Christchurch, May 28
The following is the passenger list for the Ionic
For London (first saloon) - from Auckland Eckford Mrs Knight Miss Melville Mr, Mrs and Miss Melville Masters R and C Nicol Alfred Nichol Mrs and three children Oakes Mr E.H.A. Smith Mr B.B. Want Miss
Second saloon Witherspoon Mrs Witherspoon Mr junr. Witherspoon Mr and Mrs
Steerage Bashford Misses (5) Dominick Mr O'Donnell Johansen Mr J Kiddle Mr W Milsom Mr James Rose Mr Alfred Rose Mrs Elizabeth Rose Miss Clara Rose Mr John Sumnis Mr James
from Christchurch Holdsworth Mr R.B. James Mr A.J. Lord Mr James Tosswill Mr J.N. Tosswill Misses (2) White Miss A.J.
Second saloon Best Mr Fryer Mr R.W. Saunders Mr Frank Shillito Mr Williams Mr
Steerage Bradley Mr W Brown Mr H Hagget Mr V Heald Mr George McKay Mr Alex Merson Mr and Mrs Philps Mr A
From Timaru (first saloon) Macpherson Mr, Mrs and Miss McCallum Miss
Steerage From Timaru Smith Mrs Jessie
From Dunedin (first saloon) Claridge Mrs W.R. Pettigrew Miss Second saloon Snodgrass Miss Constance Munro Mr and Mrs
Steerage Taylor Mr A
For Rio (first saloon) Fitzgerald Mr and Mrs Willard Mrs from Christchurch (second saloon) Edwards Mrs and Miss Japanese troupe (18) from Christchurch
The land's in sight, we joyful cry,
Up rushing to the deck;
With eager gaze we scan the sky,
And to our comrades beck
Farewell, ye billows, on whose breast
For full six weeks we've rolled
Hail, fair New Zealand, where we'll rest,
And hope to work for gold.
Thousands of miles from land and thee
far over the rolling bright blue sea,
But, dearest, wheresoe'er's I roam
I fondly think of thee at home.
From an Old Green
R.M.S. Ionic 18th Oct. 1897, first saw the shores of NZ, arrived Wellington.
Published in the Sowerby Bridge Chronicle 5th May 1899: Column 3