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The ship, City of Dunedin, 1084 tons, built at Dumbarton. Captain Sellars, left Glasgow early June and arrived Dunedin on 1st Sept. 1863.

Otago Daily Times 2 September 1863 Page 4
AT THE HEADS. The fine new ship City of Dunedin, ship, from Glasgow.

1863 voyage - 269 names missing. Have only 61 names out of 330, that is 18% and a diary entry.

Two "City of Dunedin's" arrived in the same year in Dunedin, both from Glasgow, one was a steamer on delivery voyage for local service, Captain McFarlane, arrived 24th Nov. 1863 the other a ship on her maiden voyage.

The passenger lists has proven elusive so this is a reconstruction, an ongoing project. Due to the passage of time many records no longer exist. For the most part records of government-assisted rather than paying passengers survived. Immigration increased during the Otago gold rush so the practice of publishing full passenger lists in newspapers was abandoned. If you know the names of any passengers please email me. THANKS.

How to reconstruct a passenger list.

a. Genealogy is a challenge of critical thinking to find even little snippets of information and a study of history and geography is helpful.

Some had thought of immigrating to the States, but the Civil War broke out, and that put a stop to America, and thoughts turned in other directions. Immigration increased during the Otago gold rush so the practice of publishing full passenger lists in newspapers was abandoned.  Only a few of the arriving and departing vessels are listed.

b. Newspapers of the day. Check dates newspapers were established in the area. Papers Past. Maybe there is an account of voyage and passenger list if a paper was published at the time of the vessel's arrival and obituary.
c. Might be interesting to check in Glasgow newspapers, museums and Patrick Henderson and Co. records in Scotland
d. Diaries. Ian Nicolson's three volume series Log of Logs can be very helpful to locate journals.
e. Otago Early Settlers Association records
f. List of immigrants, debtors to the Provincial Government of Otago for Passage Moneys
g. Otago Settlers Museum records -
 has the diary of J.R. Strang. June to Sept. 1863- see transcription of eight of the pages. Sampler.
h. The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Otago & Southland Provincial Districts]
i. 1861 Scotland census
j. Family histories - e.g. Bargrie and Sangster families

A Narrative of Ancestry and Immigration by James Roy
ROY, James (Home Missionary) b. at Begshill, Parish of Dunblade, Aberdeenshire, Scotland w. Margaret Bagrie m. 20.9.1860. Decided to come to New Zealand after hearing good reports from friends who had come out earlier. His extended family later joined him in NZ. Left Glasgow on the last day of Apr 1862 on the "Grassmere" bound for Port Chalmers New Zealand, Arrived 6th September 1862. Elder at First Church Dunedin, ordained Nov 1863.
k. Local History books - Port Chalmers and Its People by Ian Church
l. ATL -
beautiful painting online
m. Develop pen portraits of the families. Note origin. Might lead to more clues. Check specifically for female descendants. Maybe sisters came out on the same vessel but already married.
n. Google Papers Past. To find for example City of Dunedin in 1863 papers on PP via Google copy and past in type in site: "City of Dunedin" 1863 -"l=mi" site:
To exclude the Maori results add -"l=mi" [a minus sign plus "l=mi" which is the PPast code for language=Maori]
White Wings - to obtain voyage information. The "City of Dunedin" made ten voyages from Clyde to Port Chalmers from 1863 -1875. The "Otago Daily Times," 1863 recording her arrival, said: "This splendid new ship, the last and finest addition to Messrs. Patrick Henderson and Co.'s fleet, arrived on September 3, completing a pleasant passage of 84 days from the Clyde. She brings 330 passengers and a large cargo, including material for lighthouses at Dog Island and other public works. The City sailed from the Clyde on June 5, and Tory Island on the 9th. She crossed the Equator in thirty days, and in thirty more the Cape. After passing the Cape she made 5756 miles in 22 days, reaching the Snares on August 31. There were four deaths on the voyage."

The City of Dunedin, photo probably taken at Port Chalmers by D.A. De Maus.

Otago Daily Times 9 October 1863 Page 4
The ship City of Dunedin, which sailed a day or two since, was numerously visited during her stay by the inhabitants of Port Chalmers and Dunedin, and was universally admired for her build, dimensions, and accommodation. On her departure she was towed out by the Samson, and after some interchange of expressions of friendliness, the City of Dunedin set sail, firing a salute of two guns, which the Samson acknowledged by dipping her ensign.

