Allan Thomas 29 M Single men dept.
Baines Hannah 32 F
Baines John 37 M Iron Moulder
Baker Charles 40 M Y 6 Gardener
Baker Emma 37 F Y 6
Baker Henry 11 M Single men dept.
Baker Frances 10 F
Baker Emma H.H. 8 F
Baker George 6 M
Baker Sarah E. 3mos F
Baker William 2 M
Bullions Elizabeth 13 F
Bullions George 38 M Y 2 Labourer
Bullions George 10 M
Bullions Henrietta 18 F Servant Nurse to Mrs's Bray's children, Single women dept.
Bullions James 19 M Labourer Single men dept.
Bullions Janet 38 F Y 3
Cardcastle T. 32 M Paying steerage passenger, for Nelson
de Joux Gideon 18 M Labourer Single men dept.
de Joux Peter 22 M Labourer Single men dept.
Delan(e)y Charlotte J. 20 F Y Paying steerage passenger, for Nelson
Delan(e)y Henry R. ?Harry 21 M Y Paying steerage passenger, for Nelson
Everest Ann(e) 1 F
Everest Daniel 32 M Y 2 Labourer
Everest Fanny 4 F
Everest Mary Ann 25 F Y 2
Fenwick Henry 28 M Y 1 Farmer
Fenwick Henry 16mos M
Fenwick Rach(a)el 30 M
Gibbs Betsey 32 F Y 5 Paying steerage passenger, for Nelson
Gibbs Charles 14mos M Paying steerage passenger, for Nelson
Gibbs Clara L. 2 F Paying steerage passenger, for Nelson
Gibbs Elizabeth M.R. 10 F Paying steerage passenger, for Nelson
Gibbs George 3 M Paying steerage passenger, for Nelson
Gibbs Hannah S. 9 F Paying steerage passenger, for Nelson
Gibbs Mary Ann 5 F Paying steerage passenger, for Nelson
Gibbs William 31 M Y 5 Paper Stainer Paying steerage passenger, for Nelson
Gibbs William B. 6 M Paying steerage passenger, for Nelson
Green Henry 25 M Cooper & Wheelright Single men dept.
Green William 32 M Clerk Paying steerage passenger
Hobson John 13 M
Hodson Alice 5 F
Hodson Benjamin 3 M
Hodson Charles 15 M In single men
Hodson Charlotte 11 F
Hodson Charlotte 39 F Y 6
Hodson Henry 7 M
Hodson Thomas 19 M Labourer In single men
Hodson William 44 M Y 6 Labourer
Hodson William 9mos M
Holmes Eliza 23 F In single women dept.
Long Elizabeth 41 F Y 1
Long George 19 M Labourer Single men dept.
Long Samuel 39 M Y 1 Labourer
Long William 20mos M
Magee Ann(e) 16 F Domestic Servant In single women dept.
Magee Catherine 18 F Domestic Servant In single women dept.
Magee Henry 5 M
Magee Jane 8 F
Magee John 39 M Y 3 Labourer
Magee Maria 38 F Y 3
Magee Mary 13 F
Magee William 0 M Labourer
McLachlan Thomas (John) 22 M Farm Laborer Single men dept.
Moore William 14 M Single men dept.
Nash Rosetta 28 F Y 1
Nash William 30 M Y 1 Carpenter
Nash William R. 1 M
O'Connor John 35 M Labourer Sent ashore at Ryde
Prior Harriet 4 F
Prior Mary 25 F
Prior Thomas 24 M Gardner
Prior William J. 7mos M
Rogers Frances 23 M Y 1
Rogers George 2 M
Rogers William 28 M Y 1 Labourer
Roots Mary Ann 25 F Y 1
Roots William 28 M Y 1 Groom & Gardener
Roots William J. 7mos M
Saville Edward 1 M
Saville Jane 31 F Y 3
Saville Jane 6 F
Saville John 3 M
Saville William 5 M
Saville William 33 M Y 3 Farmer
Smith Benjamin C. 1� M
Smith Charles 14 M Labourer
Smith Charles 36 M Y 5 Bricklayer
Smith George Fred'k. 11 M
Smith James 6 M
Smith Louisa Ann(e) 13 F
Smith Rachel 34 F Y 5
Smith William H. 8 M
Symes Ann(e) 36 F Y 4
Symes Elizabeth 7 M
Symes Henry 4 M
Symes John Horace 35 M Y 4 Carpenter
Symes Rowena 2 F
Symes Sophia 4mos F
Symes Thomas 32 M Single men dept.
