Re: [TSL] Passenger classes
Susan Swiggum <> on 01/26/2013

Hi Carmel,

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 
in 1851

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,


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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
> Carmel

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