MARY ELIZABETH WALSH arrived in Sydney on the John Knox in May 1850.  I am searching for her from her arrival date until she married in 1852.   Please contact


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Comment by Tonia (from NAA) on April 11, 2012 at 13:54

Hi Lorna

Unfortunately, the records of the National Archives of Australia will not be of assistance in your search. We are the Archives of the Commonwealth of Australia and our collection starts from Federation in 1901 to the present.

Perhaps one of the genealogists on our forum would be able to point you in the direction of sources of information for the period 1850 to 1852.



(NAA staff)


Comment by Debra on April 18, 2012 at 1:29

Hi Lorna,

Two years is a very short period of time - what are you hoping to find?

The girls on the John Knox were accommodated in the Depot at Hyde Park Barracks where they were prepared to enter into service.  Usually they would have a day when the general public could come and hire them.

As far as I know there are no surviving disposal lists for NSW, but you would need to contact the State Archives to ask.

If Mary hadn't yet turned 21 when she married she would have needed the permission of an adult.  If this is noted on the church marriage entry then that person might have been her employer, or perhaps they were witnesses to the marriage?

The manifest shows that she was aged 18, of Castlelyne?, County Cork, and her parents were Maurice and Johanna.



Comment by Chris Loudon on May 27, 2012 at 16:53

Hi Lorna,

There is a bit of information on the Irish Famine Girls Memorial site, along with a couple of contacts, although they may no longer be valid, it might be worth a try. Go to:  and type in the surname and first name.



Comment by Lorna Gray on May 28, 2012 at 12:04

Many thanks Chris.  I have researched this area but my Mary seems to have become invisible until she married in 1852.  I was hoping for her working and living conditions from 1850 when she landed until her 1852 marriage. I have all of her Australian history except for those two years.  Thanks again.....Lorna

Comment by Rosalie Busch on May 28, 2013 at 17:52

I am needing more information about my great great grandmother, Elizabeth Walsh (or Eliza) who was an Irish Orphan and arrived in Sydney in 1850 on the Tipoo Saib. It appears she had a sister, Mary, who was a year older than her. Records show that she came from Castlelost, Westmeath. I would really like to find out who her parents were and where she was accommodated in Sydney before she married my gg grandfather, John Howarth.

Comment by Debra on May 28, 2013 at 18:36

Hi Rosalie,

The immigration record names their parents as Peter and Elizabeth.  The father was still alive and living at Castlelost. They had no relatives living in the colony of NSW.  As far as I know there are no surviving records for exactly where each immigrant was accommodated but it was likely to be Hyde Park Barracks.


Comment by Rosalie Busch on May 28, 2013 at 18:40

Thank you Debra. Where can I go to sight the immigration record? Or am I able to?


Comment by Chris Loudon on May 29, 2013 at 1:32

Hi Rosalie,

Have a look at the Irish Famine Memorial database - entries for your girls is here:

There is a bit of info there on both girls; Mary married in Sydney moved to Victoria + an email contact.

The Ships passenger index is on NSW State Records online, here:

You may be able to get more info via State Records on the ships records & there may be a surgeons report for the vessel as well.

Good luck


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