Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Passengers from Natal to Australia 1853

The Wee Tottie was another ship which carried emigrants from Natal
to Australia in February 1853, when they found Natal did not come up to
their expectations. If you have a missing ancestor check if he
decided to try another colony.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Passengers on Golden Age, 1854

Natal Mercury 12 July 1854

Note that these are not arrivals but departures for Melbourne,
Australia. After the influx of settlers to Natal under the Byrne and other schemes,
not all emigrants were satisfied with the new Colony and sought greener
pastures. Many of them were equally dissatisfied with Australia and
duly returned to Natal in due course. If you've lost an ancestor in SA it is worth
checking departures for Down Under!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Passenger list L'Imperatrice Eugenie to Natal 1859

From Natal Mercury  April 14 1859
Note the Himalaya transport carrying unnamed rank and file.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Passenger List Estafette brings Dutch settlers to Natal 1858

Arrival of Estafette, from Amsterdam,
Natal Mercury 26 August 1858

Natal Mercury 2 Sept 1858

Monday, January 9, 2017

Passenger List Pembroke Castle UK-SA November 5 1889

This passenger list appeared
in the Natal Witness of  7 Nov 1889.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Early Durban: a home of the 1850 settler period

Settler home in early Durban ca 1850s,
showing wattle and daub construction with thatch roof. There would have been no glass for windows - just a canvas flap. Floors would be baked mud or cow dung, dried and polished to a glossy shine.