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"Isabella Hercus"

New Zealand Bound

The "Isabella Hercus" was a full rigged ship built in 1849, sailed from Plymouth 24 October, 1850 and arrived Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand 1 March, 1851 with 148 passengers under the command of Captain Houstone.

Chief Cabin Passengers Fore Cabin
De Mole, John L.
De Mole, Mrs
Edgar, George H.
Heath, Mr
Heath, Mrs
Hopper, Thomas
Parkerson, Burrel
Parkerson, Knowles
Shand, Charles
Shand, John
Shand, Thomas
Sidebottom, Henry
Willis, J.T.     
/ Surgeon Superintendent
Willis, Mrs
Willis, child
     under 14
Willis, child
   under 14
Willis, infant
Wilson, Rev. James   PP
Wilson, Mrs   
  children under 14
Wilson, Sibella Mary
Wilson, Beatrice
Wilson, Cecilia Anne
Wilson, Catherine
Wilson, Margaret
Wormald, Richard
Anderson, Humpfrey
Bell, Hugh
Blackford, William
Bruce, Thomas
Hayter, Henrietta
Hayter, Richard
Hayter, William
Klipsch, Ed Frederick
Percy, Hannah
Percy, John
Plate, John Tate
Slear, Robert
Stuart, John
Stuart, William
Wilcox, John Smith
Wilcox, Eleanor

