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See also my analysis of what became of the passengers.

Calista

Forsyth:
On 5 August the 316-ton merchant ship Calista, carrying forty-seven private immigrants, arrived unexpectedly early at the settlement. She broke two anchors off Arthur Head in a storm on 3/4 September, and along with six other ships at anchor off the coast was damaged in another violent storm on 21 September.

The Calista was the fourth ship to come to the colony, arriving Fremantle 5 August 1829, but the first ship to bring free settler colonialists to the colony, the three previous ships having brought soldiers and government officials.

Passenger List (from Battye Acc 36 Vol 1/134)

George Leake, capitalist
Daniel Scott, harbour master
Lionel Samson, merchant
William Samson, Lionel's brother & partner, dep. SA 1846
Richard & Susanna Wells; agent for Peter Lautour; bank mgr., d. 1846
James & Mary Ann Kenton & 4 children; publican, d. 1838
Charles & Elizabeth Spencer & 2 children, servant to Lionel Samson, farmer
Thomas Kent with wife, dep. for NSW before end 1829
John Finigan, aka Finegan, Finnigan, Fennager, carpenter, servant to Lionel Samson, dep. 1835 NSW
Robert Bell, servant to Leake
James Cockman, servant to Leake
Robert Paine, servant to Leake
Isaac and Hannah Jecks, dep. England 1845
Charles Chapman, servant to Jecks, dep. 1841
Henry Clarke, servant to Jecks, dep. 1848
William Harrison, servant to Jecks
James Coleman, servant to Jecks, d. 1859
James Knight, farmer, publican, dep. 1853
Robert & Susannah Maydwell & dtr Susan(nah), employed by Leake, constable
William & Rebecca Gawler & 3 children; William (and dtr Emily) drowned
George Blay; left for NSW with his master Thomas Kent
William & Mary Smith & 5 children, carpenter, dep. VDL 1838
Robert Butt, carpenter, Lautour, dep. 1841 ?
Thomas Pettit, blacksmith, Lautour
Joseph Hunter, shepherd, Lautour, d. York 1877
Joseph Bright, employee of Lautour
Richard & Mary Earl & one child (actually a nephew, George b. 1817)
Edmund & Jane Northcart (aka Northeast/Northest), & son Charles
George & Elizabeth Christmass, & four children; publican
Samuel Westbrook, wife & 3 children (consigned to Hobart)
Richard & Harriet Lewis & Richard Jnr. Snr d. 1841.
Raphael Clint, dep. for VDL 7.1832 with WA wife Mary Ann (arr. Stirling 1831)
Thomas Kent and wife, dep. for Sydney before end of the year. ?
Mr & Mrs King & 2 children ?
Alick ?
Nigh ?
Wade ?

'Stayers'

George Leake, capitalist
Daniel Scott, harbour master
Lionel Samson, merchant
Charles & Elizabeth Spencer & 2 children, servant to Lionel Samson, farmer
Robert & Susannah Maydwell & dtr Susan(nah), employed by Leake, constable
George & Elizabeth Christmass, & four children; publican

Departures

William Samson, Lionel's brother & partner, dep. SA 1846
Thomas Kent with wife, dep. for NSW before end 1829
John Finigan, aka Finegan, Finnigan, Fennager, carpenter, servant to Lionel Samson, dep. 1835 NSW
Isaac and Hannah Jecks, dep. England 1845
Charles Chapman, servant to Jecks, dep. 1841
Henry Clarke, servant to Jecks, dep. 1848
James Knight, farmer, publican, dep. 1853
George Blay; left for NSW with his master Thomas Kent
William & Mary Smith & 5 children, carpenter, dep. VDL 1838
Robert Butt, carpenter, Lautour, dep. 1841 ?
Samuel Westbrook, wife & 3 children (consigned to Hobart)
Raphael Clint, dep. for VDL 7.1832 with WA wife Mary Ann (arr. Stirling 1831)
Thomas Kent and wife, dep. for Sydney before end of the year. ?

Deaths

Richard & Susanna Wells; agent for Peter Lautour; bank mgr., d. 1846
James & Mary Ann Kenton & 4 children; publican, d. 1838
James Coleman, servant to Jecks, d. 1859
William & Rebecca Gawler & 3 children; William (and dtr Emily) drowned
Richard & Harriet Lewis & Richard Jnr. Snr d. 1841.

References and Links

Calista, Leda, Medina, Orelia, and Parmelia are southern suburbs of Perth named after early ships.

Forsyth, Ian (forthcoming), Troubled Waters: The Story of the Port of Fremantle 1600-1900.

Family History WA page for 1829 ship arrivals.

List of all twenty-one ships that arrived in 1829 (Hitchcock: 15).


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