Vol. 1. No.2. SATURDAY, JANUARY 18, 1851. PRICE SIXPENCE
|Vessel||tonnage||Masters||Cabin||Intermediate||Steerage||Total||Dates of arrival|
|Charlotte Jane||720 tons||Captain Alexander Lawrence||26||24||104||154||Dec. 16. 1850|
|Randolph||761 tons||Captain Dale||34||15||161||210||Dec. 16. 1850|
|Sir George Seymour||850 tons||Captain Goodson||40||23||164||227||Dec. 17 1850|
|Cressy (barque)||720 tons||Captain Joseph Dennison Bell||27||23||105||155||Dec. 27 1850|
Sir George Gray, Governor, of the colony, came down the coast in her Majesty's sloop of war
Fly to welcome their arrival. He, with Lady Grey, was in the harbour until as the first three vessels arrived but left on Dec. 18 for the north.
The four vessels carried in all 746 passengers. List of the chief and fore cabin passengers who arrived by the four ships complied from the Lyttelton Times January 18th 1851. Steerage passengers compiled from information obtained from Colin Amodeo and used here with his permission. Resources used by Colin include the Immigration Agents and Surgeon Superintendent lists and the Barracks Registers in addition to other resources.
The Christchurch Press First Four Ships Project
In December 1850 the first four Canterbury Association ships arrived at Lyttelton with 782 passengers onboard and a further 56 either deserted or took their discharged at Lyttelton. These are the Canterbury Pilgrims. Twelve, names unknown deserted from the Randolph at Lyttelton. Who were those twelve? The Press in Christchurch commissioned research into the family histories of those featured in four group photographs (131 former passengers) taken in 1900 of the surviving passengers of the Charlotte Jane, Cressy, Sir George Seymour and Randolph and ran a special series, "The First Four Ships Project" from Monday January 2nd 2006 to Thursday 6th January 2006. These group photographs were published in the newspaper, with each individual named and labeled, and a snippet on the families. Some names have quite a bit written about them, others very little. Also a list of names of deserters and the names of those who worked their passage and were discharged at their own request.
List of names from the Charlotte Jane from the 1900 reunion photo in Christchurch "Press" Monday 2nd January 2006
WILSON (1850 - 1918)
2/ John JEFFS (1839 - 1902)
3/ Charles HILL
4/ Jabez THORNTON (1817 - 1904)
5/ Hon. C.E.BOWEN. (1830 - 1917)
6/ Samuel HORRELL (1850 - 1923)
7/ William Rising TAYLOR (1844 - 1913)
8/ James Temple FISHER (1828 - 1905)
9/ Mrs FREE seems she was Elizabeth Simpson
10/ Mrs J.S.THOMPSON - no information available
11/ Mrs S. KINGSBURY, nee Dixon
12/ James SAIL (1819 - 1908)
13/ Mrs Mary ANDERSON nee Dixon
14/ Rockwood Comport BISHOP (1847 - 1925)
15/ Samuel Delabere BARKER (1848 - 1901)
16/ Mrs BERGH nee Elizabeth Marley
17/ Mrs ANDERSON
18/ Mrs W. BUSS nee Mary Elizabeth Howard
19/ Mrs W. BLAKE nee Agnes Kate Bishop
20/ Mrs J.T. FISHER (Harriet) with husband James Temple Fisher
21/ Mrs WHITMORE nee Jean Grubb
22/ Mrs FIELD Louisa formerly Mrs Nippriss
23/ Mrs BARKER may be Ann nee Dixon
24/ Mrs GRIFFIN
25/ Mrs CHICK Sarah nee Hill
26/ Mrs HORRELL
Worked Passage as Crew on the Charlotte Jane Discharge at Lyttelton January 1851 Surname First Names Age Place of Birth Rank Register Ticket Austin William 18 Somerset Ord Seaman 503 058 Griffith William J. 33 Tipperary Ord Seaman 57 279 Tulloch Henry J 17 Poole Cuddy servant 503 220
List of names from the Cressy from the 1900 reunion photo in Christchurch "Press" Tuesday 3rd January 2006
2/ Thomas PATRICK
3/ Fred ALLEN
4/ Michael Brennan HART (1843 - 1908)
5/ Charles T. DUDLEY (1843 - 1929)
6/ Edward DOBSON (1816 - 1908)
7/ Edwin Coxhesd MOULDEY (1842 - 1925)
8/ Moses MOULDEY
9/ Jacob PARISH (1842 - 1907)
10/ George DUNFORD
11/ Isaac PARISH (1846 - 1921)
12/ John R. CHILDS
13/ James Frederick BAKER (1845 - 1916)
14/ John BENNETT
15/ Thomas KENT (1827 - 1915)
16/ George R. HART (1841 - 1911)
17/ George William PICKERING (1832 0 1913)
18/ Edward BAKER (1850- 1922) 13/ Baker family above
19/ Robert EVANS (1826 - 1911)
20/ Mrs CLARIDGE no information available
21/ Mrs COXHEAD nee Mouldey
22/ Mrs PATTEN nee Mouldey
23/ Mrs J.A.GRAHAM nee Whitmore
24/ Henry CLEAVER
25/ Thomas HEWITT (Hewett) (1825 - 1903)
26/ Joseph L. PATRICK
27/ Mrs R.M. CRESSWELL nee King
28/ Mrs FREE Mrs Maria Free nee Patrick
29/ Mrs WILLIS Elizabeth,
30/ Mrs PAWSEY no information available
31/ Mrs EVANS Sarah
32/ Mrs Mary Ellen VINCENT
33/ Mrs Sarah BAKER
34/ Mrs BUGG nee Baker,
35/ Mrs EDER no information available
36/ Mrs Antonia ZUPPERUCH nee Cleaver
37/ Mrs Emma HEWITT (Hewett)
38/ Miss F.F. DUDLEY may be Frances Dudley
39/ Mrs PRATT nee Duffell
Worked Passage as Crew on the Cressy Discharge at Lyttelton January 1851 Surname First Name Age Place of Birth Rank Register Ticket Beresford William 22 Liverpool 4th Officer 392 012 Over John 19 London Boy 505 171 Stribling Thomas 18 Cornwall Apprentice 376 548 Wills William 32 Southampton Emigrants' Cook 198 799
List of names from the Sir
George Seymour from the 1900 reunion photo
in Christchurch "Press" Wednesday 4th January 2006
Alexander WORNALL (1859-1927) ( this is the date in the article) think it should
be 1849 as it says he was one.
2/ Joseph RICHARDS
3/ Benjamin CORLETT age 6
4/ George CRESSWELL (1847 - 1914) 4yrs old
5/ John HILL age 14
6/ Phillip LARAMAN (1837 - 1917) age 18
7/ G. CORLETT
8/ John ANDERSON jnr (1849-1934) aged 1
9/ Rev. Frederick INWOOD infant
10/ Rev. Frederick George BRITTAN (1848-1945) aged 2
11/ James INWOOD (1840-1903) aged 10
12/ Edward WASHBOURN (1843-1935) age 10
13/ Henry R.R. LITTLE
14/ Robert M. CRESSWELL (1840- 1916) aged 10
15/ Richard James Strachan HARMAN (1826- 1902) aged 24
16/ James CLOTHIER infant
17/ John CHURCH aged 12
18/ C.J.W. COOKSON died 1912
19/ George Septimus PHILLIPS (1844-1920) aged 6
20/ Augustus INWOOD (1848-1915) aged 2
21/ William BRITTAN (1844-1916) aged 6
22/ Mrs BANKS Maria nee Washbourn aged 10
23/ Henry SALT (1837 - 1901) aged 13
24/ Mrs NEWTON no information available
25/ Mrs Ann DALTON age 23
26/ Mrs WRIGHT no information available
27/ Mrs G.A. WORNALL, Esther age 29
28/ Mrs C. COATES nee Brittan
29/ Mrs Eliza THACKER aged 30
30/ Mrs C. WITHELL
31/ Mrs Mary WASHBOURN
32/ Mrs CHESTERFIELD no information available
33/ Miss Fanny WASHBOURN aged 6
Worked Passage as Crew on the Sir George Seymour Discharge at Lyttelton January 1851 Surname First Names Age Place of Birth Rank Register Ticket merchant_navy_service_seamen1835to1857_officer1835to1844.pdf AUSTIN Benjamin George 41 Essex Butcher's mate 503 155 BROWN Thomas 18 Bailing? Cuddy Servant 503 097 HOLDEN Charles 18 London Ord., Seaman 503 092 JONES William 27 London Steward 303 166 LITTLECOTT William 25 Surrey Ord. Seaman 393 218 MATTHEWS Joseph 25 Surrey Ord. Seaman 458 348 RITCHIE John 32 Stepney Emigrant's Cook 503 004
List of names from the Randolph from the 1900 reunion photo in Christchurch "Press" Thursday 5th January 2006
Charles BOURNE (1829-1907)
2/ A. PHILPOTT
3/ Randolph G. HARPER born on board ship
4/ Elijah HARPER (1849-1933)
5/ Enoch SMART (1844 - 1907)
6/ Emon SMART (Enon)
7/ Randolph CHANEY born on board
8/ Joseph CHANEY (1848-1928)
9/ George PHILPOTT aged 3
10/ Edwin G. PHILPOTT (1844 - 1922)
11/ John HARPER
12/ William. STORER aged 2
13/ Mrs HOWELL - nee Elizabeth Dale Waghorn born on voyage
14/ William PHILPOTT
15/ William Derisley WOOD
16/ Amos SMART died 1915
17/ Charles Hood WILLIAMS (1844-1912)
18/ Thomas Frederick PEEL (1824-1907)
19/ Mrs WINTER - nee Sarah Stokes a (1844-1930)
20/ William Ward STOKES
21/ Mrs RAPLEY - nee Sarah Elizabeth Woodford, marr. Joseph Jesse Rapley
22/ Mrs FRANKISH nee Mary Williams (1846- 1906)
23/ Mrs C.C. AIKMAN nee Isabella Williams m. Colin Campbell Aikman.
