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'British Empire'

New Zealand Bound
arrived in Auckland 7th July 1875

The following is a transcript from the Daily Southern Cross Friday 8th October 1875. 
Newspaper image from the great NZ site  'Papers Past' - a NZ National Library website.


The British Empire, a magnificent iron ship of 1,499 tons register, arrived in harbour from London last evening, after a fast passage of 87 days - being the best of the season. She brings out nearly 300 immigrants, who appear to be in good health. There were only five deaths, of infants, during the passage, and only four births. The British Empire was built at Sutherland in the year 1869, by Messrs Pile and Co., and is owned in London by Mr George Duncan. She is a fine model of a vessel, and has already made a mark as a clipper for sailing qualities by her performances on previous visits to the Australian Colonies, on each occasion making a first-rate passage. She brings a cargo, the value of which is estimated at over 20,000. The British Empire left Gravesend on Sunday, July 11th, and Start Point on Friday, the 16th . Experienced light winds to the Equator, which was crossed on the 11th August. Making the passage in 83 days.

The following are the births which occurred on the voyage:-
July 29 - Mrs Rushforth of a son;
and on the 17th of the next month, Mrs Bevan, of a boy (Augustine Bevan)
Mrs Proctor was also delivered of a child
Unfortunately, on the 7th of August, Mrs Rushforth's new-born died of atrophy and thrush. On the 17th of the same month, Albert Smith, aged 7 months, died from the consequences of teething upon which diarrhoea supervened. On the 19th a boy, named Joseph Brown, also died from the same illness. On the 25th John Protor, aged 2 years, and on the 29th Agnes Stewart, a child of 11 months old, died from similar causes.


October 7th 1875. To Captain Mather, commander of the ship British Empire
     It would ill-become us, the immigrants on board this noble ship, to land from her on the shores of New Zealand without offering you our best thanks for your kind and gentlemanly manner throughout a very pleasant voyage, which is due - under a kind Providence - to your ability and skill as a commander; and we hope that to whatever part of the world you may again sail, that the good old ship British Empire will again bring you safely to your destination. And we pray God - when you again start for your homeward voyage - that you will arrive in safety to the bosom of your family. We will feel grateful if you would thank the officers and crew under your command for the seamanlike manner they discharged their duties and for their uniform civility. - Signed William Freney (chief constable), W. J. McClennen (school-master), and fellow passengers. -

    Gentlemen; I thank you very much for your kind address. I can only say, for my own part, that it has always been my wish to make you a comfortable as possible. I wish you every prosperity in your new home - and am &c., James Mather.

To George Goode Esq., B.A. M.B.M.C. Trinity College Dublin -
    We the immigrants on board the British Empire, feel it is our bounden duty, ere we leave this vessel for our adopted country, to offer you our grateful thanks for the kind, courteous, able and impartial manner in which you discharged the very arduous and important duties devolving on you as Surgeon-superintendent of this ship. Your eminent skill and capabilities as a medical practitioner, and your unwearied attention and kindness to the sick, call forth our warmest approbation, for we have at all times found you a gentleman of the highest reputation, and we are confident that you spared neither time nor labour to make us comfortable, healthy and happy during our very pleasant voyage from our native country to the land of our future home. We also beg to thank you for your kindness in getting up concerts for our amusement, in which you always took an active part. And as you are now about to part from us we beg of you to accept our best wishes, and to carry with you our highest esteem, and that in whatever country you locate, we sincerely trust that the noble profession to which you belong, through your eminent abilities, will make you prosperous and happy; and we pray Almighty God that he will carefully watch over you in this world, and that in the world to come you will be found numbered with the just. - Signed W. G. McClennen (school-master), William Fresney (chief constable) and fellow passengers. -

