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1863 voyage - 302 names missing. Have only 28 names out of 330 -8% and a diary.

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 helpful.
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
h. The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Otago & Southland Provincial Districts]
i. 1861 Scotland census
j. Family histories - e.g. Bargrie and Sangster families

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."

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

1863 - 28 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
Bagrie, John  b. 25 Oct. 1852 - Forgue, Aberdeenshire
Bagrie, Isabella b. 6 Feb. 1837
Bagrie, Mary b. 27 Dec. 1848
Braid, Mrs
Braid, William b. 1861 nr Glasgow
Cameron, Andrew
Cameron, Margaret nee Muir
Cameron, Andrew age 8 b. 16.2.1855 Paisley Scotland
Finlayson, Charles
Finlayson, Jane nee Roy
Hill, James 8 months
Holmes, James b. Renfrewshire
Holmes, Mrs d/o Alexander Scott, Knocknair Farm, Renfrewshire, m. 1863
Roy, Christina
Roy, Grace
Roy, Isobel b. 17 April 1811 - Forgue, Aberdeenshire nee Dufton
Roy, James d. 3 June 1871 - Wairuna, Otago. Husband of Isabella.
Roy, John
Sangster, Christina, nee Dufton, married, age 59 (means she was b. c. 1804)
Sangster, Christina m. 22 May 1864 to William Welsh
Sangster, John (Farmed at Wairuna. A bootmaker. A strong Kirk man)
Sangster, Isobel b. 11 Sept. 1831 Forgue, Aberdeenshire
Sangster, John
Sangster, Annie
Strang, John Rankin
Turnbull, Ellen, 6 years

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; 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.

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, having died very suddenly on the Friday previous, while on board a lighter alongside the vessel. 

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 Egidia" during the preceding year.

1864 - 4 names and counting.
Anderson, Barbara
Anderson, John
Anderson, Tina infant
Harvey, William

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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