24/ Mrs E. HARPER
25/ Mrs HARPER - nee Mary Bennington,
26/ Mrs HUNTER - nee Mary Ann Waghorn
27/ Edmund SMART
28/ T. KERRIDGE, no further information available
29/ Mrs F. MONCRIEF nee Fanny Stokes born on Randolph
30/ Mrs MORRIS nee Elizabeth Stokes,
31/ MRS MOFFETT nee Abigail Rotheray (1831-1906)
32/ Mrs COCHRANE no information available
33/ Mrs RHODES nee Emma Suzannah Chaney (1832 - 1928)
34/ Mrs NEALE nee Charlotte Chaney (1842-1908)
35/ Mrs NEUGESCHWINDER nee Martha Brown,
36/ Mrs Wm BRYANT (Ann) (1828- 1904)
37/ Wm BRYANT (1818- 1901)
38/ Mrs WATSON no information available
39/ Mrs HOWSON nee Jane Free (1849-1918)
40/ Mrs BAYFIELD Matilda, (1807-1909) died aged 92 in Sumner (as in paper)
41/ Mrs STANLEY Mary (1830-1901)
Barker Dr. Alfred Charles 31 Surgeon-Superintendant of the "Charlotte Jane," d. 1873 Barker Mrs Emma 30 d. 1878 Barker Richard 4 Barker Samuel Delabere 2 1848-1901 Barker Arthur 1 d. 1938 Bishop Edward Brenchley 28 d. 1887 Bishop Charles Wellington 26 Bishop Mrs Ellen 30 Bishop Vallance 6 Bishop Miss Agnes 4 later Blake, Bishop Rockwood Charles 3 d. 1925 Bishop Frederick Augustus 25 Bishop Miss Emma Kate 23 Bowen Charles 45 (1804-1871) Bowen Mrs Georgina 40 Bowen Miss Letitia 10 Bowen Miss Anne 44 d. 1876 Aunt to children Bowen Charles Christopher 20 d. 1917 Bowen Croisdale 18 [Croasdaile] (1831-1890) Cholmondeley Thomas 19 Cholmondeley Charles 27 d. 1891 plaque in ChCh Cathedral Fisher James Temple Fisher Mrs Harriet 23 Fisher Stephen 30 Fitzgerald James Fitzgerald 32 d. 1897 Fitzgerald Mrs Frances 18 Howard Smith Snr. d. 1893 Howard George 10 Howard Miss Lucy Howard Miss Agnes 8 later Mrs Hurse Howard Smith jnr. Howard Miss M.E. later Mrs Buss Howard Elizabeth 6 ?Hooper Ann 16 Kingdon The Rev. George T.B. 36 St Winows, Cornwall Kingdon Mrs Sophia 18 Mountfort Benjamin W. 26 d. 1898 Mountfort Mrs Emily 21 d. 1897 Mountfort Miss Susanna 22 later Mrs Luck Mountfort Charles Wheeler 24 Mountfort Mrs C.W.(Mary) 21 Pursglove Mr Schoolmaster Pursglove Mrs ?Pierglove Shrimpton John Ward Edward Robert 25 drowned 1851 Ward Henry 19 Ward Hamilton 16 Wortley The Hon. James SturatSteerage Passengers Abernathy James 18 labourer Abrahams Thomas 42 stone mason d. 1878 Abrahams Mrs Mary Ann 39 d. 1899 Abrahams Marian 12 ? Mary Ann Adams William 39 upholsterer Allan George 45 labourer (Allan) Allan Mrs Ann 43 Allan Ann Elizabeth 9 Allen William Glover Allfrey George 43 labourer (Alfrey) Allfrey Mrs Arabella 36 Allfrey Alfred 8 Allfrey Miss Marian 19 nurse later Mrs James Anderson, Kaiapoi Atkinson Mr Bassett Jane 11 Caughey Henry 22 labourer Carlton Edward 20 labourer ?Charlton d, 1900 Picton Derry H. William 22 whitesmith Derry Mrs Hannah 2 Dixon Joseph 34 labourer d. 1890 Dixon Mrs Mary 33 Dixon James 6 Dixon Ann 9 later Mrs Barker Dixon Mary 8 Dixon Elizabeth 4 Dixon Jane 2 Dixon Joseph infant Doutch Maria 21 milliner Dowling Virginia 26 domestic servant, returned to England Faucett Thomas 31 shepherd (Fawcett) Faucett Mrs Mary 29 Ferguson Margaret 26 domestic servant Griffiths William d. 1884 Griffen Nath. Edward 23 agent d, 1884 (?Griffin) Griffin Mrs Mary 21 Geddes Andrew 30 carpenter Grubb Mrs Mary 30 d. 1886 (John Grubb already working in Lyttelton as shipwright) Grubb Mary 6 d. 1894 later Mrs Maude Grubb Jean 4 Grubb Jessie 2 later Mrs Munro Haffenden Ann 29 servant d. 1853 ?Heffenden Hill Joseph 36 labourer Hill Ann Browning 34 Mrs Hill Charles O. 7 Hill Henry J. Hill Frances infant Hill Ann B. 5 d. 1882 later Mrs Brown Hill Sarah later Mrs Chick Horrell John 28 ag. machinist Horrell Mrs Elizabeth 24 Hughes Samuel 26 labourer Hughes Mrs Mary 26 Hughes Mary infant Jeffs Mrs Elizabeth Jeffs Albert (Abbott) Jeffs Charles 24 Jeffs Richard 4 Jeffs Benjamin 24 Jeffs John 1 Jeffs Sarah ` infant Larkham Philip 16 agriculturist Lewis Elizabeth 17 servant Marley William 34 carpenter c. 1897 Marley Mary 37 Marley Eliza 3 later Mrs Bergh Marley Mary Ann infant Marriott Benjamin Smith 28 smith McCormack William 27 labourer d. 1868 ?McCormick McCormack Mrs Jane 37 d. 1853 Newnham William 36 schoolmaster Newnham Frederick 10 Nippriss Henry 28 labourer d. 1851 Nippriss Mrs Louisa Jane 22 Padgen Silas 19 labourer Payton Charles 26 servant Payton Mrs Emma 24 Shrimpton John Ingram 17 printer Shrimpton Walter (first printers of "Lyttelton Times") Simpson Joseph 22 whitesmith Simpson Mrs Harriett 27 Simpson Elizabeth 7 later Mrs Ritchie Sloane James 24 labourer Sloane James 22 Stout James B. 27 agriculturist Stout Mrs Jane 23 d. 1898 (?Jean) Sail James 31 labourer Taylor Joseph 45 stone mason d. 1863 Taylor Charlotte 39 Taylor Virginia 7 Taylor George 20 Taylor William 5 Thornton Jabez 32 carpenter Turnbull John 26 d. 1890 Varyer John 39 printer Varyer Mrs Jane 30 Varyer Frances 13 Varyer Eleanor 11 Varyer John 9 Walter George 16 farm labourer Wilson Robert 35 labourer Wilson Samuel 6 Wilson Sarah 4 Wilson Thomas infant Winchester Henry 19 printer
The above steerage passenger information courtesy of Colin Amodeo. Posted 14 April 2000
"Whitesmith" one who files and polishes iron to a silvery surface. Iron will take on nearly as deep a polish as silver, but not as rich, and certainly much more work. On the other hand, iron costs about fifty cents a pound! A whitesmith indeed, works iron to a high finish. A tinsmith.
Bayfield Arthur D. d. 1861 Bayfield Mrs Matilda and child [Arthur D. Bayfield] Beelby Richard C. [Bealby] returned to England 1851 Blanchard H. Richard Boly E. [could be Boby] Bridge C.J. Mr Butterfield Joseph (Batterfiled) Duncan Thomas Duncan Mrs T.S. and child [Miss] Earle James W. Surgeon-Superintendant of the "Randolph." Earle Mrs J.W. Earle Ellen 13 Earle Edward 9 Earle Katherine 8 Earle infant Flemming Richard John Flemming Emma Mary Flemming George Spencer 1 Flemming Emily 4 Harrison Thomas Haynes Keele Mr [Peele, F.F.] Parlby Mr Lee Parson [Lee-Parsons] Puckle The Rev. Edward Puckle Mrs E. Puckle Edward 15 Puckle Summers 12 Puckle Sidney 10 Puckle Mary 6 Puckle Murray 3 Puckle Keel infant Ransom Miss Schoolmistress [Ranson] Stoddart Mr Schoolmaster left the colony Stoddart Mrs [Stoddard] left the colony Taylor Miss W.R. Schoolmistress [Frances Taylor] Tullock Mr.J. Willock The Rev. William W. Willock Mrs Willcock [& 1 son?} Williams Theodore and Mrs and three children [Chas. Hood Williams, Daniel Theodore Williams] Wood William Dearsley [Williams] Mr and Mrs John & (2 sons*)? John Williams, J.J. Struthers Williams] [Chownes] John [Howard] Mr & MrsSteerage Passengers Bailey John 38 gardener Bailey Mrs Madeline 29 Bailey Eliza 3 Bailey Madeline 4 Bailey Henry infant Bennington John 38 ag. labourer (Bryenton) Bennington Mrs Ann 32 Bennington John 12 Bennington Ann 10 Bennington James 8 Bennington Mary A. 5 Bennington William 2 Bourn C.J. groom & ag. labourer Brown Charles 34 sawyer Brown Martha 37 Brown Martha 1 Bryant William 29 (Bryan) Bryant Mrs Ann 22 Bryant William 1 Bryant Sarah infant Campbell John ag. labourer & surveyor Campbell Mrs Frances 36 Campbell Francis 7 Campbell Charles 3 Campbell Alfred 1 Chaney William George 47 Chaney Sarah 42 Chaney John 11 Chaney Charlotte 4 Chaney Elizabeth 4 Chaney Joseph 2 Chaney Randolph born aboard Chaney William 18 stone mason Chaney Emma 17 domestic servant Coslins Thomas 23 ag. labourer Coslins Mrs Eliza 26 Coslins George 1 Crouch Cherry 22 domestic servant Cox James George 18 storekeeper Cox Louisa 24 Cutting David 21 miller steerage paying Fitch Margaret 26 domestic servant Foulkes Thomas 35 house servant Ferguson Donald 40 lighterman Free John 35 labourer, embarked Plymouth d. 1866 Free Mrs Mary 30 d. 1892 Free Henry 15 labourer Free William 10 d. 1877 Free Mary 10 Free John A.S. 8 Free Robert Rhys 6 Free Elizabeth Emily 4 Free Jane 1 Gosling William 30 ag. blacksmith d. 1879 Gosling Mrs Lucy 30 d. 1890 Gosling Charles 6 Gosling Mary 5 Gosling William 3 d. 1879 Gosling Elizabeth 2 Harper John 26 ag. labourer Harper Elizabeth 22 Harper Elijah Harper Randolph born aboard Jeffreys John 24 ag. labourer steerage paying Jenkins Frederick 22 carpenter Kerridge Charles George 19 house servant Lane William 32 butcher embarked Plymouth Lang James 23 labourer embarked Plymouth Lang Mrs Mary 26 Lang Mary infant Luxford James 35 builder steerage paying Luxford Mrs Sarah 34 Luxford John 11 Luxford William 9 Luxford Sally 7 Luxford Edward 5 Luxford Ann 3 Luxford Robert infant Luxford Jane 36 domestic servant McLean John 26 carpenter steerage paying Neil Elizabeth 23 domestic servant Orchard Wiliam 37 Orchard Mary 25 Orchard Hiram 12 Orchard Sarah 10 Orchard Caroline 7 Orchard Enoch 4 Orchard William 2 Perry Frederick 25 ag. labourer Phillpot John 34 ag. labourer Phillpot Mrs Lucy Jane 29 Phillpot Frederick 9 Phillpot Edwin 7 Phillpot Adolphus 5 Phillpot George 3 Phillpot Olive infant Phillpot Isaac 36 gardener Phillpot Mrs Mary 32 Phillpot Albert 9 Phillpot William 7 Phillpot Lydia 4 Please Hannah 23 domestic servant Pye John Thomas 21 ag. labourer Shepard Edward 30 carpenter Shepard Mrs Sarah 32 d, 1868 Shepard Sarah 4 Shepard Emma 1 d. 1883 Sleath William 26 steerage paying Soar George 36 gardener Soar Mrs Sarah 32 Soar William 1 Smart William 45 ag. labourer Smart Sarah 39 Smart Orton 12 Smart Eliza 10 Smart Enos 9 Smart Enon 8 Smart Enoch 6 Smart Elijah 5 Smart Eli 2 Smart William infant Smart Amon 18 ag. labourer Smart Amos 17 ag. labourer Smart Amy 16 domestic servant Smart Edward 14 ag. labourer Stanley John 23 ag. labourer Stanley Mrs Mary 19 Steel John 19 steerage paying Stokes William 32 ag. labourer (Stoke) Stokes Mrs Sarah 35 Stokes Elizabeth 13 Stokes Thomas 12 Stokes John 10 Stokes James 9 Stokes Sarah 6 Stokes William 3 Stokes Charles 1 Stokes Mary 15 domestic servant Storer Edward 26 ag. labourer Storer Mrs Ann 29 Storer Thomas 3 Storer William 2 Storer Edward infant Taylor George 25 labourer steerage paying Waghorn Arthur 36 lighterman from Kent Waghorn Louisa 32 [Dale] Waghorn Mary A. 8 Waghorn Louisa 1 Wall George 24 to Melbourne Wall Sophia 21 to Melbourne Williams John 41 baker d. 1850 Williams Isabella 42 Williams Elizabeth 13 Williams Marjory 10 Williams Isabella 7 Williams Mary 4 Williams James J. 2 [Struthers] Williams Emily infant Williams John 16 Williams Theodore 38 Williams Mrs T. 34 Williams Catherine 11 Williams Daniel Theodore 9 Williams Charles Hood 7 Williams Margaret 21 domestic servant Woodford Richard 39 ag. labourer Woodford Ann 38 Woodford Richard 3 Woodford Elizabeth 2 Woodford Mary A. 1 The above steerage passenger information courtesy of Colin Amodeo. Posted 20 April 2000