Turner Ellen 27 F Y
Turner Mark 31 M Y Carpenter
Worsley Charles 28 M Y Carpenter
Worsley Mary 23 F
Y = spouse
# = children
Summary of Steerage Passengers
|On leaving Ryde
Memorandum ~ O'Connor steward to
the Second Cabin Passengers is not an assisted emigrant, but is to be partitioned at the
Associations ____. James Mackie sleeps in the Single Mens Department but as he
presents as an Assistant to the Steward, is not rationed by the Association.
Deduct John O'Connor sent on shore at Ryde for want of cleanliness and
insufficient outfit which leaves 13 Single men in Steerage on leaving Ryde
Henrietta Bullions: Nurse to Mrs. Bray's children with whom she takes
her meals and sleeps. She came on board at Ryde.
Lyttelton Times June 28 1851
Testimonials to Capt. Barclay, of the ship "Duke
Dear Sir,- having been requested by my fellow-passengers to transmit to you the enclosed
letter, I take this opportunity of specially thanking you in my own name, and that of the
steerage passengers, for having, during the voyage, facilitated and assisted me in the
execution of my duties, and for having made us all as happy and comfortable as it lay in
your power to do.
Wishing you, in return, every happiness and prosperity,
Yours very truly,
W. Draper, Surg. Sup.
Lyttelton, June 20.
Dear Sir,-"Ere you leave this port, we, the undersigned, Chief and
Fore Cabin passengers by your ship, feel desirous to express to you our most sincere and
heartfelt thanks for having conducted us in safety to the termination of a long and
arduous voyage. Also to bear testimony to your straight forward and gentlemanly
deportment, as well as your unremitting attention to secure the well-being, comfort, and
harmony of the passengers of all classes. wishing Wishing Mrs. Barclay and yourself may
years of health and happiness,
Yours very faithfully,
(Signed by all the chief and fore-cabin passengers)
Lyttelton, June 20.
POST OFFICE, LYTTELTON
Mails for India and London, via Singapore, per the "Duke of
Bronte" will close on Thursday 31st July at noon.
Association Shipping Office (London, England) Lyttelton Shipping List
Published: Salt Lake City, Utah : Genealogical Society of Salt Lake City, 1973. Copy of
passenger lists of some Canterbury Association emigrant ships held in the Canterbury
Museum. Available on microfilm at Family History Centres worldwide through their
loan programme. Item #1066515 There were two lists for the 'Duke of Bronte'
on the microfilm. One made on leaving Ryde and the other an earlier list with
a few of the ages decreased by one year. Cardcastle and William Green do not appear
on the Ryde list. No deaths or births were mentioned. Ryde is a town on the
Isle of Wight in the English Channel opposite Portsmouth.
The Canterbury Museum has a diary by William Draper and the Canterbury
Association shipping papers including the passenger list. Passenger Lists of
Canterbury Association Ships published in 1900 will contain additional details on the
above passengers. A passenger list for a 7 June 1851 arrival can be found in the Lyttelton
Times at New Zealand Room, the Canterbury Public Library, Christchurch, New Zealand
Maria Draper Bronte SMITH was born May 1851 at sea
aboard the 'Duke of Bronte' one month out of Lyttelton. Draper was the ship's
Surgeon Superintendent. Information courtesy of Wes.
THE LATE Mr. W. B. BRAY
Star 30 May 1885, Page 3
In the late Mr W. B. Bray death has removed one of the few remaining
pioneers of settlement in this part of the Colony. Mr Bray was not a "
pilgrim," though he came to Canterbury shortly after the arrival of the
"first four." Previous to making his home here Mr Bray had had a long
and varied experience as a civil engineer, and had acquired in the exercise
of his profession a reputation for thoroughness and straightforwardness
which he amply sustained , while among us. Though of a retiring nature, and
not by any means given to sounding his own praises, his value as a practical
man was recognised by all who had occasion to meet him in his professional
capacity. His training had been of the best, and he had made good use of it.
The contour survey for the Egyptian railway was one work on which he was
engaged, and he was also employed by the celebrated Robert Stephenson in
survey work in connection with Italian railways. On his arrival in
Canterbury he considered his professional career finished, and settled down
to farm some land at Avonhead. Like other settlers in the early days he had
to maintain an uphill fight for a considerable time, but, also like other
pioneers, he won in the end. His talents as an engineer caused his services
to be sought after on several occasions by the Provincial authorities. He
was engaged in the contour survey of the Heathcote Valley, in order to
determine the point where the Moorhouse tunnel should enter the Port Hills.