Paying Steerage

Clarke, Robert
Dauby, Charlotte
Dauby, John
Lewis, Ed



E   A  Surname     Name           Age     M Ch Native Country Trade              � s d   Name of Land Purchasee recommending Remarks                                                        
       Allott      Elizabeth      4    F       England                                                                                                     
       Allott      Jabez          2    M       England                                                    
       Allott      Mary           30   F  Y  2 England                                                                                                     
14 350 Allott      William        26   M  Y  2 England  Gardener                 16                                                                        
22 369 Ashby       Edward         25   M  Y  1 England  Farm Laborer                                                                                       
       Ashby       Harriett       25   F  Y  1 England                                                                                                     
       Ashby       William        12   M       England                                                                                                     
       Ashley      Anne           27   F  Y    England                                                                                                     
9  328 Ashley      Joseph         24   M  Y    England  Tailor                   15                                                                        
23 135 Biffew      Ludy Flowers   20   F       England  Domestic Servant                		Servant of A. T. Ba?                                
16 359 Brown       John           20   M       England  Blacksmith, Carp'r, Farm Lab    Burrell Parkerson                                                  
40 392 Brown       Charlotte      27   F       England  Governess                                                                                          
25 301 Chince?     Charles        19   M       England  Agricultural Laborer            Rev. J. Wilson                                                     
       Cocby       Ellen          23   F  Y    England                                                                                                     
10 339 Cocby       Henry          30   M  Y    England  Carpenter & Cooper       15                                                                        
       Collis      Hannah         22   F  Y    England                                                                                                     
6  313 Collis      Henry          24   M  Y    England  Agricultural Laborer     10                                                                        
       Duncan      Catherine      inf  F       Scotland                                                                                                    
19 347 Duncan      George         31   M  Y  1 Scotland Agricultural Laborer     16                                                                        
       Duncan      Jane           25   F  Y  1 Scotland                                                                                                    
29 378 Denne       William Henry  21   M       England  Agricultural Laborer                                                                               
49 370 Evans       Catherine      39   F       Wales    Laundress                                                                                          
50 370 Evans       Margaret       14   F       Wales    Domestic Servant         5  6 8                                                                    
       Fairfield   Ann            25   F  Y    England                                                                                                     
28 349 Fairfield   George         23   M  Y    England  Maltster?                        Hon. Capt. Duncan                                                                  
33 343 FlreckinghamAnn            28   F       England  Domestic Servant                                                                                   
8  327 Gould       Anne           22   F       England  Domestic Servant         5                                                                         
31 385 Hagerty     Dinah          39   F       England  Dressmaker                                                                                         
32 386 Hagerty     George Thomas  15   M       England  Laborer                                                                                            
       Hughes      Robert William 4    M       Scotland                                                                                                    
18 338 Hughes      Robert William 26   M  Y  2 Scotland Domestic Servant         8  15  J.J. Bulls Rely                                                    
       Hughes      Susan          28   F  Y  2 Scotland                                                                                                    
       Hughes      William James  inf  M       Scotland                                                                                                    
5  302 James       John           19   M       England  Agricultural Laborer            Rev. James Wilson                                                  
       Johnson     Caroline       3    F       England                                                                                                     
20 311 Johnson     Henry          38   M  Y  2 England  Agricultural Laborer            Hon. Capt. Duncan                                                  
       Johnson     Mary           31   F  Y  2 England                                                                                                     
       Johnson     Sarah          10   F       England                                                                                                     
45 393 Klipsch     Frederick      25   M       England                                  J.P. Wills                                                          
13 99  Martice?    Henry          23   M       England  Farm Laborer             7  10                                                                     
17 367 Martin      Charles        30   M  Y  1 England  Carpenter                8                                                                         
       Martin      Charles        8    M       England                                                                                                     
       Martin      Eliza          32   F  Y  1 England                                                                                                     
       Mutton	   Susannah       18   F  Y    England                                                                                                     
12 316 Mutton      Thomas         25   M  Y    England  Agricultural Laborer     10                                                                        
       Nichols     Ellen          3    F       England                                                                                                     
       Nichols     Emma           1    F       England                                                                                                     
       Nichols     Esther         4    F       England                                                                                                     
24 379 Nichols     Joshua         28   M  Y  3 England  Agricultural Laborer                                                                               
       Nichols     Sarah Ryder    25   F  Y  3 England                                                                                                     
52 325 Nash        Charlotte      21   F       England  Schoolmistress & Dom. S.                                                                           
51 324 Nash        Daniel         18   M       England  Schoolmaster                                                                                       
       Owen        John           1    M       Wales                                                                                                       
1  294 Owen        John           32   M  Y  1 Wales    Agricultural Laborer            James Wyatt                                                        
       Owen        Martha         30   F  Y  1 Wales                                                                                                       
46 353 Philpotts   James          20   M       England  Agricultural Laborer     5                                                                         
39 391 Playsted    Alfred George  42   M     4 England  Farm Laborer                                     Widower                                           
       Playsted    Charly         16   M       England  Farm Assistant                                                                                     
       Playsted    Isabella       6    F       England                                                                                                     
       Playsted    Mary           16   F       England  Domestic Servant                                                                                   
       Playsted    Sarah          12   F       England                                                                                                     
27 358 Price       Emma           30   F       England  Domestic Servant                Rev. J. Wilson                                                     
48 383 Reisice?    Richard        22   M       England  Farm Laborer             7  10  J.P. Willis Esq.                                                   
3  355 Roberts     Ann            39   F     6 Wales    Seamstress & Laundress   5      James Wyatt      Widower                                           
       Roberts     Anne           9    F       Wales                                                                                                       
       Roberts     Caroline       2    F       Wales                                                                                                       
       Roberts     John           13   M       Wales                                                                                                       
       Roberts     Mary           7    F       Wales                                                                                                       
4  356 Roberts     Robert         18   M       Wales                             5      James Wyatt                                                        
       Roberts     William        11   M       Wales                                                                                                       
       Rutland     John           1    M       England                                                                                                     
7  326 Rutland     John           26   M  Y  1 England  Carpenter & Gardener     12                                                                        
       Rutland     Mary           26   F  Y  1 England                                                                                                     
       Smeaton     Anne           31   F  Y  2 England                                                                                                     
21 172 Smeaton     Robert         38   M  Y  2 England  Blacksmith                                       Bill @ 2 years for  �22.10                         
       Smeaton     Sarah Anne     11   F       England                                                                                                     
       Smeaton     Thomas         8    M       England                                                                                                     
26 348 Smith       Caroline       28   F       England  Domestic Servant                Rev. J. Wilson                                                     
34 343 Solly       Edward         19   M       England  Laborer & Butcher                                                                                  
47 335 Solomon     Dorothea       23   F       England  Domestic Servant         5                                                                         
38 387 Stephenson  John           18   M       England  Laborer                                                                                            
11 211 Stephenson  Sarah          19   F       England  Domestic Servant         5                                                                         
41 15  Thomas      William        21   M       England  Gardner & Cow Keeper             George Heath Esq.                                                  
       Vickery     Benjamin       5    M       England                                                                                                     
       Vickery     Charles        3    M       England                                                                                                     
       Vickery     James          10   M       England                                                                                                     
       Vickery     John           9    M       England                                                                                                     
2  65  Vickery     John           33   M  Y  5 England  Agricultural Laborer            John Shand                                                         
       Vickery     Mary           29   F  Y  5 England                                                                                                     
       Vickery     Thomas         7    M       England                                                                                                     
       Walter      Amelia         12   F       England                                                                                                     
       Walter      George         8    M       England                                                                                                     
36 389 Walter      George         28   M  Y  2 England  Farm Laborer                    Hon. Capt. Duncan                                                  
       Walter      Lydia          35   F  Y  2 England                                                                                                     
37 390 Wigzell     Charles        21   M  Y  2 England  Tanner & Gardener               Hon. Capt, Duncan                                                  
       Wigzell     Charles Edward 2    M       England                                                                                                     
       Wigzell     Hannah         20   F  Y  2 England                                                                                                     
       Wigzell     Walter George  inf  M       England                                                                                                     
35 357 Wolley      George Henry   17   M       England  Baker & Laborer                                                                                    
       Wraight     Mary Anne      28   F       England                                                                                                     
       Wraight     William        inf  M       England                                                                                                     
30 354 Wraight     William        35   M  Y  1 England  Agricultural Laborer            George Heath Esq.                                                  
       Wurst       Anne           25   F  Y  1 England                                                                                                     
15 366 Wurst       George John    25   M  Y  1 England  Laborer                  5      Elizabeth Frances Harts                                                 
       Wurst       Sarah          inf  F       England                                                                                                     
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No. of Embarkation Order
No. of Application on Register
No. of children
Sum paid