Beecham Mr Alfred Bilton Mr John Schoolmaster [Bilton, Mrs. nee Inwood] Brittan Mr Wm. Guise and Mrs. and four children [ Wm. Guise & Rev. Fred'k.] Burke Mr Michael Cooke Mr Leonard S. Cookson Mr C. J. Wentworth [Cookson, Mrs. Wentworth (nee Macfarlane)] Crompton Mr Thomas Davie Mr Cyrus Denton Mr Arthur John and Mrs. and three children Dicken Mr Joseph Fendall Mr Walpole C. Harman Mr Richard J. S. Hill Mr James [and Hill, John] Jacobs The Rev. Henry and Mrs. Jacobs Lake Mr Alfred Macfarlane Mr and Mrs. Dugald and five children [Dugald, Norman Hugh, Miss Flora] Macfarlene Miss Parker Mr Horatio [could be Parkes] Philips Mr. and Mrs. Henry and six children [Charles, George S., William, Thomas, James, Frederick, John] Philips Mr Frederick Rooke Mr Leonard Home [An Italian, educated in England married Miss Duffell settled in Temuka] Richards Mr and Mrs. [Richards, Dr. H. & Mrs Richards][Richards, Leonard H.] Richards Mr Joseph Walker Mr Roger C. and Mrs. Ward Mr Charles S. Washbourne Mr and Mrs. Henry and four children [Henry and John Edward] Watts-Russell Mr and Mrs. Wilkinson Mr Frederick Surgeon-Superintendant of the "Sir George Seymour." Wright Mr John T.Steerage Passengers (incomplete) Anderson John wife and son John Andrew Ashby John wife and two children Austen Thomas wife and six children Austin Benj. Jones Bevins John 41 b. Colton- Staffordshire Ag Labr Bevins Harriett 28 b. Mavesyn Ridware-Staffordshire On the plaque in the square in ChCh spelt Bevans Bevins William 8 b. Mavesyn Ridware-Staffordshire Bevins John 6 b. Colton-Staffordshire Bevins Henry 4 b. Colton-Staffordshire Bevins Elizabeth 2 b. Colton-Staffordshire Bevins Joseph 1 b. Colton-Staffordshire Died on the voyage to NZ. Bevins Harriett 6 mths b. Colton-Staffordshire Bradley Mrs Brown Thomas Malmesley Caulfield Rebecca Church Israel wife and three children Corlett Stephen 44 agricultural labourer Corlett Jane 44 Corlett Eliza 8 Corlett Benjamin 6 Corlett Alfred 2 Corlett John 16 agricultural labourer Corlett Mary Ann 20 servant Cresswell Thomas 36 Carpenter Cresswell Jemma 29 and four children wife to Thomas Dalton George wife and child Dillaway John wife and three children Druton wife and four children Drury George wife and child Durey Elizabeth Finch Emma Garlick William wife and child Graham Thomas wife and three children Holden Charles Inwood Daniel 47 b. 20 Jul 1803 St Dunstan London d. 16 Apr 1876 CHCH Inwood Marianne 41 b. 14 Jul 1809 ENG d. 26 Oct 1905 CHCH Inwood George Thomas 18 b. 8 May 1832 ENG d. 23 Jan 1886 CHCH Inwood William 17 b. 2 Apr 1833 ENG d. 5 Feb 1926 CHCH Inwood Elizabeth 13 b. 31 Dec 1837 Windlesham,Surrey d. 17 Dec 1900 Timaru Inwood James 10 b. 25 Oct 1840 Windlesham,Surrey d. 30 Jan 1903 CHCH Inwood Mary Ann 8 b. 3 Mar 1842 Windlesham,Surrey d. 1 Sep 1930 CHCH Inwood Daniel Newman 4 b. 22 Jun 1846 Windlesham,Surrey d. 1 May 1905 Hokatika Inwood Augustus Robert 2 b. 7 May 1848 Windlesham,Surrey d. 23 Oct 1915CHCH Inwood Frederick Richard 1 b. 2 Sep 1849 ENG d. 1 May 1939 CHCH Lewis Thomas wife and child Marks Francis wife Matthews Joseph Norman wife Phillips family Ritchie John Rossiter Peter Rossiter Mary wife Rossiter Elizabeth daughter Salt Eli wife and three children Stubbs John 30 quarryman Stubbs Jane wife 30 Stubbs Arthur infant Thacker wife White Charles wife
Beard Mr George C. [died at Riccarton in 1863] Birch Mr John Dobson Mr Edward, age 33, and two children [George, Arthur] Dudley The Rev. Benjamin Wooley 44 Dudley Mrs 40 Dudley Fanny 10 (Frances) Dudley Henry 5 Dudley Charles T. 7 Dudley Edward Gale Mr Hamilton and Mrs. Harvey Mr W. Jones Mr H. and Mrs. King Mrs Martha King Miss Frances b. 1834 King Miss Jane King Miss Sarah Anne King Charles Lawrence Mr William 18 Peach Mr Conyers Pickering Mr George W. 18 (1832-1913) Lived in Colombo St. for 46 yrs. Porter Mr David Rankin Mr George Read Mr W. H. Toomath Mr Edward Schoolmaster [Toomak] Townsend Mr and Mrs. Townsend Mr James Townsend Mr Charles Townsend Mr William Townsend Mr Robert Townsend Miss Mary Townsend Miss Frances Townsend Miss Alicia Townsend Miss Priscilla Townsend Miss Maria Townsend Miss Margaret Watkins Dr. Daniel Surgeon-Superintendant of the "Cressy" Watkins Mrs Watkins Stephen Child Watkins Laura Child Watkins Alfred Child Watkins William Child Welsh Mr David Wright Mr Edward Wyatt Mr Benjamin Steerage Passengers (incomplete) Allan Robert wife and two children Allwright wife and five children Baker James wife and six children Barrell Samuel Bennett John age 3, Fredrick(infant), Margaret(12), Richard 11), Elizabeth(9), Stephen(5) Bennett William (1832-1923) station hand, a contract carter, farmed at Pleasant Valley, moved to Kaiapo Bennett Margaret 40 wife of Joseph Bennett Bennett Joseph b. 1810 a gardener, wife and eight children, family moved to Kaiapo Childs Joseph wife and three children Charles Cleaver Henry wife and four children Clifford Maria Mouldey's sister Duffell William 38 farm labourer [from Betchworth, Surrey] Duffell Jane Elizabeth 31 [nee Burrell] Duffell John 9 Duffell Emma 8 Duffell Ellen 6 Duffell George 4 Duffell Emily 3 Duffell Elizabeth 1 Dunford wife and six children Evans Robert 24 Evans Sarah 23 and two children Richard Frost wife and three children Ford William Ambrose 39 carpenter [from Portsea in Hampshire] Ford Mary 39 [nee Hatherley] Ford Martha Anne 18 Ford Emily 16 Ford Rebecca 14 Ford Sophia 12 Ford Emma 10 [married William Francis Chaney, a passenger on the Randolph] Ford Susannah 6 Ford William Ambrose 4 Ford Henry 1 Halliday C.N. wife Higham wife and two children Harper wife and two children Harman John Hart Michael Brannan 35 Hart Mary Ann 34 [nee Swan] Hart George Robert 9 b. 1841 d. 1911 Joined the Canterbury Standard. Hart Michael Brannan 7 b. 1843 Hewett Thomas wife and child Hewston Charles Kent Joseph 17 brother to Thomas Kent Thomas 23 (1827-1915) carpenter, wife, Mary (24) and child, Edward (1848-1920) Moore Christopher 16 House domestic servant Mouldey Moses 38, (1810-1882) bricklayer, Eleanor 37, 7 kids Moses 12, Edwin 9, Mary Ann 6, Wm 3, Phoebe 1, Eleanor b 21.12.50 Mouldery Henry (17), a bricklayer, and Sophia (14), relatives to Moses Oakonfull Henry 17 Agric. Laborer Oakonfull George 16 Agric. Laborer Oldfield William 38 Agric. Laborer *wife and three children (Charles 4, Wm 2, Charlotte inf.) Oldfield Harriet* 35 Parish William (list below :wife and five children) Parish Mrs W.M. Parish Jacob Parish Isaac Parish William Parish Isabella Parish Elizabeth Parish John Parish Abraham Patrick Joseph 38 agricultural laborer wife Alice 30 & 7 kids Elizabeth 10, David 8, Maria 6, Smith 5, Thomas 3, Harriet 1, Joseph inft Porter David 22 Presley Samnuel wife and three children Quaife John Price 38 Labourer Quaife Mary A. 33 Quaife Mary A. child Stace Hugh wife and three children Whitmore wife and three children
There was betting going on as regards to which ship would reach Canterbury first. Each vessel carried a surgeon, chaplain and schoolmaster. The cargo included several prefabricated fame houses in sections, a lithographic printing press, 2,000 books donated by Oxford University to start a library, and a church organ.
Press, 21 August 1899, Page 5 MRS ABRAHAMS.
Another of the Canterbury pilgrims passed away last week in the person of Mrs Thomas Abrahams. The deceased lady was born at Norwich in 1810, and, with her husband, arrived in Lyttelton on the 16th December, 1850, in the Charlotte Jane, the first of the pioneer four ships to anchor in Port Lyttelton. Mr Abrahams, who was the founder in Canterbury of the Manchester Unity Order of Oddfellows, died some years ago. Mrs Abrahams resided in Lyttelton till the year 1864, when they removed to Christchurch. She was a very active woman, and retained I all her activity till a short time before her death. Both, her children pre-deceased her. She leaves five grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. The funeral took place on Thursday last, at the Church of England Cemetery, Barbadoes street, and was attended by several old colonists.
Hawera & Normanby Star, 21 August 1899, Page 2
Another Canterbury pilgrim, Mrs Thomas Abrahams, has passed away. He arrived at Lyttelton in 1850 in the first of the pioneer ships, the Charlotte Jane.
ALLAN. Arrived on the Cressy. In 1900 Fred was alive living at 9 Madras St., Chch.
Mrs Mary Ann Allen, was later Mrs Pye.
ALLWRIGHT, Harry died in Lyttelton. Came on the Cressy
BARKER, Samuel Delabere, 1848-1901 came with his parents and family in the '"Charlotte Jane" in 1850. He was educated at Christ's College and spent some time working at Ohapi, Orari before joining the National Bank in Timaru in August 1869. In 1870 he was sent to the West Coast and was engaged in buying gold for the bank at Waimea. In March 1871 he left the bank and returned to Ohapi for a time, where he worked with his brother, Dick. He later travelled extensively in Australia and America but returned to New Zealand in the 1880s. He was appointed Librarian to the Supreme Court in 1886. Barker had an interest in botany and specialised in native plants and shrubs. He was Secretary of the Domains Board for a time and a member of the committee of the Christchurch Beautifying Society.
