Unknown artist, Illustrated London News, publisher. The New Australian Emigrant Packet-Ship 'Ben Nevis', 1852, woodcut on paper. Gift of Ted and Gina Gregg, 2011.
Text Source: Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, ‘Chinese Fortunes’, curator, Cash Brown, 2017.Contributors
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From sea ports such as Hong Kong the voyagers boarded tall-masted sailing ships bound for Australia.
Voyages to the colonies were sometimes so long, rough and overcrowded that many died on board, and more ashore, from disease and hunger. Sadly, some ships never arrived.
Pictured here is an emigrant packet-ship, the 'Ben Nevis', used to transport European migrants to Australia in the 1850s. These were the people movers of the era and similar vessels would have been chartered to transport Chinese voyagers to Australia in the time of the gold rush.
With thanks to Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka ‘Chinese Fortunes’ curator Cash Brown.