THE VILLAGE HISTORY:
The Nieder-Weisel Story
The passenger lists of all those ships which arrived in Victoria from 1852 (when records commenced) up until 1863 were examined by Kelvin Williams, and details of passengers with names that were known to have been in use in Nieder-Weisel were extracted. The names were listed in roughly chronological order of the ships' arrivals, and each passenger uniquely identified by a reference number – S001 to S899. Many of them were later deleted when it became clear that they were not immigrants from Nieder-Weisel.
When available, the name of the ship's captain, tonnage of the ship and total number of passengers on board are shown. The number of the ticket issued to the passenger is given, where applicable. Passengers may be described by sex (m or f), age or age range (ad[ult], ch[ild], or in[fant]) and marital state (m[arried] or u[nmarried]). An infant was younger than 12 months; a child less than 12 or, in some cases, 15. The occupation of adult males and the relationship of females or children are usually shown.
On ships out of German ports, the place of birth of the passenger rather than occupation or relationship may be given. The date of leaving the home port and the date of reaching Melbourne are shown wherever they have been logged.
The names on many of the passenger lists are spelt as the shipping clerks (usually English) heard them spoken by the German passengers; in those cases where this has resulted in a phonetic (and incorrect) rendering of the name, the correct spelling is recorded in the Occupation column.
In some groups there were individuals who were not from Nieder-Weisel; they were often from the nearby villages such as Ostheim, Griedel, Hoch-Weisel, and Lang-Gons. Others were children of Nieder-Weisel migrants who were born when their parents were living in England and were not, strictly speaking, emigrants from Nieder-Weisel (unless their parents took them to the village before emigrating to Victoria).
Not all the shipping lists have survived. Some immigrants who are known to have come from Nieder-Weisel were not found in the surviving records held by the Public Records Office in Victoria; their names are listed on Page 4 (not in any particular sequence) in the block of numbers S900 to S999.
Details of the immigrants can be referenced from the following list of names of
the ships and their
OCEAN CHIEF (6/11/1855 - 26/1/1856)
RED JACKET (20/5/1856 - 11/8/1856)
RED JACKET (20/11/1857 - 2/1858)
Hobart to Melbourne; 363 tonne coastal steamer; Captain Rees