Forth (1832)

The following list of passengers aboard the first voyage of the Forth to Van Diemen's Land was seeded from information available on the now archived website, Indentured Servants of the Van Diemen's Land Company, originally authored by Maureen Duniam. The list has been significantly enlarged and enhanced from other sources to include additional passengers and information. According to that website, the Forth left "London, England on 31st November 1831 and arrived in Circular Head 6th April, 1832." According to other sources the barque arrived in Circular Head on 22 March 1832 and arrived in Launceston on 6 April 1832.

The Rootsweb AUS-Tasmania-L Archives includes a posting referring to the chartering of the Forth as follows:

Thomas HENTY came from the town of West Tarring in Sussex and, in 1831, he chartered a vessel, the "Forth of Alloway" and packed up his family, livestock and servants to make a new home for them in Launceston. Three of his sons arrived in Western Australia in 1828 where the family hoped to settle, but found it unsuitable, and they too moved to VDL. Because Thomas HENTY had room on the vessel, he also contracted to carry servants of the VDL Company at Circular Head, and they disembarked there before the vessel continued on to Launceston. Because it was a privately-chartered ship, the HENTY's didn't have to provide a passenger list.1

The Glenelg and Wannon Settlers and Settlement website has a fuller description of Thomas Henty's involvement:

Thomas HENTY was a banker and landowner in West Tarring, Sussex. Family of Seven boys-Stephen, George, John, William, Charles, Edward, Francis and one daughter-Jane. Hearing of the Swan River settlement in Western Australia, where land was given away according to property introduced, he decided to set his sons up there, and in March, 1829, chartered and despatched the barque "Caroline" with his three sons, James, Stephen, and John carrying twelve laborers, six women, fifteen children, ten horses, ten cattle, and one hundred and fifty pure Merino sheep.

Mr. Thomas HENTY, wife and family of Edward, Frank, Charles and Jane sailed from Sussex in October, 1831, in the "Forth of Alloway." They arrived Van Diemen's Land in 1832 and settled upon the Tamar. In 1833 he visited Western Australia and advised sons to give up settlement. Thomas HENTY died in 1839 at Launceston, Van Diemen's Land and Frances also died there in 1848.2