At a later date he was occupied in surveying the main roads in South
Canterbury, notably in the vicinity of Timaru. He is, however, perhaps best
remembered, on account of the warnings which he gave of the danger to
Christchurch from a possible overflow of the Waimakariri, warnings which at
the time- did not receive quite the attention they deserved, but which were
amply verified one summer's night in 1868. Mr Bray was one of the oldest, if
not the oldest, members of the Institution of Civil Engineers, London, which
he joined as an associate in 1836, becoming a member in 1845. Though he had
been living in retirement for several years previous to his death, there are
not a few who will mourn his loss, as a man and a friend, as , well a a
The Star Christchurch Friday 3 July 1908 page 3 Death -
BRAY - 2 July at the Christchurch Hospital, Reginald, only surviving son of
the late W.B. Bray, C.E. of Opawa (Pioneer, Duke of Bronte)
(son of William Baker, labourer) married Emma King (daughter of James King and Charlotte
Clark) on August 16, 1838 at St Mary Haggerston Church in Middlesex, England. By
January 1851 when they embarked on the Duke of Bronte for New Zealand, they had 6
children - Henry Francis (11), Frances (10), Emma Harriet Haines (8), George (6), William
(2) and Sarah E (3 months). On the voyage Charles acted as surgeon's mate and was
presented with 10 pounds by surgeon William Draper for faithfully and diligently performing his
duties (!!). Unfortunately for the family, in September 1851, not long after their arrival
in Lyttelton, both Frances and Sarah had died and were buried in the
St Cemetery in Christchurch. According to the GR MacDonald Dictionary of
Canterbury Biographies, held at the Christchurch Museum Library, Charles Baker landed
cattle and sheep at Magazine Bay (once called Bakers Bay). Meanwhile Emma Baker sat
in Lyttelton hoping to go home. I have only managed to find one child of theirs born
in New Zealand, my ancestor Winifred Alice Baker born in 1853. On 27 October 1868,
Charles Baker fell from his horse and broke his skull. His death was ruled accidental and
he left an estate of 10,000 pounds. Emma then moved to Christchurch where she died on 12
August 1889. The children who arrived on the Duke of Bronte married as follows:
Henry Francis Baker married Ellen Augusta Holmes on 30 Sept. 1857 and had
Emma Harriet Haines Baker married David Broom Bowie
(1837-1914) on 18 Oct 1866 in Christchurch
George Baker married Mary Jane Vincent in Lyttelton and had 6 children
And my first Kiwi ancestor Winifred Alice Baker married Jasper Pyne O'Callaghan
(1839-1895) on 18 Apr 1872 in Christchurch
and had nine children.
If anyone has anything to add, please feel free to
email. In addition to the
GR McDonald source, I would like to thank Mrs Constance Clarke who was kind enough to send
information to the Canterbury Museum in 1967 which has helped at least one of her Duke
of Bronte cousins.
Sarah Hewitt. Posted 3 September 2000.
Updated July 2006.
Evening Post, 4 May 1912, Page 5
Mr. James Boleyn, of Okains Bay, an
early pioneer of Canterbury, is dead. He was born at Caputh, Perthshire,
Scotland, in the year 1830, and arrived in New Zealand, with his parents, in
the ship Duke of Bronte in 1851. The family soon made its way to the
Peninsula. Mr. Boleyn first took up land in 1856, purchasing a fifty-acre
section at Stony Bay West, in the Okains Bay district, from the old
Canterbury Land Association. He added to his holding from time to time. For
some years he was a member of the Okains Road Board and the Akaroa County
Evening Post, 19 December 1904, Page 5
Another of the colony's pioneers has gone, in the person of Mr.
Noble Campbell, who died in Masterton yesterday. The late Mr.
Campbell, who was until 1890 a well-known business man in this
city, was born in Middlesex in 1830, his father being one of the
members of the New Zealand Association, and captain, of the
Adelaide, the fourth ship that reached Wellington, her date
of arrival being January, 1840. .Mr. Noble
Campbell joined the employ of Mr. Stayner of the
N.Z. Company, and in June, 1881, arrived in Lyttelton in the
Duke of Bronte, in the infancy of the Canterbury settlement.
