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Born on the voyage: Inscribing emigrant communities in the twilight of sail

Hobbins, Peter; Clarke, Anne; Frederick, Ursula

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From the 1830s to the 1880s, non-stop voyages from the United Kingdom to the Australasian colonies created highly structured and insular shipboard communities. Emigrant experiences were shaped by the social spaces aboard sailing vessels, alongside layers of formal superintendence and informal communitas. While these increasingly literate travellers commonly recorded their passage in diaries and letters, other means of marking the journey are less well documented. Detailing the voyages to...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorHobbins, Peter
dc.contributor.authorClarke, Anne
dc.contributor.authorFrederick, Ursula
dc.date.accessioned2020-06-16T01:54:02Z
dc.identifier.issn0843-8714
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/205175
dc.description.abstractFrom the 1830s to the 1880s, non-stop voyages from the United Kingdom to the Australasian colonies created highly structured and insular shipboard communities. Emigrant experiences were shaped by the social spaces aboard sailing vessels, alongside layers of formal superintendence and informal communitas. While these increasingly literate travellers commonly recorded their passage in diaries and letters, other means of marking the journey are less well documented. Detailing the voyages to Sydney of sister clipper ships Samuel Plimsoll and Smyrna in 1874–83, this article explores two complementary maritime textual traditions. One practice saw newborns named after their vessel or – in a singular instance – detention in quarantine. Another enduring tradition entailed emigrants carving mementoes of their voyage into the sandstone at Sydney’s North Head Quarantine Station. In contrast with written narratives that often concluded upon arrival, we argue that these informal commemorations kept voyages and vessels alive through the ensuing decades.
dc.description.sponsorshipThis work was supported by the Australian Research Council Linkage Grant LP120200259.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherInternational Maritime Economic History Association
dc.rights© The Author(s) 2019
dc.sourceInternational Journal of Maritime History
dc.titleBorn on the voyage: Inscribing emigrant communities in the twilight of sail
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume31
dc.date.issued2019
local.identifier.absfor210108 - Historical Archaeology (incl. Industrial Archaeology)
local.identifier.absfor210303 - Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
local.identifier.ariespublicationu6269649xPUB10
local.publisher.urlhttps://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/home
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationHobbins, Peter, University of Sydney
local.contributor.affiliationClarke, Anne, University of Sydney
local.contributor.affiliationFrederick, Ursula, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
dc.relationhttp://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/LP120200259
local.bibliographicCitation.issue4
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage787
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage813
local.identifier.doi10.1177/0843871419874001
dc.date.updated2020-01-12T07:18:11Z
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