Contributed by: Frances Happ
Samuel and wife Mary Ann Barber sailed to Rockhampton , Queensland in the Alexandrina as free passengers. Sadly, Samuel died childless (as far as I can ascertain) in 1879, and Mary Ann remarried in the same year to one George Wareham, who had survived an horrendous voyage in the "Suffolk"in 1874 during which many infants died, including one of his own; (nearly 13 % of infants died during the voyage according to research), only to lose his wife in 1878, after the loss of another two of his children. I am nearly sure that another of Samuel snr and Mary Ann Bird's sons , John, travelled out to Queensland and dies there in 1944.
The "Alexandrina" sailed from London on 29th August 1873 and arrived in Rockhampton on 7th December 1873. The Alexandrina sailed under Captain Sherar with Doctor F.M. Harricks as Surgeon Superintendent and Margaret Willes as Matron. The 1873 voyage of the Alexandrina carried mostly young people who all needed to be absorbed into the Central Queensland work force. Passengers who didn't have a job or accommodation to go to were allowed a few nights at the immigration Depot. Many moved immediately to the west seeking employment while others stayed closer to town hoping to obtain work through the Temple's, Rockhampton Labour Mart and Fancy Repository in William Street. The descendants of many of the following passengers are still residents in the Rockhampton District.
This article was taken from thejournal "The C.Q. Genieologist" March 1993 ,Volume 4, No 3
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