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Index to Agreements Between Masters of Vessels and Crews Signed on at Hobart, Tasmania 1850 - 1860

Publication No. 14   Size: A4   Weight: 312 grams

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INTRODUCTION

This Index has been compiled as an aid to family historians and genealogists who may be searching for the birthplace of an ancestor who arrived in Tasmania in the middle of the last century. It is not known how many of the seamen included in the Index actually settled in Tasmania (or another Australian state) but it is known that many of the same names can be found in Tasmanian Pioneers Index to Births, Deaths and Marriages 1804 - 1899.

Before departing the Port of Hobart, all ships' captains and crew members were required to sign a pro forma document agreeing to not only the general nature and probable length of the voyage, but also to the specified regulations for preserving discipline on board. Agreements between Masters of Vessels and Crews signed on at Hobart 1846 - Oct 1935 (Reference MB 2/33/1-101) have been deposited by the Marine Board at the Archives Office of Tasmania. This Index, however, includes information from only those ships for the early period 1850-1860. There are many gaps in the records - for some vessels numerous documents have survived covering many years of sailing from Hobart, and for others there are very few; indeed sometimes only one Agreement now exists for a particular ship. Most of the vessels included in this Index were registered at the Port of Hobart - exceptions include:

ANT Belfast

ASIA

London

ATHOL

Glasgow

BALMORAL

Greenock (later Hobart)

CAROLINE

Melbourne

COBRE

Launceston

EMILY ALLISON

Melbourne

EMMA PRESCOTT

Melbourne (also Hobart)

FIRE FLY

Auckland

FREAK

Sydney

GAZEHOUND

London

GLENCOE

Melbourne

HARBINGER

Melbourne

HELENS PAGE

Port Albert

JANE

Melbourne

LORENZO SABINE

Melbourne

MARIPOSA

Launceston

MORAYSHIRE

London

OFFLEY

London

RAPID

Melbourne

WANDERER

Newcastle NSW

WILLIAM HILL

Geelong

 

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