I am trying to trace the voyages of my ancestor John Spencer Colepeper and his wife
Harriet to and from Ceylon from England from 1843-59. John was Police Superintendent for
Colombo and Kandy from 1844 - 1859 when he retired on ill health and died in England 1861
a widower. Harriet I can find no death records either under Colepeper or her first
husbands surname of Thompson.
I have tried looking into Google books Allen's Indian Mail for the period 1848 - 1859
with using the 'search this book' box using the name Colepeper/Colepepper without
success, but there were voyages recorded in newspapers and Ceylon Government Gazette. I
have the following voyages:
a.. 1843 7 Sept 'Mr & Mrs Colepepper and child left on 'Persia' for
Ceylon arr.7th Jan 1844 source Asiatic Journal 1843 edition page 670.
b.. 1853 July 'Mrs Colepepper returned to England on steamer 'Indus' 1853 to
Southampton - source Allen's Indian Mail page 404.
c.. 1854 Oct 'Mr Colepeper sailed Southampton-Ceylon on ss Nubia' - source
Allen's Indian Mail
d.. 1854 Nov 23 Mr Colepeper arr. Galle on barque 'Dalia' - source Ceylon
e.. 1854 Dec 8 Arrivals by the Kandy Mail Coach 9th Dec Mr Colepeper - source
Can anyone tell me how I access the Ceylon Government Gazette and is it an online source?
I cannot remember how I found this information. Although I have accessed both the Asiatic
Journal and Allen's Indian Mail online can anyone tell me which dates both these
I am trawling through all the years I believe they may have returned to England, but would
like to find an easier way when this couple travelled to/from England.
Mrs Colepeper was in England during the 1851 census.
Any help with the above would be much appreciated.