Timaru Herald, 24 March 1873, Page 3
Many of our readers will learn with very considerable regret, the. death of Mr Barker, in Christchurch on Monday last. In speaking of the sad event, the Lyttelton Times Bays: — The immediate cause of the illness who attributed by Dr Barker to a sun stroke received a short time ago, whilst superintending the erection of the new library at the College, the plans for which were Mb own. There can be little doubt, however, that the actual cause is to be traced back to several accidents he met with m riding on horseback some fifteen years ago, and from which h« sustained concussion of the spine. Ho certainly suffered at intervals for some time preceding his death from a species of paralysis, and had a difficulty m moving about. During the latter part of his illness the symptoms assumed a typhoid form, and, with the exception of a brief interval on Wednesday, he was unconscious for several days before death. Drs Parkerson and Prins were his medical attendants, and were most assiduous m their duties. All the members of his family, except one son (Mr S. D. Barker) who is at the Chatham Islands, were present when death supervened, but of this he was not sensible. Previous to coming to this province, M Barker was in practice at Rugby. He left England on the 7th August, 1850, m the Charlotte Jane, one of the memorable pioneer ships which sailed together, and the one which arrived first m Lyttelton harbour. He was accompanied by Mrs Barker and three sons, and he came out not only as an original purchaser of land, but as medical officer of the ship. Besides arriving in the first of the four ships, Dr Barker had the satisfaction of being taken ashore in the first boat, Messrs J. E. FitzGerald, C. C. Bowen, D. Ward (brother of the late Mr Crosbie Ward), and others being his companions. Immediately after clearing from the ship Dr Barker came over to Christchurch and pitched his tent on the cite of his late residence m Cathedral square.
Feilding Star, 9 June 1920, Page 2
The late Miss M. F. Barker, Principal of Nga Tawa School, who died suddenly at Marton on Monday, had been in charge of the school since 1892. She had a brilliant scholastic career, having gained her M.A. with honours at Canterbury College. She was a daughter of Mr S. D. Baker, of Christchurch, and a grand-daughter of Dr. A.C. Barker, who came out in the Charlotte Jane, one of the first four ships to come to Canterbury in 1850
BENNETT. William came to New Zealand in 1850 with his parents and brothers and sisters on board the ship "Cressy", sailing from Gravesend, London on 7 Sept. 1850 and arrived at Lyttelton on the 27 December 1850. The family moved to Kaiapoi and William worked as a station hand and then as a pit-sawyer in the Church Bush. In 1900 William was at Kaiapoi and John at Doyleston.
Joseph Bennett gardener, age 40
Timaru Herald, 15 June 1894, Page 2
We regret to have to record the decease of an esteemed fellow townsman, well known both in Christchurch and Timaru, in the person of Mr John Bilton, a passenger by the Sir George Seymour, one of the four "pilgrim" ships. Mr Bilton was selected from the Battersea Training College (now extinct) as one of the teachers appointed by the Bishop designate (Jackson) to take charge of church schools in the newly founded Canterbury settlement, and was at the same time appointed organist to the pro-Cathedral Church of St Michael's. Many well known settlers, now of mature age, will remember the old church school in Tuam street, presided over by Mr Bilton, and perhaps more will remember, his services as organist at St. Michael's in the early days When, we believe, Christchurch was the proud possessor of the only organ in New Zealand, a very good little instrument, afterwards destroyed by the fire at the orphanage, Lyttelton. Mr Bilton subsequently became one of the masters at Christ's College, and a private tutor, in which capacity many well, known families, will remember him. About 1866 he became interested in business in Christchurch, and in consequence removed to Timaru, where he also took up music as a profession, and where his career is well known to our readers. The deceased gentleman, though of a quiet retiring disposition, was well known among his friends for the gentleness and amiability of his character, and we may safely say that they will hold his memory in love and respect.
Star 27 April 1887, Page 3
Mr Edward Brenchley Bishop, who has within the last week died at the ripe age of 76 years. Mr Bishop was born at Somerfield House, near Maidatose, Kent, and received his early educational training under the Rev Mr Lough, Curate of Sittingbourne. After a while the family went to Bruges, in Belgium, where he continued his education at the Athenee Royale ; subsequently he finished his studies at Duakerque, whence in due time he was sent to England to begin a commercial career. At the age of nineteen he received an appointment in the firm of Messrs Swaine and Co., distillers of London, with, whom be remained for upwards of twenty-one years. His health failing had to seek a milder climate, and selected Canterbury as his new sphere of action. With his family he arrived at Lyttelton on Dec. 16, 1850, in the Charlotte Jane. At Lyttelton he remained till his land, paid for in England at the rate of £3 an acre, had been selected. From an autobiography kindly lent to us we cull the following particulars of Mr Bishop's career in Canterbury: — Coming over the hills by the Bridle Path, his first view of the site of Christchurch was not encouraging ; as all he saw was tussock or high flax. This was being burnt off to enable the survey to be made. Not a single house was there, saving a small building amongst the flax used by the Canterbury Association for keeping stores and the surveyor's instruments in. After enduring hardships and discomfort innumerable, not unaccompanied with real or imaginary dangers, he erected in Christchurch the first imported house, which he conveyed (together with an English cart, a plough, harrows, and a piano) in a vessel chartered to sail from Lyttelton to Heathcote. He rapidly got his land into cultivation, though his workmen were some of them quite unaccustomed to agriculture. Many of these, however, afterwards did well for themselves and now own property. With an assistant he built a barn, stockyard, and shed, and manufactured by himself a double mould- board plough for earthing-up potatoes and such like. The iron work was made and fitted on by a clever man who commenced business at the " Bricks," and afterwards moved into Cashel street. He also made a dray, buying imported wheels. Making the roads passable was the occupation of himself and neighbours for a long time, as also making culverts and a bridge over the Heathcote. As to wages, he commenced farming, paying 4s a day, afterwards 4s 6d, and for reaping, £5 a per acre, and beer. To get men to undertake this he had to go to Christchurch and beg them to come as a favour. There were no reaping and binding machines in those days, the modern farmers don't know the luxury of these implements. The price of corn was high — 8s, 10s, and even 12s for wheat, and sometimes by keeping the oats till late in the reason, he used to get 10s per bushel for them. The working man insisted that it was an old rule for the price of a day's work to be the current price of a bushel of wheat. His introduction to the late Mr George Gordon, with whom he was subsequently closely associated in Borough and City Council affairs, was on the occasion of a horse bolting with him, near what is now called Windmill road. The lynch-pin came out, the wheels came off, and the body of the cart he was sitting in came to the ground. Mr Gordon was passing, and assisted him to put matters right. When the Farmers' Club, which afterwards developed into the Agricultural and Pastoral Association, was established, Mr Bishop became a member, and on the death of Mr W. Thompson, was appointed Hon Treasurer and Secretary, positions he held for several years. In the course of time he brought before the Committee the importance of taking in hand the management of the annual horse parade, and drew up rules to have it carried out in a systematic manner. The suggestion was approved, and the parade has continued to the present time. The Association showed their appreciation of his services by presenting him with a gold watch, and making him a life member. When the Rifle Association was formed, he took an active part in it, and was made Hon Treasurer, and in 1873 President. He was also Hon Treasurer to the No. 1 Company in the Volunteers. He next turned his attention to civic affairs, and was elected a member of the Borough Council of Christchurch, witnessing the troubles between the Council and the Ratepayers' Association. In 1866 he was elected Chairman, and in 1872 was chosen Mayor, the compliment being repeated the following year. At the' close of his second Mayoralty he was presented with a valuable service of plate, and an illuminated address. He was now a Justice of the Peace, and shortly afterwards became a member of the Board of Conservators. When Sir George Bowen, Governor of New Zealand, was on a visit here, Mr Bishop, at the Clarendon Hotel, entertained him and a goodly company, including the Superintendent, many of the clergy, and heads of Departments connected with the Provincial Government. Mr Bishop also became a member of the Central Board of Health, and in 1875 published a sanitary scheme for Christchurch, and the surrounding districts. He also was instrumental in having experiments made with a view to having all side channels made of concrete, advocating the use of broken metal instead of shingle with good cement. In 1875 he retired from the City Council, where he had always been very active in Committee work. The Council took the opportunity to present him with an illuminated copy of their resolution of thanks for his past services. For the Mechanics' Institute he acted as Hon Treasurer for a long period, and during one year was President. For the last decade Mr Bishop has retired altogether from public life, but his geniality endeared him to many private friends by whom he will be greatly missed.
The Star Wednesday 13 August 1884
Friday 15 August 1884 page 3
Obituary - Charles Wellington BISHOP - The death of Mr C.W. Bishop
Mr Bishop was a good type of the "Canterbury pilgrim" -- a man of Kent, born at Maidstone, on August 24 in 1815, the year of Waterloo, his name was a memorial of the "great victory" in his early years the family removed to the North of France, where he was educated returning to England at age 17 he was one of the first to set foot on the shores of Lyttelton being among the passengers of the Charlotte Jane, He with his Bros., Messrs E.B. and F.A. Bishop - a very long column.
BOWEN, Charles Christopher (Sir) 1831-1917 b. County Mayo, Ireland. Came to Canterbury on the "Charlotte Jane" at age twenty but return to the old country and received his law degree from Cambridge. A lawyer and politician. He was a private secretary to Godley, and was involved in the prosecution of James Mckenzie, the sheep stealer. Bowen's portrait is on Timeframes His parents and sister retired to Guilford, Surrey.
Hawera & Normanby Star, 5 April 1900, Page 2
Christchurch, April 2
Mrs Bradley, widow of the late stationmaster at Lyttelton, died unexpectedly last night; aged about 66 years. She came to Canterbury in the ship Cressy.
BURKE, Michael John received his education from Winchester College and Dublin University where he graduated as a barrister of law. He took up "Halswell Station" in 1855 and a station later named "Raincliff" in South Canterbury. He would take on farm cadets. At Burkes Pass there is a memorial to him. A "Sir George Seymour" cabin passenger.
Evening Post, 17 June 1912, Page 7
Mr. C. J. W. Cookson, one of the pioneers of Canterbury, who died last week, was born in the South of England in 1826. After leaving a public school he was for some few years with a firm of civil engineers, but, being impressed with the idea of emigrating Canterbury, be purchased a block of land from the Canterbury Association, and sailed in the Sir George Seymour, arriving in Lyttelton in December, 1850. He immediately selected his block, on the head waters of the Avon between the Avon Head and Ham Estates. About 1863 he sold the run, and selected a block of land four miles from Timaru, where he started a dairy farm. This venture not proving a success, he sold out and removed north, obtaining the post of surveyor to the Kowai Road Board. After holding that position for some years, he retired and settled in Lyttelton.
