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SHIPS
that Brought a Migration to the
Far Side of the World

Running a Gale

A Barque Running Before a Gale

by Thomas Jacques Somerscales 

The painting above is a 40.7 x 56 cm oil on canvas, held in the National Maritime Museum. A four-masted barque wearing foul-weather rig is shown making its way through a heavy sea in this port-bow view. Since this British-born artist lived in Valparaiso, Chile, where he ran a painting school from 1874 until he returned to England in 1892, it is likely that portraits such as this were made from personal observation. 

THE FIRST SHIPS 
written in 1920 for the Evening Post
by H. Fildes

As part of the welcoming celebration for a visit by the Prince of Wales to Wellington in May 1920, the Evening Post newspaper printed a four part article series in April on the founding of Wellington, then named Port Nicholson, in 1839-40.
   These four articles, in more than a few instances, have been compiled from eyewitness reports and diaries, so that one can almost envision one's self on the beach at Petone watching those first ships sailing through the heads and up the harbour past Somes Island, to anchor off Petone Beach; see the settlers in their incredible struggle to survive the primitive rigors of their surroundings; experience the birthpangs of an embryonic nation that has become so proudly New Zealand.  If the number of imigrants arriving at Port Nicholson mean anything at all, these articles document the founding of New Zealand as a British Colony, by British occupation that was virtually forced upon the British Government. They also reveal the interest local Maori people took in all of this, welcoming this European influx, assisting and supporting them through the first critical year of 1840 and beyond. 

Duplicated here in PDF format. Click on each article to open.
WELLINGTON - EVENING POST
http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast

 

 049-SECTION SEVEN
COVER & T.O.C.
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 Saturday, April  3, 1920

 050-THE FIRST SHIPS I
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 by H. Fildes
 Thursday, April  8, 1920

 051-THE FIRST SHIPS II
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 by H. Fildes
 Saturday, April 10, 1920

 052-THE FIRST SHIPS III
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 by H. Fildes
 Saturday, April 17, 1920

 053-THE FIRST SHIPS IV
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 by H. Fildes

 

The Clifton

The Clifton
A Drawing by Summer Lovegrove
William and Betsy Bird, with their three children, Mary, John & baby Amelia, sailed in 1841, aboard the Clifton to Port Nicholson.  Another six children were born after their arrival and settlement at Newtown, Wellington. Summer is a twenty-first century, New Zealand descendant of their son John. 

SHIPS AND PASSENGER LISTS 
The Nineteenth Century Diaspora to the Far Side of the World

Following is a list of ships, including passenger lists, that brought our family ancestors to Australia and New Zealand in the nineteenth century.  These are listed in chronological order of when they arrived at their destination.  The ships arriving in Melbourne and Brisbane, Australia, all relate to the Bowland & Douglas Families except the last.  The Adelaide arrival relates to the Bird Family.  All of the New Zealand arrivals in both Wellington and Auckland, New Zealand, connect in some way with branches of  the Chamberlain Family.  The exception is the "Bombay", many of whose passengers settled in and named the South Auckland district, in the 1860's, after the ship they came in.  It is where my father's family came to live and farm some 70 years later, in the 1930's- IJC.

 FAMILY
NAME:
SHIP:

Departure
Date:

Departure
Port:

Arrival
Port:

Arrival
Date:
 WYETH

054-CUBA
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 31-07-1839

 Gravesend  Wellington 04-01-1840
 SYKES

055-BOLTON
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19-11-1839

 Gravesend  Wellington 21-04-1840
 TUCKER

056-WILLIAM BRYAN
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19-11-1840

 Plymouth

  New  Plymouth

 30-03-1841
 WILTON

 057-ORIENTAL
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22-06-1841 

 Plymouth

Wellington

22-10-1841 
 BIRD
 KIBBLEWHITE

058-CLIFTON
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 02-10-1841  London  Wellington 17-02-1842
 CHAMBERLAIN

059-LONDON
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02-01-1842  Gravesend  Wellington  01-05-1842
 BIRD
 FINDON/BIRD
 MARCH/BIRD

060-MARINER
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16-05-1847  London  Adelaide 25-09-1847
 MICHAEL

