Weekly posts

The first ships set out in the last week of February 1836. 

Follow their journeys over 45 weeks through the weekly posts from the journals, diaries and letters of those on board.

Latest Weekly Post:

Week 45 – Journey’s end and new beginnings

[ 25th of December 1836 to 31st of December 1836 ]

Christmas Day dawns fine and hot in the settlements, with the colonists in pensive mood.  Inevitably their thoughts turn to friends and family in England as they reflect on the very different circumstances of this first Christmas in South Australia. As usual Mary Thomas is the optimist.  She attends a makeshift church service in the [...]

Week 45 – Journey’s end and new beginnings, (Resources for schools).

Previous Weekly Posts:

Week 44 – ‘excellent eating’: kelp, parrots and a new oven, (Resources for schools).
Week 43 – settling on Holdfast Bay, (Resources for schools).
Week 42 – the scourge of scurvy, (Resources for schools).
Week 41 – Fire!, (Resources for schools).
Week 40 – Finally! The harbour is found, (Resources for schools).
Week 39 – settling in at Holdfast Bay, (Resources for schools).
Week 38 – lost in the bush, (Resources for schools).
Week 37 – taxing ‘ardent spirits’, (Resources for schools).
Week 36 – the Africaine approaches, (Resources for schools).
Week 35 – feasting on fish, (Resources for schools).
Week 34 – a tempest, (Resources for schools).
Week 33 – seeking a site for settlement, (Resources for schools).
Week 32 – Visions of the future, (Resources for schools).
Week 31 – Farewell to the Duke of York, (Resources for schools).
Week 30 – First encounters, (Resources for schools).
Week 29 – Impressions of the mainland, (Resources for schools).
Week 28 – A wedding on the beach, (Resources for schools).
Week 27 – a scandal averted, (Resources for schools).
Week 26 – the expanding settlement, (Resources for schools).
Week 25 – The demon drink, (Resources for schools).
Week 24 – Trouble on land and at sea, (Resources for schools).
Week 23 – Landfall, (Resources for schools).
Week 22 – all ships underway, (Resources for schools).
Week 21 – a sumptuous feast, (Resources for schools).
Week 20 – infectious disease, (Resources for schools).
Week 19 – farewells and new beginnings, (Resources for schools).
Week 18 – the port of Rio, (Resources for schools).
Week 17 – wet weather and wild tempers, (Resources for schools).
Week 16 – towards Australia, (Resources for schools).
Week 15 – high drama on the John Pirie, (Resources for schools).
Week 14 – steady progress, (Resources for schools).
Week 13 – tensions reach breaking point, (Resources for schools).
Week 12 – Crossing the line, (Resources for schools).
Week 11 – ‘dangers stand thick all around’, (Resources for schools).
Week 10 – fine weather and sea shanties, (Resources for schools).
Week 09 – to sea at last, (Resources for schools).
Week 08 – adieu to old England, (Resources for schools).
Week 07 – aftermath of the storm, (Resources for schools).
Week 06 – a ‘perfect Hurricane’, (Resources for schools).
Week 05 – the Cygnet sets sail, (Resources for schools).
Week 04 – A fair wind, (Resources for schools).
Week 03 – Waiting on the wind, (Resources for schools).
Week 02 – Storm in the Channel, (Resources for schools).
Week 01 – Setting sail, (Resources for schools).

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4 Responses to “Weekly posts”

  1. Mario Jaspers April 22, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    Hi Kristy,
    We don’t knowif he was a passenger or crew member, but the latter is most plausible. We have searched the archives at Cavan but have not found anything. From family oral history, we believe he arrived in 1842 and was working for John Peake at his winery in thevery beginning of planting vines, which i believe was about 1846. Yes he did serve on the Admella 1857 to July 1858, just before his marriage in September the same year in Pt Adelaide. We believe he had his reception on board the Admella while it was docked in the Port. Still enjoying the weekly updates, kind regards, Mario

  2. sonya March 29, 2011 at 12:14 pm #

    we could only imagine – or could we? – what it must have meant to those onboard the John Pirie to have lost all those animals, food and other essentials in that ‘perfect hurricane’ . Reading more ‘Ides of March’ horror stories told by the John Pirie journal writer in his beautiful prose, astounds me. That our ancestors weathered such to give us their dream inheritance in this, our wonderful country…are we deserving? Are we still grateful? Were we ever grateful? Yes. And yes, while we weep we shall also smile…

  3. Mario Jaspers March 20, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    We would like to thank History SA and the Curatorial Team and all involved in bringing us this very rich history of our early beginnings. Our great-great grandfather Georgios Tramountanas [George North] was the FIRST GREEK to settle in South Australia, arriving in Port Adelaide just 6 years [in 1842] after colonization. These weekly snippets into those times gives us a small idea of what the journey would have been like for him, what he may have encountered here on his arrival and how different were the days of our early Pioneering Ancestors. Again many thanks for this enormous undertaking from the Tramountanas-North Association Inc. Website: http://www.tramountanas1842.org Email: tramountanas@optusnet.com.au

    • Kristy March 21, 2011 at 2:34 pm #

      Hi Mario, Many thanks for your comments! I contacted the South Australian Maritime Museum to see whether they held any information on your great great grandfather but they couldn’t find a reference to him in their passengers database. I noticed that he was from a family of shipbuilders and seamen – do you know whether he came out to South Australia as crew or as a passenger? I also noticed that once settled here he served on the SS Admella for a time (luckily before its ill-fated voyage of 1859)!
      I hope you continue to enjoy the site.
      Regards, Kristy – History SA.

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