|Re: [TSL] Passenger classes|
|Susan Swiggum <email@example.com> on 01/26/2013|
That was a great link pb sent you and probably the best description of
intermediate accommodations for the sail era that you'll find online.
I don't doubt that baby would have slept in the bottom drawer. I was
told that I too slept in a bottom drawer as a babe when visiting an
Aunt :-} How great that the chest is still in the family.
Passage fares varied widely, sometimes from year to year depending upon
competition between the companies. This link for 1849 indicates that
your family did well for intermediate accommodations at £15 per adult
There was a pretty big drop in emigration from UK to Australia in the
two following years, 1850 & 1851, which could explain the 'deal' they
got. And the big jump in emigration from UK in 1852 probably meant
emigrants in that year paid a lot more.
The 1849 link indicates that children under 14 paid half the adult fare
and infants under 1 year traveled free. It was usually more complicated
than that. Here is one example
Adults, anyone 14 years and over
Children 9 - 13 years eg. 18 children = 9 statute adults
Children 1 - 8 years eg. 27 children = 9 statute adults
Infants, less than 1 year carried free
Sometimes I have seen ages broken down more 7-13 ... 3-7 ... 1-3 with
under one year free. Often the adult age was calculated for individuals
above 12 years rather than 14.
Hope this helps,
On 1/26/2013 10:46 AM, Carmel Reynen wrote:
> Hi All
> I had some ancestors come to Australia in January 1851. They came out
> intermediate class. I know their tickets cost £15 per head (did this
> include children?) and that they bought a large chest of drawers with them
> that apparently held their needs while on the journey and someone also
> believes the baby would have slept in the bottom drawer. The chest is still
> in the family.
> So what did intermediate travel entail. I have seen steerage and heard
> about cabin but not much out there on intermediate. They travelled with 3
> children under about 4 years of age.
> yours gratefully
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