Doctors at Sea pp 133-146 | Cite as

‘Firmness and indulgence, consideration and strictness’: Dr Strutt’s management of families and Irish girls

  • Robin Haines


In the 1850s, nearly three times as many assisted immigrants arrived in Australia as in the decade before. With official pressure mounting to record the journey in detail as the revival of recruitment began in 1848 (after a lull of five years during a period of economic downturn in the Australian colonies when assistance virtually ground to a halt), it is not surprising, perhaps, that a few surgeons kept their own personal journals as well as submitting their official logs and reports on arrival. In this chapter, and the one that follows, the thoughts and actions of two experienced surgeons, and a handful of others between 1848 and 1858, offer the surgeons’ perspective of the voyage. It is worth dwelling on this decade because emigrant commentaries, too, are also well represented in these years of energetic mobilisation, which saw a far higher intake of assisted immigrants than in any other decade in the nineteenth century.


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  1. 4.
    See J.D. Foley, In Quarantine: A History of Sydney’s Quarantine Station 1828–1984, Kangaroo Press, Sydney, 1995, 155, for details of the Steadfast’s voyage.Google Scholar
  2. 6.
    Journal of Charles E. Strutt on the Thomas Arbuthnot bound for NSW, 1849, typescript, bound with Freer Family Papers, La Trobe Collection, MS 8352, Box 913/5.Google Scholar

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