A partial page from the passenger list.Reference: Canterbury Association Shipping Office (London, England) Lyttelton Shipping List  Published: Salt Lake City, Utah : Genealogical Society of Salt Lake City, 1973. Copy of passenger lists of some Canterbury Association emigrant ships held in the Canterbury Museum.  Available on microfilm at Family History Centres worldwide through their loan programme. Item #1066515  Two passenger lists for the "Isabella Hercus" are available on the microfilm from the Embarkation Department. Dated October 23rd 1850 listing 105 souls and the other November 13, 1850 listing 104 souls, 85� adults.

COLLIS: Henry Collis was baptized 12 February 1826, Hurst, Berkshire, England, the second son of George Collis and Elizabeth Mary Chaplin.  On 10 March 1850 he married Hannah Wells at Langley Marish, Buckinghamshire.  Henry and Hannah sailed from Plymouth 24 October 1850, per "Isabella Hercus", arriving New Zealand 1 March 1851.  They did not stay there for long, as in 1852 they left for Tasmania where their first child Louisa Mary was born at Hobart, 25 July 1852.

At the end of 1852 Henry was appointed postmaster at Waterloo Point, Great Swanport.   Two more children were born, Fanny Elizabeth, 17 August 1854 and Alfred Brent, 9 May 1856.  Alfred died 24 September 1857.  Soon after this the family returned to England. Three more children were born Alfred John (1859), Buckinghamshire, Emily Wells (1861), Bethnal Green, London and Clara Dora (1864), Cambridgeshire. The family obviously moved around a lot.

Once again the family moved back to Tasmania where my great-great grandfather Albert Henry was born, 19 November 1866, Southport.  Henry passed an examination and became a schoolmaster.  In 1871 Henry was appointed by the Tasmanian Board of Education as a teacher for the children of the Furneaux Islands, Bass Strait.  On 1 September 1871 he opened his school on Badger Island followed by another school on Cape Barren Island in November of the same year.

It was reported by Canon Marcus Brownrigg, missionary to the islands, that Henry and Hannah were living and working in great discomfort in a single-roomed tent.  No black-board, maps, desks, nor indeed any proper school equipment were provided by the Board of Education.  Mr and Mrs Collis are very persevering and painstaking in their duties and are deserving of praise on that account. For 13 years Henry was teaching in the Straits, when ill-health forced him to retire.  He died on 1 June 1895, at the age of 69, and is buried in Wybalenna Cemetary on Flinders Island.  Hannah died 7 November 1899 and was buried along with Henry.

I would love to hear from anyone who is a descendant of Henry and Hannah Collis.  I can only speculate at why they returned to England between 1858 and 1864, maybe somebody can help me. Information courtesy of Allison Bozoky

Emblen Blunden (daughter of George Blunden a Tayler.[ sic] married Charles Hughes in the County of Surrey, England on August 19, 1850.  At the time of marriage it was stated that Charles was a florist. They had three children, Georgina, John Charles and Harriett. On September 18 1855 they left London aboard the "Isabella Hercus" for a new life in New Zealand.  Charles was listed as a Labourer. Fever of a low character prevailed on board. On October 14th, little Harriett died.  One can only imagine the heartbreak her parents and siblings felt. Such a sad start to their adventure.  Emblen and her children were to suffer even more, when, on December 12, husband Charles also passed away, with a little over three weeks of the journey left, Emblen was left to contemplate her future.

