Richard Carruthers 134
- Born: 19 Feb 1852, Upper Borcklerigg, Saint Mungo, Dumfries, Scotland
- Christened: 7 Mar 1852, St. Mungo, Dumfries, Scotland
- Died: 15 May 1854, At sea enroute to Australia aged 2
- Buried: After 22 May 1854, Australia
Cause of his death was atrophy.
Ship John Bunyan, 981 tons, Captain McBurnie, from Liverpool 13th February 1854, arrived at Port Adelaide, South Australia 22nd May 1854
South Australian Register Wednesday 24th May 1854
Monday May 22nd, 1854:- the ship John Bunyan, 981 tons, McBurnie / MacBurnie, Master, from Liverpool, February 13th
Passengers: Mrs. MacBurnie and P. Culhane, surgeon-superintendent in the cabin and the following emigrants in the steerage. . . . — 10th ship from England to S.A. with government passengers for 1854 ; 7 births and 29 deaths on the passage ; P. Culhane, surgeon-superintendent.
BPP 1854-55 (42) Papers relative to Emigration to Australian Colonies part I. New South Wales and Australia; Part II S. and W. Australia, Van Diemen's Land
The "John Bunyan" arrived from Liverpool on the 22d May 1854, after a passage of 100 days; bringing to the colony 318 souls; 29 deaths and four births took place at sea. The great mortality in this ship was caused by measles and scarlet fever, both of which broke out within four days after the ship left Liverpool. These diseases appeared first among the single women, and went right through the ship to the forecastle amongst the sailors. When the ship arrived the disease had ceased, and the general health was very good. The surgeon-superintendent appears to have experienced some difficulty in managing the single women, a few of whom were not well-behaved. In consequence of irregularities occuring in the evening he was obliged to diminish the number of lights which are usually allowed; this caused some dissatisfaction, but, from the circumstances, he was quite justified in the mode of punishment which he adopted. It is to be regretted that, on this occasion, the innocent were put to inconvenience on account of the ill-behaved.