The Ship THAMES 1826
Please contact me if you had an ancestor who arrived on the THAMES
The Irish immigration ship the Thames which brought wives and children from Cork Ireland to Sydney to unite with their husband/father who had been transported prior to 1826
The Thames was the first immigration ship to carry families directly from Ireland.
The Thames sailed from Cork 14 November 1825 and arrived 11 April 1826 and carried 37 wives and 107 children. There were also 16 paying passengers and crew captained by Robert Frazier and Surgeon Superintendant Dr. Linton R.N
There is no official passenger list existing in the NSW State Archives, the National Archives in Canberra or the National Archives in Dublin Ireland .
The purpose is to locate extended family members of those that immigrated on the Thames with the view to drawing together background information on what has happened to those Thames families and their convict husbands since 1826.
The objective is to document as many as possible Thames family stories and provide this information to the Mitchell Library and to the Society of Australian Genealogists (SAG) in the form of a manuscript.
A researcher named Lyn Vincent of Lyndon Genealogy has managed to reconstruct a passenger list through using the 1828 Census, the Ship Surgeon's Report, Birth, Death and Marriage Indexes and the Australian Biographical & Genealogical Record.
A Constable Michael Sheedy in the 1830s also compiled a list of family names that travelled on the Thames .
Unfortunately there were 16 deaths on the voyage (3 wives and 13 children). Close analysis of the Surgeon's Report (Dr. Lynton) has identified 2 of the wives and 8 children) on a microfilm held by the Mitchell Library. It would seem that not all of the Surgeon's report has been copied to microfilm.
The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW ) Wednesday 12 April 1826. Page 2
Yesterday arrived the ship Thames, Captain Robert Frazer, with stores for Government.
She sailed from Cork the 14th November; from Teneriffe 29th November; and from
Pernambuco 11th January last.
By this conveyance are forwarded 37 women, the wives of free men and prisoners, who
bring along with them 107 children. We are sorry to say that 3 women and 13 children
died on the passage. Passengers, Mr. Raymond, Mrs. Raymond, and 9 children, and Mr. James Richards,
saddler. Surgeon Superintendent, Dr. Linton, R. N.
Another vessel, with male prisoners, was to leave shortly after the departure of the Thames.
The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW) Wednesday 19 April 1826 Page 3
The women and children landed from the Thames on Saturday last, and were conducted
to the Old Orphan School, where they continued until called for by their several
relatives and friends.
The women, generally, looked hearty enough. As for the boys and girls, they were
perfect models of the Hibernian race; they seemed quite at home on their way up
George-street, and were as dignified in their step as any emigrant. This is a nouvelle
method to "ADVANCE AUSTRALIA," in importing children by wholesale. However, it's all
grist that comes to our mill. We hope the next importation the Ministry will send us,
may turn out to be a cargo of healthy and attractive damsels, and children will follow of course.