One can only imagine the trauma a young widow with two children had to face in a strange new country.  However it wasn't long before she met and married William Henry DENNE. He had travelled to New Zealand on the "Isabella Hercus" in 1851.  It was perhaps the one thing they found they had in common, which probably started their initial conversation.  Just ten months after her arrival, on November 18 1856, at Kaiapoi, just outside of Christchurch, William a 27 year old Sawyer and Emblen 28, tied the knot in the presence of Alfred and Mary Elizabeth WESTON. The Officiating Minister was John ALDRED.  They started their family of eight more children: 
1. William Henry b.20th September 1858 
2. John George b. 12th January 1860
3. Henrietta b. 5th April 1862
These first three children suffered an illness which first took Henrietta on 24th October 1862, followed by William on the 10th April and John on the 29th April, in 1863 all at Rangiora.  On 23 February 1864, their next child,  
4. Emmeline (my Great Grandmother) was born at Rangiora, followed by 
5. Henry George b. 10th August 1865
6. Anne b. 4th March 1867
7. Eliza b. 13th May 1869  and
8. Elizabeth Craig b. 7th April 1871
These five lived to marry and have families of their own.
In 1872, Georgina HUGHES died in Victoria Australia at the age of 21. 
William Henry DENNE spent his life as a Sawyer, Carpenter and Builder in the Canterbury district and died in Ashburton, NZ on December 14 1914 at the age of 85.  Emblen died in Richmond Victoria on June 26 1907 aged 80 years. Ironically, had she lived longer, she would have had the unenviable position of remembering her two husbands passing, Charles on the 12th and William on the 14th of December.

Marriages of surviving children are as follows:-
Emmeline m. Thomas Edward BROUGHTON 26th March 1888 Chch
Henry George m. Mary Elizabeth NEEDHAM 29th March 1888 Chch
and Elizabeth PARLANE on 20th July 1909
Anne m. ?RUSSELL and had 3 sons. Her husband's family took the children after her marriage broke up. Am interested in learning details. 
Eliza (aka Gypsy) m. Fred SEBLEY
Elizabeth Craig m. Edward HERBERT
They all lived in Victoria, Australia from time to time, but spent time in each country.

A family legend states that Emblen was actually the daughter of Lord and Lady BLUNDELL, Blundell Castle, Ireland, and "ran off" with Charles (their gardener) a nephew of the author of Tom Brown's Schooldays. This has yet to be examined. Information courtesy of Jacqui. Jacqui hopes that this will open up some lines of communication. Posted 14 September, 2002 and updated Nov. 2010.

DeMole: John Stephen DE MOLE (1825-1853) Solicitor.
Born -12 Aug 1825, Southwark [inner borough, London].  Parents - John Bamber De Mole, 1798-1846, solicitor and Clerk to the Merchant Taylors Company, City of London, and Isabella Maudslay (1797-1870), daughter of Henry Maudslay, engineer and inventor. Eldest of 6 boys and 4 girls - one of each died young. Lived in Clerk's apartments at Merchant Taylors Hall - cultured and pious family with Genevan connections. Educated at home and at Merchant Taylors School, then probably entered his father's office for training.   Suffered from TB, as did several others in family.  John's father died in January 1845. In 1848 Isabella De Mole moved John and the younger children to Jersey for better climate. (Brothers Henry William, clerk in Custom House, London; Frederick Valentine, Hon.East India Co. Bengal Infantry; George, Merchant Navy.)

 C.1850 John married Anna Maria Scott Cuming, daughter of William Cuming, tavern-keeper in St.Heliers, Jersey (no record found). Sailed for New Zealand in 'Isabella Hercus', 24 October 1850.  He probably hoped the sea voyage would improve his health. Family tradition says he took a pre-fabricated iron house. There is a mention of them as being a 'family' but we don't know if that means they had a baby. Arrived Lyttelton 1 March 1851; New Plymouth 10 April. John acquired a Crown Grant of land- where?.  Said to have lived in 'very primitive conditions'.  We don't know if the iron house was ever got ashore or could be used.  His health deteriorated.

