PLATINA 1839This 3 mast ship left London under the command of Captain Wellbank,
and arrived in Adelaide on February 9 1839,
There were conflicting reports published in the local newspaper regarding 'numerous' complaints from passengers.|
Nine deaths had occurred, amongst which were three children of George and Ann REID - the whole of their family.
The following advertisement was placed in the South Australian Register in response to these reports:
To the Editors of the South Australian Gazette.
To Mr James Weston, Ship "PLATINA", Indian Ocean
We the undersigned passengers on board the barque PLANTINA, bound from London to South Australia, in the year of Our Lord
one thousand eight hundred and thirty eight and nine, and under the surgical care and superintendence of Mr James Weston, MD.,
feel ourselves deeply indebted to that gentleman for his unwearied attention in securing to us every comfort which lay in his power,
particularly alluding to his listless activity and unabating zeal in that period of distress when the Lord was pleased through the instrument
of the diorhoea to make such fearful havoc among our small number, unanimously consider it our duty to offer him a vote of thanks,
with our most cordial wishes and earnest prayers for his welfare during his sojourn on earth, with a more solid recompense in the world to come.