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The Indian Empire, 1338 tons, left Gravesend 4July1862 and arrived Auckland 20 October 1862 with under the command of Andrew Black.

Reference: Transcribed from Daily Southern Cross, 21 October 1862, Page 2 & 31 October 1862, Page 10

257 souls on board and a cargo of general merchandise. 107 days out from Gravesend. Four children died during the voyage and a sailor named George Hodgson, was killed by a fall to the deck from the royal yard, on the 3rd October. He remained insensible after the fall and died in about half an hour. three births occurred. The general health of the passengers was on the whole very good.

Passengers cabin and Government assisted 314k pdf 314k. My count 282 souls

White Wings

The Indian Empire arrived at Auckland in 1862. She was a vessel of 1314 tons, built at Quebec in 1860. She sailed from the Downs with immigrants on the 4th July, and after a tedious passage of eleven days down the Channel experienced moderate weather throughout the passage, arriving at Auckland on the October 26, 1862, making the passage in 107 days from the Downs and 96 from the Lizard.

In 1883 another clipper ship named Indian Empire, a vessel of 1515 tons, built in 1865 by Pile, at West Hartlepool, and owned by John Duncan, was despatched from London with cabin passengers only, for Dunedin, under Captain Watson. She sailed from Gravesend on March 2, and arrived at Port Chalmers on June 2, 1883, after an uneventful passage of 87 days, land to land.


Evening Post, 24 April 1911, Page 7
NAPIER, This Day. Mr. True Dalton, an old resident of Napier, dropped dead whilst walking on the Marine Parade this morning. He was somewhat frail, but otherwise enjoyed good health.

Hawera & Normanby Star, 28 June 1922, Page 4
An Auckland telegram announces the death of Mr Frederic George Ewington, aged 79. Arriving by the ship Indian Empire in 1862, he served in the Maori war. He was formerly a member of the Prisons Board.

New Zealand Herald, 25 February 1908, Page 1
GOOSEMAN. On February 22, 1908, at Onehunga, Ellen, relict of the late Samuel Gooseman, In her 81st year. Interred at Mangere yesterday.

Hawera & Normanby Star, 25 January 1922, Page 4
A very old colonist, Mr John Gray, of Mount Eden, Auckland, died on Sunday morning, at the age of 84 years. Mr Gray was born in Antrim, Ireland, and arrived in Auckland by the ship Indian Empire in 1862, having resided there continuously until his death.

Auckland Star, 9 January 1904, Page 2 THE DISAPPEARANCE OF HENDERSON.
Up to the present time no trace hap been found of Mr Matthew Henderson, who has been missing since Tuesday morning, and whose boat was found drifting near Riverhead on Tuesday afternoon. Mr Henderson, who is 64 years of age, is a colonist of 41 years' standing, having arrived from London by the ship Indian Empire in the early sixties. He was an architect by profession, and designed a large number of buildings in Auckland, including the Foresters' Hall, the steeple and alterations to St. Andrew's Church, and the Nixon Monument at Otahuhu. Having made a competency, he retired some years ago, and has since lived in Victoria-street West. lie owned The section of land at Greenhithe on which the wharf is situated, and on Monday last suggested that his son, who is at present on a visit to Auckland from Wellington, should go up with him and see the land. Whenever he went to Greenhithe he always preferred to sleep on the boat, which he had very frequently done, there being no house on his section, and on this occasion, when a landing could not be effected there, the son pulled across to Pine Island. On arrival there the boat was pulled upon the beach to a point which the son considered was above high-water mark, and the painter was there tied to a post. The father then went to sleep in the boat, and at his request the son slept in the scrub near by. When he returned to the boat in the morning he was horrified to find that the boat had disappeared, and that there was no trace of his father on the island. The whole family were terribly shocked on learning the news. It is conjectured that the rising tide floated the boat, and that in endeavouring to get her ashore again Mr Henderson overbalanced himself and fell into the water and was drowned. Mr Henderson and Mrs Henderson have two sons and four daughters, all married, the eldest son residing in Sydney.

