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THE Rockhampton Bulletin of March 2 says: —" The immigrant ship Light Brigade anchored in Keppel Bay on Wednesday morning, having

made the run from Gravesend in the remark-

ably quick time of eighty-seven days. The Health-officer and Immigration Commissioner, Dr. Salmond, and Mr. Livermore, a member of the Local Immigration Board, accompanied by representatives of the Press, started for the Bay in the Government steamer Mary at 4 o'clock on Wednesday afternoon. The Light Bri- gade is a smart-looking full-rigged ship, admi- rably adapted for the conveyance of passengers and immigrants, the various compartments for their accommodation being both roomy and well ventilated. It may be added that the ship 'tween decks presents a clean and orderly appear- ance. These facts, doubtless, have had much to do with the almost entire immunity from sick- ness enjoyed by the immigrants. It appears that during the passage there were only two deaths— one a man named William Vale (on the 27th instant, two days before the arrival of the vessel in Keppel Bey), who left on board a widow and five children; the other death was that of a young woman, Ann Bishop, twenty-two years of age, from bronchitis and disease of the heart.   As a set-off against the deaths there were three births, so that the number on board the Light Brigade had increased by one during the pas- sage. The passengers and immigrants number altogether 321 souls—equal to 285 statute adults—and consist of 67 full-paying pas- sengers, 98 assisted, 42 remittance, and 114 free Their trades and callings are entered as follow:—Miller, 1; plumbers, 3; carpenters, 8; farm laborers, 24; brickmaker, 1; grooms, 3; painter, 1; gardeners, 2; mason, 1; coach     painter, 1; general laborers, 7; surveyor, 1; compositor, 1; cooper, 1; cabinet maker, 1; farmer, 1; quarryman, 1; constable. 1 ; teachers, 8; shopkeeper, 1; milliner, 1; seamen, 2; and female domestic servants, 107. The passengers and immigrants were all mustered on Thursday morning by Dr. Salmond, assisted by Mr. Livermore, and the usual questions put to everyone individually. There was only one complalnt-and that was preferred by a cabin passenger. Dr. Salmond required the complaint to be formally made in writing. It turned out to be of a frivolous nature, vis. that there were no rules supplied for the regulation of the saloon passengers. The fact of this being the only complaint speaks volumes in favor of tbe good management on board, and the general satisfaction and content- ment of the passengers. The captain was a general favorite and much respected; Dr. Frost   was also well spoken of; and we heard no complaint against the matron (Miss Davidson), except that in the opinion of some of the pas- sengers she was a strict and rigid disciplinarian. The hiring commenced at the Immigrants Depot yesterday, with great spirit, and a considerable number of domestic servants were engaged.