The Families of the 1837 Adam Lodge

The ship Adam Lodge as painted by celebrated painter Samuel Walters just three years after it was launched in 1833.

This book is the product of many people, taking over thirty years to bring together. It tries to document the lives of the families and single girls that came to Australia on the 1837 Adam Lodge. The Adam Lodge came to Australia three times, the first being in 1837. The ship was a highly acclaimed sailing vessel, having first class passenger cabins and the owner’s, W.McCorkell & Co said she was considered one of the finest Merchant ships belonging to Great Britain, having beaten the Liners from Liverpool to New York in sailing. The owners also said that her accommodation for Cabin and Steerage Passengers “ cannot be excelled. “

The lives of many of the eighty three families are comprehensively dealt with, documenting their triumphs and despairs in the new land of Australia. 

Extract from the Foreword by the Author Brian Boggs

It was not my intention to put together a book when I started to research the Adam Lodge and at the beginning (1980), I simply looked for my ancestors on the 1837 Adam Lodge. I looked extensively for the list for this ship but soon realised it was not available. I noted that it had been searched for by Madgewick when he wrote the book “Immigration into Eastern Australia” way back in 1960’s. He said he had been unable to locate it. Then I made a chance discovery at the Archives in the Rocks in 1982 of an incomplete passenger list for the 1837 Adam Lodge which allowed me to find my ancestors arrival. Alas, only the parents’ names and the number of children were recorded for them on the found list.

Since the Rocks’ shipping list was incomplete I began to look for the missing individuals (all the missing were children and single girls as Alick Osborne had not delivered a complete list to the Colonial Architect on arrival in 1837.) There is some evidence of single males not on the list and maybe others.

Early research without the Internet was not easy and only by journeys to early research centres (Sydney) and significant outlays was information won. The hardy pioneers of this type of research also chased information through Birth, Deaths and Marriage Certificates and contacting other researchers advertised in the yearly GRD’s.

Using the GRD’s, I started to write to people who I thought might have had families on the Adam Lodge.