Forth (1833)

The following list of passengers aboard the second voyage of the Forth to Van Diemen's Land was seeded from information available in the newspapers of the day, and from the Van Diemen's Land Company shipping return.

The Forth returned to England after her voyage in 1832, arriving there in February 1833 as reported in the Launceston news in July 1833:

The Forth, Captain Robertson, arrived on the 12th of February: Our private letters inform us that the latter vessel had a very tempestuous passage. On the 26th November, in lat. 49. 7 S. long. 49. 20. W., she was struck by a heavy sea which did considerable damage, and one of the crew was washed overboard; and in lat. 48. 46. N.14. 46. W. long.: her main-mast was shivered by lightning. We are happy to add that, notwithstanding, her cargo was landed in the the finest possible order. She is again chartered by: the Van Diemen's Land Company for Circular Head and Launceston; to sail on the 1st of May.1

The ship's arrival back in Circular Head has not been isolated to date. Presumably she did sail from London on 1 May 1833:

...the Van Diemen's Land Company's chartered ship Forth of Alloa, of 600 tons burden, Captain James Robertson, sailed from the London Docks, with a general cargo, eight cabin and upwards of forty passengers, for the establishment formed by that company at Circular Head, from whence she proceeds onwards to Launceston, which port within these few years has risen rapidly into commercial importance.2

The earliest account found has the vessel arriving in Launceston on 13 November 1833.

The Forth, Capt. Robertson, arrived in Port from London and Circular Head, yesterday. We have only space to give the names of passengers this week :— In the cabin ; Miss Maria Head, Miss Mary Solomon, Messrs. Robert Massie, Philip Oakden, John Main, Mervyn Mann, Wm. Fletcher. In the steerage ; Robert Bell, Wm. W. Williams, Marianne Williams, Harriet Lloyd, Jonathan S. Waddel, William Boden, Elizabeth Boden, John Henny, Frederick Wigan, August Lackmenn, Barnard Lloyd, Thomas Lloyd, Fanny Lloyd, Thomas Lloyd. Twenty-seven passengers were landed at Circular Head.3

The List of Passengers landed at Circular Head is also available in Portable Document Format.

Name Native Place Trade (Notes)
ALLAN, William Stonehaven, Aberdeen, Scotland Millwright, disembarked Circular Head4
 
Absconded soon after arrival as advertised in the Hobart Town Courier in December 1833.5
BARCLAY, John Aberdeen, Scotland Blacksmith, disembarked Circular Head6
BELL, Robert   Steerage Passenger, disembarked Launceston7
BOWDEN, Elizabeth   Steerage Passenger, disembarked Launceston8
BOWDEN, William   Steerage Passenger, disembarked Launceston9
FLETCHER, William   Cabin Passenger, disembarked Launceston10
HAY, Ann Aberdeen, Scotland Wife of James HAY, disembarked Circular Head11
HAY, Ann Aberdeen, Scotland Daughter of James HAY, disembarked Circular Head12
HAY, Barbara Aberdeen, Scotland Daughter of James HAY, disembarked Circular Head13
HAY, Christine Aberdeen, Scotland Daughter of James HAY, disembarked Circular Head14
HAY, James Aberdeen, Scotland House Carpenter, disembarked Circular Head15
HAY, John Aberdeen, Scotland Son of James HAY, disembarked Circular Head16
HAY, Margaret Aberdeen, Scotland Daughter of James HAY, disembarked Circular Head17
HAY, Sarah Aberdeen, Scotland Daughter of James HAY, disembarked Circular Head18
HEAD, Maria (Miss) Eastbourne Cabin Passenger. On the list of passengers who disembarked at Circular Head19, but presumably went on to Launceston.20
HENNY, John   Steerage Passenger, disembarked Launceston21
JOHNSTON, Grace Aberdeen, Scotland Wife of James JOHNSTON, disembarked Circular Head22
JOHNSTON, James Aberdeen, Scotland Mason, disembarked Circular Head23
 
James Johnston and his wife Grace Scott Patterson moved from Circular Head to Launceston where they had a number of children, those known include James Oakden Johnstone on 23 February 183424, Mary Ann Johnstone on 21 May 183625, William Alexander Johnstone on 16 November 183726, Victoria Grace Johnstone on 26 April 183927, Walter Thomas Johnston on 2 May 1842,28 an Un-named Female Johnstone on 4 November 184329 and an Un-named Male Johnstone on 28 August 1845.30 James and Grace ultimately lived in Deloraine where James Johnstone died on 1 December 1866.31 Grace Scott Johnstone died on 21 February 1884, also in Deloraine.32
JOHNSTON, Margaret Aberdeen, Scotland Daughter of James JOHNSTON, disembarked Circular Head33
 
Margaret Johnstone was baptised on 23 November 1843 with a recorded date of birth of 5 November 1832, so presumably Margaret was born just before the family arrived in Van Diemen's Land.34
KENNEDY, Archibald Fort William, Scotland Shepherd, disembarked Circular Head35
KENNEDY, Donald Fort William, Scotland Shepherd, disembarked Circular Head36
 