He shortly afterwards left for Nelson and Marlborough,
where he stayed for rather over a year, when he returned to
Lyttelton to enter the service of Messrs. Cookson and Bowler. In
the course of time he started a business of his own, and came to
Wellington in 1876, when he became one. of the firm of Beauchamp
and Campbell. When Mr. Beauchamp retired Mr. Campbell carried on
business with Mr. Laery under the title of Laery and Campbell
till the partnership was dissolved. He retired in 1890, and
lived for a time in Nelson, and afterwards, until his death, at
Masterton. He leaves a widow and a grown-up family of four sons
and two daughters.
Wednesday 7 May 1924
Auckland - obituary - Mr G.D. DRAPER -
Another old colonist, Mr George Dye Draper, died at Auckland last week at
the age of 86. He arrived on the ship Duke of Bronte, accompanied by
his brother-in-law, Mr. James Edward FITZGERALD, who was the 1st
Superintendent of Canterbury. ---- he married the widow of Major H.B.
Hunter, and leaves a family of 2 daughters and 1 son. [I don't see J.E.
Fitzgerald mentioned on the passenger list.]
Evening Post, 2 August 1866, Page 2
An accident, which terminated fatally to one of our old and well-known
neighbours, occurred last night. Mr. Frew, formerly of the American
Store in Lyttelton, while on board the Prince Consort, off Sumner, appears
to have been seized with a fit. He fell overboard, and on being rescued, was
conveyed to the Sumner Hotel. There he was seized with a second fit, from
which he died. Mr. Frew came here from England in the Duke of Bronte,
in 1851 ; after some years stay, went home to his friends in Ireland, and
thence to America ; there made arrangements for the establishment of the
firm above mentioned ; and about the year 1859 or 1860 returned to
TUSON was born abt. 1819 in England and died 7 December 1898
in Gisborne, NZ. He married Sarah Clementson. Emigrated with his wife Sarah,
daughters Harriett (aged 7 months) and Laetitia (aged 2 years) on the "Duke
of Bronte" as Chief Cabin Passengers. They family lived on Banks Peninsula
in the 1850s. Moved via Governor's Bay and Akaroa to a farm at Okains Bay
which they occupied from 1857 and began a school. From June 1860
Arthur Tuson was postmaster as well as storekeeper until 1872. He later
became a timber merchant and general commission agent, issued timber
licences for the Provincial Government and was returning officer at
elections. Moved to Dunedin around 1872. Mr A B Tuson was headmaster at
Gummies Bush School from 1872 - 1876. Arthur left Riverton in September 1878
to take up the post of headmaster of South Wyndham School. Mr A B Tuson as
Lay Reader faithfully conducted services over the entire district under
the supervision of the Rev. Edward Shears, Vicar of Tapanui.
Children of Arthur and Sarah Tuson:
Laetitia Isabella Jane Tuson, b. c.
1849; married Mr Gay, abt. 1866, NZ Marriages Index Ref 1867. She was buried
26 August 1935, Karori Cemetery, Wellington
Harriot Annie Tuson, born 19 June
1850, Ipswich, England; married. Anders OLSON, 1866, NZSG Fiche (Ref No
Cornelius Haviland Tuson, b. Banks
Peninsula, NZ. Baptism: 27 Nov. 1853, Sponsors - Emily Tuson per Miss Dyer:
Frederick De Joux: Christr A Calvert: W.W. Willock Burial: Riverton
Cem., d. 18 April 1934.
Evangeline Tuson, born 13 Nov. 1855,
Akaroa. Christening: Sponsors - Kate Aylmer; Mrs Davie; Wm. Aylmer
Clement George Tuson, b. 22 Dec.
courtesy of David Tuson. July 27
Gummies (originally Gummy's) Bush 31 miles NW from Invercargill, Southland,
miles from Riverton was named after James Leader who had no teeth and was a
sailor, pitsawyer, blacksmith, boatbuilder, what-have-you, and who kept pigs
and had a little whare there. Evangeline married (1) James Francis Leader in
1875 in Riverton, Southland. Any connection to James Leader? He died 8 Nov.
The Star Monday 25 August 1884 page 3
Death of old Settler - TURNER
- another old and respected settler has departed this life. Mr Mark Turner
came to Lyttelton in the ship Duke of Bronte in 1851 and settled at
Little Akaloa, ---- He made arrangements for a trip to England and had
actually taken his passage, but caught a cold ------ expired yesterday aged
66. Mr Turner was a native of Farningham, Kent.
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