Bruce, Janet - I23

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First Class Passenger 
Janet Bruce
Born 1843
Nationality Unknown
Born 1843
Genealogy Data
Person ID I23
Birth Family
Bruce Family - F2001
Father David Bruce 
(b. Jul 1816)
Mother Janet McIntyre
Voyage Data
Voyage to Adelaide in 1864
Personal role First Class Passenger
Name on list Miss Bruce
Travel Family Bruce Family - F2001
Joined place London
Left place Adelaide
Voyage to London in 1865
Personal role First Class Passenger
Name on list Miss Janet Bruce
Travel Family Bruce Family - F2001
Joined place Adelaide
Left place London

Miss Bruce was listed amongst the passengers travelling on the City of Adelaide's maiden voyage from London to Adelaide and we suspect that she was the captain's daughter, Janet.

She was at the bottom of the first-class list where the ship’s surgeon, the matron, and others who are not paying passengers are usually to be found. She did not sign either of the letters of thanks that appeared in the Register.

An unmarried 21 years old would be looking for something to do with herself, and acting as hostess in the saloon on her father’s brand new ship might have been more appealing than being idle or working. One of her roles may have been to look after the Letchford children.

A Miss Bruce also appears on the return voyage.[1]

We cannot find Janet Bruce in either the Scotland or England census of 1861. She may have been married by 1864, but where? She has a name that is surprisingly common among the Scots. A Janet Bruce married in Adelaide in 1879, but she was 30 years old and her father was Donald Bruce.

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Researched by Ron Roberts, Adelaide, South Australia


  1. "SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE.". South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 27 January 1865. p. 2. Retrieved 7 December 2013.