written by Louis. E. Ward
"Probably the most jam-packed book I've seen short of an encyclopedia."
Ward, Louis Ernest 1866-1938. Early Wellington Auckland, NZ : Whitcombe & Tombs, 1928. 544pp preface by Sir Robert Stout. (reprint 1975 Christchurch : Capper Press with added foreword by D. A. S. Ward, of Christchurch)
It is probably the most comprehensive history of Wellington ever put between the covers of a single book. A great reference volume. Lots of very well chosen illustrations and a worthy index. This book is overflowing with many hundreds of names and references to the ordinary people, alongside the more prominent members of Wellington history. Describes the first emigrant ship to set sail from Gravesend, England in 1839 for Wellington, New Zealand. There are dozens of passenger ships lists, data on street names and their residents, names and dates concerning the formation of schools, churches, businesses, councils, sporting, cultural and academic organizations. It lists the original land owners, as balloted in London, details damage to individual properties in the big quakes of the 1850s, has a section listing births, deaths and marriages and another for biographical sketches of the more prominent people. Review submitted by Helen Cormack 3 Nov. 1998
There are discrepancies, in the index. Like all our research, we need to go back to that original record for verification.
Complete passenger lists: shows Wellington embarkations and sometimes those that stayed aboard for a later port.
Aurora Jan 1840 Adelaide Mar 1840 Arab Oct 1841 Jo's site Bengal Merchant Feb 1840 Bolton Apr 1840 Peter's site Birman Feb 1842 Blenheim Feb 1841 Catherine Stewart Forbes Jun 1841 Duke of Roxburgh Feb 1840 George Fife Oct 1842 Gertrude Nov 1841 Glenbervie Mar 1840 London Dec 1840 London May 1842 Lady Nugent Mar 1841 Lord William Bentnick May 1841 Martha Ridgeway Jul 1840 Oriental Jan 1840 Olympus May 1841 Prince Rupert May 1841 Slains Castle Jan 1841 Tyne Mar 1841
Possible partial lists: Wellington embarkations, many are small two or three passengers per vessel, being either mainly cargo vessels or passengers disembarked when the ship bound for another port.
1840 David 1840 Delhi 1840 Hannah 1840 Helena 1840 Lady Lilford 1840 Hope 1840 Integrity 1840 Middlesex 1840 Navarino 1840 Nimrod 1840 Royal Merchant 1840 Brougham 1840 Coromandel 1840
1841 Harrington 1841 Himalaya 1841 James 1841 Lucy Sharp 1841 Lapwing 1841 Mandarin 1841 Mary 1841
1841 Surprise 1841 Sir John Falstaff 1841 Whitby 1841 Amelia Thompson 1841 1841 Clifton 1841 Clifford 1841 Clydeside 1841 Chelydra 1841 Earl Stanhope 1841
1842 Prince Of Wales 1842 Bernian 1842 Bombay 1842 Bronan 1842 Essex 1842 Esther 1842 Exporter 1842 Fifeshire 1842 Indemnity 1842 Lord Auckland 1842 Maria Theresa 1842 New York Packet 1842 Regia 1842 Scotia 1842 Thomas Sparks 1842 Three Brothers 1842 Tobago 1842 The Tomatin 1842 Brougham 1842
1844 Eliza 1844 Lady Cornwall 1844 Ullswater 1841 Ralph Bernal 1844 Theresa 1844
William and Alfred
1849 - 1850
Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, 11 May 1850, Page 43
Wellington Extracts. The barque, Woodstock, Cape. Nicholson, sails this day for London, with a valuable cargo from this port. The barque Cornelia, Capt. Mickleburg, has completed her cargo, and we understand all her cabin 8 are engaged. She sails positively on the 10th instant, for London direct.
The barque Clara, from London, via Auckland, arrived on Wednesday last, after a passage of 17 days. Bishop Viard, and 24 members of the Catholic mission are passengers by her.
1851 - 1852 Maria 1851 Simlah 1851 Agra 1851 Barbara Gorgon 1852 Cashmere 1852 Mystery 1852 Sea Bird 1852 Stephen 1852 Cornwall 1852 Lady Cornwall 1852
I believe still in print. A second hand, first edition, probably costs $NZ300 and upward. Reprints are $NZ130 approximately, but very valuable. Try Bookfinder
There are mistakes in Ward's book, “Early Wellington."
Solomon LEVY arrived in the "Oriental”, Jan 31 1840 along with his brother Benjamin LEVY, not Samuel LEVY.
