- Born: 8 Sep 1813, Lambeth, , Surrey, England
- Christened: 10 Oct 1813, Renfrew Road Workhouse, Lambeth, Surrey, England
- Marriage: Caroline HILL on 5 Nov 1837 in Walton On Thames, Surrey, England
- Died: 7 Apr 1887, Foxhill, Nelson, New Zealand at age 73
Captain: William Lacey
Surgeon Superintendent: Alexander McShane
Sailed London 27th April 1841 - arrived Wellington 8th September 1841, Nelson 5th November
The 347 ton Whitby was one of three vessels fitted out to carry out a survey for the new settlement at Nelson. Whitby and Will Watch departed London on Sunday afternoon, May 2nd 1841. A service had been held on board Will Watch and their passeg down the Thames was marked by a 21 gun salute. Arrow did not depart until May 21st but beat the other two ships to Port Nicholson. All three ships first arived at Port Nicholson until the question of the site of Nelson had been resolved. Whitby brought to New Zealand, Capain Arthur Wakefield R N (brother to Edward Gibbon Wakefield) along with 59 officals and labourers.
Hollis James 27 Excavator
Nelson Evening Mail, Volume XVIII, Issue 237, 9 October 1883, Page 2
RESIDENT MAGISTRATE'S COURT.
[Before 0. Curtis, Esq., R.M] James Hollis, charged with being drunk in Hardy-street, was fined 5s and costs.
Nelson Evening Mail, Volume XX, Issue 86, 14 April 1885, Page 2
RESIDENT MAGISTRATE'S COURT
(Before O. Curtis Esq., EM.) James Hollis, charged with being drunk and also with having no visible means of support, was sentenced to three months' imprisonment. There were several previous convictions recorded against him.
James married Caroline HILL, daughter of William HILL and Maria, on 5 Nov 1837 in Walton On Thames, Surrey, England. (Caroline HILL was born on 28 Nov 1818 in Walton On Thames, Surrey, England, christened on 27 Dec 1818 in Walton On Thames, Surrey, England and was buried on 30 Jul 1889 in Wakapuaka Cemetery, Nelson, New Zealand.)