1840s

One ship per week arriving

Cartoon by Oslo Davis Cartoon by Oslo Davis
Source: Museum Victoria
 

By the mid-1840s, wool exports from Victoria are worth almost 5 million pounds.

Aborigines are massacred in isolated incidents around Victoria.

In 1841, one British immigrant ship per week arrives in Port Phillip.

The first non-British immigrant ship arrives from Germany in 1848.

Poor Law commissioners in Great Britain approve an immigration scheme to send female orphans from English workhouses to Australia.

281 'time expired' convicts are sent from Hobart.

Caroline Chisholm assists immigrant women and families by establishing the Family Colonisation Loan Society, for which she was later commemorated on the Australian five-dollar note.

Aus Pop (1835): 279,148
Vic Pop (1846): 32,879 Figures taken from Colonial and Commonwealth censuses and exclude Aborigines until 1971.

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Related collection items

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  • Scrapbook - Caroline Chisholm, circa 1844-1861
  • Teapot - Westgarth Silver Tea & Coffee Service, 1847
  • Booklet - 'Emigration, Its Necessity & Advantages', W.C. Featherstone, England, 1840
  • Snuff Box - Awarded to Owsley Cockburn for Rescuing Survivors from the Cataraqui Shipwreck, King Island, 1845
  • Quilt - Applique, Martha Bergin, Ireland, 1843
  • Medal - Port Phillip Academical Institution Prize, 1844
 

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