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Cornish Lugger Model - 'Mystery' Object Reg. No: ST 037770

The vessel departed Cornwall on 18 November 1854 and arrived off Cape Northumberland, South Australia, 3 March 1855, reaching Hobsons Bay about 5 days later. The Captain was Richard Nicholls with a crew consisting of Job Kelynack, Charles Boase, two brothers, William and Richard Badcock, Lewis Lewis (cook) and another crewman called Phillip Curnow Matthews

The vessel sailed from Cornwall to Capetown and carried official mail from South Africa to Australia. It arrived in Port Phillip Bay on 14 March 1855 after a voyage of 115 days, one of the smallest immigrant ships to journey to Australia. The vessel was then used as a pilot boat and is recorded as being wrecked during a squall in Keppel Bay, Queensland on 26 March 1869.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Richard Cocks, 1982
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 755 mm (Height), 210 mm (Width), 890 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: fishing boats, immigration, luggers, sailing vessels
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: WATER TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Wind Power - Sailing Boats
Tertiary Classification: model luggers
Modelmaker: Mr Richard Cocks, England, Great Britain, May 1982

Donor commissioned model in 1981 from the descendant of a Newlyn fisherman's family.
Other Association (See Comments): Captain R. Nicholls, circa 1854

R. Nicholls is recorded as the master of the original 'Mystery' during its voyage from Cornwall to Australia in 1854-55.


Brendon Jarrett Posted on 13 Jan 2011 3:17 PM
The Mystery did not "arrive at Northland, South Australia". It did make its landfall from Cape Town at Cape Northumberland in South Australia.

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