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South Australian Shipping Records

When: 1PM to 2PM

Where: Hetzel Lecture Theatre
 State Library of SA, Nth Tce

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Thursday September 16, 1pm to 2pm

South Australian Shipping Records
Speakers: Helen Chadwick (State Records of South Australia) and Andrew Peake (Genealogy SA) and Bill Othams (Author)

State Records Archive - Helen Chadwick
Helen is the Programs and Engagement Officer at State Records. She has spent many years assisting researchers at their Research Centre and enjoys scouring the archive to find interesting stories from the past.

The State Records archive holds many records relating to shipping and immigration created by the South Australian government. Many migrants received government assistance to come to South Australia, such as early assisted passage or later immigration schemes for agricultural labourers and domestic workers. Helen will look at the different records and discuss how records can be accessed online or at the Research Centre.

Shipping Records - Andrew Peake
Author of South Australian History Sources (2008), Andrew Peake has been interested in family history for about 40 years, starting in his early twenties.  Co-founder of Genealogy SA in 1972 with Dr. TT Reed, he has since held a number of positions within the Society, including President, Vice-President and Secretary, and has been a long-time volunteer. 
Distinction needs to be made between ship passenger records created at the time - primary records, and those that are created after the events, often many years later - secondary records.  Primary records have greater validity to those that were created long after and there are three main periods for ship passenger records: 1936-1845, 1846-1886 and 1887 onwards.

The Coromandelians - Bill Othams
William (Bill) Othams grew up with an interest in history and as a practicing lawyer for 42 years enjoyed undertaking the research required for his legal career.  After discovering that his name-sake ancestor who voyaged on the Coromandel was a fascinating character, Bill's historical and research interests were channeled into assisting Brian Stace with the writing of the Coromandelians (2020).

Shipping records from the perspective of a one-ship study.  The Coromandel arrived at Glenelg on 17 January 1837, 3 weeks after the 1st South Australian Proclamation Day. It is probably best known for the fact that ten of its crew deserted while it was anchored at Glenelg.  There were problems with shipping records right from the beginning of South Australian settlement and Bill outlines his research journey for the Coromandelians.

Thursday October 21, 1pm to 2pm Presentation to be announced

Thursday November 18, 1pm to 2pm Presentation to be announced



State Library of South Australia, Hetzel Lecture Theatre
North Terrace, Adelaide, SA 5000

Access to the Hetzel theatre can be made via the Institute Building, corner of Kintore and North Terrace.


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