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'Jura' to Otago in 1862

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The passenger lists has proven elusive so this is a reconstruction, an ongoing project. 284 passengers arrived - have 97 names, 33% and counting. If you know the names of any passengers please email me. THANKS. Remember newspapers are a secondary source. A typo, a transcription error or a transposition error, could get you another month, another year, another port, another voyage. Double check. I see two cases here where the year should be Jura 1862 but reads Jura 1858 the other 1863.  There was no voyage by the Jura in 1863.

Jura, ship, 792 tons, under Capt. Robert Chambers.  This voyage commenced at Clyde, Scotland 18th July 1862 and then called in at Lamlash Bay where a discharged a quantity of ballast and then continued on her way on 30 June 1862 to Port Chalmers, arrived 6th Oct. 1862 with 284 Scottish migrants. She made two voyages out to Port Chalmers, N.Z. The first one was in 1858.

The ship Jura, from Glasgow, with 320 passengers, arrived at the Heads on Sunday night. The Jura left Lamlash the 30th June last. She crossed the Line on the twenty-eighth day after leaving, and throughout had a very favourable passage, though baffed for about a month off the Cape by a succession of S.E. winds. From the Cape to New Zealand, she made the, passage in twenty-seven days, experiencing some of her worst weather during the past week when off the coast. When off the Tuscar, she lost both top-gallant masts, and on the 20th of July carried away her jib boon and fore yard. Sighted only one vessel, whose signal she could, not distinguish, and saw no land. Except a simple case of measles when about a month, no illness of an epidemic nature prevailed on board, and the passengers have throughout been exceedingly healthy. Out of the number, the married females suffered most, and one, Mrs. McNeill, died on the passage. She had been ill for some time, and after the pre- mature birth of an infant, who did not survive, rapidly sank till the time of her death. That was the only death onboard. There were two other two births, both children surviving. Otago Daily Times, Oct. 4


Otago Daily Times 19 September 1862, Page 4
We learn from a private source that the ship Jura, for this port, sailed, on the 17th June; but, as the captain did not consider her in good trim for the voyage, he put into Lamlash Bay and discharged 110 tons pig iron, so that the Jura would get clear of the Channel about the same time as the Cheviot, the latter vessel having sailed on the 21st June. [The Cheviot arrived on 13th Oct.]

Otago Daily Times, 7 October 1862, Page 4
Arrival: Jura, ship, Chambers, from the Clyde, general cargo, 320 passengers. Gregg, Turnbull and Co., agents.

Otago Daily Times 10 October 1862, Page 4
The passengers who arrived by the Jura from Glasgow, numbered altogether 284. The number shipped was 233, and this number was increased by three births but were diminished by the death of one of the passengers, and one of the infants, makings the total on arrival 254, or equal to 272½ statute, adults. The numbers previously given constituted the total list of persons on board, including officers and crew.

Southland Times, 12 December 1862, Page 2
According to the report of the Immigration Officer of Otago, addressed to the Superintendent, it would appear that some of the immigrants, lately arrived at Dunedin, have resorted to a "dodge " for getting cheap passages. Mr. Allan says :— " Whatever irregularities may have taken place, has occurred without the knowledge of the agents. In my report on the arrival of the Jura, I felt it my duty to state that four females by that ship came out as unmarried among the single females, while the husbands of three of them were in the same ship among the single men and the husband of the fourth preceded he per Robert Henderson ; this device being resorted to in order to evade the full payment of the passage money. The Government instructed me to demand the immediate payment of the sum advanced by the agents for these parties, and if not complied with, to prosecute them for obtaining money under false pretences. In another part of the same report, he expresses the following opinion as to the class of female immigrants most suited to the requirements of the colony :— " From the experience I have now derived in regard to female immigration, I can confidently assert that the only class suitable for this colony is hard-working domestic servants, and these alone will succeed. Nothing, in my opinion, would be more imprudent, both as regards the colony and the parties themselves than the introduction of needlewomen and go vernesses from the large towns at home into this Province, as they are wholly unsuitable, from their previous habits, to engage as servants in families, and equally unsuitable as wives to our working classes. As soon as they find that there is no demand for them and, perhaps, after trial that they cannot perform the duties required of a servant in a family, they lose heart, and moral ruin is imminent. I have seen a few instances of this kind, and now feel it my duty respectfully to warn the Government against spending the public money in assisting females of these classes."