Star 9 March 1898, Page 4
Mrs Mary Dixon, widow of the late Mr Joseph Dixon, of Ashley Grove, Ashley, died yesterday afternoon. The deceased, with her husband and five children, came to New Zealand in the year 1850, in the Charlotte Jane, the first of the historical four ships to arrive in Lyttelton harbour. Mr Dixon had been engaged by the Canterbury Association as foreman in forming the main roads around Lyttelton and Christchurch, and the family lived in Lyttelton for fifteen months, sharing in the toils and discomforts of the early settlers. Afterwards they removed to the Ferry Road, where, at the suggestion of the Rev James Wilson (afterwards Archdeacon Wilson), Mrs Dixon, in 1854, opened the first school in that district, and taught for a time in a small V-shaped hut, where divine service was also held on Sundays. Later on Mrs Dixon taught school in her own private residence. She occupied the position of mistress for about twelve years, and gained the respect and esteem of her pupils and all who came in contact with her. Many of the old settlers will remember Mrs Dixon's kind hospitality and words of hopeful cheer on their first arrival in Canterbury. In 1865 Mr and Mrs Dixon, with their five daughters and two sons, removed to the Ashley district, where they successfully carried on the work of farming. Mr Dixon died in 1890, his two sons, James and William, surviving him. but a short time. For the last five years Mrs Dixon, being in declining health, has resided with her youngest daughter, Mrs Samuel Kingsbury, at Ashley Grove. She leaves five daughters and a number of grandchildren to mourn her death.
Press, 13 March 1906, Page 7
Another of the pioneer cottiers has passed away, in the person of Mrs Ann Barker, wife of Mr Joseph Barker, of Loburn. She came to Canterbury with har parents, Mr Joseph and Mrs Mary Dixon, of Ashley, in the ship Charlotte Jane, ia 1850, and was married in 1862. The late Mrs Barker was of a kind and retiring disposition, and was greatly esteemed. She leaves her husband and four sons and four daughters surviving her.
DOBSON, Arthur Dudley, b. 9 Sep. 1841 in London came to New Zealand aboard the "Cressy" with his father Edward, Provincial Civil Engineer, and his elder brother George (1840-1866). Edward (1816-1908) decided it was a bit rough for the boys and sent them off to another relation, Rev. Charles DOBSON, in Tasmania whence they returned on 8th July 1854. Mary Ann Lough DOBSON, wife of Edward Dobson, arrived in Lyttelton on the 'Fatima' arriving 27 Dec. 1851 exactly one year after the 'Cressy' arrival with the rest of the kids and her brother-in-law Alfred Dobson. Edward built a sod cottage at the foot of Richmond Hill on 50 acres. George, became a surveying engineer, named "Arthurs Pass" as Arthur was the first European to cross the pass in March 1864. George was murdered by the Burgess gagng in 1866 after they had mistaken him for a gold courier. Both Edward and Arthur worked on the Lyttelton Tunnel project. Arthur died in 1934.
DUDLEY, Archdeacon Benjamin Wooley, 44, born 1805 in Staffsordshire. Mrs DUDLEY 40, Benjamin 11, Frances 10, Charles 7, and Henry 5 years arrived on the "Cressy". Benjamin is buried at the Rangiora Cemetery.
FENDALL, Walpole Cheshyre, son of Rev. Henry Fendall. At age twenty he was sent out sent out on the "Sir George Seymour" to select a bare section in Christchurch, which his father, had bought from the Canterbury Association in England. Later he leased land at Avonhead and established a farm, he called Fendall Town near the Clyde Road-Fendalton Road intersection. His farm was surrounded by other farms: Ilam (Watts Russell), Bryndwr (Jeffreys), and Burnside (Boag), as well as Riccarton. For twelve years, during which time his father arrived from England, Fendall developed the farm by draining swamp, clearing bush and scrub, fencing, ploughing and sowing grass, and planted trees for shelter. His bride-to-be also arrived during this time. To provide an income the land was sub-divided and sub-divided by subsequent owners. The area, and the suburb of Christchurch became known as Fendalton. Lucy Swann had been only 18 when Fendall left England and her parents had refused her permission to marry and accompany him. In 1854 they were wed in St Michael's Church in Christchurch. Walpole and Lucy Fendall moved to North Canterbury. They had 12 children. Buried at St Paul's, Papanui. Reference: Christchurch Press 9 Dec. 2000.
Star 1 July 1897, Page 1
MR STEPHEN FISHER. Another of the rapidly diminishing band of Canterbury Pilgrims passed away yesterday in the person of Mr Stephen Fisher. Mr Fisher joined the Royal Navy at an early age, and was stationed principally on the Mediterranean. He subsequently visited New Zealand and Australia in H.M.S. Childers, and, obtaining leave on his return Home, he, accompanied by his brother, came out to New Zealand in the Charlotte Jane (one of the first four ships) in 1850. In 1854, at the outbreak of the Russian war, Mr Fisher was recalled to England, and served, in the Baltic and afterwards on shore as paymaster-in-chief. At the time of his death he must have been the oldest chief paymaster on the retired list. He returned to New Zealand in 1871, and turned his attention to sheep-farming, taking up Nenthorne Station, at the head waters of the Harper and Wilberforce Rivers. This station he afterwards sold, and he then retired to his original section in Colombo Street south, where he lived until his death yesterday at the advanced age of eighty years.
Wanganui Herald, 3 August 1896, Page 2
Wellington, August 2, James Edward Fitzgerald, C.M.Q., Controller and Auditor-General, died at 4 30 this morning from bronchitis and congestion of the lungs. The deceased was born, at Bath in 1818, [He was the youngest son of Gerald FitzGerald, landowner, of Kilminchy, Queen's County, Ireland] arrived at Lyttelton in 1850, when he started the Lyttelton Times, and edited it for two years. In 18S3 he was chosen as first Superintendent of Canterbury, a position he held until 1857, when he returned to England as agent for the province, In 1862 Mr Fitzgerald re-entered Parliament sitting for Akaroa, and in 1865 became Native Minister in Weld Administration. On his retiring from public life a year later, he was appointed Controllor-General, in 1872 Commissioner of Audit, and in 1877 Controller and Auditor-General, which position he held until his death. In 1850 he married Miss Draper, daughter of the late Mr George Draper, of London, who survives him. He leaves three sons (two of whom have taken holy orders namely — the Rev L. FitzGerald, of St. Matthew's, Auckland, and the Rev. Otho FitzGerald, who recently left Wellington on a trip to England) and three daughters (Mrs W. H. Levin and Mrs Brandon, of Palmerston North.) It is reported that Mr Kennedy Macdonald is likely to succeed Mr Fitzgerald as Auditor and Controller-General.
Star 7 August 1896, Page 5
Many know him best as the founder and editor of your contemporary, the Press. A strenuous magnificent writer, brilliant, well informed, genial, incisive, the best journalist New Zealand has seen, he was thought to be, and we are all content to have it so. There is an article from his pen, on the great fight of Orakau, the celebrated, occasion. of the Maori defiance, "Ake, ake, ake," which thrilled all who read it. For the rest, he was a statesman of great power, an orator of the form of Richard Brinsley Sheridan, his countryman, a man of incorruptible integrity, a scholar of many parts, a true friend and companion, and a genius in many ways. Peace to his ashes; honour to his memory.
Press, 3 August 1896, Page 5
Mr FitzGerald was born in 1818 at Bathe and received his education at Christ's College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A. in 1842. In the year 1848 he became, assistant in the Department of Antiquities of the British Museum — a post which he held until 1849, when he was appointed Under-Secretary to the British Museum. Early in the year 1850 he made the acquaintance of Messrs John Robert Godley, Gibbon Wakefield and others, who ware engaged in promoting the scheme for the promotion of the Canterbury Association, and became infected with the enthusiasm which to strongly animated the founders of the Canterbury settlement. He determined to throw in his lot with them, and accordingly sailed in the Charlotte Jane, one of the historical first four ships, and arrived in Lyttelton on December 16th, 1850. With the Canterbury from the earliest days of the settlement the name of James Edward FitzGerald is indissolubly connected, not alone in its political aspect, but also as the pioneer of journalism in respect to both the Press and the Lyttelton Times. It is also a remarkable coincidence, as will be seen later on, that not only was Mr FitzGerald the first Superintendent of Canterbury, but he also became the first Premier of New Zealand under responsible Government. The body of colonists who in 1850 left England for Canterbury in the fleet of fear ships brought with them everything necessary for the planting of new colony, including a press, type, compositors, &a. Mr Isaac Shrimpton, of Oxford, was the printer, and shortly after the arrival of the four ships the first number of the Lyttelton Times was published, with Mr FitzGerald as editor. He also acted up to 1855 as Inspector of Police and Immigration Agent — a curious combination of offices to hold in addition to journalistic work, although Mr FitzGerald apparently found nothing incompatible in the arrangement. In his leading articles, as he subsequently showed us his political career, he was an ardent advocate for the right of the people to govern themselves through their representatives, as opposed to Sir George Grey's system as then established of nominees of the Governor, and he fought this battle stoutly through the columns of the Lyttelton Times.
Timaru Herald, 3 August 1896, Page 2
Later on he started the Christchurch Press on his own account, and conducted it for some years. When he first came to Canterbury he, with two or three partners owned two cattle stations, The Springs, near Lincoln, and Longbeach, now the well-known agricultural property of Mr John Grigg. He was a member of a numerous family, and one of his brothers, Mr G. G. FitzGerald, is editor of this journal. [The latter, in response to an urgent telegram, left for Wellington on Saturday, unfortunately too late to see his brother before he died.]
Star 14 August 1896, Page 5
The Cathedral was crowded on Sunday morning, when a memorial service was held in honour of the late Mr James Edward Fitzgerald. Among the congregation were several of the survivors of those who were associated with Mr Fitzgerald during his connection with the Province of Canterbury. The Eight Rev the Bishop,' the Very Rev the Dean, the Revs Canons Knowles and Harper and the Rev Walter Dunkley were present. Beethoven's Funeral March was played as a voluntary before the service by the organist, Miss Rachel Ross. The service opened with the hymn, 0 God, our Help in Ages Past, sung as a processional...In the quadrangle of Christ's College there is an old schoolroom, not without some quaint beauty of its own, the first stone building wrought in Christchurch, lately restored. In Oxford such a building would be called the Fitzgerald, for it was designed by him, the first superintendent of the province, a simple building, and the memorial of a simple and whole-hearted man.
Mr Fitzgerald has said that as time goes on the ablest and wisest men in a community are not readily discoverable nay, that the wisest and ablest of men, gathered as they are from a highly educated class, are not .always the best fitted to govern, nor it is certain that they will exercise their powers in the best interests of every class. "Wisdom and ability of the highest kind are not always essential to government in an ordinary community. Nay, they are not always to be found; but one thing is essential, and that is character. Oh, will the time ever come when we in New Zealand, and in our colonies generally shall see to it that there shall be no place in parliament, or in any other place of responsibility or trust for the man who cannot be trusted Shall we ever see to it that no man shall be called to govern a great land who is a man of corrupt life or unwholesome character, for the dishonourable man can never bring honour to his country and the mere place hunter can never secure the welfare of his country. Good men and true, here and elsewhere, can never be found until we, the people of the land, have learned to vote, not for a class, but for the nation not for local interests, but for the land in which we dwell.
Press, 25 May 1911, Page 14
This was the tribute given by Sir Robert Stout to the man whose name we proudly associate with the early history of "The Press." Like two other great pioneers, John Robert Godley, and C. C. Bowen, he belonged to Ireland. James Edward FitzGerald was the youngest son of Gerald Fitz- Gerald, of Kilminchy, in Queen's County, and of Catherine, daughter of Sir L. O'Brien, of Drumoland, County Clare. As a cadet of these two good Irish houses, he was justified in disregarding the fact that his place of birth happened to lie outside what he still claimed as his "native" land. "I am an Irishman, who was born in the town of Bath, England," was his own account of the case. Contemporaries remembered him as a brilliant boy, with special gifts in repartee. He was at Cambridge from 1839 to 1842, a student at Christ's College. Here he was marked as a man of promise, with an extraordinary capacity for obtaining a deep insight into all manner of subject at once. His own aim was the military profession, but a health breakdown, accompanied by eye trouble, interrupted work, and after taking his degree in 1842, a couple of years were spent in desultory employment with lien or pencil, and some happy walking tours, in Ireland during which he made filial acquaintance with the scenery and the people of his ancestral land. In .1844, he joined the staff of the British Museum, being first a clerk in the Antiquities Department, but before long gaining promotion to the post of Under-Secretary, and becoming esteemed as a scientific worker of rare ability, and a distinguished acquisition amongst a circle of London's distinguished men. A point that Canterbury has always rather' overlooked is the fact that several of her founders might easily have won a great place iv England's home history. When first "infected with the colonial microbe," FitzGerald was not only a brilliant member of the Museum staff. His powers as a writer and a speaker had brought him well to the front amongst London's coming men, and the young "Irishman born in Bath," was already marked for I an infinite capacity for taking pains, yoked with a refreshing capacity for making merry.