1. The original Loading List for the “Oriental “ Captain is in the Archives New Zealand in Wellington. The name Samuel has been crossed out and replaced by Benjamin.
2. The Petone Settler’s Museum has the true lists of those that arrived on the Oriental and all the details of Benjamin and Solomon LEVY.
3. The Wellington Hebrew Community’s 150th Anniversary publication “A Standard for the People” ed by Dr. Stephen Levine has frequent reference to Solomon LEVY and his brother Benjamin. Benjamin was the first Jewish marriage in Wellington to Esther to Solomon ex the “Birman” .
Secondly re Jane HARVEY and her family arriving on the “Birman” in 1842. Ward again misses. Jane’s father had died of cholera in Newton St. Loe, Somerset in 1832. Her mother had a baby, 6 months later, which was baptised BUCK. So, on the “Birman” were Elizabeth and Henry BUCK; Jane HARVEY, set down as 14 for a free passage, Anne HARVEY 12 and 3 BUCK children. A further girl, Louise BUCK, was born soon after arrival. Source "White Wings."
Otago Witness, 24 December 1902, Page 29
David Wilkinson, one of the oldest identities of Wellington, died on the 17th, aged 92 years. He arrived by the ship Olympia in 1841.
Hawera & Normanby Star, 22 July 1901, Page 2
Feilding, July 22. Mr Charles Roe, senr., an old colonist, died at his residence, Feilding, last night. Deceased arrived in Wellington by the ship Adelaide in 1840. He was one of Wellington's earliest journalists, having been part proprietor of the defunct Advertiser for a time. He came to Feilding in 1874, and resided here since.
Evening Post, 26 June 1906, Page 4
A colonist who arrived in Wellington in 1839, Mr. William Reeve, on Friday last celebrated his ninety-sixth birthday. Mr. Reeve came to New Zealand in the brig Ann and Mary, and afterwards went through some rough whaling experience in the Chathams, and in the waters about Wellington.
Timaru Herald, 7 September 1886, Page 3
AN OTAGO UNIVERSITY STUDENT'S DREAM
Sir Robert Stout; sang the ditty given below : (Air : "When I was a lad."— Pinafore.)
When I was a lad I was no fool,
But saved up my pennies when I went to school
I could spell long words and parse every noun,
And besides being clever, I could play " knuckledown."
I played the little games so skilfullce,
That now I am Premier of this colonee.
I learned my catechism off by heart,
Parson chucked my little chin and thought me very smart ;
But when he quoted Scripture, I opened the book
And posed him with Colenso on the Pentateuch.
I po-ed this parson so effectuallee,
That now I am Premier of this Colonee.
As I got older I grew at such a rate,
That very soon I found I must emigrate.
I took a cabin passage for the Southern Hemisphere,
And on board I taught the captain of the ship how to steer.
And he steered it very well, else how, do you see,
Could I ever have been Premier of this Colonee?
When I landed in New Zealand I was such a fool
That as dominie I taught In a public school ;
The Board for promotion I used to importune,
But this, they wouldn't give me, as I sang out of tune.
I sang out of tune so confoundedlee,
That now I am Premier of this Colonee.
Of crude superstition I divested myself ;
The Bible and theology I laid on the shelf ;
I swore no priest on my shoulders should ride,
I built a Lyceum, and I published a guide.
I compiled this Guide so learnedee,
That I'm Education Minister to this Colonee.
When once an M.H.R., into office soon I got.
The Premiership was mine, yet "precedence " was not.
No stickler, I, for "precedence"! I thought it right and just
To play the second fiddle if I couldn't play the fust.
And I've played second fiddle so skilfullee
That the Queen, as you know, made me K.C.M.G.
The full flood of fortune I thought I should reach
In the halls of Freethought, when I made my "capping" speech
The noisy undergrads I resolved to overawe
By the dignity of knighthood and the majesty of law.
For it's very, very wrong, you will all agree,
To interrupt the Premier of this Colonee.
With a "Bobby" in the chair and a posse in the hall,
One would think I might have quashed them — Oh, dear, no — not at all!
The Premier and Attorney nd Sir Rohert Stout to boot
Could not quash the Gaudeamus— that exasperating hoot.
Oh, who would be a Premier and a K.C.M.G.
To he sat upon by boys of a universitee!
Now, boys, I confess how silly 'twas of me
To show my beastly temper and to scold so lustilee.
Rest assured your own Sir Robert won't be found offending twice ;
And to shew I bear no malice, I'll just give you this advice :
Good humour is a jewel — whatever you may be—
Whether student or professor, or a K.C.M.G.
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