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NATAL MERCURY   19 MAY 1880

"ARRIVAL OF THE URMS 'AFRICAN'* : LARGE NUMBER OF IMMIGRANTS   [ Picture 1 ]  [ Picture 2 ]  [ Picture 3 ]

The URMS 'African' arrived at the outer anchorage from England early on Thursday morning, after a very good voyage. She had on board 60 immigrants - 20 men and 10 women and children. The men are carpenters, blacksmiths, farm labourers, engineers, gardeners and joiners, and the women, housekeepers and domestic servants. This is one of the largest numbers of immigrants that has as yet reached Natal in one ship and we have little doubt that we have to thank Mr Walter Peace, the acting immigration agent in London, for such a large and respectable class of immigrants as landed at the Point yesterday. Mr Peace has this year been instrumental in sending out a total we believe of 200 immigrants. Early yesterday Mr. Reid of the Immigration Depot went out in the 'Union' and boarded the 'African' for the purpose of looking after those who were arriving here under the Immigration Act and in a short time the 'Union' landed them safely on to the wharf. Some friends of the immigrants were present, but there were some more who found themselves on a foreign land without those who required their services being there to receive them. For such parties Mr. Reid had made preparations by having tents erected on the Market Square for their reception, and it speaks well for the friendship formed by this large body when we mention that in no instance was a poor stranger allowed to enter the tents; those who had found friends kindly looked after their less fortunate fellow passengers, and in a short time they were all distributed throughout the town in boarding-houses. They spoke highly of the treatment they received while coming out. An infant, aged a little over a year, died on the 18th of April. Mr. Reid performed his task admirably and was careful to see all the immigrants provided for before he retired from his work. The names of the passengers will be found in our shipping column."

SHIPPING GAZETTE
ARRIVED
African, URMS of Southampton, 2000 t., CRUTCHLEY, from England and Cape ports:
Cargo general.
Passengers from Southampton
Mr. RICHARDSON
Mr. BRANDER and servant
Capt. MCCULLUM
Messrs. ROWLAND
PETHEY (PITHEY?)
H. MOLLER
R. KING
G. PATTERSON
J. JACK
C. BROWN
HAWKINS (no initial)
EVANS
J. SNELL
PASSMORE (no initial)
G. MARE
J. BIGG
Mr. and Mrs. WEATHERDON and 4 children
Mrs. DONNE and 6 children
Mr. and Mrs. RELBY (or REIBY) and 4 children
Michael and Mary POWELL
Thomas WALL
Mr PRIDDLE
Blanche PRIDDLE
Chas. BIGGE
J. GREIG
M. STEWART
W. STEWART,
Miss M. ANGUS
Mr. J. D. H. RUDLIE (?)
Mr. and Mrs. OLIVER and 2 children
Miss M. STEWART
Messrs. C. and A. STEWART
H. VEGIL
G. ALEXANDER
D. BAIN
Mr. and Mrs. GRACE
Messrs. DE GRIST
J. GUILI
W. ADDISS
F. TURNER
S. BOSS
Mr. and Mrs. ARNOLD and (?) children
Mr. and Mrs. BARBOUR
Mr. CUMMING
From Port Elizabeth:
Mr. A. DE CHAZAL
Mrs. RYALL and two children.

E. BAYNTON, Agent

* 'AFRICAN' (1) 1873 built by Key, Kinghorn, 2019 tons, was employed as a mail steamer between England and the Cape until 1881 when she was transferred to the South African coasting service. Four years later she was purchased by F. Stumore and Company of London, who retained the original name of the vessel. On February 15th 1887 when bound with a cargo of coals from Cardiff to Jeddah, she ran ashore in the Red Sea at Abu Madaff, 40 miles from Suakim, and became a total wreck.[ Source: 'Ships And South Africa" by Marischal Murray (OUP 1933) ]

See "Maritime Adventures of the Anglo-Zulu War" for another mention of the 'African'.

In the same edition of the Natal Mercury May 19 1880:

Sailed:
Anglian, URMS of Southampton 2200t., OWEN, for Cape and Intermediate ports.
Cargo general.
Passengers:
For England:
Mr. and Mrs. BAYNES
Messrs. BERNARD
SANDERS
THOMAS
TABERNER
ROBERT
TODD
PROKSCH
John BROWN and two sons
Maj. Gen. GORDON
Mrs. GORDON
Miss HEDLEY
Mr. and Mrs. A. A. SMITH and Master SMITH
Mr. and Mrs. J. LANGLEY and 5 children
Messrs J. D. and G. S. BALANCE
Mr. HALT
Mr. and Mrs. Jas RANDLES and child
Mr. G. C. H. GOOD
Messrs. A. WEBSTER
J. BURGESS
Mr. COVENTRY and two brothers
GOODDEN
W. E. DAVIS
For Port Alfred:
Mr. J. LYON
For Port Elizabeth:
Messrs. BALLANTYNE
JOEVNONG (?)
For Capetown:
Mr. BELL (Bell's Circus)
For East London:
Mr. OWEN and wife
Mr. SAMUEL
For Mossel Bay:
Mr. SMALLBURGER

E. BAYNTON, agent.