I cannot local a passenger list for the 1863 voyage nor the 1864 voyage. There could be a passenger list somewhere!

1863 - 61 names and counting and most of them related.

Bagrie, Margaret, nee Dufton b.3 Oct. 1813 Forgue, Aberdeenshire, age 50 widow. Married Robert Bagrie who died in 1852.
Bagrie, Christina (m. John Jackson in Pt. Chalmers)
Bagrie, John  b. 25 Oct. 1852 - Forgue, Aberdeenshire (m. Joan Turnbull and lived in Arthurton. Her mother Mrs Thomas Turnbull came out on the Vicksburg in 1867). Another daughter was married to Robert Bargie of Waipahi
Bagrie, Isabella b. 6 Feb. 1837
Bagrie, Mary b. 27 Dec. 1848 (May) (m. Harvey Allan at Palmerston and later moved to Invercargill)
Braid, Mrs
Braid, William b. 1861 nr Glasgow
Cameron, Andrew (b. Jan. 20 1823 at paisley, Scot. settled at Sawyers Bay and later to Port Chalmers, a baker and retired to Dunedin) d. 13th May 1902. Wife died in 1891.
Cameron, Margaret nee Muir
Cameron, Janet
Cameron, Andrew age 8 b. 16.2.1855 Paisley Scotland (accompanied his parents, became a doctor. Died 19th May 1925 in Manchester St, ChCh.)
Chan, Grace
Chan, Christina
Chan, Margaret
Crawford, W.
Crawford, Janet (Mrs James Brown, 73, Arkleston, East Taieri)
Dawson, Mr L. and Mrs
Dick, David
Dick, Elizabeth b. at Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scot.  in 1843 (married Angus McLauchlan in 1867 and settled in Kaikoura in 1880. Moved to Waverley, Taranaki in 1926
Dick, William (all three Dick/s brothers and sister)
Finlayson, Charles (husband of Jane)
Finlayson, Jane nee Roy (sister to Isabella Roy. Their parents were onboard John & Isabella Roy)
Hamilton, Mrs
Hamilton, John d. at Lauder on Feb. 22nd 1908 aged 71. He was b. in Shisken Isle of Arran and married in Lanarkshire. A stock breeder.
Hill, James 8 months
Holmes, James b. Renfrewshire
Holmes, Mrs d/o Alexander Scott, Knocknair Farm, Renfrewshire, m. 1863
Hooper, Mrs
Hooper, Mr. William J. [Frederick street, Dunedin aged 61 dc. Feb. 1920] [1907 Melville St., Dunedin golden wedding]
Hunter, John, d. at Balclutha on 8th Sept. 1905 aged 76. Native of N. Ireland . Married in Ayrshire Scotland. Dairy farmer at Mosgiel and went to Balcutha in 1879.
Hunter, Mrs
Kennedy, Thomas
(d. March 1925, Oamaru aged 68)
McLachlan, Donald  Pension Claimant certificate

Paterson Catherine m. John Mitchell in 1874
Robertson, Jessie
Roy, Christina (m. Peter Murray in NZ and lived at Waipahi and East Gore)
Roy, Grace (m. Wm Mcgregor Murray in NZ)
Roy, Isabella b. 17 April 1811 - Forgue, Aberdeenshire nee Dufton d. 1881
Roy, James  (of Begshill, Scotland m. Isabel Dufton in Scotland) d. 3 June 1871 - Wairuna, Otago. Husband of Isabella.
Roy, John (m. Clara Bailey at Stirling, N.Z)
Roy, Isabella (d/o of John & Isabella Roy) m. Richard Moffat in NZ and settled at Waikaia)
Roy, William (brother to John)
Sangster, Christina, nee Dufton, married, age 59 (means she was b. c. 1804)
Sangster, Christina m. 22 May 1864 to William Welsh (daughter of John Sangster)
Sangster, John (Farmed at Wairuna. A bootmaker. A strong Kirk man)
Sangster, Isobel b. 11 Sept. 1831 Forgue, Aberdeenshire  (daughter of John Sangster)
Sangster, John (son of John Sangster)
Sangster, Annie  (granddaughter of John Sangster)
Smith, Alexander (first went to Blueskin. At Naseby since 1866) Born in 1844, in Aberdeen, Scotland. A blacksmith learning his trade at Clunie.
Smith, Hugh (living at McNab)
Smith, William (Clyde St., Dunedin in 1922)
Stevenson, J. D., Clyde street. dc Oct.1920
Stevenson, William (Roslyn)
Strang, John Rankin
Turnbull, Mrs (her husband had died in Scotland so came out with the rest of her children. Son John came out to NZ in 1860)
Turnbull, James b. Airedrie, Lanarkshire, Scotland in Sept. 1852
Turnbull, Ellen, 6 years
Turnbull, Agnes R (m. Peter  Orr). Agnes d. c. April 1920, Green Island
Wyllie, James (late Wyllie's Crossing), 75, dc. Dec. 1917, a native of Fenwick, Ayrshire.

