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Passenger Research Project SS Torilla and SS Roscommon


Passenger Research Project SS Torilla and SS Roscommon


Analysis of passengers on the ships my parents arrived on in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia in the early 1910s to establish if there were any links between the families on board prior to them departing England and after their arrival in Australia mainly on assisted passages.  

Project Background:

I have now been researching my ancestors since 2010 and studying genealogy at the National Institute for Genealogical Studies since 2015 completing over 150 subjects and graduating nine times. I commenced the studies in an attempt to gain knowledge that would assist me in validating the results of my research on ancestors which has reached back to the early 900s.

It was a direct result of my studies and that they were reaching a point where I had run out of subjects of interest to me that I looked at how I could fill my retirement hours and gain more understanding of my parents and grandparents lives and why they decided to come to Australia.


From my research on ancestors I had found that my father departed London on the Torilla on 16 August 1911 arriving in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on 10 October 1911 and my mother departed London on the Roscommon on 2 August 1912 arriving in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on the 27 September 1912. Both were young children in the company of their parents.

Passenger Surnames:

SS Roscommon:

Nominated Passage:

Bremner, Cairnscross, Crossan, Dunn, Fraser, Hoey, McGregor, McKinstray, McReight, Mellor, Nutter, Potter, Prior, Rae, Reddock and Russell


SS Torilla:

Nominated Passage:

Ainier, Bremner, Bryson, Carswell, Chalmers, Cooper, Carson, Crick, Callum, Clark, Cummings, Cullen, Day, Duncan, Davie, Dyer, Easton, Fraser, Ferguson, Forsyth, Faignes, Frame, Fraser, Graham, George, Guthrie, Henderson, Hoare, Horton, Hume, Kennedy, Kilpatrick, Law, Lawrie, McLean, McDonald, McMillan, McIlroy, Morrison, Malcolm, Murphy, Maclachlan, Moorcroft, Nelson, Pheely, Ross, Russell, Rossini, Reid, Scott, Shand, Speirs, Stewart, Sherry, Sweeney, Stewart, Somerville, Toogood, Thompson, Tweedie, Urquhart and Young,


Assisted Passage:

Aitchison, Blacklaw, Blackwood, Barkley, Brown, Colman, Cockburn, Chapman, Dunlop, Dick, Doulay, Dalrymple, Findlay, Cameron, Campbell, Clarkson, Gibson, Gordon, Hunter, Hastie, Hannah, Jackson, Killin, London, Munro, Martin, Miller, Moffat, Murdoch, McCann, McCourt, Macdonald, McKenzie, McLaren, McLintock, Macpherson, McOwat, Ramsay, Ross, Spence, Pedler, Pine, Robertson, Reid, Smith, Sprott, Stevens, Taylor, Thompson, Blackbed, Whytock, Wilson, McAulay and Yates,


Free Passage:

Barr, Callander, Chisholm, Cooke, Corson, Crawley, Currie, Dalrymple, Dunlop, Farrell, Hannah, Hannon, Hughes, Hunter, Johnstone, Kinland, Hannah, McPhee, Russell, Sommerville, Sullivan, Thompson, Watson and White


Sugar Labourers:

Batchelor, Boyd. Brodie, Bradley, Clark, Dalziel, Dewar, Douglas, Fitzpatrick, Hodgson, Hendry, Harris, Iredale, Irving, Johnston, Kane, Kelly, Kidd, Lethwaite, Lockerbie, Leitch, Manser, Marlow, Milner, Mitchell, Morrison, Murphy, Mitchell, McGowan, McIntyre, Mackenzie, Macphee, McNally, McFarlane, Newall, Noble, Pagan, Reid, Robson, Robertson, Scott, Smith, Strong, Sturrock, Semple, Tippett, Waller, Work, Wyllie and Wallace


Railway Labour:

Riley, Stewart and Stirling.

Closing Comment:

If you had any ancestors on either of these ships and wish to help please post a comment or contact me at

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