Auckland Star, 11 January 1922, Page 7
SIXTY YEARS RESIDENT. Information has been received of the death at Gisborne of it well-known and highly esteemed resident of this city, Mrs. Margaret Anne Kilpatrick, who was in her 85th year. She lived for a long time in Newton Road. She arrived in Auckland with her husband, the late Mr. David Kilpatrick and her infant son. on the of October. 1862 in the ship Indian Empire, Captain A. Black, after a passage of 107 days from the Downs, which, after anchoring off old Queen Street wharf, disembarked her passengers into small boats, these hardy settlers, after landing, having then to pick their way up Queen Street and through the mud of this old-time roughly-formed main thoroughfare. As a convert in the great 1859 revival in the North of Ireland, embracing her native town, she held strong religious convictions which permeated her life and work, and was, in turn, a source of strength and an incentive to those who were associated with her during a continuous residence in this country. She was an old member of the Auckland Baptist Church, both at Wellesley Street, and the Tabernacle, and was closely associated with the church's early ministers, including the Revs. P. H. Cornford, Allan Webb, and Thomas Spurgeon. As a teacher of the Young Women's Bible Class she took an active part in the Sunday School work, and her kindly counsel and interest will be long remembered by her former pupils and also by a large circle of friends and associates. Mrs. Kilpatrick of late years was connected with the Plymouth Brethren at Auckland, Dunedin, and Gisborne. Deceased was interred at Gisborne, and is survived by her son, William Kilpatrick, of Gisborne, her daughter, Mrs. F.C. Martin, of Dunedin. and nine grand-children.

Ashburton Guardian, 27 December 1920, Page 5 MR ANDREW LETHAM.
A well-known and respected resident, of Ashburton passed away on Saturday night in the person of Mr Andrew Letham. Mr Letham was born in Lanarkshire, Scotland, in 1841, and came to Auckland in 1862 by the ship Indian Empire. After spending a year in Auckland he removed to Canterbury, and was for about two years engaged in fencing and contracting in and near. Christchurch and at the Springs Road. Mr Letham then started farming on a part of Westenra's run at Dunsandel, where he was in partnership with a friend, to whom .he sold his interest, and removed to the Ashburton' district. He settled on the Wakanui run, where he leased 200 acres, and carried on farming for seven years, till the expiration of his lease. Mr Letham then purchased a block of 230 acres, a portion of Mr Moore's freehold, and carried on a prosperous system of farming until 1897, when he sold out and purchased the fine estate of Sherwood, near Rakaia, which was originally owned by Mr Passmore. The block consisted of 2500 acres, and Mr Letham continued sheep farming and grain growing for some years. He retired to Ashburton about 12 years ago. During his residence at Wakanui he was a member of the school committee, and while at Sherwood was a member of the South Rakaia Road Board. He was a member of the Ashburton A. and P. Association and of the Ashburton Bowling Club. He leaves a wife and an adult family of four son's and four daughters to mourn their, loss.

Evening Post, 14 June 1889, Page 2
Mr. W. E. Teague, an old resident of this city, expired at his residence in Hopperstreet yesterday morning at the advanced age of 77 The deceased gentleman was born in 1812 at Penrhyn, in Cornwall, and began life as a clerk on the estate of Lord Downshire, afterwards attaining to the position of agent on the family property at Hillsborough Castle, County Down. Seeing in the colonial enterpries of the time better opportunity, as he thought, for the promotion of the interests of his family, Mr. Teague emigrated to New Zealand about the year 1860 [sic], arriving in Auckland by the ship Indian Empire. Through the influence of the Hon. Dr. Pollen, M.L.C., to whom he had brought letters of introduction from Ireland, Mr. Teague received an appointment in the service of the General Government, but his stay in the Northern capital was not of long duration, for with the removal of the Seat of Government to Wellington in 1865, Mr. Teague, with other Civil servants, was compelled to come here. He resided with his family near the present suburb of Wadestown, and remained in the public service until about seven years ago, who the increasing infirmities of age demanded his retirement from active work. The deceased gentleman leaves a family of six, two sons and four daughters. The two eldest daughters are married, one to Mr. Thomas Whitton, son of Mr. John Whitton, the well-known farmer of Wadestown ; the other to Mr. J. C. Woodward, formerly of the Government Stationery Department, and a nephew of the late Mr. Jonas Woodward, Public Trustee. The funeral leaves the late residence of deceased at 12 45 to-morrow.

New Zealand Herald, 21 October 1911, Page 8
An old resident of Papatoetoe. Mr. Francis Marshall Winters, died at his residence on Tuesday last at the age of 70 years. The late Mr. Winters was a native of County Down, Ireland. He arrived in New Zealand by the ship Indian Empire on October 17, 1861, [sic] so that his death took place on the 49th anniversary that event. He is survived by widow, six sons and three daughters.

Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, 19 November 1862, Page 3
From the Southern Cross. A meeting of the Acclimatization Society was held on the 25th October, at which a letter was read from Mr. Francis Stevens, of Mount Eden, in which he stated that, by the ship Indian Empire, then due, he should be in receipt of a box of eggs of various British birds, coated with glycerine which he would be happy to place at the disposal of the society. The offer was accepted with thanks.