Mrs M. Bower nee Lochhead
Mrs Mary Hill Lochhead
(George street), 80, d.c Sept. 1918

Otago Witness 28 September 1910 Page 51
Golden Wedding. ROY — BAGRIE. On September 20 1860, at Burnside of Drumdolls, Forgue, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, by the Rev. Alexander Forbes, James Roy to Margaret Bagrie. Present address: "Wairuna," Clinton, Otago. New Zealand.

Clutha Leader 1 February 1878 Page 5
At the meeting of householders at Wairuna on Monday evening, the following gentlemen were elected the new Committee : — Messrs Bagrie, Brown, Roy, Divers, Sangster, and Taylor.

Otago Daily Times 24 August 1863 Page 10 (Supplement)
EDINBURGH. June 25th, 1833. Here are the latest statistics of the emigration from this part of the world to yours:— The wood-and-iron ship City of Dunedin, l,085 tons, Captain Sellars, belonging - to the Messrs Henderson's line sailed from Greenock Bay on the 4th with 344 passengers for Port Chalmers.

Otago Daily Times 28 August 1863 Page 4
EXPECTED ARRIVALS. From Glasgow —City of Dunedin (steamer): City of Dunedin, ship, June 5;
The ship City of Dunedin left on the 4th instant, and on the 5th, when off Fairhead, a frantic passenger leapt overboard. In three minutes the ship was rounded to, a boat lowered, and the passenger rescued, a feat which not only evinced able seamanship but showed that gear and tackle were all in the best condition." 

Otago Daily Times 18 September 1863, Page 4 Shipping Summary
At this date last year there was a very active shipping trade in Port Otago, induced by the large influx of people, and the proportionate supply of goods, which succeeded the discovery of the Dunstan Gold Field. This season there has not as yet been the same enormous passenger traffic, but, by the arrival of, numerous vessels from home, the importation of goods has been unusually large, employing several fine ships from London and Glasgow, and giving an impetus to the harbor trade which has not been experienced since the first extensive rush. Sixty vessels have arrived at Port Chalmers during the month past, bringing an aggregate of 1958 passengers, and the same number of departures have conveyed out of the country 836 persons, leaving a balance of 1122 in favor of the Province ; and it must be remembered that a large proportion of the departures have consisted of military volunteers proceeding to different provinces in the Northern Island.

Otago Daily Times 18 September 1863, Page 4
The ship City of Dunedin, the last and finest addition to Messrs Patrick Henderson and Co's fleet of vessels, made a pleasant passage of only 84 days from the Clyde. She brought 334 passengers, who were unanimous in the expression of their satisfaction with their treatment on the part of the owners, captain, and officers. The City of Dunedin sailed from the Clyde on the 5th June, and from Tory Island on the 9th. Crossed the Line in 30 days, and in 30 more made the meridian of the Cape. On the 14th July, in 25S and 31 W, put letters on board the barque Oberon, from Peru to Swansea. Thence to the Cape had unusually, light westerly winds, often making only from three to four knots, and requiring little or no change in the sails. After passing the Cape made 5756 miles in twenty-two days, reaching the Snares on Monday at 8 a.m. There were altogether four deaths during the passage, two of the deceased being children, and the others elderly females, sisters who were in delicate health. The deceased were Margaret Bagrie, widow, aged 50, from the parish of Forgue, Aberdeenshire - of dysentery (buried at sea); Ellen Turnbull, aged 6 years, from Glasgow, convulsions; James Hill, aged 8 months from Perthshire, convulsions, Christina Sangster, married, aged 59, from Forgue, of iliac passion. The general health was excellent, and the passengers arrived delighted with the pleasures of the voyage, and their treatment on board.