Absconded soon after arrival as advertised in the Hobart Town Courier in December 1833.37
LACKMENN, August   Steerage Passenger, disembarked Launceston38
 
There is material online concerning a Augustus Christian Ferdinand LACKMANN that may represent this individual.39
LAMBERT, Charles Middlesex, England Son of Mary LAMBERT, disembarked Circular Head40
LAMBERT, Mary (Mrs.) Middlesex, England Disembarked Circular Head41
LLOYD, Bernard   Steerage Passenger, disembarked Launceston42
LLOYD, Fanny   Steerage Passenger, disembarked Launceston43
LLOYD, Harriet   Steerage Passenger, disembarked Launceston44
LLOYD, Thomas   Steerage Passenger, disembarked Launceston45
LLOYD, Thomas   Steerage Passenger, disembarked Launceston46
MAIN, John   Cabin Passenger, disembarked Launceston47
 
Among the arrivals by the Forth at Launceston, we are happy to announce that of our old and much esteemed friend Mr. John Main, who is about to establish himself as a hardware and general merchant in that town.48
MANN, Barbara Aberdeen, Scotland Wife of George MANN, disembarked Circular Head49
MANN, George Aberdeen, Scotland House Carpenter, disembarked Circular Head50
MANN, James Aberdeen, Scotland Son of George MANN, disembarked Circular Head51
MANN, Margaret Aberdeen, Scotland Daughter of George MANN, disembarked Circular Head52
MANN, Mervyn   Cabin Passenger, disembarked Launceston53
MASSIE, Robert Aberdeen, Scotland Cabin Passenger. On the list of passengers who disembarked at Circular Head54, but presumably went on to Launceston.55
 
DEATH OF MR. R. MASSIE - We have to record the death of an old and much respected resident of Hay, who for many years has been familiar to us all, Mr. Robert Massie. He had been ailing and in a rather feeble condition for some time, and during the last two months he had been too unwell to leave the house. The sad event had been almost daily expected for the last week or two. but he lingered on until Tuesday morning when he passed quietly away. Mr. Massie was born in Aberdeen, Scotland on 26th October 1809. At an early age he was apprenticed to the civil engineering. Shortly after his apprenticeship had expired he joined the Van Dieman's Land Company as an engineer, to erect all the machinery sent out by the company, and to lay out their farm, etc. After leaving the services of this company he went with Mr. Anderson to Westernport, and they took up the first station in Victoria. This was in 1837. At that time the law did not allow those taking up land to cultivate it, and after they had sunk everything in clearing and cultivating, the Government swooped on them and they had to either buy the land or leave it, and they choose the latter. After this Mr. Massie went to Deep Creek, and then to Lancefield, and carried on farming operations. When the gold fever broke out he went to Guildford as mining manager and engineer where he lived a considerable time and shared the varying success of those who speculated in mining. After leaving the goldfields he came to Hay where he resided up to the time of his death. He leaves a widow and eight children, three sons and five daughters, all of whom are married.56
MELTON, Agnes East Middlesex, England Wife of William MELTON, disembarked Circular Head57
MELTON, William East Middlesex, England Miller & Engineer, disembarked Circular Head58
MILNE, David Aberdeen, Scotland Son of George MILNE, disembarked Circular Head59
MILNE, Elizabeth Aberdeen, Scotland Wife of George MILNE, disembarked Circular Head60
MILNE, George Aberdeen, Scotland Mason, disembarked Circular Head61
OAKDEN, Philip Stydd, Derbyshire, England Cabin Passenger, disembarked Launceston62
 
Philip Oakden (1784-1851), merchant, banker and social worker, was the son of Philip Oakden of Stydd, Derbyshire, England, and his wife Mary, née Huerdd. After a business failure in London he went to Hamburg in 1816 as a commission merchant in partnership with Osmond Gilles and by 1827, when he revisited England, he was able to repay all his creditors, who presented him with plate worth £100 inscribed with their testimony to his honour and moral rectitude. He finally left Hamburg in 1829 for Liverpool, where he joined the Wesleyan Society. After the colonial success of other Hamburg merchants he emigrated to Van Diemen's Land in the Forth in November 1833, and next year was elected to the board of directors to organize the establishment of the independent Tamar Bank in Launceston. (see the Australian Dictionary of Biography for the full entry)63
SOLOMON, Mary (Miss)   Cabin Passenger, disembarked Launceston64
 
Mary Solomon may be the individual by that name who married William Roberts on 5 Nov 1835 in Longford, Tasmania.65 According to an online report, William and Mary emigrated to New Zealand about 1855.66
THOMSON, John Stonehaven, Aberdeen, Scotland Millwright, disembarked Circular Head67
 
Absconded soon after arrival as advertised in the Hobart Town Courier in December 1833.68
WADDEL, Johnathan S.   Steerage Passenger, disembarked Launceston69
WIGAN, Frederick   Steerage Passenger, disembarked Launceston70
WILLIAMS, Marianne   Steerage Passenger, disembarked Launceston71
WILLIAMS, William W.   Steerage Passenger, disembarked Launceston72
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