Alice Matilda (Franklin) 21        
Heath William 37 Carpenter 709/1 Nottingham St. Mary, Nottingham  
  Fanny (Brown) 35        
  John 12        
Hebblewaite Thomas 45 Carpenter 709/2 Surrey Hebblethwaite / Hebblewhite ?
  Eleanor 42        
  Jessie 11        
  Celia 8        
  George 5        
Hutton George 25 Agr. Labourer 805/1 Basingstoke, Hampshire  
  Jane (Trimmer) 18        
Keen William 24 Bricklayer 881/3 Islington, Middlesex  
  Sophia 28        
  Emma Sophia 1        
Lamerton William John 23 Bricklayer 949/1 St. George Southwark, Surrey  
  Mary (Hinchliffe) 21        
Lander James 53 Carpenter 949/3 St. Pancras, Middlesex  
  Harriet 39        
  Eliza 12        
  James 10        
Lanthios / Lanthios George 21 Carpenter - Bethnal Green, Middlesex  
  Jane (Cox) 23        
Mason George 22 Agr. Labourer 1033/1 Dunmow, Essex  
  Harriet (Webb) 21        
Mason John 41 Agr. Labourer 1033/2 Gedney, Lincoln  
  Susan 33        
Clifton George 9 step-son      
Mason Elizabeth 5        
  Caroline 1        
Mills Edward 30 Agr. Labourer 1113/2 Cambridge  
  Elizabeth 30        
Paddle George 43 Carpenter 1228/1 St Marylebone, Middlesex  
  Betty 37        
Parsons George 51 Labourer 1242/2 Dorset  
  Alice 57        
Pearce John 26 Agr. Labourer 1256/2 Jersey  
  Maria 24        
  Jane 4        
Perry William 33 Carpenter 1271/1 Middlesex  
  Charlotte (Cover ?) 38        
  Walter 2        
  Esther inf        
Pickett William 25 Carpenter 1282/3 Middlesex  
  Sarah 23        
Pink Thomas 23 Carpenter 1286/3 Middlesex  
  Jane 27        
  Thomas 2        
  Eliza 1        
Pywell George 36 Agr. Labourer 1319/3 Thame, Oxford  
  Sarah 31        
  Esther 12        
Ramsay / Ramsey Joseph 43 Carter 1329/1 Ipswich St. Clement, Suffolk  
  Eliza (Stevens) 31        
  Joseph 11        
  Eliza 9        
  Allen 7        
  Henry 4        
Robinson Samuel 48 Shepherd 1373/1 Nottingham St. Mary, Nottingham  
  Elizabeth 47        
Rollerson James 28 Agr. Labourer 1382/3 Peterboro', Huntingdon  
  Sarah (Isaac) 21        
Savage George 23 Gardener 1430/3 Camberwell, Surrey  
  Hannah Rebecca (Tydeman) 23        
Scott William 38 Smith 1455/3 Derby St. Peter, Derbyshire  
  Mary 44        
  Agnes Mary 4        
Smith Edward 57 Agr. Labourer 1502/3 Betteshanger, Kent 1851 census, age 47
  Mary 48       1851 census, age 44
  James 12        
  John 9        
  Martha 7        
  Charles 2        
Tanner William 46 Agr. Labourer 1574/3 Boldre, Hampshire  
  Anna 50        
  Henrietta 12        
  Eli 9        
Townsend William 34 Sawyer 1616/1 Andover, Hampshire 1851 census, age 36
  Sarah 47        
Vowles Henry 21 Carpenter 1653/2 Kensington, Middlesex  
  Ellen 22        
Waterfield Joseph 21 Agr. Labourer 1678/3 Lincoln  
  Anne 21        
Wheatley James John 28 Carpenter - Newington, Surrey  
  Sarah (Wallis) 28        
Williams William 30 Carpenter 1722/2 Middlesex  
  Caroline 31        
  William 4        
  Caroline 2        
Williamson John 65 Agr. Labourer 1723/3 Gedney, Lincoln  
  Mary 54        
Willis Stewart ? 32 Agr. Labourer - Essex  
  Emily 30        
Wilkinson John 30 Agr. Labourer 1712/3 Spilsby, Lincoln  
  Betsey (Toin) 30        
Wiseman Charles 42 Agr. Labourer 1733/3 Mulbarton, Norfolk  
  Emma 45        
Names Age Occupation B-index Residence Remarks
Last Given
Single Men
Baker James 16 Agr. Labourer 61/2 Surrey with family
Bowyer David 19 Agr. Labourer 147/2 Cowlinge, Suffolk with parents
Brown Edward 17 Dairyman 186/2 Kent  
Foster George 49 Agr. Labourer - Buckingham with family
Fraser Simon 24 Mason - Surrey  
Gardiner William 20 Agr. Labourer - Suffolk  
Gurney John 19 Agr. Labourer 630/2 Bury St. Edmunds St. James, Suffolk with parents
Gurney Joseph 17 Agr. Labourer 630/3 Bury St. Edmunds St. James, Suffolk with parents
Hailes Thomas 74 Agr. Labourer - Leighton, Huntingdon with family (Johnson)
Heblewhaite Alfred 17 Carpenter - Surrey with parents
Johnson Morris 16 Agr. Labourer 850/2 Leighton, Huntingdon with grandfather Thomas Hailes
Lander John 14 Errand Boy 949/3 St. Pancras, Middlesex with parents
Moore Richard 27 Bricklayer 1130/3 Middlesex  
Thomson / Thompson Robert 23 Baker 1602/3 Middlesex  
Tilbrook William 23 Agr. Labourer - Suffolk  
Wallis Benbow 17 Carpenter 1663/3 Newington, Surrey brother of Sarah (Wallis) Wheatley
Williamson William 16 Agr. Labourer 1724/1 Gedney, Lincoln with parents (grandparents?)