Out of the pre-settlement days, the turmoil pamphlets and politics, of constant speechmaking, of encouraging timid emigrants, and instructing the enterprising but ill-informed, Fitz- Gerald emerges for us, as emigration agent in charge, standing at the gate of the East India Docks as the ships went out and being struck with amazement not to say consternation, as he looked at their crowded decks, and asked himself, "What was to become of all those women and children?" No expedition ever sailed with so many of these hostages to fortune. In after days it was said that, their constraining; presence was the key to Canterbury's success. Wives and children on the spot imply that men are fairly bound to the task, of colonising; and FitzGerald himself believed that Australia's first goldfield news would have meant the end of Canterbury, "had it not been that we had cast so many anchors into the ground that we could not get them home, again." Any cold fits or anxiety, however, could not prevent his national light-heartedness from brightening the way All the voyage through, the Emigration Agent was the soul of the ship. "Extra heat, extra cold, confinement, and ennui," was then the epitome of every Australian voyage. But amongst the adventurers, and on board the Charlotte Jane particularly, the prevailing ingredients were good humour and hope. Fitzgerald, too, had married a wife, Miss Fanny Draper, daughter of Mr George Draper, a London merchant; and her fine musical powers assisted in excellent ship's concerts. There were epidemics of games, or of house-building— the passengers contesting keenly in plans and models for the most convenient "new settler's house." Then the journals of the voyage, "The Sea- Pie" and "The Cockroach," sparkled with good fun.
Great friendships also were inaugurated, or drawn close. Here began FitzGerald's close bond with a much younger emigrant, Mr C. C. Bowen now Sir Charles—a bond unbroken through the years, until, in 1896, the survivor was left with only the memory of a lovable, as well as an accomplished and scholarly, companion and friend. And here began a lively fraternisation with Dr Barker, surgeon superintendant of the ship, and a practical joker after FitzGerald's own heart, as well as a good physician and a man of many artistic gifts. Some say it was over Dr. Barker's back that FitzGerald leap-frogged, in order to be the first on shore, when the long voyage of 99 days was over, and Godley was found waiting to receive them: although Mr Guise Brittan, whose interesting reminiscences we publish to-day, tells us that it was Mr C. J. Mountfort, pioneer architect of the settlement, who was thus outwitted. A passage in one of Godley's speeches describes the historic arrival. Mr FitzGerald was the first who landed in Canterbury after the settlement was formed, and shall never forget the emotion with which I threw myself into his arms when he landed. Both of us, I feel sure, will look back on that moment as one of the most affecting and memorable of our lives." Both the leap-frog and the subsequent emotions were truly characteristic of the man who, after shaking with fear over his responsibilities towards expatriated families, proceeded to amuse them on the road to exile by editing the ''Sea-Pie."
Auckland Star, 7 June 1924, Page 11
CANTERBURY PIONEER. MR. G. D. DRAPER. A very early colonist and one of the "Canterbury Pilgrims," Mr. George Dye Draper, died in Auckland at the advanced age of 86 years. Mr. Draper arrived in New Zealand 73 years ago in the ship Charlotte Jane, one of the first four ships which brought the pioneer settlers from England to Canterbury. Another passenger by the same ship was Mr. Draper's brother-in-law, Mr. James Edward Fitzgerald, one of the founders of Canterbury, and afterwards Premier of New Zealand. Mr. Draper joined Mr. Fitzgerald, Mr. Percy Cox, and Mr. Charles Hunter Brown in the well known Springs Estate. This is where the town of Lincoln, is now located. Mr. Draper was at Chatham Islands when Te Kooti was a prisoner there. Later, Mr. Draper entered the Government service from which he retired on superannuation some fifteen years ago. Deceased was an old boy of Christ's College. He married the widow of Major Hunter, who was killed in the war at Taranaki. Mr. Draper is survived by one son and two daughters.
Colonist, 2 May 1908, Page 2
Mrs L. J. Field, of Christchurch, has passed away. She arrived in the Charlotte Jane, one of the first four ships of the Canterbury Pilgrims, in December 16th, 1850.
Wairarapa Daily Times, 1 May 1908, Page 5
One of the pioneer settlers of Christchurch, Mrs Louisa Jane Field, died on Monday morning. Mrs Field was born in Wiltshire in 1827, and arrived in the Charlotte Jane, one of the first four ships of the Canterbury Pilgrims, on 16th December, 1850.
Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, 30 May 1902, Page 2
Golden Wedding.—Mr and Mrs G. Field, of Port Levy, celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their wedding on Saturday. Mr Field, says the " Times" arrived in the colony in December, 1845, and took part in the Maori War in the North Island. Mrs Field arrived on December 16, 1850, in one of the first four ships, the Charlotte Jane. They were married by Archdeacon Dudley on May 24, 1852. About a year after their marriage they settled in Port Levy, and have resided there ever since. A very pleasing feature of the gathering on Saturday was the meeting of the whole of the members of the family, after being separated in different pans of the colony for come time. After the health of the " Bride and Bridegroom " had been drunk, the sons and daughters presented their mother and father with a handsome gig, and also a set of harness.
Otago Daily Times 23 January 1905, Page 1
Mr James Temple Fisher, who died at his residence at Heathcote, at the age of 76, came to Lyttelton in one of the first four ships (the Charlotte Jane), in 1850. He took an active interest in farming matters, and, leaves a family of seven sons and one daughter, all of whom are married.
Press, 1 February 1910, Page 7
The death is announced of Mr H. W. Free, one of the very early Canterbury pioneers. Mr Free arrived in this country by the Randolph, one of the historic first four ships, and was 4 years of age at the time of his death. He was for many years a resident of Cust, but his death occurred at Christchurch.
Press, 12 November 1920, Page 1
CHICK — On November 11th, 1920, at 21 Huxley street, Sydenham, Sarah Browning, dearly beloved wife of Peter Chick late of Fendalton; in her 51st year. Lyttelton with her parents in the ship Charlotte Jane, 1850. Her end was peace.
Press, 16 November 1920, Page 2
Another old Canterbury pilgrim passed away last week in the person of Mrs Sarah Browning Chick. The deceased lady was born at Stroud, Gloucester, January 21st, 1850. She arrived with her parents, and five brothers and sister at Lyttelton in the ship Charlotte Jane, on December 16th of the same year. She was the second daughter of Mr Joseph Hill, late of Avonhead Farm, Riccarton. Deceased and her husband (Mr P. Chick) resided at Burnside React, Fendalton, for over 45 years. Mrs Chick was greatly loved and esteemed by all who knew her. She is survived by her husband, four daughters, six sons, and ten grandchildren. The funeral took place last Saturday, Canon Hamilton officiating, and deceased was borne to her last resting place by her six sons.
Press, 23 July 1917, Page 2
MRS M. E. BUSS. The many friends in North Canterbury of Mrs Mary Elizabeth Buss, widow of the late Mr William Buss, of Rangiora, will regret to learn of her death, which took place on Friday night. Mrs Buss was a native of Appledore, Kent, and arrived in Canterbury by the Charlotte Jane, one of the first of the Canterbury Association's vessels, which reached Lyttelton on December 26th, 1850. She was married [in 1867] to her late husband by the Ven. Archdeacon Dudley at Rangiora, and was one of the most interested members of the Church of England in that town for over fifty years, and always ready to assist in any movement for its advancement. She leaves a family.
Press, 18 May 1893, Page 4 Thursday
On Wednesday aftercoon another of the early pioneers of Canterbury passed away, in the person of Mr Smith Howard, who was one of the oldest settlers in the Rangiora district. He was born at Petersfield, in Hants, to the year 1808, and was consequently eighty five years of age. Having lost wife, he emigrated to the colony with his family of five children in 1850, coming out in the Charlotte Jane. He lived for a short time Hoon Hay, but removed to Rangiora about the year 1854, where he bought a farm on which he has resided ever since. The deceased gentleman did not take much interest in public matters, being of a retiring disposition, but he acted for some years as Treasurer to the local branch or Bible Society. The members of his with one exception, predeceased him, two of them dying in one week. The daughter is the wife of Mr william Buss, the well known auctioneer of Rangiora. The funeral will take place on Friday.
INWOOD: Daniel arrived in the "Sir George Seymour" bringing machinery to start a flour mill. Daniel purchased land between Fendalton Road and the Waimairi River and the mill was built and ready for operation of the harvest of 1853.
Otago Witness 8 April 1903, Page 47
JEFFS — On the 26th March, at Christchurch (result of an accident), Benjamin Jeffs ; aged 77 years. Arrived at Lyttelton in the ship Charlotte Jane, December, 1850.
Jeffs, Charles b. 18 June 1825 and his wife Mary Button b. 1824 arrived on Charlotte Jane 1850. Mary passed away not long after their arrival and and he remarried Mary Gaskill. Charles had at least fifteen 15 children. Mary Gaskill died 2 May 1922 in Christchurch. Charles parents were George Jeffs and Ann Waldin. George's parents were John & Sarah Jeffs.
KING, Martha came to Canterbury on the "Cressy" as a widow with her children Hannah Rebecca Frances (b. 1834 Warwickshire, d. 1897 Christchurch), Martha, Jane, Sarah Ann and Charles George King. She ran a boarding house in Christchurch. Hannah Rebecca Frances married John Scott Caverhill in 1855.
Ahere (nee King) Mrs. A. died around 1900.
Press, 26 December 1902, Page 9
MRS S. KYNGDON. Intelligence has been received from England of the death of Mrs Sophia Kyngdon, wife of Rev. G. T. B. Kyngdon. Tie Rev. and Mrs Kyngdon were passengers by the Charlotte Jane, one of the first four pioneer ships, the vessel entering Lyttetton Heads on the 16th December, 1850. Mr Kyngdon was one of the very early clergymen, in charge of the church of St. Michael and AH Angels.
Press, 28 October 1905, Page 10 MRS D. INWOOD. On Thursday there passed away Mrs D. Inwood, probably the oldest of the pioneer baud who arrived in 1850. Mrs Inwood, with her husband and family of eight, came out in the Sir George Seymour, which anchored in Lyttelton on December 17th, 1850, one day behind, the Charlotte Jane and the Randolph. After a very brief stay in Lyttelton, Mr and Mrs Inwood faced the journey to the Plains, with such of their portable property as could be fixed to willing or unwilling shoulders, and passing through the swamp near Wilson's; bridge, on the Gasworks road, they and similarly-minded pilgrims seeking a new country, pitched their tent at the "Bricks," near the present Barbadoes street bridge. There, in more or less discomfort, they had the opportunity of testing the weather-resisting qualities of canvas as against green timber. But, if the discomforts were great, their courage was highland gradually more settled times brought greater ease and more abundant privileges. ' Mrs Inwood has long survived her husband and four of her children, but, at the time of her decease at Fendalton 6he~had three eons and one daughter and over forty grandchildren.
