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Otago Witness Chronological Record for 1899

Reference online:  'Papers Past' - a NZ National Library website. 

Otago Witness December 28 1899 page 48 & 49
Obituaries unless otherwise stated

January
04 Duke of Northumberland
06 Mr H Aiken, old identity and Mayor of Oamaru
13 William Smith, Stirling; arrived Otago by Larkins, 1849; aged 85
14 Miller's Flat bridge over Molyneux completed
20 Miller's Flat bridge opened for traffic
15 Nubar Pasha
17 Father Chiniquy
30 Earl of Lindsay; aged 64
31 Sir Francis Ford, many years un British diplomatic service

February
01 Br Berry, Congregational Minister at Wolverhampton
03 Rev. W.J. Habens, Secretary of Education; aged 60
04 George Bell, late proprietor Evening Star; aged 90
06 Count Caprivi, ex-German Chancellor
07 Prince Alfred of Coburg
10 Rev. W. Colenso, first printer in New Zealand, arrived 1835
16 Mr Justice Chitty; aged 71
17 M Faure, President of France
22 Sir G.F. Brown, ex-Governor of N.Z.
25 Baron Reuter; aged 83

March
02 Lord Herschell
11 By railway collision at Rakaia four persons killed, several injured
12 Mrs Keeley, actress
13 Julius Vogel
28 Birket Foster, artist

April
01 Hon. W.H. Reynolds
04 Dr Cunninghame, Port Chalmers
06 James Wylie ("Herd Laddie") ex-draughts champion
09 Richard Fry; arrived by John Wickliffe 1848; many years resident in Waikouaiti
11 W.P. Street, formerly mayor of Dunedin
13 Archdeacon Stretch of Melbourne
24 John Mowbray "father" of House of Commons
26 Captain H Anderson, marine superintendent Shaw-Savill Company
May
02 James Brown, arrived by Bernicia, 1848
15 Professor McCoy, Melbourne
18 M. Sarcey, dramatic critic
Mr R. Vincent, many years chairman of Vincent County Council
23 William Watson, old Dunedin resident, killed by railway accident
25 Senor Castelar, Spanish statesman; aged 67
25 Lord Esher, ex-master of Rolls; aged 84
27 Rosa Bonheur, painter, aged 77

June
4 Johann Strauss, musical composer
10 Mrs A.D. Silk
24 A.C. Purdie, botanist, old resident of Dunedin, arrived 1860
26 A. Scoullar, formerly mayor of Dunedin
28 Arthur Tennyson, younger brother of the late poet laureate

July
07 Dr Reimer; arrived Dunedin 1862
15 David Curle (OW July 20 page 25 col 9) and David Campbell (OW July 20 page 26 col a), early settlers
11 Prince George, Czarewitch
20 Hon John McKenzie undergoes operation in London
20 Fulton Lieut-General page 40    Funeral July 20 page 25
27 Mr J Logan; arrived 1853

August
01 A.R. Livingston; arrived Otago 1856
09 Thomas Murray; arrived by Ajax 1849
11 Terrific hurricane in Caribbean Sea; immense loss of life and property
17 Professor Bunsen, famous chemist; aged 88
19 Robert Wilson, merchant; arrived Otago 1861; aged 67
20 Andrew Gemmell Watson; arrived Otago 1863 aged 66

September
7 Peter Dunlop, arrived Dunedin 1858
8 John Salmond, old resident of Milton arrived by Larkins, 1849; aged 71
16 Baron Watson, Lord of Appeal; aged 71
16 Boers repudiate British sovereignty
28 N.Z. House of representatives off contingent of 250 men, fully equipped, for service in Transvaal.
29 James Walker Bain, old resident of Invercargill; aged 58

October
10 Otago volunteers for NZ African contingent leave Dunedin for Wellington
11 War between Britain and Transvaal commences
13 Lord Farrer; aged 80
15 T.M. Wilkinson, chemist; arrived Dunedin 1862; aged 75
20 Signor Foli, famous singer
21 NZ contingent for Transvaal leave Wellington in Waiwera
27 Death of General Symons, wounded at Glencoe
28 Florence Marryatt, novelist
28 NSW and Victorian contingents leave for South Africa
November
01 Captain Lorraine, aeronaut, killed through balloon accident at Christchurch
04 Robert Watson, mayor of Roslyn and old resident of district
08 Lieutenant-colonel McDonnell, veteran of Maori war
21 Lady Salisbury
21 NZ contingent arrive at Port Elizabeth, Cape Colony
24 NZ contingent arrive at Capetown
28 NZ contingent go to front

December
01 John Joyce, a candidate for Lyttelton seat in Parliament of NZ
09 H A. Field, newly-elected member of Otaki
11 Lord Penzance, Dean of Arches and Chancellor of York
18 Trooper Bradford (NZ contingent) wounded and taken prisoner by the Boers
22 Mrs Purdie, arrived on the Mooltan, 1849; aged 88
28 Duke of Westminster (Otago Witness 28 Dec. page 47)
28 D.L. Moody, evangelist (Otago Witness 28 Dec. page 47)
28 A.P. Lingard assistant curate of St Mary's Mornington (Otago Witness 28 Dec. page 47)
28 David Leighton, clerk gas dept. (Otago Witness 28 Dec. page 47)
28 William Garthwaite d. Invercargill (Otago Witness 28 Dec. page 47)
28 John Cole Cahapple of Ophir (Otago Witness 28 Dec. page 48)
28 Mr and Mrs Chisholm, Golden Wedding Anniversary at Waiwera South (Otago Witness 28 Dec. page 48)
28 Death of Jane Haugh, Crookston (Otago Witness 28 Dec. page 48)

January
03 Steamers Voerwartz and Augers wrecked 11 people drowned
14 Oceanic, largest steamer built, launched at Belfast
15 By foundering of ship Andelana 19 lives lost

February
14 White Star steamer Germanic sinks at moorings, New York, owning to weight of ice on decks.

