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441703
  • Title
    Arthur Wilcox Manning - journal of a voyage from Plymouth to Sydney on the Earl Grey, 1839-1840
  • Creator
  • Call number
    MLMSS 7390
  • Level of description
    Collection
  • Date

    1839-1840
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    441703
  • Issue Copy
    Digitised : 2013
  • Physical Description
    1 box - 0.05 Meters
    Textual Records - (manuscript)
  • ADMINISTRATIVE/ BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY

    Arthur Wilcox Manning was the fourth son of John Edye Manning, who had arrived in Sydney in 1828 to become the registrar of the Supreme Court. At the age of 21 Arthur Manning left England with his bride for a new life together in New South Wales. He had originally planned to study for the Church of Engalnd Ministry but decided that his epilepsy would be a disadvantage. He went on to have a distinguished career as a government official in NSW and Queensland.
  • Scope and Content
    In his journal Manning provides a revealing record of life on an emigrant ship from the perspective of a cultivated first class passenger. He writes about the friction between the different classes of passengers and the difficulties faced by everyone on board: illness, death, overcrowding and the shortage of provisions which necessitated a four-day stop at Cape Town. He discusses the personalities of the officers and crew, sectarian conflicts and misrepresentations of the emigration agent. He vividly describes incidents such as a mutinous sailor threatening the captain, Thomas Surflen, waking to find his face covered with cockroaches, sighting a corpse floating past the ship, burials at sea, a threatened duel, thefts from the hold and discovering an albatross on deck with a message on a leather collar. The journal also contains a plan of the vessel with a key, a compass card diagram, a list of passengers and officers, a list of deaths, a chart of the anchorage at the Cape, a daily chronology of latitude and longitude and two pages of coloured illustrations of flags and signals. Another feature is Manning's one-page letter of introduction to the 'Reader' in which he makes it clear that he has publication in mind.
  • Source
    Acquired from Hordern House in June 2004
  • Access Conditions

    This material is held offsite and can take up to four days to retrieve.
  • Finding Aids
  • General note

    Notes on A. W. Manning and the Manning family are included with the journal.
    Original manuscript copied onto preservation microfilm, Dec. 2004 at CY 4401, frames 1 - 105
    Digital order no:Album ID : 823423
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