Name Native Place Trade (Notes)
BELL, Robert   Also recorded as Richard and Mrs. Bell.3
BERRY, Joseph    
CARR, Mr.4   Servant to Mr. Mann.5
COLEMAN, John    
CROSS, John Oxfordshire, England Stone mason & Bricklayer
DOWLING, John Wiltshire, England Shepherd (Single)
ELMER, John Suffolk, England John Elmer and his wife, Frances, migrated with their four children from Suffolk, England on the Forth, arriving at Stanley, Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania), in April 1832. A further eight children were to be born in Tasmania.6
FORTESCUE, George    
FOSSEY, Joseph.7 Hertfordshire, England Joseph Fossey (1788-1851), land surveyor, was born on 17 September 1788 at Baldock, Hertfordshire, England, the son of Thomas Fossey, a small landholder in Clothall parish and a maltster by trade, and his wife Mary. On 23 August 1825 at a salary of £100 Joseph was appointed assistant surveyor in the newly-formed Van Diemen's Land Co.... In January 1830 Edward Curr wrote of him, 'Surveyor Fossey, now in charge of the establishment at Woolnorth, is a compound of many discordant qualities. He is not a man of talent … but is quite conversant with the principles of his profession, is exceedingly slow in practice arising from too great an attention to minutiae … In his general character he is made up of peculiarities, affecting to think and act on all subjects differently from everyone else … yet altogether he is a man of worth and a conscientious servant of the Company and I am sorry to part with him because I know that I can place dependence upon him'. Fossey, his contract completed, sailed for England but returned in the Forth in April 1832....8 See the Australian Dictionary of Biography entry for Joesph Fossey.
GREEN, J. S. and Mrs.9    
HAY, David Scotland David Wallace Hay was a carpenter and builder, who had migrated from Scotland with his wife, Helena [Davidson], on the VDL Company’s vessel the Forth about the same time as the Persian arrived at Hobart with the Purton family, but the Company failed to honour its promise of employment and he set off to the court at Launceston, to obtain redress - his overland journey is graphically described in his obituary.[48] On arrival he found that the only lawyer had been engaged by the Company. The doughty Scotsman had some funds of his own, and so was able to charter a vessel and with others similarly placed collected his wife and set off for Hobart where he had no problems in finding employment. Although his obituary would say that it was after an unsuccessful attempt at gold prospecting David Hay took up the property named Violet Banks, it was many years before the gold discoveries of the early 1850s.10
HENTY, Mr. (Thomas) and Mrs. (Frances Elizabeth).11 Sussex, England Thomas (1775-1839), pioneer, and his sons James (1800-1882), Charles Shum (1807-1864), William (1808-1881), Edward (1810-1878), Stephen George (1811-1872), John (1813-1868?), Francis (1815-1889), and a daughter Jane (1805-1893). Thomas Henty had two other sons, Thomas and Henry, and a daughter Frances, who died in childhood or youth and did not come to Australia.12 For the voyage on the Forth, Mr. and Mrs. Henty were accompanied by 4 children: Miss (Jane) Henty, Mr. C(harles). S. Henty, Mr. Edward Henty, Mr. F(rancis). Henty. See the Australian Dictionary of Biography record for the Henty family.
HILLS, John.   Servant to Mr. Henty.13
HILLS, William.   Servant to Mr. Henty.14
KING, John Warickshire, England Superintendent
MANN, Mr.15    
MORRIS, J. S.   Servant to Mr. Wilmore.16
NEALE, John Oxfordshire, England Shepherd
NEALE, Thomas Oxfordshire, England Shepherd
NUGENT, Mr.   Servant to Mr. Mann.17
PARISH, Sarah    
PARKER, Mr.   Servant to Mr. Henty.18
PEART, William Muller Cumberland, England William Muller Peart (was) born 1805 (in) England (and) married Mary Ann(e) Baker in 1831 at Parish St. Marylebone England....(William's occupations throughout his life were) Carpenter, Cabinetmaker, Gunsmith, (and) Engineer. William ... and wife with 1 child, Mary Ann(e), immigrated to Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) on the ship ‘Forth’ arriving at Circular Head (now called Stanley) on 22 March 1832. They were indentured servants to the Van Diemen's Land Company. They had 11 children, six daughters and five sons, the last ten children were all born in Launceston.19
RODGERS, William    
SAVAGE, Mary    
SMITH, John    
TAYLOR, Jesse    
THOMPSON, James    
TURNER, Thomas Suffolk, England Thomas (an indentured servant of the Van Diemens Land Co.), Frances & 5 daughters arrived in Tasmania aboard the “Forth”... Thomas was a passenger on the continuation of the ship’s voyage to Launceston... He was a shepard in England and was probably given the job for that reason.20 Thomas Turner and Frances Ripper were married on 3 July 1820 in Santon Downham, Suffolk, England.21
WILMORE, William (Francis Young).22 Worcester, England Extract from: Some Private Correspondence of Sir John and Lady Jane Franklin, Part 1 by George Mackaness 1947:

Mr Wilmore is a young man of respectable character who left England with considerable property in 1831 and settled here in 1832, too late to take advantage of the Free Grant system. He purchased his land of an individual and gave a high price for it, but he is not dissatisfied with the present results. He has about 150 acres in cultivation upon an estate of 1200 acres. Some of this was cleared when he purchased, the rest he has done himself. On his first arrival his clearing cost him as much as 20 pounds per acre, now the price of labour being lower, he thinks it would not cost more than 10 pounds. He described it as being very good land. Mr Wilmore came out at the same time with Mr Henty, Senior, in the Flora* (the ship's designation seems in this colony to be always an essential part of an individual's characteristics). His brother, Mr or Dr Wilmore, a Surgeon at Norfolk Plains, came out 2 or 3 years afterwards and bought property to the value of 10,000 pounds in land... *Passage on the ship "S. Forth" Fellow travellers were Thomas Henty and family, who came via Swan River where the elder sons took up land) Circular Head, 21 March 1832; Landed at Launceston 4th, 6th or 7 April 1832.23

WRIGHT, John    

According to some newspaper reports of the time "The Forth brings out 250 labourers and mechanics for the Van Diemen's land Company".24 According to others the number was far fewer:


On the 6th ... the barque "Forth", Captain James Robertson, from London, with a cargo of live stock and merchandize. Passengers - Mr. and Mrs. Henty, Miss Henty, Mr. C. S. Henty, Mr. Edward Henty, Mr. F. Henty, Mr. Mann, Mr. Wilmore, and Mr. Fossey. J. S. Morris, (servant to Mr. Wilmore), J. S. Green, Mrs. Green, _ Parker, William Hills, John Hills, (servants to Mr. Henty,) P. Nugent and _ Carr, (servants to Mr. Mann,) Robert Bell, Mrs. Bell and Mrs. West. 57 men, women and children, landed at Circular Head. Passengers from Circular Head - Mr. Curr, and two servants, and Mr. Hillier and Mr. Hutchinson.25