In August 1853 his brothers Henry William DM and Frederick Valentine arrived in Adelaide, SA. Henry re-embarked almost at once 'to meet John and bring him to Adelaide'. September 1853 - John sold his Crown Grant to Mr Halse. On 24 October John and his wife sailed in the 'Velox' brig for Sydney, where they arrived on 10 November.  John died on the 11th, on board the brig, aged 28.  He was buried by Henry in Camperdown Cemetery on the 13th November.

Taranaki Research Centre
Name: De Mole Mr & Mrs
Ship: Velox
Date: 24 Oct 1853
Direction: Departure
Port of departure: New Plymouth
Destination: Sydney
Newspaper date: 26 Oct 1853

Anna Maria had a half-brother, Henry Cuming, a winegrower in Adelaide. She presumably stayed with him until September 1854 when she returned to England via Melbourne. She was re-married in July 1859 to Captain William Ley Hunt.  The rest of the De Mole family joined Henry and Frederick in Adelaide in 1858 and settled there. 

Information courtesy of Anthea Fleming (Melbourne). Anthea is Henry's great-great grand-daughter.  "The sad stories of unsuccessful settlers who left no descendants should get a bit of a mention as well as the founders of families. The poor chap was only a footnote to the family saga, and his marriage had been completely forgotten till I started digging.  If descendants of any of his shipmates ever recorded anything about him, I should love to know."  

HAYTER: Richard HEYTER wrote a diary on board 'Isabella Hercus' to Lyttelton. Dates covered - 24 October 1850 - 13 January 1851. It is now at the Canterbury Museum in Christchurch. He was travelling with his sister Henrittta. Hayter took up farming in Heathcote but later became a contractor for the Northern Railway.

NASH: Charlotte Emily Nash and her brother Daniel, are recorded as arriving on that ship on that sailing. John Maurice wrote "I am not sure what became of Daniel, but Charlotte married Matthew Lee Joyce in December 1851 in Lyttelton. Their parents were, George Nash, headmaster of Canterbury, Kent, England and his wife Charlotte Elizabeth (nee Frazer). Charlotte was my Great great grandmother and is buried in the Picton cemetery.  Charlotte and Matthew had eight children and shifted to Picton with them all, Matthew drowned when the schooner Louisa foundered off the West Coast near Greymouth, shortly after their arrival in Picton. Charlotte later married a well known James (Worser) Hebberley. I am currently about 60% of the way to making a family history of all the descendants of Charlotte and Matthew Joyce. " Posted 20 February 2005

Star 9 April 1897, Page 2 OBITUARY
Mr John Rutland, who died at New Brighton on Wednesday last, at the age of seventy-three years, was one of the oldest settlers in Canterbury, as he arrived at Lyttelton in the "sixth ship" the Isabella Hercus, on March 1, 1851. He was one of the earliest builders in the province, and erected several buildings well known in the old days, among the first English church, Mr Latter, store on Norwich Quay, and Mr R. H. Rhodes 's house at Purau. He removed to Christchurch in 1856, and carried on business as a builder for several years on the Papanui Road, now Victoria Street. He afterwards became clerk of works to the Board of Education, and acted in that capacity for upwards of twelve years. For several years he lived in retirement, during the last few years at New Brighton. Mr, Rutland was a prominent member of the Wesleyan Church, and was first organist and choirmaster of the old chapel in High Street. He was one of the trustees of the Durham Street Church, and held various other offices. He also took an active part in musical circles in the early days. He leaves a grown up family of five sons and one daughter.

SHAND:  Three cabin passengers on the Isabella Hercus were John (1805 - 1874) from Chester, England with two sons Charles Arthur (1834 -) and Thomas Jones Walker Shand (1835 - 1918). Thomas was to have six children; Maude, Yeo, Phillip, Rebie, Norah and Esme and the descendants of these plan to have a family reunion at the time of the 150th Celebrations in Christchurch. Contact  Diana Shand ph (03) 365 0546 or fax 377 2387

John Shand, a merchant of Liverpool, emigrated as a widower for the health of his eldest son. His daughter Catherine joined them in 1857 after finishing her schooling. Soon after their arrival a two-storey sod homestead was built on "Avon Lodge" farm at Riccarton, where Shand Crescent comes off Riccarton Road. As one of the first to sign up to the Wakefield settlement, John Shand qualified for an acre town lot as an incentive. Shand’s Emporium stands on part today, at 88 Hereford. Street. The family established themselves breeding stud horses and farming. The way to a second farm "Rawcliffe" at Springston was marked with a ploughshare across the treeless plain, and now a road, is still called "Shand’s Track" by the locals. John built the Wheatsheaf Inn on Shand’s Track, now a private home.

