The Bermondsey

We are looking for decendants of Bermondsey immigrants

The Bermondsey was the only immigrant ship that left England for the particular destination of Twofold Bay in 1848.  The Eden community Access Centre is currently trying to trace the descendants of the Bermondsey with the view of possibly putting together a book/booklet with each immigrant/families stories.  We are particularly interested in the impact these immigrants and their descendants have had on our local area.


Are you a decendant of Bermondsy immigrants?

Our volonteer Angie is currently tracing the descendants of the “Bermondsey” immigrant ship which arrived in Eden December 1848.

Surnames of passengers are as follows:
Alexander, Armour
Berry, Blades, Bransley, Bridges, Buck, Burgess
Cameron, Carlyle, Chalmers, Cheeseman, Coates, Cockran, Corkhill, Cox, Crawford, Crooks, Currie
Davies, Dighton, Dennett, Duff, Dunn,

Eglinton, Etsey
Forbes, Forrest, Frame
Haley, Hall, Hamilton, Hannah, Harrison, Hart, Hayes, Heaven, Hendry, Hewitt, Holmes, Howett, Hudson
Jackson, Johnson
Kelly, Knowles
Lane, Laytham, Lodge/Ledge, Lucas, Ludford
McDougal, McEwan, McIntyre, McMann, McPherson, McVean, Miller, Moffitt
Neasmith, Neilson, Newlyn
Rae, Rankin, Rennie, Rogers
Samuels, Sharp, Shelton, Smillie, Spence, Steel, Stewart, Struthers, Summers, Summons
Tame, Thallon, Thompson, Thorn, Tivey,

Ward, Webster, Wilson, Wood

Some other associated surnames we have identified are: Cousemacker, Worland, Cridge, Goldby, Blacka, Gillespie, Wintle, Whiffen, Tyrrell, Green, Whyman, Turk, Hyland, Schuback, Easdown, Motbey, Turnbull, Douch, Witts.


If you or someone you know could be descendant from any of the above please contact
Angie Deane on (02) 6496 3970 (Eden Access Centre)

or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


About the Bermondsey

In 1846 Benjamin Boyd, with others, became interested in a movement  which had for its objective the introduction of a particular class of migrants to the colony of New South Wales. The association was known as the Colonization Society. Meetings were held throughout the English counties, where exhortations to join the different parties which were being formed for migration to New South Wales formed the principal theme of the various speakers. Recruits were found, advertisements appeared in the Home newspapers calling for persons desirous of migrating to the colony, and suggesting that opportunities be provided for disembarkation at ports other than Port Phillip and Port Jackson.

Plymouth and Cornish Advertiser Sep 14, 1848


In 1848  an announcement was made concerning the first immigrant ship destined to land her people in Twofold Bay. A notice in the "Government Gazette" of November 15, 1848, from the Colonial Secretary's Office, set out that the ship ''Bermondsey" was to have sailed from Plymouth about the 31st of August, with emigrants, direct for Twofold Bay, and settlers of Monaro district were invited to make arrangements for hiring them at that place and for removing them to their stations.  


The same day Sydney newspapers announced that another vessel, the "Simon Taylor," was also to sail from Plymouth direct to Twofold Bay with emigrants.


Due to Boyd's bankrupcy activities at Boydtown had ceased prior to the arrival of the "Bermondsey," the buildings and shipping conveniences being under lease to a Sydney firm of commission agents, with local representatives in residence.  Arrangements had been made with this firm for the victualling of the emigrants who were arriving on the "Bermondsey" ; during the period from disembarkation and securing positions the people were housed in the buildings at Boydtown.

Thus, though Benjamin Boyd had promulgated the scheme for the introduction of migrants through the port of Twofold Bay and failed to see the scheme realised, yet the buildings which he had caused to be erected and collectively named after him, actually housed the first shipload disembarked at a port in Australia other than Port Jackson or Port Philip.


The "Bermondsey" arrived at Twofold Bay on the 7th of December, 1848. The "Bermondsey's" complement consisted of 184 persons, including children. Of this company 111 labourers, with their families, found employment within the districts of Monaro and Twofold Bay, the remainder seeking employment in Sydney and Port Phillip. Passage money amounted to £11/19/6 per adult. The"Simon Taylor" was struck off the sailing  list for Twofold Bay.


Shipping Gazette and Sydney General Trade List  Saturday 16 December 1848

Sydney Morning Herald Mon 25 Dec 1848


Source:  'Benjamin Boyd in Australia (1842-1849) : shipping magnate, merchant, banker, pastoralist and station owner, member of the Legislative Council, town planner, whaler' by Wellings, H. P