Passenger contract ticket for Elizabeth Pratt's two daughters Sarah (aged 11) and Elizabeth (aged 9) for steerage passage from London to Melbourne on the Black Ball Line clipper ship 'Netherby', departing 25 April 1862. The cost of the ticket was £15 paid in full. Printed by Rees & Roberts, 'Lombard Press' 38, Gracechurch Street, City. The ship arrived in Melbourne on 3 August 1862.
The 'Netherby' was a wooden-hulled, square-rigged 3-masted clipper ship built at Sunderland, United Kingdom, by Robert Thompson Jnr in 1858. It measured 176 feet long x 33 feet beam x 22 feet depth and was registered at 944 tons. The 'Netherby' made four voyages to Australia for the Black Ball Line between 1861 and 1866. It was wrecked on the west coast of King Island, on route to Port Phillip on 14 July 1866, fortunately with no loss of life amongst the 413 passengers and 38 crew.
See related ticket issued to Elizabeth Pratt and her son Edward on the same voyage, registered at HT 4746.
Printed on pale blue paper with royal crest. All details completed in black ink.
Satement of Historical Significance:
This passenger contract ticket provides a rich insight in 19th century immigration from Britain to Australia, documenting a typical shipping line, clipper ship, ticket type and prices, departure and arrival points used during the sailing ship era. These types of tickets assist in representing 19th century immigration processes.
Donation from Mr. Alan & Mrs. Suzanne Cole, 10/9/2003
'24392/ "BLACK BALL" LINE/ of BRITISH & AUSTRALIAN EX-ROYAL MAIL PACKETS/ Passengers Contract ticket./1. - A Contract Ticket in this form must be given to every Passenger engaging a Passage from the United Kingdom to any place outside of Europe and not being within the Mediterranean Sea. 2.- The Victualling Scale for the Voyage must be printed on the body of the Ticket...'
Type of item
20.6 cm (Length), 21.7 cm (Width)
215 mm (Width), 206 mm (Height)
Measurement From Conservation. Irregular