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'Dilharree'

New Zealand Bound
From Plymouth and arrived in Lyttelton 11 March 1874

The ship's name is spelled a variety of ways e.g. Dilharrie. The Captain was Robert McNeilly and the ship's doctor was W.G. Ross.

Passenger list

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

Press, 12 March 1874, Page 2 Arrived
PORT OF LYTTELTON. ARRIVED.
March 11 — Mongol, s.s, 1464 tons, Flamanck, from Dunedin. Passengers -saloon:
Mr and Mrs Hales and 3 children
Dr Stewart
Sir F. Dillon Bell
Rev Habens,
and Mr Woring.

March 11—Comerang, ps, 152 tons. Hughes, from Amuri Boat Harbor. Passenger —Mr Simpson.

March 11—Dilharree, barque, 1293 tons, Robert McNeilly, from London. Passengers— cabin:
Mrs Ekins
Mr and Mrs Postlewinthe and family (4),
Mr and Mrs Rose
Messrs B. B. Sleigh, R. H. Sleigh, Scholefield, Luce,
and 300 emigrants.

ARRIVAL OF THE BARQUE DILHARREE FROM LONDON.
Yesterday morning a barque was signalled south, and on the arrival of the s.s. Mongol, the captain reported the vessel to be the Dilharree. Shortly after 2 p.m. the Health Officer and Emigration Commissioners, accompained by His Honor the the Superintendent Maude Esq. and left in the s.s. Mullogh, and arrived alongside the ship. The usual questions were asked, and several of the children were suffering from whooping cough, the medical gentlemen decided to go on board and inspect the ship. A short inspection sufficed to show that no contagious disease was on board and the vessel was declared free. On going on board at first sight it appeared that the deck accommodation was hardly sufficient for so large a number of emigrants, but going below such a doubt was dissipated by observing such ample 'tween decks. Of the ship, which is a composite vessel, we learn she is a sister ship to the Verona, and is owned by Messrs Lidgett; her dimension are, length, 237 feet beam, 33 feet; depth, 23 feet. She was originally employed in the India trade; her rig has been altered, and is now a full-rigged barque. The vessel is certainly one, and it may be said the cleanest vessel that has come into our port, and the care that has been taken in keeping her in such an excellent state ....The cooking apparatus and condenser appears to have acted well during the voyage, and gave great satisfaction. The voyage has been a fine passage one, the barque left Plymouth on December 12th; had very light N.E. trades ; crossed the Equator on Jan. 14th; experienced very indifferent S.E. trades. The eastings were run down in 48 deg and 49 deg; passed the Meridian of the Cape on Feb. 7th in 46 deg 4 min S; sighted the snares on March 7th; thence had strong southerly winds to the peninsula, when the wind fell; made the Heads on Wednesday, arriving as above. No ships were sighted during the passage. The vessel comes consigned to the New Zealand Company. The emigrants will be landed this morning.

Press, 12 March 1874, Page 2
Habens — On the 26th December, at 27 London road, Brighton, England, Mary Anne, wife of Mr Matthew Habens, aged 67.

Star 11 March 1874, Page 2
The barque Dilharree, 89 days from Plymouth, was signalled this morning, and was coming up the harbour when our express left. The Health and Emigration Officers left the wharf at 2 p.m. to visit the vessel the vessel was brought up into the Quarantine Station. It is stated that there are some cases of whooping cough on board amongst the children.

Star 12 March 1874, Page 2
The barque Dilharree, consigned to the New Zealand Shipping Company, has 300 immigrants aboard, amongst whom no contagious disease has appeared during a quick and comfortable passage.

Star 13 March 1874, Page 2
The Dilhabeee Immigrants. — The single girls and men were landed yesterday. The married couples and children will be brought ashore this morning.

Timaru Herald, 13 March 1874, Page 3
The barque Dilharree, 1293 tons, McNeily, from London, arrived at Lyttelton on Wednesday with 300 immigrants, 30 of whom will be brought to Timaru on Saturday, by the Beautiful Star.

Star,  18 March 1874, Page 2
The Timaru Herald of Monday states that about thirty immigrants by the Dilharree were landed at Timaru on Saturday last, and all went to their friends but six, and these found immediate employment.

AtoJs Online Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives
D-02 IMMIGRATION TO NEW ZEALAND. (LETTERS TO THE AGENT-GENERAL, TRANSMITTING REPORTS ON IMMIGRANT SHIPS
Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives, 1874 Session I  page1 and 2

Press,  16 March 1874, Page 2
Immigrants per Dilharree and Mongol.—These immigrants were open for engagement on Saturday, and nearly all at once obtained good situations at satisfactory wages. The number of single women —do- servants —was unusually small, and many persons, especially those from the country, were again disappointed in obtaining servants. There was a large number of single men (upwards of eighty), and these readily found employment at from £40 to £50 per annum. Out of more than fifty married men with families, only four or five now remain for engagement. The ships Rakaia and City of Glasgow are now almost due with about 600 immigrants, and if they bring people of the same stamp as those by the Dilharree, there will be no great difficulty in finding employment for them. We believe that a number of the Scimitar immigrants now in quarantine at Port Chalmers are for this province, but no information has yet been received as to how many.

