Michael Veitch: Migrant Hell Ship

Posted on: Mon 19 Nov 2018

When Michael’s Great Great Grandparents set out on a sailing ship bound for Australia as two young, single people in 1852, they would have been looking forward to the excitement of the voyage to the other side of the world.  Little did they know that many of the passengers, mostly Scottish victims of the Highland Clearances and the Potato Famine, would never set foot on Australian soil, and their ship would become notorious, sending panic through the streets of the fledgling settlement of Melbourne.  It became one of the most calamitous voyages in Australian history, and Michael tells us about it today.

Interviewer Helen Meyer

Photos provided by Michael Veitch and used with permission

This broadcast was made possible with support from The Community Broadcasting Foundation.

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