    Ship British Empire October 7th 1875 - My kind friends, I return you my best thanks for the too flattering address which you have just presented to me. I have always endeavoured to do my duty by those entrusted to my charge by the Government of New Zealand; and although the consciousness of having done so is the most lasting regard one could have, yet at the same time it is very gratifying to me to find my exertions so highly spoken of by you who are the most competent judges. I thank the constables for their assistance and more especially Head-constable William Fresney for the very efficient manner in which he discharged his duties. Wishing you all every temporal and eternal blessing. - I am &c. George Goode

The Southern Cross Saturday 9th October 1875

Auckland, Entered Inwards. British Empire, ship, 1,499 tons, Mather, from London, with a general cargo. - Owen and Graham, agents. The following is a correct list of the saloon and second cabin passengers by the ship British Empire, which arrived on the port on Wednesday evening-

Colpeck 	Mr Arthur [Colbeck]
Goode 		Dr.
Radford 	Mr J.W.
Saunders 	Mr C.E.
Shoebridge 	Mr W.D.
Smith 		Mr J.W.
Wenhalmann 	Mr E.P.
Wigglesworth 	Mr William

Second Cabin-
Green 		Mr Blake  [Mr A. Blake Green]
Green 		Mr A.

The fine ship British Empire, from London, reported at Customs yesterday. She will be berthed at the wharf as soon as possible. The immigrants per British Empire will be landed during the course of today. Owning to bad weather which prevailed throughout yesterday, they were not landed as was intended.

The following is a transcript from the Daily Southern 
Cross Friday 8th October 1875.  
[319 passengers plus 10 cabin embarked - 329 souls] 
[Auckland inward
    passenger arrivals List 319 names - no cabin passengers listed]
Married couples and children-
Armer 		Henry, Rachael, John, Sophia, Frederick, George
Artha 		John, Christiana and Samuel 
Bevan 		William, Eliza, Matilda, William, George and James
Bridle 		Joseph, Jane, Sara and Alfred
Beadle 		William, Eleanor, William, George, John, Dora and Charles
Balton 		Thomas, Bridget and Patrick
Berry 		John, Maria, William
Brown 		William, Margaret, Honora, Patrick, Mary, Johanna, Joseph
Brown 		Maurice, Catherine and Bridget
Campbell 	Alexander, Mary and Isabella
Denton 		Charles, Louisa, Harriett, William, Marry, Ella, James
Jacobs 		Joseph
Chataway 	Thomas and Sarah
Clarke 		John, Matilda, Alfred, Carry and Rose
Ellings 	Edwin, Wanny, Minnie and Elizabeth
Fibbs 		William, Agnes and Mary
Fox 		Robert, Marianne, Robert, Henry
Frenchy 	William, Margaret, Susan, Francis, Sarah, William, Mary, Annie, Matthew
Glasgow 	James, Margaret
Green 		Henry, Anna, John
Hicks 		James, Ellen and Albert
Higgins 	Thomas, Mary, James
Holton 		Henry, Catherine, Edward, Henry
Haslett 	John and Amelia
Harland 	Thomas, Mary, Margaret, Richard, Maria, Fanny, Edward
Keane 		Dennis, Bridget, Ellen, Bridget, Margaret, Joanna
Loaker 		William, Jane, Elizabeth, Isaac, John, Joseph, Anne 
Leckie 		Malcolm, Marion, Eliza, Catherine, William
Lather 		John, Matilda, Catherine, Margaret
Milner 		Edward, Mary, William, Eliza, Sarah
Murphy 		Pat, Mary, Minnie
McClellan 	William, Mary
Marfleet 	William, Mary, William, Florence
Markey 		Patrick, Kate, Patrick, Andrew
Myers 		James, Caroline, James, Florence
Madden 		Hugh, Mary
Proctor 	William, Ely, Mary, A, Martha, Eliza, George, John
Prior 		Walter, Mary, James,, Joseph
Regan 		Barbour, Elizabeth
Rushford 	William, Sarah, John, Anne
Stewart 	William, Rachael, Sarah, Mary, Agnes
Skeen 		James, Margaret, Robert, Henry
Stewart 	William, Anne, Charles
Shaw 		John, Ruth, William, Thomas, Richard, Fanny, Eliza, Nicholas, Eliza
Shaw 		William, Margaret
Thomas 		John, Mary
Willstead 	Alfred, Marianne, Minnie
Wiltshire 	Thomas, Elizabeth, Minnie
Wall 		Edwin, Elizabeth

Southern Cross  8th OCtober 1875.