John Shand was one of the early Masons in Christchurch and in November 1861 was elected to the Provincial Council. He was also on the A & P Association Committee, Avon Road Board and chaired the Riccarton Road Board.   Thomas’s eldest daughter, Dr Maude Ferrer, became one of New Zealand’s first women doctors and his three sons all moved to North Otago and farmed there until retiring. Boredom led them to buy isolated or high country farms in fare-flung corners, which they then left for their sons to carry on. Their sons farmed on at Island Hills, Culverden, Port Ligar, Marlborough Sounds, and Blue Duck, Kaikoura (which Tom left to become a Member of Parliament for Kaikoura). Posted Oct 10, 2000.

Shaftesbury Street, was Grondale St. Shand Crescent, John Shand (1805-74) came out in 1851 on the Isabella Hercus. His block ran from Riccarton Road to ...

SIDEBOTTOM: John Henry Charles Sidebottom was an oversearer for the Rhodes Brothers at Levels Station, South Canterbury and is known for apprehending James Mackenzie, the sheep stealer in 1855.  He was the son of Rev. Henry Sidebottom of Trinity Paraonage, Halifax, Yorkshire. Later he became part owner of a run on the Waimakariri River, near Oxford, NZ and sold his share before his death on 17 April 1859.

Star 12 October 1900, Page 3
WILLIAM SMART. Another old Canterbury identity passed away this morning in the person of Mr William Smart, who died at his residence, Ferry Road, in his seventy-first year. Mr Smart was born an London, and was award in Chancery. At an early age he was articled to Messrs Cubitt and Co., the famous builders, and under them had the supervision of a portion of the building of the new Covent Garden Theatre in the forties. He afterwards emigrated to New Zealand with his brother, the late Mr John Franklin Smart, arriving in Lyttelton in the ship Isabella Hercus, on March 1, 1851. He immediately entered into partnership with Mr H. Turner, in what was known as the Christchurch run, which extended from the Waimakarir to the Heathcote River. He subsequently, with Mr J. P. Lee, held the Kaiapoi run. In 1861 Mr Smart left Canterbury for the Otago diggings, and on the Provincial Council offering a reward of �1000 for the discovery of gold in Canterbury he, with the late Mr W. H. Simms and Mr J. Day, prospected for gold from the Waitaki to the Hurunui, where Mr Simms left the party. With Mr Day, under the guidance of Kaiapoi Maoris, Mr Smart was the first white man to descend the Teremakau River, and in doing so he discovered the first gold found in Canterbury, just above the mouth of the Greenstone Creek. Subsequently Mr Smart brought in the first water-race on the West Coast at the Greenstone, which he worked for a number of years. Mount Smart, at the head of the Greenstone is named after him. In 1872 he returned to Christchurch, and opened the White Rock Quarries in connection with the late Mr William Wilson, which they worked until transferring to the Whitecliffs Coal Mines at Malvern, the development of which Mr Smart has made a study for years, and in which his knowledge of geology stood him in good stead. In 1874 Mr Smart, married the widow of the late Mr Joseph Deighton, who still survives, but leaves no family.

SOLLY: Edward landed at Lyttelton on the Isabella Hercus at the age of 19.  He was listed as a butchers labourer. Finding that his line of work was either unavailable or unsatisfactory, he moved to Nelson where he purchased land at Waimea west before moving with his wife Mary and children to become pioneer farmers in the Takaka district He was said to have grown some of the finest hops in the district. He is listed on the early settlers memorial at Takaka, Golden Bay, Nelson.
Edward Solly b. 3rd Sept. 1865 Takaka. His parents were Edward Solly & Mary Ogilive Moore.

WIGZELL: Charles Samuel WIGZELL was born in Canterbury, Kent, in 1823, married to Hannah LEE on 13 Sept 1846 in Canterbury at St. Pauls, and died in hospital in Christchurch on 26 Nov. 1898. He is buried in Linwood Cemetery. Charles was a tanner and gardener, but more of a general labourer in New Zealand, although he is shown as a tanner and as a gardener at various times, mainly on the baptism records of his children. He lived in various locations, all in the Christchurch district.