Press, 8 November 1915, Page 8
An old resident of Napier died last week at Port Ahuriri, in the person of Mrs Janet Bell Munro. Born it Dundee, Scotland, in October, 1847. Mrs Munro arrived at Lyttelton by one of the first four ships, the Charlotte Jane, on December 16th. 1850. She married Captain Munro in 1866, and leaves a grown-up family of sever daughters and four sons.
Evening Post, 23 April 1918, Page 8
The death occurred at Napier last week of Mr. Chas. W. Mountfort, at the advanced age of 91 years. He came to New Zealand in 1850 in the Charlotte Jane, the first of the four historical ships to reach Lyttelton, on 16th December of that year.
Wairarapa Daily Times, 23 April 1918, Page 5
Charles Wheeler Mount fort, who was born at Ashton, near Birmingham, 92 years ago. He went to London in 1843 to serve his time as a civil engineer. In 1847 he travelled for some time on the Continent, and in 1848 was in Paris, when the revolution instigated by the party known as the Red Republicans broke out ,and saw the barriers thrown up, and much bloody street fighting. Deciding to emigrate, he left Plymouth on September 7th, 1850 in the Charlotte Jane.. In 1875 he removed to the North Island, taking pair in the development of the Manawatu and Wairarapa. In 1878 he accepted an appointment in the Lands and Survey Department in Gisborne, which position he retained until 1883, when he retired, and shortly after settled in Napier. His wife predeceased him 12 years ago. The following family survive to mourn the loss of a good father and a sterling colonist: —Messrs C. Adam Mountfort (district surveyor, Feilding), A. J. Mountfort (district surveyor, Canterbury), E. Plumer Mountfort (manager Bank of New South Wales, Gisborne, and formerly of Masterton), JH. B. Mountfort (merchant, Otorohanga), and three daughters (Mrs Mitford Taylor, Mrs W. B. Retemoyer, and Miss Mountfort, of Napier).— H.B. Herald.
Poverty Bay Herald, 19 April 1918, Page 4
News was received this morning by Mr. E. P. Mountfort of the death of his father, Mr. C. W. Mountfort, which occurred at Napier East this morning. The late Mr. Mountfort had a long and most interesting career, in the course of which he was at one time resident in Gisborne, having resided here from 1878 to 1884, being then a member staff of the Lands and Survey Department. In the latter year he retired and settled in Napier, where he has lived ever since. His death marks the departure of the last of the Canterbury Pilgrims, he having been the sole surviving member of the passengers by the Charlotte Jane, the first ship to bring colonists to Canterbury.
Evening Post, 28 April 1899, Page 5
Mr. Charles J. Payton, 76 years of age, was found dead in his bed at the home of his son in Herbert-street last night. As Dr. Rawson will give a certificate of death from natural causes, no inquest will be held. Mr. Payton was a resident of this city for about 46 years. He arrived in the colony by the ship Charlotte Jane, landing at Lyttelton on the 16th December, 1850.
PHILPOTT. On April 2nd, at his residence, St Albans, Isaac William Philpott, in his eighty- third year, beloved father of Mrs F. Smith, Timaru, deeply regretted. Arrived on one of the first four ships "Randolph". Timaru Herald April 1896
Star 4 April 1896, Page 6
The ranks of the historical "first four shippers " were still further reduced by the death of Mr Isaac William Philpott, which took place at his residence, St Albans, on Thursday morning, at the age of eighty three. Mr Philpott, with his first wife and the elder members of his family, arrived at Lyttelton in the ship Randolph on Dec. 16, 1851. He shortly afterwards came on to the plains, being compelled to "swag " all his belongings over the Port Hills, as there were then neither roads nor bridges. With the late Mr Woodford, of Kaiapoi, he started the first sawpit in the Riccarton Bush. It may be mentioned here that the timber of the room in which he died, and in which he had slept for over forty-four years, came from the Riccarton Bush, and was carried by him on his shoulders from there to St Albans. He afterwards removed to Papanui, and upon, the bush there being cut out he took to carting with bullocks, remaining at this, occupation until 1854. In that, year he bought from Mr Spencer Perceval the first horse-power threshing machine imported into Canterbury, and travelled with that regularly for many years until the advent of the steam threshing-machine. In regard, to church matters, he was always a staunch Wesleyan and a leading member of that body. The first sermon preached by a minister of that denomination in this district was delivered, in his house in Hagley. Park. He was one of the promoters of the original Wesleyan Chapel, in Christchurch, which stood on the site now occupied by Messrs Kenneth Matheson and Co.'s premises in High Street. He was the first superintendent of the Sunday school held there, and for many years held a like position in connection with the St Albans Church. His first wife died in 1854 and her remains were interred in the first grave opened in the Wesleyan Cemetery, Barbadoes Street. Mr Philpott had lived a somewhat retired life of late years, and his end was not altogether unexpected. He leaves a widow and seven sons and five daughters, as well as fifty-three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. One of his daughter is Mrs F. Smith, Timaru.
WEST BRITON (Cornwall newspaper)- 12 June 1850.
"THE CANTERBURY SETTLEMENT - The four vessels that sailed In September last for this new establishment arrived safe at their destination, and it is somewhat singular that three out of the four reached their port, within twelve hours of each other, on the 16th of December. The fourth, the "CRESSY," was eleven days after the others. They had a most prosperous voyage. The REV. E . PUCKLE sailed in the "RANDOLPH," and the passengers and crew of that vessel sent a deputation, unknown to Mr. Puckle, to wait on the REV. DR. SELWYN, the Bishop of New Zealand, to express their great affection for, and admiration of, the reverend gentleman's Zeal and christian like demeanour to the whole of the numerous ship's company, that he had preserved harmony and peace throughout the voyage, and promoted the comfort and happiness of all.
The Bishop in reply said he was delighted to receive this testimony to Mr. Puckle's merits, he had heard of the unity that had prevailed on board of the "Randolph," and he was highly pleased that the reverend gentleman had been able to carry out, his, the bishop's, views, stated in one of his lordship's letters to England, and the "he had so knit all hearts as to have brought his flock with him." The bishop subsequently gave Mr. Puckle a most cordial and flattering reception, and we have no doubt that he will prove one of the most efficient and useful persons in the construction of this new colony. The circumstances which led to Mr. Puckle's removal from St. Mawes, have thus, as we are glad to learn, indirectly contributed to his own benefit, and to the general advantage of an interesting community.
PYE, John Thomas, b. at Stoke Doyle, Northamptonshire, ENG 1833, second son of John and Mary Ann Pye. John T. Pye and Mary Ann Corlett were married by the Rev. O. Mathias at St. Michaels Church of England, Christchurch on 20th December 1852. Shortly after their marriage, Mary and John Pye left for Australia. Mary Ann died 2 August, 1872 near Hendon leaving behind nine children aged between two and nineteen years. John T. Pye Snr. died at 76 in Taringa, on 18 Feb. 1910. Mary Ann was the second born child of Stephen and Jane Corlett nee Lawson, born 17 March 1830 and baptised at South Ramsey, Isle of Man. She left the island at the age of fourteen. After spending six years in Cheshire, the Corlett family emigrated to New Zealand leaving on the "Sir George Seymour". In a brief memo at the end of the shipping list it stated that the undermentioned emigrants had been transferred by Mr. Bowler, from the ship "Sir George Seymour". John Pye, Embarkation Order 69 and Number 130 in the Application Register, became one of the 161 passengers who travelled steerage on the "Randolph" and not the "Seymour" as first planned. Source: website
The Christchurch Star Monday 18 May 1891 page 2 Death -
PYE - May 17th at her residence 9 Madras Street, suddenly, Mary Anne Pye, aged 76.
Death of a Pioneer - Mrs PYE -
Mrs Pye, one of the pilgrims who arrived here under the auspices of the Canterbury Association, in the Cressy in 1850 died rather suddenly at her residence, Madras St, yesterday. She brought with her a family who have since settled in Canterbury. Mrs Pye formerly Mrs Allen has resided in Madras St for over 30 years, and owned considerable property
there. Her 2nd husband Mr Pye, gasfitter and plumber, died some years ago.
'Star' Christchurch Monday 16 February 1891 Page 3 Obituary -
QUAIFE - Late on Saturday night Mr John Price Quaife died at his residence, St Albans, at the advanced age of 79. Mr Quaife was a native of Canterbury in Kent, where his ancestors had been yeomen for many generations. He arrived in Lyttelton aboard the ship Cressy, on the morning of Dec. 17th 1850, and followed agricultural pursuits for many years. Thereby securing a competency. During the past two years he has been an invalid. He leaves a widow; his only daughter was the victim of a drowning accident in the Avon in 1852.
ROSSITER, Peter Pillar was baptised 21 June 1825 St. Andrews, Stokeinteignhead, Devon. He was the second son of William ROSSITER and Elizabeth PILLAR. He married Mary Ann WHITE 18 July 1847 at Devonport Devon. Their first born was Elizabeth Ann Pillar Shapland ROSSITER was born 20 July 1848 at 27 Portland Place, Plymouth, Devon. Peter, Mary and Elizabeth were listed in "Uncertain Embarkation Orders", issued by Mr J.W. Fitzgerald and were transferred by Mr Bourke to the ship "Sir George Seymour"., Embarkation Order No.75., application number 153. In another list they are listed as steerage passengers and Peter is incorrectly shown as Phillip ROSSITER.
On the 4th Sep 1850, the "Sir George Seymour" departed from Gravesend calling in at Plymouth to take on late embarkations which included Peter, Mary and Elizabeth and several other passengers.
The family eventually settled in Oxford where they were timber millers. Later they moved to Dannevirke in Hawkes Bay. Elizabeth A.P.S. ROSSITER married Matthew HENDERSON 09 Mar. 1876. On the 30th Jan 1851 Peter and Mary's second child William Henry ROSSITER was born., "the first European boy to be born in Canterbury after the arrival of the Pilgrims." Peter Pillar ROSSITER died 08 Mar 1899 and was buried at the George Street Cemetery Dannevirke. His wife Mary Ann died 26 July 1904 and was also buried at George street. The first four ships were sent to Lyttelton by the Canterbury Association which was sponsored by the Church of England. Free passage was offered. Edward ROSSITER a brother of Peter ROSSITER arrived NZ a few years later and settled in Rangiora. Rossiter Road in Rangiora is named after Edward. Information courtesy of Merv Rossiter. Posted 3 Dec. 2000.
SOAR/KEATS - Seeking information on both these families. Julia Soar b. 1859 Oxford NZ married Richard Henry Keats in 1879 Oxford NZ. They had a daughter Hetty Evelyn Keats b. 25.12.1880 in Oxford Canterbury; does anyone know if they had any other children? Julia�s parents � George and Sarah SOAR (b. 1814 & 1812 UK) came out on the Randolph Ship 1850 with their infant, William (b. 1848 UK). Does anyone know where they came from originally? Submitted by Maria. Posted August 12 2002.
Edward was born in Warwickshire, England in 1824. He married Ann DAY in Aston Juxta Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, 6th July 1845. Edward died 13th November 1900 in Kaiapoi, New Zealand, at 76 years of age. He was buried in Kaiapoi, New Zealand. Edward, Ann, and three sons (William, Thomas and Edward) sailed from Plymouth, England on the 7th September 1850 aboard "Randolph" and arrived in Canterbury, New Zealand on the 16th December, 1850.
STORER - on 13 November 1900 at his residence, Ohoka Road, Kaiapoi, Edward Storer, in his 77th year.
