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The Tranby left Hull 9 September 1829, and arrived at Swan River 3 February 1830.

The following account of the ship Tranby's departure from Hull for the Swan River Settlement is from the Hull Advertiser and Exchange Gazette, of Friday, September 11, 1829. The extract has been for warded to The West Australian by Mr. H. J. Green, of Wandle-road, London, a grandson of Mr. George Green, who was a passenger in the Tranby and a cousin of Mrs. John Hardey.
On Wednesday, noon, the Tranby, Captain Story, sailed from this port, with passengers, stores, live stock, agricultural implements, etc., for the Swan River, Australasia. The settlers on board were Messrs. M. and J. S. Clarkson, late of Holme House, near Market Weighton; Messrs. John and William Hardey, of Ulceby Grange, near Barton; Mr. Joseph Hardey, of Barrow; Mrs. John and Mrs. Joseph Hardey; Mr. G. Johnson, jun.; Mr. T. C. Brownell Surgeon, and Mrs. Brownell, of Nottingham, with a number of artisans, agricultural labourers, etc., in all upwards of forty persons. Mr. J. Leach, a respectable local preacher in the Wesleyan connexion, goes with them, with the laudable intention of preaching the Gospel to the degraded and long-neglected natives of the country. A steamer had been engaged to bring back a number of friends who wished to accompany the emigrants as far as Spurn Point; and as the wind happened to fail immediately the Tranby got under way, the tug was attached to and towed that vessel to the mouth of the Humber—being, we believe, the first ever taken down by that method. The final parting took place opposite Spurn, about seven o'clock in the evening, and was extremely affecting - parents and children, brothers and sisters, friends and relatives separating, in all probability, to meet no more in this world. The Tranby proceeded on her voyage, and is to touch at the Cape, where a number of Merino sheep, and other stock, will be taken in. The passengers on board will be entitled, according to the terms offered by Government and the means with which they are furnished, to a grant, in the aggregate, of between fifty and sixty thousand acres of land. It is their intention to cultivate tobacco, cotton, and the vine, for which the soil and the climate are said to be favourable, as well as for the production of silk; indeed, the late accounts in these respects are particularly favourable.
The Bible, Tract, and Sunday School Societies have made considerable grants of books for the use of the settlement,—and the Society of Friends have also contributed a liberal supply of publications, to be applied to the instruction of the rising generation in the new colony. We understand it is in contemplation to lay on another vessel for the Swan River Settlement, and we are also informed that a number of respectable farmers of the East-Riding of Yorkshire, and Lincoln shire, are preparing to take their departure for the same quarter next spring, should the accounts transmitted by settlers prove sufficiently favourable to confirm them in their intentions.
On Sunday afternoon the Rev. T. H. Squance, late missionary at Ceylon, preached to a large concourse of people on board the ship and on the quay. Nearly four thousand persons were assembled on this occasion, so great was the interest excited. The Rev. Gentleman took his text from Proverbs iii., 6. He dwelt with great force on the propriety of maintaining the Christian character in a distant land, expressing his deep regret that a carelessness had too frequently been manifested in connection with his most important duty, and quoting with much feeling, in the progress of his discourse, some beautiful and appropriate lines from Cowper's Translation of Madame Guyon.
(The Tranby left Hull on September 9, 1829, and arrived at Swan River February 3, 1830.) The West Australian, 1 February 1930: 5.

References and Links

The West Australian, 1 February 1930: 5.

Brownell, Thomas Coke 2010, Reference to index of Journal of a voyage from Hull to Swan River on the brig "Tranby" , 9 September 1829 - 2 February 1830 : Journal and letter register 1829 - 1858 of Thomas Coke Brownell, University of Tasmania Library Special and Rare Materials Collection, Australia.

Johnson, George, Diary and log of voyage from Hull to Fremantle, passenger list, life on board, log entries, Battye MN 1888 Acc. 313A.

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