Probably the most interesting of his children is Charles Edward WIGZELL, who is shown as being 2 years old on the Isabella Hercus passenger list. He was born in Castle Row, Canterbury, Kent, died on 7 Feb 1901 in Sutherland, Sydney, NSW and buried in the Independent Cemetery at Rookwood. He was married on 11 Feb. 1869 to Fanny EVANS (an English girl) in her parents house at 289 Riley St, Surry Hills, NSW. An article was published about him by the Sutherland Historical Society. "Charles was only a couple of years old when the family sailed from Plymouth to Christchurch, New Zealand to start a new life. He was educated there but at the young age of 16 he left NZ, and sailed to Sydney, NSW. In October 1866 he was accepted as a Sunday School teacher at the Bourke Street Congregational Church. He held that position until 1891, but was a Deacon of the Church almost up until his death. By 1867 he was in business at 143 South Head Road as a hairdresser, an enterprise which went from strength to strength. Charles, "a gentleman and a scholar" was hard working, with strong religious principles." He communicated well, and was obviously a good chairman and an equally good committee member. Information courtesy of  Graham Mason. Posted Oct. 2004

About 1850 a few members of the WIGZELL "clan" and their families, all of western Kent, emigrated to South Australia (2) and to New Zealand (3). It is not known why any of them migrated, but it seems they were neither rich nor destitute. Possibly they were just trying to establish a better life for their children?

WILLIS The surgeon-superintendent and representative of the Canterbury Association was Dr. John Willis who travelled with his wife Agnes and three daughters Agnes, Emma and Mary. He set up a practice in Christchurch, settled at Opawa on the Heathcote River on 100 acres called "Hawford." Their son Charles was also a passenger. Dr Willis died two days after a fall from his horse in Christchurch Square.

The Star Saturday 17 November 1900 page 5
Lyttelton - Willis
Another old Colonist who passed away, in the person of Mrs Willis. The deceased lady arrived in Lyttelton with her husband (the Late Dr. J.S. Willis) & 3 children in the Isabella Hercus, on March 1851. For many years she resided in Opawa, but latterly, with her youngest daughter at Port Levy. Until her death at the advanced age of 90 years which took place on Saturday last. Mrs Willis leaves four daughters and one son, 30 grandchildren and 4 g.grandchildren.

Ashburton Guardian, 26 July 1918, Page 4
The death is announced of Eleanor, relict, of the late Mr John Smith Wilcox at one time Mayor of Lyttelton and member of the Canterbury Provincial Council. Mrs Wilcox arrived at Lyttelton with her husband and one child by the seventh ship, the Isabella Hercus, on March 1. 1851, and resided in Canterbury till her death.

Captain Peter Houston late commander of the Isabella Hercus died on 10th march, 1853. His death took place a few days prior to the vessels arrival in London, on her homeward voyage from Lyttelton, after trading in the eastern archipelago for the last two years. Lyttelton Times 3 Sept. 1853 pg6

Passenger listing:
Isabella Hercus1855-1856 to Lyttelton

Book: John Hercus has published, Oct. 24, 2000, a 56 page book Isabella Hercus - the sixth ship. Covers the building of the ship at Ardrossan, Firth of Clyde, its voyages and some pen portraits about the better known immigrants. Limited edition. 350. Researched by John Hercus, Edited by Vivienne Allan. Contains 56 pages. Very well researched and illustrated. No index.
Chapter one: Launching the Isabella Hercus
Chapter two: The Journey to New Zealand
Chapter three: The Case for Six Ships
Chapter four: Founding Families
Chapter five: The Second Voyage to New Zealand
Chapter six: More Founding Families for Canterbury
Chapter seven: Travels & Tales
Chapter eight: The Last Voyage
The First Voyage to New Zealand October 1850-March 1851 The Passenger List
The Second Voyage to New Zealand - 1856 The Passenger List
References, Bibliography of Sources & References, Acknowledgments.

The Isabella Hercus was wrecked in 1871.
She was lost on the Colorado Reef, Cuba on 27 Feb.
Canterbury Pilgrims Association

New Zealander, 12 April 1851, Page 2
Mr. Godley had proceeded to Wellington by the Isabella Hercus. We shall be a little curious to hear how he has fared with the political agitators there, into whose arms he cast himself immediately on his arrival in the colony.

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