I thought it was time I shared the research I found while doing my thesis submitted at the end of 2011 at Monash University on the emigrant women on board the Culloden – known as Sidney Herbert’s needlewomen from London. I’ve always wanted to turn this into a book and perhaps I still shall. The stories of all the women are so interesting and deserve to be told. If anyone is descended from any of these women I’d love to hear from you.
My interest in this project stemmed from my great great grandparents, Matilda Sarah Ann Read and Charles Servante who were both on board the Culloden when she arrived at Port Phillip on July 8, 1850. At the Public Record Office of Victoria (PROV) I’d only ever found a passenger list that mentioned the women but no other passengers. As there weren’t too many on this it was intriguing. I eventually found a passenger list on the Port Phillip Herald that mentioned Charles Servante as a steerage passenger. The more I looked into it the more I found from such sources as the State Library of Victoria (SLV), National Library of Australia, the Mitchell library in Sydney, the Wiltshire and Swindon record office, the Times newspaper archive, British Newspapers Online, Trove and the Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP) to mention a few.
Women who were part of the scheme (in some capacity):
Ellen S Broughton
Eliza K Cornwall
Anne and Eliza Coates
Rachel E Cox
Alice and Elizabeth Fenwick
Lucretia Seymour Flinn
Fanny Amelia Hickmott
Bertha, Jessie and Marion Hughan
Catherine Emma Pain
Ellen and Matilda G Walker
Mrs Hughan – matron in charge of the women on board
This is a work in progress and I will be adding to it.