Single Women
Baker Elizabeth 19 Laundrymaid   Surrey with family
Baker Bertha 25 Cook   Surrey with family
Bell Jane 16 Nursemaid   Blyborough, Lincoln with parents
Bowyer Susanna 16 Servant   Cowlinge, Suffolk with parents
Bresney Ellen 26 Servant   Middlesex  
Brooks Emma 14 Nursemaid   Cambridge with parents
Boniface Elizabeth 28 Servant   Cambridge  
Carroll Sarah 20 Servant   Middlesex  
Cleve Mary 21 Servant   Middlesex  
Cleve Sarah 23 Servant   Middlesex  
Davis Caroline 19 Servant   Middlesex  
Debor / Deboo Emma 22 Servant   Middlesex  
Dobinson Margaret 26 Servant   Middlesex  
Dodds Martha 28 Servant   Middlesex  
Driscoll Kate 20 Servant   Middlesex  
Edgworth Mary A. 27 Servant   Gloucester  
Foster Jane 27 Servant   Buckingham with family
Garyon Bessy 19 Servant   Dublin  
Heblewaite Emma 22 Servant   Surrey with parents
Heblewaite Agnes 14 Servant   Surrey with parents
Hall Harriet 21 Servant   Middlesex  
Hemmings Eliza 18 Servant   Middlesex  
Henby Elizabeth 28 Servant   Kent  
Hunt Amelia 26 Servant   Middlesex  
Johnson Lucy 40 widow / Servant   Leighton, Huntingdon with son Morris & father, Thomas Hailes
Johnson Elizabeth 26 Servant   Middlesex  
Johns Matilda 31 Servant   Middlesex  
Landers / Lander Sarah 23 Servant   Middlesex with family ?
McMahon Eliza 19 Laundrymaid   Middlesex  
McPherson Elizabeth 25 Housemaid   Middlesex  
McPherson Flora 22 Housemaid   Middlesex  
Murphy Mary 27 Laundrymaid   Middlesex  
Norton Hannah 24 Servant   Middlesex  
Painter Elizabeth 47 Cook   Surrey  
Perrett Harriet 28 Housemaid   Middlesex  
Pincher Ellen 28 Servant   Middlesex  
Pointen Sophia 21 Servant   Middlesex  
Pritchard Mary A. 18 Weaver   Hampshire  
Randell Jane 19 Housemaid   Essex  
Robinson Sarah Ann 15 Servant   Nottingham St. Mary, Nottingham with parents
Robinson Lydia 20 Servant   Nottingham St. Mary, Nottingham with parents
Smith Mary 29 Servant   Middlesex  
Speed Martha 43 widow / Servant   Middlesex  
Speed Martha 23 Servant   Middlesex  
Speed Mary 21 Servant   Middlesex  
Tanner Eliza 14 Servant   Boldre, Hampshire with parents
Taylor Olivia 19 Servant   Middlesex  
Wallis Maria 24 Sevant   Newington, Surrey sister of Sarah (Wallis) Wheatley
Webb Winifred 24 Servant   Surrey  
Williams Elizabeth 22 Servant   Middlesex  
Williamson Eliza 15 Servant   Gedney, Lincoln with grand-parents
Wood Ruth 23 Servant   Middlesex  
Wyatt Mary 28 Servant   Middlesex  

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 (formely 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 number for further research) ; FreeBMD ; 1851 UK census'

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