Mrs Christina Sangster died at Port Chalmers aboard ship and was buried at the Southern Cemetery, Dunedin, aged 60. No headstone, block 0. She was married and a native of Aberdeen, Scotland. (she was related to Mrs Margaret Bagrie who died at sea)

Otago Daily Times 8 September 1863 Page 4
Thomas Lattice, one of the seaman on board the ship City of Dunedin, was buried at Port Chalmers on Saturday, baying died very suddenly on the Friday previous, while on board a lighter alongside the vessel. The precise circumstances of his death are unknown; but it is supposed that be had boarded the lighter with other seamen, who were attempting to escape, and there died of disease of the heart, from which he had suffered and been under treatment for same time. Having been thus previously ill, it was not considered necessary to hold an inquest. A few days previously another burial from the ship took place — the body being that of a female who died after the vessel's arrival at the Heads. 

The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Otago & Southland Provincial Districts]
Mr. James Holms, Proprietor of the Waimahaka Estate, was born in Renfrewshire, Scotland, where he was educated, and brought up to farming. He came out to Port Chalmers, in 1863, by the ship "City of Dunedin," and for eighteen years was manager of the Mount Benger and Teviot stations for Messrs Cargill and Anderson. Mr Holms bought the Waimahaka estate, in 1873, and took up his residence there in 1879. He was for a long time a member and director of the Southland Agricultural and Pastoral Association, and was president in 1903. He is chairman of the Pine Bush Presbyterian church, and of the school committee. Mr Holms was married, in 1863, to a daughter of the late Mr Alexander Scott, Knocknair Hill farm, Renfrewshire, Scotland, and has two sons and two daughters.

The Rev. Andrew Cameron, B.A., Minister in charge of the Presbyterian Church at Anderson's Bay, was born in Paisley, Scotland, 16 Feb. 1855 and accompanied his parents, Andrew and Mary Cameron to Dunedin in 1863 by the ship "City of Dunedin" He was educated at the Port Chalmers High School and the Otago University, where he held a scholarship for three years, and graduated, taking a Senior University Scholarship in Science. The son of a Baker. Wife Mary Jane McKellar, of Invercargill, b 12.12.1862 m 18.11.1885 d. 4.3.1951. He came with his parents to Otago in the "City of Dunedin" in 1863 at age 8.  Son of Andrew Cameron, a baker, and his wife, Margaret Muir. The family settled at Sawyers Bay. Died 19 May 1925.

Mr. William Baird, who acts as Postmaster at Otapiri Gorge, holds 384 acres of land near the mouth of the Gorge. He took up this farm about 1886, and has since then greatly improved it. Mr Baird was born near Glasgow, Scotland, in 1861, and came out to New Zealand with his mother by the ship "City of Dunedin" in 1863, his father having arrived by the ship "Lady Egldia" during the preceding year.

Reid, Andrew, aged 79yrs was b. in Renfrewstone, Scotland attended the Gabriel's Gully Jubilee in May 1911.
Reid Mrs, married by Rev. Sinclair of Wellshead Presby. Church, Rockvill, Possible Rd, Glasgow on 13th July 1866

1864 - 4 names and counting.
Anderson, Barbara
Anderson, John
Anderson, Tina infant
Elder, William, a chemist
Harvey, William
Melvin, William S., 74 (City of Dunedin) 1864 dc. June 1914
Stenhouse, John , Lawrence, City of Dunedin, 1864 dc April 1920
Tait Hugh, buried Quarantine Island Cemetery d. 23 Sept. 1864

The ATL has the journal of John Anderson June to September 1864. Anderson immigrated to Dunedin with his wife Barbara and baby daughter Tina. Fair copy of diary, 25 June to 25 September 1864, kept on voyage from Glasgow to Dunedin on the `City of Dunedin' with account of life on board from a steerage passenger's viewpoint. At end are daily distances sailed and coordinates. There is also a poem, `Lines to a mother on the death of her child' Donated by Mrs B Higgins, Wanganui, 1983. Diary transcribed by Marsha Donaldson.

The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Otago & Southland Provincial Districts]
Mr. William Harvey, sometime of "Summerhill," Weston, was born in Dumfriesshire, Scotland, in 1844. He was brought up to country pursuits, and came to Port Chalmers by the ship "City of Dunedin" in 1864. He settled in the Inchclutha district, where he farmed until removing to Ngapara in 1879. Ten years later, Mr. Harvey acquired "Summerhill," at Weston. He was married, in 1865, to Miss Lindsay, of Edinburgh, and at his death, in September, 1901, left one son and one daughter

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