I believe that my Grandmother arrived from Scotland about then but I haven't been able to find any listings on her. Her name was Jane Ferguson Duncan and was accompanied by her sister Margaret.Any help would be appreciated.

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Comment by Debra on January 18, 2017 at 0:41

Hi Neville,

You need Queensland Archives.  I would say this is her arriving into Townsville in 1900 on the Jumna (immigrant ships didn't come into Cairns):


(Document page 240)

Jane F. DUNCAN was a 21 year old domestic servant from Forfarshire but there is no Margaret listed with her.

The immigration indexes are here:


Comment by Debra on January 18, 2017 at 1:33

I have been having a bit of a sticky beak around, and if you are looking for Margaret Smith DUNCAN then she was Jane's much younger sister and born in 1892.  It is unlikely she would have arrived with Jane in 1900.

Comment by Neville Arthur Brauer on January 18, 2017 at 5:03

The only info that I have is that she went to Mareeba so I assumed that she had arrived in Cairns.

Comment by Debra on January 18, 2017 at 13:25

Cairns wasn't an immigration port as they couldn't get into the inlet to berth and had to anchor in Trinity Bay and tender cargo and passengers to shore.  I think that they probably only stopped when they did have cargo as well because it was all a bit of a drama. 

I think I have found your Margaret her parents and her three younger siblings arriving in 1913 on the ship Limerick from London.  The UK outbound manifest says that they were contracted to land at Brisbane but some passengers did disembark at Cairns and manifests are often wrong. There is an article about it here - the inlet had been dredged and a new wharf built:


The passenger lists have only been digitised to 1912 so you would need to see the documentation at Queensland Archives.

The immigration card index showing Maggie (20), James (16), Walter (14), and Mabel (10):


James S. and Annie DUNCAN both aged 54 are on the outbound manifest but not on the card indexes above so I think that they may have paid their own passage.  Were they just visiting?

You need to buy credits for ScotlandsPeople to see the 1911 census, but in 1901 they were living in Dundee with other children/siblings Albert. Allan, Paulina and Robina.

Comment by Neville Arthur Brauer on January 18, 2017 at 14:59

I know of most of the male names plus Jane & Margaret ( Maggie). The other females don't register with me. I will contact Duncan family and check if they have any info. Thanks for the info.


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