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Passage Contract - Australia to London - 11 May 1867

Cabin Passenger’s Contract Ticket 1867 - Australia to London

Cabin Passenger's Contract Ticket 1867 - Australia to London

Summary of Passage Contract

  • Date of Purchase / Voyage: 11 May 1867
  • Steamship Line: Surrey Steamship Company
  • Steamship: SS Reigate
  • Route: Melbourne to London
  • Ticket Type: Passage Contract
  • Voyage Class: First Class
  • Name on Contract: Margaret Schenk and 3 children
  • Etnicity of Passenger(s): British or Australian
  • Contract Terms: Limited
  • Cost of Ticket: £ 85 / £7,695.00 in 2020 GBP


Passage Contract Details

This contract was intended for First Class passage on the SS Reigate of the Surrey Steamship Company, a 3-mast, full-rigged ship built in 1862 weighing 1,035 tons.

Contract Terms

  1. A Contract Ticket in this form must be given to every cabin passenger engaging a passage in a “passenger ship” from Victoria to any place out of the said colony coming under the operation of any Proclamation from time to time issued by the Governor of Victoria under the Passengers Act 1855 under a penalty not exceeding £50.
  2. Unless the passengers are to have a free table the victualling scale for the voyage must be appended to the Contract Ticket.
  3. All the blanks must be correctly and legibly filled in and the ticket must be legibly signed with the Christian names and surname and address in full of the party issuing the same.
  4. The day of the month on which the ship is to sail must be inserted in words and not in figures only.
  5. When once issued this ticket must not be withdrawn from the passenger nor any alteration or erasure made in it unless with his consent.

“Reigate” of 1100 Tons Register, to Sail from the Port of Melbourne for London on the 11th day of May 1867

Names and Ages of Passengers

  • Margaret Schenk, 37
  • John Schenk, 4
  • William?, 3
  • Anne (Infant)

In consideration of the Sum of £85, I herby agree with the person named in the margin hereof that such person shall be provided with FIRST CLASS CABIN PASSAGE in the above-named ship to sail from the Port of Melbourne for the Port of London in England, with not less than Forty Cubical Feet of Luggage for each person and that such person shall be victualled as FIRST CLASS CABIN PASSENGER during the voyage and the time of detention at any place before its termination and I further engage to land the person aforesaid with his Luggage at the last-mentioned Port free of any charge beyond the Passage Money aforesaid and I hereby acknowledge to have received the sum of £475 in part payment of such Passage Money.

/s/ Jaured Hufillits ?
For J. H. White & Co.
Collins Street West

Melbourne, 4 May 1867

  • Deposit: £ 45
  • Balance: £ 40 – To be paid Three Days before Embarkation
  • Total: £ 85

The Ship will not be accountable for luggage, goods, or other description of property, unless Bills of Lading have been signed for same. No jewelry, bullion, etc., will be carried as luggage.

Notice to Cabin Passengers

  1. If Cabin Passengers, through no default of their own, fail to obtain a passage in the ship, and on the day named in this Contract Ticket, they may obtain redress for breach of Contract by summary process under the 73rd Section of the Passengers Act, 1855, or the 7th Clause of the Passage Brokers Act, 1863.
  2. Cabin Passengers must produce, on demand, their Contract Ticket to the Government Emigration Officer, under a penalty not exceeding £10.   This ticket should therefore be preserved and kept in readiness to be produced on board the ship.

Relative Cost of Passage Ticket in Today's Currency Value

In 2020, the relative value of £85   0s   0d from 1867 ranges from £7,695.00 to £183,700.00.

simple Purchasing Power Calculator would say the relative value is £7,695.00. This answer is obtained by multiplying £85.00 by the percentage increase in the RPI from 1867 to 2020.

This may not be the best answer.

The best measure of the relative value over time depends on if you are interested in comparing the cost or value of a Commodity, Income or Wealth, or a Project. For more discussion on how to pick the best measure, consult the Tutorials.

If you want to compare the value of a £85 0s 0d Commodity in 1867 there are four choices. In 2020 the relative:

real price of that commodity is £7,695.00

labour value of that commodity is £55,930.00

income value of that commodity is £72,020.00

economic share of that commodity is £183,700.00

If you want to compare the value of a £85 0s 0d Income or Wealth, in 1867 there are four choices. In 2020 the relative:

real wage or real wealth value of that income or wealth is £7,695.00

labour earnings of that income or wealth is £55,930.00

relative income value of that income or wealth is £72,020.00

relative output value of that income or wealth is £183,700.00

If you want to compare the value of a £85 0s 0d Project in 1867 there are three choices. In 2020 the relative:

real cost of that project is £8,986.00

labour cost of that project is £55,930.00

economic cost of that project is £183,700.00


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