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The People of `The Lindsays' Revisited -
Irish Immigrants to
Van Diemen's Land, June 1832
By Don Bradmore and Judith Carter
Since the publication of our article, `The People of The
Lindsays: Irish Immigrants to Van Diemen's Land, June
1832', in the January 2015 issue of Clann, we have
received important new information which has
necessitated some revision of the piece.
Those interested in the story of the `The Lindsays',
which sailed from Sligo on 26th November 1831 and
reached Hobart with 107 passengers and a general
cargo of merchandise in mid-June 1832, will be
pleased to know that a full list of passengers and crew
has survived. It was previously thought that a
substantial part of the list had been lost. Enquiries
about the list can be made to Tasmanian Archives and
It is now known also that the emigration of the peo -
ple of `The Lindsays' was not the initiative of Captain
Michael Fenton, who had settled in Van Diemen's Land
in 1829, but of his cousin Captain Thomas Martin
Fenton. It was Thomas Martin Fenton who purchased
`The Lindsays' and had it fitted out for the long journey.
It was Thomas Martin Fenton who received the colo-
nial government's subsidy of 20 per family upon
While it seems to have been Thomas Martin Fenton's
intention that the people who accompanied him, his
wife and eight children to Hobart would work as
indentured servants (either for him on the property he
planned to buy in Van Diemen's Land or at `Fenton
Forest', the estate his cousin Michael Fenton was estab-
lishing), it is still not known with any certainty how
many of them did so. While some may have joined
Thomas Martin at `Allenvale', the property he decided
to purchase soon after his arrival, the available
evidence suggests that few, if any, went to `Fenton
Forest' and that many decided to remain at
Contact Details: Dr Don Bradmore, P.O. Box 5, MALDON,
Victoria, Australia, 3463.
Heritage Office (TAHO). See
ho for contact details.