A Genealogy of the Barnum, Barnam and Barnham Family

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Notes for Peter ROYALL

Peter Royal, his wife Margaret and their children left London on 30 August 1852 aboard the British sailing ship Wilson Kennedy of 1,129 tons, which had departed Gravesend on 29 August. After touching at Plymouth on 9 September, the ship sailed for Australia, arriving at Sydney on 27 December (124 days) and proceding to Botany Bay on 29 December. Thirty-eight deaths and seven births occurred aboard the vessel during the voyage.

At least one source lists the Wilson Kennedy as a "convict ship" although no confirmation of that statement has been found. Many of the passengers (including the entire Royall family) were "assisted immigrants", meaning in most cases that their passage was subsidized by the NSW Government. Some paid as little as 7 pence for their passage.

This family's surname is spelled "Royal" on the ship's records but appears as "Royall" on all Australian documents.

The Wilson Kennedy arrived from Plymouth to Sydney in 1852 with 481 immigrants aboard. Included on the passenger list were:
ROYAL, Peter; 43; and family
ROYAL, Margaret; 39; and family
ROYAL, Margaret; 19; and family
ROYAL, Ann; 17; and family
ROYAL, Peter; 15; and family
ROYAL, Sarah; 13; and family
ROYAL, Tom; 8; and family
ROYAL, Louisa; 6; and family
ROYAL, William; 4; and family
ROYAL, Arthur; 2; and family

The original immigration list provides more detail than the passenger list. Additional details for specific passengers are available from the NSW Archives. The data shown here is from microfilm reels 2136 & 2463.

From the New York Times, 15 May 1856: Loss of the British Ship Wilson Kennedy. Boston, Wednesday, May 14. The British ship Wilson Kennedy, Capt. Attridge, From Liverpool for Saint John, N. B., with salt, was abandoned on May 10, 20 miles S. E. from Brier Island, in the Bay of Fundy. The crew were taken off by the schooner Sultan, and brought to this port. James Attridge, the captain of the Wilson Kennedy, was from Castletownsend in County Cork and had first gone to sea as a fifteen-year-old in 1820. By the time he joined the Wilson Kennedy in 1850 he had been at sea for thirty years, twenty-two of them as a captain.
Peter's death occurred on Keith Street, Little Coogee. Coogee is today a beachside suburb of the City of Randwick, NSW, itself a south-eastern suburb of Sydney.

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