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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

barque Pak Wan, 818 tons, Captain William Burns Lawrence, from London 30th May 1874, arrived at Port Adelaide, South Australia 25th August 1874

The South Australian Register, Wednesday 26 August 1874 p. 4

Shipping Intelligence.

ARRIVED. Tuesday, August 25.— PAK WAN, barque, 818 tons, William Burns Lawrence, master, from London May 30. J. Staling & Co., agents.
Passengers —, R . E. and E Alp, Michael Baker, Sam. Condenning Wm and Margaret Edgar, Ed. Betchills, Mich. Fox, John Hughes, Robt Jones , Wm Kermode, Sam Masters. James Onagle, Jas. Ouinlan, Martin and Jno. Rooney, W. Robinson, Thorpe (7), John Kelly, and J. H.Gaurel, in the steerage.

. . . . — 10th 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

PAK WAN, from London— 2,406 cases, 16 tanks, 67 qr.-casks, 35 pieces and pkgs., 82 pkgs. 115 bales, 260 coils wire, 20 hhds., 1 casting, 611 Casks, 1,488 bars, 241 bdls, 110 do. iron, 200 Cases Geneva, 161 kegs, 160 drums, 8 machines, 2 boxes, 80 tons coals, 10,065 pieces boards,  4 parcels, 6 brls., 85 hf.-brls, 24 boilerplates, 4 head stocks, 32 springs, 32 buffers, 8 frames, 768 iron rails, 86 cart arms, 78 grindstones, 67 trunks.
For Port Augusta: 175 bdls. wire, 80 do. Hoop iron, 26 pkgs.
For Port Wallaroo: 50,000 Bricks, 51 Pkgs.
per Pak Wan, from London
For J. Osborne — 4 cases drapery.
For J. Morgan— 12 trunks Bostock's boots and shoes.
For G. and B. Wills and Co.— 56 cases, 4 bales, 5 trunks.
For A. Bowie— 36 trunks.
For Jas. Scott and Sons— 102 casks, 336 bars, 110 bdls. iron, 75 kegs.
For W. and J. Storrie— 18 cases.


The Pak Wan was originally a full-rigged ship, but on being changed to a barque was rendered workable with fewer hands. The mizenmast was stripped of its gear, and a long unsightly pole was sent up to carry a gafftop sail.  The Pak Wan has been in the Indian trade, and being a composite craft was laden for this colony, and she brought some assisted passengers. She left London on May 30, and had fine weather for a long time. On June 30 she crossed the line in 21° of longitude, and afterwards had fine south-east trade winds.  From the Cape the ship crossed between 36° and 40°, but was so far to leeward of Cape Borda in making the land that a bold course was shaped for Backstairs Passage.  She encountered heavy squalls about St. Paul's, and knocked the bulwark planking about a little; but the climax of bad weather was fell on Saturday night, when a hurricane blew. The sea was in a complete drift, and suddenly, at about 7 at night, it made a breach through the starboard bulwarks, sweeping the lot from the fore rigging to the forecastle. Stanchions, main rail, and planking were torn away like matchwood, and a vast volume of water careered on board, filling the Deckhouse and washing away all loose deck gear.
A boy was holding on to some of the lashings of the spars, but when the vessel somewhat recovered herself he could not be found. Nobody saw him go, and not a cry, or sound, or single noted how or when he fell, but Stephen Hobs was gone, and it is concluded that the sea which took the bulwarks took him away. When the weather moderated a course up the Gulf was shaped, and Cape Jervis was passed on Tuesday.   As night approached the chief officer, who had been here before, looked out for the red light, and when he saw it induced the master to come to anchor.  The blunder was afterwards discovered, and the next day the vessel proceeded to the Semaphore, as we have before reported.

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
UKAP Alp Richard 24 Labourer p/21/1   Hackney, Middlesex, England  
    Elizabeth (Cundale) 35          
    Elizabeth Mary 2         born 17 Aug 1871
CPC Edgar William 32 Blacksmith 454/1 B Scotland  
    Margaret (McGilvray) 25          
UKAP Thorp / Thorpe Ulysses De Burg 45   - M/D Carlow, Ireland Ulysses Burgh Thorp & Sarah Margaret Twamley married in 1850
    Sarah Margaret (Twamley) 32          
    Olivia 16          
    Henley James 13          
    Charles 11          
    Ulysses John 9          
CFP   Elizabeth inf         born 21 Aug 1873
Names Age Occupation B-index BMD Residence Remarks
  Last Given
Single Men
CPC Baker Michael 19 Labourer 62/1   Ireland  
UKAP Clendinnen Samuel Alfred 22 Labourer 284/3   Ireland  
CPC Etchell Edwin 18 Farm Labourer 473/2   Lancaster  
CPC Fox Michael 25 Farm Labourer -   Ireland  
UKAP Garrett James Henry 21 Miner 550/2   England  
UKAP Hughes John 21 Stoker 791/1   England  
UKAP Jones Robert 18 Servant 862/1   England  
UKAP Kelly John 24 Miner 886/3   England  
UKAP Kermode William 25 Miner 901/2   England  
UKAP Masters Samuel 23 Miner 1035/1   England  
UKAP Quale James Edward 20 Miner 1320/1   England  
UKAP Robinson William J. 20 Miner 1372/3   -  
CPC Rooney John 25 Labourer 1384/1   Ireland  
UKAP Rooney Martin 20 Labourer 1384/1   Ireland  

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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