You might just find them in VPRS 22 Unit 21 at the Public Record Office Victoria!
This is a wonderful register dating from 7 August 1856 through to 1889 – Register of Seamen engaged Geelong and is the latest project being indexed by our Geelong & District volunteers.
So far, entries for 1856 have been added to the Geelong & District Database – 308 in total.
Details in the database for each entry:
- NAME: Name of seaman
- DATE: of Engagement
- PLACE: [of engagement] Geelong
- COMMENT: Name of ship
- REFERENCE: VPRS number and UNIT number (entries are generally in chronological order)
Additional columns of information in the register:
- Capacity = rank i.e. AB [Able Seaman], Mate, Cook etc.
- Nature of Voyage – Coasting, Foreign etc.
- Reference [if Foreign] to Duplicate Agreement
- Name of Master
- Name of Licensed Agent
- Last Vessel – on which engaged
- Last Certificate of Character
You can obtain this additional information and copies of the entries by visiting the Public Record Office Victoria at North Melbourne or submitting a (paid) Research Request to the Geelong Family History Group.
As the first part of the index was uploaded to the Geelong & District Database on Christmas Eve, it’s appropriate to select the seamen engaged on 24 December 1856.
|John DORAN||Ann & Maria||Able Seaman||Red Jacket||Discharge lost|
|James LOW||Mary Ann||Cook & Steward||Shalimar||Discharge lost|
|George H GREEN||Vibilia||Mate||Vibilia|
|John ANLESS||Vibilia||Able Seaman||Martha|
|James AULD||Vibilia||Able Seaman||Braces|
|James KERR||Vibilia||Able Seaman||Vibilia|
|Andrew YILL||Vibilia||Able Seaman||Vibilia|
|George F CLEMENT||Vibilia||Cook & Steward||Rattler|
All three of these ships were coastal traders which had arrived from Newcastle [NSW] laden with coal. They returned to Newcastle carrying ballast and no passengers. The Ann & Maria, a brig, departed 28/29 December, the Mary Ann, a brigantine, departed on 29 December, and the Vibilia, a schooner, departed on 24 December.
This is an ongoing indexing project – we’ll probably add entries a year at a time – I hope you enjoy this terrific index and register.
Merry Christmas to all from the volunteers in Geelong & District.