About 2001, when I was creating the website for the RICHARDSON family of Hounslow Heath, England, I found the family of my grandfather, Arthur James RICHARDSON, in the State Records of New South Wales, Australia, Immigrant Index of 1880-1896. On Reel 2142 was recorded his family’s arrival in 1883: Edward Richardson, age 34, Emily, age 34, Florence, age 10, Arthur, age 3, and under remarks for these people was listed “and family.” Henry, age 14, and Richard, age 13, were also found, but with no remarks.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper, the sailing ship “Dallam Tower” arrived on the 1st of November, “with 419 Government immigrants.” Just recently, a Richardson cousin has sent a link to these same records that are now posted on-line as ships’ passengers on “The Dallam Tower”. There are links to the original scanned records: Edward and Emily Richardson with Florence, Arthur and Agnes.
I assume that the term “Government Immigrants” signified they were sponsored by the British government.