061-WANATA 
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 10-06-1852

 Liverpool  Melbourne  17-08-1852
 HAMMOND/
 LOVELL

062-AGRICOLA
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04-11-1852

 London  Brisbane

26-02-1853

 BOWLAND
 LOVELL
 TINKLER

063-THAMES
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03-11-1852

 Liverpool  Melbourne

10-03-1853

 LOVELL
 HOLDICH

064-GUY
MANNERING

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22-08-1857

 Liverpool  Melbourne

24-11-1857

 WHATTON

065-HARKAWAY
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17-04-1858

 London  Wellington

14-08-1858

 HARNETT
 PARKER

066-JURA
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03-10-1860

 London  Auckland

 15-01-0861

 BOMBAY
 SETTLERS

067-BOMBAY
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26-08-1863

 London  Auckland

08-12-1863

 WALKER

068-SWIFTSURE
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06-02-1864

 Melbourne

 Auckland

17-02-1864

 DOUGLAS

069-GREAT
BRITAIN
 
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26-05-1864

 Liverpool  Melbourne

25-07-1864

 RAWLINGS

070-GARONNE
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25-11-1885

 Gravesend  Melbourne

10-01-1886

 RAWLINGS

071-MANAPOURI
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 26-01-1886

 Melbourne  Auckland

 09-02-1886

 In the final days of 1841 the family of Thomas and Susannah Chamberlain left their home at Preston Capes in Northamptonshire. They travelled to London and Gravesend where they boarded the sailing ship "LONDON". After a change of captain the ship put to sea with Captain Joe Atwood and Surgeon W.M. Turnbull on the 2nd January 1842 and arrived in Port Nicholson 120 days later on the 1 May 1842. The following PDF download is an actual eyewitness journal account of their voyage by one of the passengers, Charles Empson, supplemented by the Captain Atwood's log and Dr Turnbull's reports.

  072-The 1842 Voyage of the LONDON
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  073-A Sailing Ship Migration to New Zealand
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S.S. Great Britain

 Artist's impression of the SS Great Britain in her heyday, above. As she looks today, below.

SS Great Britain open to public viewing at Liverpool


 

 

 

 

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No Simple Passage
No_Simple_Passage 
The Journey of the "London" and her passengers from England to New Zealand in 1842. Thomas & Susannah Chamberlain, together with their four children sailed aboard the London on this voyage to Port Nicholson. The author is Jenny Robin Jones a descendant of one of the passengers. The book was published in 2011 by Random House ISBN 978 1 86979 510 8
Wiltons Galore
Wiltons_Galore 

The Pioneer Story of Robert Wilton and Elizabeth Denman from Montacute, Somerset, England and continued through their children and grand-children in New Zealand. Mary Wilton married Arthur Joseph Chamberlain, and this is the story & record of her family.
This book was compiled by descendant Jo Wilton and published in 2007 by Colin Watson & Colin Liddell
ISBN 978 0 473 11318 6

Petticoat Pioneers
Petticoat Pioneers 

Stories of New Zealand's North Island women of the colonial pioneering era compiled and recorded for us by author Miriam Macgregor. Two of the women featured in this book are Susannah Catherine (Bull) Chamberlain and her daughter -in-law (Catherine McKenzie) Kitty Chamberlain.
This book was published in 1973 by A.H.& A.W. Reed, Wellington, New Zealand.
ISBN 0 589 00771 8

Paddy the Wanderer
Paddy the Wanderer 

The true story of an Airedale dog who captured the heart of the city of Wellington during the dark days of depression. Also captured here is Paddy's association with Blue Taxicab manager, Merlin Chamberlain. The author is Dianne Haworth, a dog-lover and editor of Animal's Voice, who lives and works in Auckland.
The book was published in 2007 by HarperCollins NZ.
ISBN 978 1 86950 625 4

On the Trail of
Parker & Walker
Families

Parker-Walker Families

This 2015 self-published family history has been put together by Marjorie Prictor on the trail of Parker and the Walker families who came to New Zealand in the 1860s. Marjorie is a descendant still living in the Northland district of Port Albert where each of these families settled.

Douglas Family Reunion
1843-1981
Douglas-Reunion

A family history of the Douglas Family in Australia, compiled in 1981 for a family reunion by sisters Grace Douglas & Rosalie Vanstan of Bendigo, Victoria.
Downloadable as file-093 from the Supplements Page.