Otago Witness – Saturday February 11, 1860 page 5
The steamer Airedale, from the other Provinces, arrived at Port Chalmers on Tuesday evening with above 100 passengers, including the Bishop of Christchurch, Mr and Mrs Sewell, Mr Commissioner McLean, &c., and 82 immigrants selected in Auckland by Mr Adam, to whom, as will be seen by his letter in another column, a large number of applications made. The steamer on her next trip, will bring a similar number of immigrants from Auckland.
Arrived. Feb. 8. Airedale, s.s., 286 tons, Johns, from Lyttelton. Young & McGlashan, agents.
Passengers - Cabin:Aylmer Mr Brown Mr Doughterty Mr Duncan Mr Harper Bishop Jones Mr Newcome Mr and Mrs and child Palmer Miss Redwood Mr Reynolds Mr Sims Mr Sinclair Dr Sewell Mr and Mrs Turnbull Mr Whittaker MrSteerage: Baird Mrs., Elizabeth, and Alex. (?Ellen) Clark William Clout James Crawford Mr and Mrs Crawford James, Mary, Thomas, and Jane Dale Gorden, Mary, Kate, and Thomas Dale Mr and Mrs Dodd Henry, Mary, Louisa, and Harriet Douly Mrs Douly Helen, Biddy, James and Margaret Esperie Mary Jane (?Elspie) Evans Mr and Mrs William Bishop Finch William and Albertina Garden James Garby Joseph, Margaret, John, and James (?Gorby) Grant S Howell George Hunter Alex. Jacobs George Johnson William, Mary, Mary Ann, Eliza, and Matatoka Jones Mr Roger and Mrs Jones Mary and Ellen Kirby James and Ann Lewis Henry and Adlard Longworth John Matson Peter Moore Robert (?Moor) Murray William Murtagh Patrick, Elizabeth, Ann, and William P. McKenzie Mr and Mrs Henry Ostler Robert Quayle George Ramsay John Reid Charles Reid Thomas S. Robertson David Rutherford Archibald Smith Henry Smithson Mr and Mrs Thomas Sweeston Joseph (?Sneeston) Thompson Walter Tylar Mr and Mrs (?Tyler) Tylar Isabella, Lucy, Mary Ann, and Edward Williamson James Winepress Mr and Mrs John Winepress MargaretThe above list of steerage passengers by the Airedale includes 12 ploughmen, 2 shepherds, 7 labourers, 1 mason, 6 carpenters, 2 sawyers, 2 tailors, 1 bricklayer, 1 painter, 1 fencer, 2 servants, and 1 dressmaker.
"The Raid of Otago".
About fifteen months ago the demand for labour in Otago was so great that the Government sent £20,000 to Edinburgh for the purpose of assisting two thousand immigrants to the colony. During the months of September and November 1859, a thousand of these were landed at Dunedin, and by the middle of December Otago felt as if such an importation had never been. In consequence of the scarcity of labour, a memorial was presented to the Superintendent requesting him to send to Melbourne or elsewhere. The elsewhere "alluded" to was Auckland.
Mr James Adam's mission, to obtain a sufficient number of hands to enable the Otago Government to carry on road-making and other public works, during the season most advantageous for such work, until the stream of immigrants again sets in from Great Britain, caused a considerable amount of attention in Auckland. Mr Adam presented a letter to Superintendent of Auckland from Captain Cargill. The Superintendent of Auckland, Mr Williamson, sanctioned Mr Adam's mission. Mr Adam, an Emigration Agent, was acting on behalf of the Otago Government. He had a great number of applications for assisted passages, to about a third of which he gave a favourable answer. Auckland, 14th January, 1860.
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