March
08 Carmoney, barque, puts into Port Chalmers disabled
10 Serious losses through hurricane to Queensland pearling fleet; 400 lives lost
12 H.M. battleship Impacable launched at Davenport
13 H.M. Battleship Glory launched at Birkenhead
16 Antarctica exploring steamer arrives at Port Chalmers; press excluded from vessel
30 S.S. Stella wrecked on the Casquets, English Channel; 80 persons drowned

April
16 German warship Kormoran ashore on Winward Reef
May 6
06 Much anxiety for safety of s.s. Perthshire (Sydney, April 26), Morayshire returns from unsuccessful search
Barque John Gambies ashore at Timaru; refloated immediately
09 News arrives of wreck of Loch Sloy on April 24 at Cape Borda, S.A.
13 Heavy gales in Cook Strait; Ohau lost with all hands' seaman washed off Takapuna
16 Tekapo wrecked at Marouba Bay, N.S.W.; no lives lost
20 H.M.S. Pylades, ashore on Thursday Island, floated off
22 Paris, s.s. ashore on the Manacle Rocks, off Cornwall
28 Wreckage of Ohau washed ashore near East Cape
June
02nd Accident to boat's crew of Hinemoa at East Cape; four drowned
05 Box containing 5000 sovs stolen from the Alameda on voyage Sydney to 'Frisco
12 Mamari, s.s. disabled off Monter Video
19 Talune arrives at Sydney with s.s. Perthshire in tow
27 Sir T Lipton's yacht Shamrock launched
30 Ohau Disaster Commission repost that vessel was in every way seaworthy

July
13 Barques Carlisle Castle and the ship City of New York wrecked on the coast of West Australia, much loss of life
26 H.M. battleship Vengeance launched at Barrow-in-Furness

Otago Witness 20 July 1899 page 13
A Captain's Mistake. Totally wrecked at Rockingham during the night. The wreck of the Carlise Castle,  from Liverpool to Fremantle, lives on Coventry Reef, four miles from shore, at Fremantle. Crew 20 or 24 hands.
Captain Lindsay, master
Houston, first mate
A. Guyien, sailmaker
Oscar Anderson, Welsley, Thomas Mclean, Robert Wilson, Robert Jenkins, E.F. Stokes, Thomas McMahon, seaman, John Codd, apprentice
Captain Lindsay's wife was on board the vessel

The City of New York, from San Francisco to Fremantle, had a crew of 26, of whom the following are missing:
Walter Jones, master
D.T. Baxter, second mate
T. Pennington, steward
J. Conway, J. Wallis, W.P. Lanten, H. Borner, J. Blackman, A.B.:
W. Stockwell, ordinary seaman
A. Purdy and C. Hancock, apprentices 
The captain mistook the Rottnest lighthouse for a light at Fremantle, and steered his course direct for the light.

Rottenest Island, W.A. Nov. 2012. Completed in 1896. The small stone structure bedside the lighthouse is all that remains of the original light.

August
18 Yacht Shamrock arrives in America waters to contest America Cup.

September
13 s.s. Thermopylse wrecked near Capetown
21 Battleship London launched at Portsmouth
October
08 s.s. Waikato, which broke her tail shaft on June 2, towed into Fremantle by s.s. Asloun
06 Second race for America Cup fails owing to calms
08 Third attempt to sail America Cup race fails
17 Columbia wins second race for America Cup' Shamrock disabled
20 Columbia wins third race for America Cup by a mile
31 Barque Pleiades ashore at Akitio
November 3
H.M. battleship Venerable launched
The 1899 Daily Times and Witness Christmas Annual included
The Wrecks of the Colony from Its Earliest Days to the Present Year

(Otago Witness July 20 page 25 col 9)
Captain David Curle was born at Troon, Scotland. He emigrated to Melbourne in 1852. He spent sometime on the diggings, and on returning to Melbourne began operations as a shipbuilder. He was engaged in the ferrying business on the Yarra and was generally connected with the shipping and carrying trade. In 1857 he decided to come to Otago, and he did so in his own galliot, a schooner of 100 tons. He brought with him on the deck the iron hull of a 25 ton screw steamer, the Victoria. The Provincial Council had offered 500 for  the first steamer to ply between Port Chalmers and Dunedin. Captain Curle engaged in the timber trade between Dunedin and Waikawa with the schooner Port Arthur and other vessels. He also owned the first steam lighter, the Ruby, which he purchased from the Hon. M. Holmes. He disposed of his craft in 1865, and settled at Arden Bay, St. Leonards. Here he built the schooner Elizabeth Curle (named after his daughter), a well known trader between Dunedin and the West Coast. He is survived by Mrs Curle, and one son and one daughter (Mrs Cowie, wife of a well-known official in the Dunedin Post Office). The Victoria is at present plying on Lake Wakatipu.

Otago Witness Feb. 6 1901 pg 10.
Obituary
Mr John Allan, of Bellfield, East Taieri. Born in Kilmarnock, in Ayrshire, in 1831 and came out with his parents to Nelson in 1842. Six years later the family moved to Otago and in 1850 took up land in East Taieri. Two of the original band still survive - Mrs Anderson, of Kelvin Grove, Waiwera and Mrs Oliver, of Mosgiel. Mr Allan went to Gabriel's Gully in the end of 1861, and carried on a store at Waiahuna. Later he opened a store at Riccarton and a farming operation at Kaihiku, and lately in Strath-Taieri. He leaves a family of three sons (the eldest serving with the fourth contingent in South Africa and five daughters.

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