Press, 20 March 1874, Page 3
MR MAUDE AT RANGIORA.
On Thursday evening Mr T. W. Maude, Secretary for Public Works, met the electors as a candidate for re-election for the Rangiora district at the Literary Institute. About sixty persons were present.
The Dilharree was the first ship under the free system. He would say a word or two on the rate of wages which had been obtained by immigrants at the depot this year. These were the averages : —Married couples, for farms and stations, £55 to £65 per annum and found ; married men, 30s per week with rations and house accommodation ; single men, £40 to £50 per annum and found, with a bonus of £5 to £10 during harvest; laborers, 6s to 7s per day, in some cases with cottages ; tradesmen connected with the building trade—carpenters, masons, bricklayers, painters, plasterers, Sec, 10s to Us per day ; blacksmiths and iron-workers, 8s to 10s per day. Single women cooks, £30 to £35 per annum ; general servants, £25 to £30 ; housemaids and nurses, £20 to £25. He had been minute at the risk of wearying his audience but there was no subject upon which misrepresentation—unintentional no doubt—was likely to prove more dangerous to the credit of the province. The rates named had been carefully collected from official sources, and as the average wages of the peiiod referred to were intended to go forth to the world as reliable. With but few exceptions the immigrants had obtained employment, and the exceptions alluded to were,he believed, due to want of house accommodation throughout the country. The Provincial Government were taking steps to ease this pressure for house accommodation, as regards the immigrants, for under a resolution of the Council cottages were being erected in various districts for the location of immigrant families, and depots provided, some of which were already erected. There was a depot just finished at Ashburton, another at Waimate, a third at Akaroa, and a fourth at Rangiora.

Press, 13 April 1874, Page 2
St. Michael's Choir. The half-yearly treat to the chorister, boys of this church took place on Saturday, and through the kindness of Captain McNeily, of the ship Dilharree, a very enjoyable day was spent. The boys were taken by the 10.30. train to Lyttelton, where the ship's boats were waiting for them. After a good dinner on board the Dilharree, the boys were rowed ashore to the sandy beach, near Purau. Here a succession of sports took place—running, jumping, swimming, &c, for prizes. In the evening a return was made to the ship, where an ample tea was ready for them. This was done full justice to, and after some singing, three hearty cheers were given for the captain, and the boys were rowed ashore in the ship's boats just in time for the last train. At the parsonage the boys reassembled the Rev Mr Edwards presented the prizes for regular attendance and good behaviour in the choir for the half-year, and after a supper of buns, ginger beer, &c., they were dismissed thoroughly pleased with the day's amusement.

Star 2 June 1874, Page 2
Cleared. June 2— Dilharree, barque, 1293 tons, M'Neilly, for London.
EXPORTS. Dilharree : 2012 bales wool and skins, 11,817 sucks wheat, 12,109 cases meats, 232 casks tallow, 14 bales fllax, 41 bags3 bones, 134 do flour, 10 pelts, 2 bales rabbit skins, 15 cases.

Press, 6 May 1874, Page 2
William Burt, a young lad, was charged on remand with stealing a gold watch from Stewart's pawn office. The detective said that the lad bad come out in the ship Dilharee. He bad run away from the vessel, add since then had been leading a very bad life.
Eliza Frudgeon, a married woman, and shipmate of the prisoner, stated that, he came, to her house on the 27th April, and after asking how she was, left the ring produced with her. He said his uncle had given him £30, and that he had bought some rings. Henry Rossiter, watchmaker, High street, said prisoner was in the habit of coming to shop on business. He missed twenty-two rings from his shop on Saturday, 25th April. The rings were in a glass case on the counter. glass was broken.

New Zealand Herald 24 November 1876, Page 3
An inquest was held yesterday afternoon, at the Freeman's Hotel, before Dr. Philson and a jury of twelve, of whom James H. Grattan was chosen foreman, upon the body of James Coghlan, whose death by drowning was reported in our issue of Monday last. The jury having viewed the body as it lay in the dead-house, re-assembled, and heard the following evidence :—James Swindley, second mate on board the s.s. Southern Cross, deposed : At a little after 7 o'clock that morning—the 23rd instant, —while on board his vessel, he saw the body of a man floating in the water just alongside.... Deceased had joined the Good Templars-about three weeks previous to his death, and had only been out of employment for two days. Deceased had left a widow and four little children behind him. They resided in Elliott-street. ! His age was. about 32 years. He arrived in the colony by the barque Dilharree' about two years ago. This being all the evidence, the jury at once returned a verdict of "Found drowned."

Otago Daily Times, 15 October 1906, Page 2
Wellington, October 7. The news of the sudden death of Mr T. Rose, second in command in the Postal Department, will be received with regret a very large number of his friends throughout the colony. At lunch lime yesterday he felt a pain in one of his arms and across the chest, but feeling better after lunch he went to the bowling green, where be died suddenly of angina pectoris. The late Mr Rose was born in Penrith, Cumberland, in 1848, and on leaving school in 1865 he entered the Imperial Post Office as clerk in the Liverpool Post Office. After 10 years' service he was selected by Sir John Hall for the Vogel Government, that Ministry have decided to obtain the services of an Imperial officer with up-to-date information regarding postal work. Mr Rose arrived in Lyttelton by the ship Dilharree on the 17th of March, 1874. Practically from the date of his arrival till the day of his death be continued to do strenuous and very excellent work for the New Zealand Postal Department, and when Mr Gray (the Secretary) made his recent trip abroad it was he who took charge of the department. He corresponded during all his years of service hero with his early friend, Mr Rich, postmaster at Liverpool and one of the senior officers in the Imperial service, and was thus able to keep closely in touch with all the latest developments in postal affairs at Home and abroad. Mr Rose's services will be greatly missed here lie leaves a widow and two daughters, one of who is married to Dr Martin, of Wellington.  

The Mongol was the first steamship to New Zealand.