Extract from the Age newspaper
October 17, 1854
Passengers from England to Australia
the celebrated Black Ball Line of Australian Packets
Lightening (new) Register 2693 tons, Captain Forbes
Marco Polo, 1625, Captain McDonnell
Ocean Chief (new), 1250, Captain Tobin
Oliver Lang (new), 1275 (or 1273?), Captain Manning
Champion of the Seas (new), 2280, Captain Newlands
[NB:Champion of the Sea Passenger list of 1855
Champion of the Seas a description of the 1854 voyage]
James Baines (new), 2400, Captain Gardner
Indian Queen , 1051, Captain Mill (or Mall)
Elizabeth Harrison (new), 1404, Captain Jackson
Bonnie Jean (new, Aberdeen Clipper),2600, Captain McCarthy
Schomberg (new),2300, Captain Dagnid
And other first class clipper ships, sail twice a month from England, for Adelaide, Geelong, Melbourne, and Sydney. These ships are constructed by the first builders of the day, including McKay of Boston, and hall of Aberdeen.
Parties desirous of bringing their friends out to these colonies from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales can engage passage for them by the above well known line of packet ships, which have made the quickest passages to the colonies: and they may calculate on being joined by their friends here within seven months from the time of writing.
The accommodations for passengers in these ships are of the most improved kind. The provisions are of the best, and liberally supplied. A qualified surgeon is attached to each ship and they are commanded by captains of experience and ability, who have made the most successful passages to the colonies.
Sums of money for outfit, &c., from one pound up, can be remitted through the undersigned, who grant drafts upon their agents in England, payable at sight.
This line has conveyed a larger number of passengers to Australia than any other in Great Britain, and landed them in good health, after the most successful and rapid passage.
For rates of passage and full particulars apply to WILLIS, MERRY and CO.,72 Flinders lane, West."
REF: email to AUSTRALIA-L@rootsweb.com by Lee Power on 5 May 1998
"The original source is the first Age Newspaper in Victoria - but as the document is rather fragile, I will not be accessing it for individual lookups - thought instead I would transcribe all I could onto the net for all to read."
source the Age Newspaper of Tuesday Oct 17,1854