Sunday, February 6, 2011

Someone's Ancestor Sunday - Passengers to San Francisco, California, 1850

SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE. (1850, March 2). The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser(NSW : 1843-1893), p. 2. Retrieved February 4, 2011, from
I came across this 1850 'shipping intelligence' in The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser on Trove while searching for the surname 'Dunn'. 

Among the many passengers listed there were quite a number (all named) leaving from Sydney on 27 February 1850 on the barque William and Mary for San Francisco, California - surely on their way to the California Gold Rush

Since deciding to create this post I realised that the same passenger list is already available here at The Ships ListTherefore, I have not reproduced the whole list here. 
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San Francisco Harbor, 1851, via Wikimedia Commons

This is another great example of the treasures you can find on the National Library of Australia's Trove!

The California Digital Newspaper Collection is another great online newspaper resource. A search for  the terms 'Sydney', 'Australia'  and related keywords brings up lots of interesting results. 

For example, the Daily Alta California of 11 April 1850 gives one interesting Californian opinion about colonial immigrants!

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