Single men-
Ronan 		Michael
Boland 		Antony
Banck 		Patrick
Barry 		Patrick
Bailey 		Alfred
Boyce 		John
Coote 		James
Grey 		John
Connor 		George
Courtney 	Daniel
Casey 		John
Chesire 	William
Cochrane 	William
Collings 	Patrick
Carter 		H. J.
Craige 		Charles
Dunstant 	R.
Duggan 		Michael 
Dun 		James
Day 		J. W.
Eagleson 	Robert
Farrell 	Denis
Farrell 	Robert
Farrell 	John
Frowley 	Phillip
Garland 	Peter
Galway 		John
Goodwin 	Francis
Hicks 		P. C.
Hennessey 	S.
Humphries 	T. G.
Haugh 		A.
Henchy 		P.
Ireland 	M.
Jones 		Charles
Kennedy 	F.
McCabe 		R.
Keough 		T.
Kennedy 	F.
Kennedy 	J.
Leary 		P. 
Leary 		J.
Lean 		W. A.
Lynch 		Thomas
Mitchell 	McLennan
Minogue 	Donald
Minogue 	John 
McPride 	J.
McNamara 	M.
Madden 		J.
Nesbitt 	J. 
Natman 		J
O'Neill 	P.
Oats 		T. 
O'Brien 	F. 
O'Keeffe 	Michael
Phillips 	Adam 
Price 		Joseph 
Shaw 		William
Reilly 		E. 
Roth 		J. D. 
Ritchie 	Samuel
Reeves 		Robert 
Smith 		C. 
Stewart 	Hugh
Simpson 	Robert 
Stevens 	William 
Stevens 	Richard
Simmins 	John 
Willoughby 	William 
Wilson 		John
Williams 	Alfred 
Williams 	William 
Wallace 	James
Warburton 	William 
Wiseman 	J. 
Casey 		D.
Worwick 	Henry 
William 	Thomas 
William 	Horace
Milner 		Hugh 
Brown 		Henry 
Colefield 	H.
Howes 		Edward 
Meighan 	P. 
Martin 		H.
Drake 		F. 
Kernot 		W. A. 
Quigley		W. J.
Keene 		Thomas 
Conner 		Robert 
Corcoran 	Frank

Single Women-
Cardis 		Margaret 
Garland 	Judith 
Bridgman 	Fanny
Briant 		Sarah 
Clements 	Mary 
Collins 	Annie
Davis 		Ellen 
Daniels 	Ada 
Hicks 		Annie
Johnston 	Frances 
Johnston 	Sarah 
Lee 		Georgina
Minogue 	Matilda 
Maclean 	Annie
Warwick 	Mary 
Warwick 	Mary Louisa
Milner 		Mary 
Milner 		Margaret 
McKay 		Catherine 
O'Keefe 	Bridget 
Quinn 		Ellen 
Russell 	Catherine
Slattery 	Mary 
Stevens 	Eliza Mary 
Thomas 		Lydia
Thomas 		Eliza 
Drake 		Elizabeth

The classification of the immigrants is as follows-
2 Smiths, 14 carpenters, 23 female servants, 2 brickmakers, 1 saw maker, 1 lawyer, 38 labourers, 40 farm labourers, 4 ploughmen, 1 watchmaker, 3 engineers, 3 painters, 2 joiners, 1 cabinetmaker, 1 iron-turner, 2 mechanics, 1 dressmaker, 5 housemaids, 2 cooks, 1 laundress, 1 dairymaid, 1 butcher.