ARRIVAL OF THE COMMONWEALTH
The fine new clipper ship, 1343 tons, Commonwealth, commanded by Captain Cooper from London, arrived in our harbor at 9 o'clock this morning, after a passage of 97 days from pilot to pilot. She left the docks on the 20th October, and landed the pilot on the 1st November off the Start Point. She experienced strong westerly winds till crossing the Equator on the 4th of December, 33 days from land; fine weather was then experienced till the 28th December, when nearly off Cape of Good Hope, a heavy gale set in, and caused the vessel to ship a large quantity of water. She sighted New Zealand on Wednesday last, passing the Snares at 4 a.m., and came right up the coast with the southerly wind. Pilot Holmes boarded her at 8 this morning and brought her to an anchor at 9.30. The present is her maiden voyage. She was built last year by Messrs. Russell and Co., of Port Glasgow. She brings a large general cargo, a valuable cow, 17 pure-bred sheep (two others having died during the voyage) and three well bred pigs. She brings some saloon and steerage passengers, but no Government immigrants. There has been no sickness during the passage. She is chartered by the New Zealand Shipping Company, and Messrs. Johnston and Co. are her agents. Her passenger list  is as follows:-Bacon Mr John L. and family Carrick Mr Patrick Cox Mr Josh. and family Davies Mr Daniel Follett Miss Ellen Fuings Miss Emma Harris Mr and Mrs E. Harold Mr Henry Pearce Heath Mr Josh. H. R. Kenny Miss Mary Lovering Mr George Matthew Mr George F. Moorey Mr Robert Oswald Mr C. C. Pearce Mr and Mrs R.B. and family Pearce Mr Wm Preston Mr John Sayers Mr and Mrs Alfred Shattock Rev G. Taylor Mr Thomas Thornton Mr and Mrs [George and Maria, nee Fox, ex Kent] Walker Mr John R. Woolley Mr W. E.