The HANOVER left the East India Docks on May 29, the Downs on June 3 and took her departure from Start Point on June 4, passage of 106 days from the Downs..
|She arrived in Waitemata Harbour, Auckland, New Zealand on Sept. 17, 1862 having 336 souls on board. During the voyage one child died and there was one birth. Matilda Wattenbach arrived in Auckland nine days before the Hanover which had left London at the same time. Their passengers were some of the first pioneers of the Albert Land, Non-Conformist Colony to settle at Port Albert, on the Kaipara Harbour in New Zealand where the settlers were allotted forty acres per adult. The following names appeared on the passenger list:|
|Cabin passengers: Rev. and Mrs. John Davis, Dr. and Mrs. Hooper.|
Lidgard, Betsy nee Sands
Ward, Sarah (wife)
Lloyd's Register HANOVER Master: Captain H.H.Rich Rigging: Ship; sheathed in felt in 1859 & yellow metal in 1860; fastened with copper bolts Tonnage: 1,045 tons Construction: 1853, Marshall in Shields on Tyneside; repairs to damages in 1855; vessel lengthened in 1859 Owners: George Marshal & Co Port of registry: London Port of survey: London
Lookup: Kathy Harris
(email link broken) has kindly volunteered to do lookups
for MATILDA WATTENBACH, HANOVER and THE WILLIAM MILES
passenger lists and the diary from THE CADUCEUS.
Matilda Wattenbach (350 names)
Research suggestions: Albertland & Districts Museum Inc, Port Albert, Wellsford
item dated June 7th, 1862
courtesy of Tony Dalton
from his GGGPa's scrapbook, who was a Captain of a number of square-riggers.
MATILDA WATTENBACH : Wettenbach, Heilgers & Co., Mincing Lane, London. Connected with Shaw, Savill & Co. Clipper ship of 1000 tons. Took Nonconformist emigrants to the colony of Albertland, on the river Ornawharo, 50 miles from Auckland, New Zealand. The New Zealand Government had offered 40 acres to every emigrant paying his passage, with a proportionate grant to each member of his family. A Mr W.R. Brame and a number of friends organised emigration on an extensive scale. In a comparatively brief period, over 1000 persons were registered. Only those persons were selected who possessed a certain amount of capital or were proficient in some valuable mechanical avocation or had some other qualification which would benefit the colony, as a whole. The 'Matilda Wattenbach' and the 'Hanover', owned by George Marshall & Co., London, and also with connections to Shaw, Savill's, were the first vessels to sail from London Docks "on Thursday last". The 'Matilda Wattenbach' carried about 350 emigrants, including W.R. Brame, the originator of the movement, and the 'Hanover' about 280. emigrants. The "Committee of Management" of the new settlement were also onboard the 'Matilda Wattenbach'. They were to be followed on July 10th by the 'William Miles'. The 'Ida Ziegler' also belonging to Wattenbach, Heilgers & Co., was to follow the 'William Miles'.
ARRIVAL OF THE 'MATILDA WATTENBACH.'
Daily Southern Cross, 9 September 1862, Page 3 passenger list
Yesterday morning the good ship 'Matilda Wattenbach,' 954 tons Capt. W. Goudie, with 352 passengers of the Nonconformist body, and a general cargo, came to an anchor in the harbour after a quick passage of 98 days from Gravesend. Left Gravesend on the 2nd June.. Two births occurred during the passage, and five deaths : three children died of convulsions and teething; a young woman named Mary Ann Beecroft, aged 19 years, of phthisis, after three months' illness ; and a fatal accident occuried on June 23rd, to an able bodied seaman named William Robertson, who fell from the fore topmast head, and received such serious injuries as caused his death six hours afterwards. Otherwise the general condition of the passengers' health has been very satisfactory. The Hanover having the second party of Nonconformist special settlers is hourly expected. She is a sister ship of the 'Queen of the North,' now in port, and may reasonably be expected to make as good sailing as the Matilda Wattenbach.
Sea Breezes (Aug. 1954)
MATILDA WATTENBACH, wood full rigged ship, 1,058 net tons built 1853 Jersey, Channel Islands, for the Swiss firm Wattenbach and Heilgers of London. Official Number 23131. She traded to Australia, East Indies and Cape Colony until 1863 with four captains (Clare, Berryman, Donkin and Goudie). She was sold at Sunderland in November 1863 to Smurthwaite who renamed her Racehorse. In 1864/65 she was in the China trade under captains Mann and Mathews. In May 1865 she sailed from London and Portsmouth with convicts for Fremantle, WA arriving August 10 after 76 days. Sold again in 1866, and several times afterwards she continued to trade in Eastern waters until finally lost in 1884 in Chile.
Dargaville & District News
Landing some history at Paparoa
03 March 2005
More than 100 people, many descended from settlers who arrived 140 years ago, attended a ceremony on Saturday to mark development of The Landing in Paparoa. The area, circled by the Paparoa Creek, was the arrival point for original settlers and played an important role in the community for many years. The planting of English trees some years ago has given a park-like atmosphere and Progressive Paparoa recently embarked on a project to make it more of a community asset. Sunday marked the unveiling of a 3m sculpture by Chris Carey and Richard Tetzner, along with two large picnic tables bought with contributions from families with historic connections. The sculpture, crafted from piles from an early bridge at The Landing, depicts the river, the bridge, logging and sawmilling. Progressive Paparoa chairman, Graham Taylor, said the occasion climaxed two years work begun by former chairman Peter Lister, and with funding from Kaipara District Council and Creative Communities ($4000 each), The Kauri Museum ($1000) and many other people, businesses and groups contributing in some way. Members of pioneer families provided $2000 towards the picnic tables. Mr Taylor said Lions have buried a time capsule and the site has been carefully recorded as an earlier one, buried in 1903, could not be located. Speaking on behalf of pioneer descendants, Elizabeth Metcalfe quoted from a 1920s publication, The Albertlanders, which even then noted the hardships suffered by early arrivals. She said The Landing was "always the central point and recalled when it was Paparoa School's swimming pool. On-going developments will include historical displays and signs.
The Southern Cross Monday 28th Dec. 1863
The John Duncan sailed on the 8th October from Gravesend for Auckland, with the first section of the fourth thousand emigrants for the Nonconformist settlement in that province. The party consisted of about 200 in number. - Home News.
The large majority were destined for the special settlement of Albertland. The next ship is the Scimitar, a new iron clipper of large dimensions. - New Zealand Examiner.
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