At a Kaiapoi cemetery "St. Bartholomew's Historic Cemetery" there is a headstone of Thomas Storer
Poverty Bay Herald, 13 March 1917, Page 8
A large party of them set out, and it was while they were camped at what was known as the "bricks," near Christchurch, that the first immigrant child was born in that district, the mother being Mrs. Thacker.
Timaru Herald Tuesday 24 December 1889 pg2
The Press of yesterday states: - The many friends of Mrs W.J.W. Hamilton will learn with regret of her death, which took place on Friday evening. The deceased lady was one of the Canterbury Pilgrims, arriving here with her family in the Cressy, one of the first ships. She was the eldest daughter of the late Mr James Townsend, and sister of Mrs Doctor Donald, and had won for herself by many acts of unobtrusive kindness the love and esteem of a very wide circle of friends. She was the widow of the late Mr W.J. W. Hamilton, for many years Collector of Customs in Lyttelton. Her decease, though she was somewhat of an invalid, was unexpected.
Star 15 September 1897, Page 3
The death occurred this morning, at the age of sixty-four, of Mrs Elizabeth Turnbull, one of the earliest settlers of this province. Mrs Turnbull arrived in the Charlotte Jane on Sept. 7, 1850, that vessel being the first of the historic four ships. The deceased had the distinction of being the first woman in the band of pilgrims who set foot on Canterbury soil. Mrs. Turnbull came out with Lady Wynn, who was on a visit to Mrs J. E. Godley, and has since then resided in Christchurch, where she was known and respected by all the early settlers.
Dominion, 8 December 1914, Page 5
News from Home by last mail announces the death, at the age of 80, of Mr. John Hamilton Ward. The deceased gentleman arrived in Lyttelton in 1850 by the Charlotte Jane, and, was well known in Canterbury as the founder of the big brewing firm which still bears his name. A brother of the late Mr. Crosbie Ward, at one time Postmaster-General, and also of Mr. Thos. L. Ward, who is well known in Wellington.
WASHBOURN - St Peters Church, Church Corner, Riccarton, Christchurch Maria BANKS eldest daughter of the late H J WASHBOURN d 2 July 1929 in her 89th year 'A Canterbury Pilgrim' also Edward WASHBOURN d 4 Jan 1935 in his 93rd year 'A Canterbury Pilgrim.' They arrived on the Sir George Seymour.
Hawera & Normanby Star, 22 November 1882, Page 2 DEATH OF AN OLD COLONIST.
CHRISTCHURCH, This Day. Dr. Watkins, a very old and well known colonist, especially to visitors and residents on the Peninsula, died at Akaroa yesterday morning, at the age of 91. The deceased gentleman who had been in feeble health some time past, was the oldest member of the College of Surgeons, and likewise the oldest medical practitioner in the colony. He was one of the original Canterbury" pilgrims," having arrived here in the barque Cressy, the last comer of the famous first four ships, bringing immigrants to Canterbury.
Dominion, 29 June 1918, Page 6
There died in Christchurch recently another old colonist: in the person of Mr. Thomas Wilson of Wandle Downs, Waiau. The late Mr. Wilson was born in County Down, Ireland, in 1850, and came out to New Zealand with his parents, arriving in, Lyttelton by the Charlotte Jane. For many years Mr. Wilson was a member of the South Waimakariri River Board, and the North Avon Road-Board. He was also a member of the New Brighton Trotting Club, and held the position of starter at many meetings. When the Highfield Estate was cut up about fourteen years ago, Mr. Wilson acquired a block of that estate, where he took up sheep farming, and resided till the time of his lost illness. He leaves a widow and a grownup family.
Christchurch Mill. Buried in the Linwood cemetary, former suffolk flourmiller William Dearsley Wood from the Randolph erected an imported English mill in Antigua Street. Few know that in 1854 Wood Brothers' seven-storey white windmill stood in Windmill Road, now Antigua Street, Christchurch. It was a distinctive landmark for distant travellers slogging their way through the swamp and tussock that surrounded the town, rather like the cathedral spire used to be before the city lost its "English" flavour. About 1861 the mill was removed by a 26-horse, 32-bullock trolley to Leithfield. There it perched on the ridge near the hotel for about 17 years until nor'westers reduced it to a dangerous condition and it 'was dismantled. Here too, it stood out like a beacon, not only for land travellers but for seamen making the passage from Motunau to Lyttelton on a relatively featureless Pegasus Bay coastline.
Press, 22 April 1886, Page 2
Mr Richard Woodford, Father of Forestry in Canterbury, died yesterday, aged seventy-eight years. He passed away quietly, ending his life in a peaceful sleep. For several months the deceased gentleman had suffered from failing health, and had been confined to his house for some weeks. He came to the colony in the prime of life in the ship Randolph, in 1860, The vessel, which brought out about 217 passengers, who have all proved good colonists, although the second of the first four pioneer ships, came into Lyttelton on the same day (December 16th, 1850), as that on which the Charlotte Jane the first to sail arrived. The deceased was a miller by trade, and. an experienced millwright. With his partner, Mr Stevens, he erected the first flour mill, namely, the old Avon mill at Christchureh, at. a time when flour was £30 a ton. He also erected the first flour mill at the Ohoka and another at Kaiapoi. About 1854 Mr Woodford was a member of the Provincial Council in the times when our provincial land laws ware framed, and the present price of £2 per acre was decided on. He was one of the founders of Court Star of Canterbury, A.O.F., and remained a moat consistent member throughout. At all times liberal in his views, he maintained a strict adherence to principles of right, and to his advice the lodges have been greatly indebted. He assisted in starting a Court at Kaiapoi many years ago, which, however, fell through, but in later years Mr Woodford founded the lodge of Court Woodford, now one of the best conducted branches of any friendly society in the colony. During many years he was a member of the Borough Council, and held several honorary offices in the; town connected with other institutions. He persisted for years in advocating, as an old ringer, the establishment of a peal of bells in Christchurch, and for over a score of years he was a frequent contributor to the correspondence column of the Press newspaper, with usually some pithy useful suggestions. He leaves a widow and family, one of the members of which is the wife of Mr B. Moore, the .present Mayor of Kaiapoi.
Now, while I am convinced that society in such a colony as New Zealand must daily Americanize, I am also persuaded that the New Zealander will retain more of the Briton than any other colonist. Thomas Cholmondeley, Ultima Thule, 1854. Cholmondeley, Thomas, b. 1823? Ultima Thule : or, thoughts suggested by a residence in New Zealand. Published: London : John Chapman, 1854. New Zealand Anecdotes. 344 p. Cholmondeley's arrived at Lyttelton in 1850 in the Charlotte Jane, Tasmasnia in 1852, Royal Stuart in 1855 and the Evening Star in 1863. Thomas Cholmondeley did return to England.
Press, 24 December 1895, Page 5 The First Canterbury
It is interesting to note that in the person of the Very Reverend the Dean of Christchurch we have still amongst us the clergyman who conducted the Church Service at Lyttelton on Christmas Day, 1850, the first Christmas spent by the pioneers of this province on New Zealand soil. Three of the first four ships had arrived little more than a week previously, and the infant settlement was still in the state of excitement which ensued on the landing of the pilgrims in their adopted country. They took things very much in the rough in those days, and enjoyed themselves probably quite as much as do their descendants to-day. The Christmas Day Service was held in the loft in the Canterbury Association's store, access to which was obtained by means of a ladder. The seats were made of planks placed across barrels. All the clergy who had arrived were present except, perhaps, Mr Kingdon, the first incumbent of Christchurch, who, the Dean thinks, had gone across the hills to visit his future charge. One thing which struck the preacher of that day as curious was the bright colours of the ladies' dresses, which seemed so incongruous to those who had been used to the more sombre hues of the dresses in English churches at Christmas time. In the evening of the first Christmas Day the pilgrims made Christmas cheer in the Barracks, and in spite of the narrowness of their quarters they managed to enjoy themselves. The roll of those who were present on this occasion contains the names of many who helped to make the province what it is to-day, and whose sons and grand sons keep their honoured names green in our memories. Some of the ship's passengers, says the Dean, were still living in tents at this time in and around Lyttelton, and one particular locality was known as "Charlotte Jane square," from the number of passengers by the Charlotte Jane who had taken up their temporary abode there. He recalls how, on one occasion, a great squall of wind came up, and blew some of these tents away, but the occupants, tired out after their long day's hard work, slept on peacefully.
Star 30 October 1900, Page 1 WHEN CANTERBURY WAS
Mrs Bowen, who lives with her —ferried . daughter in the Windmill Road, is a woman who might fill a book with interesting reminiscences of the olden days. She was a seasoned colonial of ten years' experience when the pioneers in the first four ships arrived at Lyttelton, and she laughs as she thinks what ''duffers" the emigrants looked when the came ashore from the Charlotte Jane and sister ships of the early fleet. "Not that they were foolish to come to New Zealand," she explained yesterday to a representative of the ," Star," " hut they didn't look like colonials, yon know.". Mrs Bowen landed in Wellington from the ship ' Martha Ridgeway" in 1840, when she was only five years. old. Hence, she counts herself an early Wellingtonian although she has spent most of her life in Canterbury. Life at Go-ashore (near Akaroa) was very unconventional. The traveller had no need of introductions to ensure a welcome, for the residents were glad to see a stranger. As soon as they descried anyone "coming over the hill " the order was at once given to "put the kettle on." If the new-comer was a swagger, so much the more reason for treating him kindly. Here the old lady produced an engraving showing Lyttelton when the emigrants from the "first four ships were landing. "There's the little tin shanty in which, your-paper used to be published," she said, pointing to a building in- the picture. . "There's the church. I was married in." The matrimonial ceremony took place when she was nineteen. Young ladies were too scarce in those days to be kept waiting long for husbands." Since then Mrs.Bowen has enriched the State with twelve children-. " I had enough to do to bring them up properly," You can easily think what Christchurch was when I first came here," said Mrs Bowen. "Go up on the hills, and imagine there is no town there." It is rather a strain on the imagination of one who has always been accustomed to the sight of a fair-sized town, but Mrs Bowen's description of the swamp which shook for hundreds of yards around when you jumped on to a projecting sod, gives some idea of the original foundation on which this city is built. When she came to it, there was not a sign, of a house, but she was especially interested in its growth, for her husband was employed in laying out its streets. "Do you know where the centre of Christchurch is?" she asked. " Most people think it is Cathedral Square, but it is the old Council yard which has just been dismantled. There were two posts put in there; exactly a chain apart, and the road-makers used to measure their chains between, them to make sure they were the right length." "But I do not care a bit about my past experiences," "We had rough times but we were never used to anything else, and we enjoyed life. I suppose advancement must come, but I often wish I could get away to some new country where you would not always be meeting people."
Press, 4 January 1901, Page 6
An extract from the register of births, deaths, and marriages, sent from the Registrar-General's Department, gives the names of the first two male children and the first two female children born after the arrival of the settlers. The first of the boys registered is
C. C. C. Duncan, son of Mr T. S. Duncan, born at Decanter Bay, 12th January, 1851
and the second E. C. Polhill, born 25th February, 1851 at Lyttelton.
Of the girls,
Marion Alport, born 17th February, 1851, at Lyttelton, was first
and Sarah Elizabeth Barker, now Mrs Joseph Haudon, born March 15th, 1851, at Christchurch, was the second.
Poverty Bay Herald, 13 March 1917, Page 8
A large party of them set out, and it was while they were camped at what was known as the "bricks," near Christchurch, that the first immigrant child was born in that district, the mother being Mrs. Thacker.
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