Otago Daily Times 8 October 1862, Page 4
The ship Jura, already reported, discharged her passengers to-day into the Ruby, by which vessel they were conveyed to town—Mr Allen, immigration agent, being present, as usual, to receive those being assisted passengers, of whom there were a number—principally young females, and all of a very respectable class. A considerable proportion of the passengers are from the North of Scotland—many of them accustomed to pastoral pursuit, and others to a sea-coast and fishing life. The list includes also a number of skilled mechanics. Among the other sources of enjoyment on board, the Debating Club was the most: patronised, the meetings being held bi-weekly, and having an average attendance of 22 members, out of a roll of 32, of whom Mr Barr - was president, and Mr J. Smith, vice-president, Mr Bain and others filling the secretaryship; and similar offices. Mrs M'Neill. whose death occurred on board, after a settled illness and a premature birth, was a native of Torneat, Haddingtonshire. The death formed the subject of a very affecting funeral sermon by the Rev. Mr M'Naughton, who was on boat, and who, with Captain Chambers, Dr Adams, and others, took an active interest in the welfare of the passengers. Of the Cheviot, which left the Clyde before the Jura, there is as yet no appearance.

ArchivesNZ - Dunedin

J Crawford and J Auld, Edinburgh Agents to Superintendent - Announce sailing of the "Robert Henderson" and sailings of the "Jura" and the "Bombay" in near future, all with assisted female emigrants - 10 June 1862.
J Crawford and J Auld, Edinburgh Agents to Superintendent - Forwards lists of assisted emigrants by the "Robert Henderson" (8), "Jura" (59½) and "Bombay" (7).
Immigration Agent, Otago to Provincial Secretary - Reports arrival of the "Jura" and reports that four assisted emigrants have been found to be married [includes attachment regarding the married emigrants] - 8 Oct. 1862 

Otago Daily Times 28 August 1862, Page 4
Assisted females (60) per Jura, which sailed from the Clyde 16th June, 1862.  Messrs. George M. Barr and Thomas MacFarlane, surveyors; selected by Messrs. D. and S. Stevenson, for the Provincial Government of Otago, are in the ship.

Rachael Annan 		dairymaid
Margaret Armstrong	domestic servant
Johan Armstrong 	domestic servant
Margaret Bell 		domestic servant
Isabella Break 		domestic servant
Mary Burns 		servant
Christina Cameron 	domestic servant
Catherine Cameron 	domestic servant
Mary Cameron 		domestic servant
Jane Coverly 		dressmaker
Agnes Cunningham 	servant
Helen Davidson 		domestic servant
Jane Dickson 		domestic servant
Ann Doull 		domestic servant
Jane Drysdale 		servant 
D. H. Edington 		domestic servant
Janet Ferrier 		domestic servant 
Mary Flinn 		domestic servant
Jeanie Forrester 	cook
Margaret Forrester 	domestic servant
Rebecca Forrester 	cook
Janet Gibson 		domestic servant
Margaret Harvie 	domestic servant
Janet Helm 		domestic servant
Margaret Helm 		domestic servant
Isabella Helm 		domestic servant
Mary Helm 		domestic servant
Janet Hogg 		servant
Mary Jackson 		domestic servant
Jane Lindsay 		domestic servant
Margaret Lindsay 	domestic servant
Helen Luke 		cook
Christina M'Ausland  	domestic servant
Sarah M'Crae 		servant
Margart McDonald 	domestic servant
Jane M'Donald 		domestic servant
Isabella M'Donald 	domestic servant
Helen M'Donald 		domestic servant
Mary M'Ewan 		domestic servant
Janet M'Ewan 		domestic servant
Sarah M'Intosh 		domestic servant
Ann M'Laren 		domestic servant
Isabella M'Lellan  	domestic servant
Agnes M'Lellan 		servant
Barbara M'Leod 		domestic servant
Isabella Marwick 	domestic servant
Anne Marwick 		domestic servant
Charlotte Milton 	domestic servant
Mary O'Brien 		servant
Helen Sinclair 		domestic servant
Ann Shaw 		domestic servant
Isabella Souness 	domestic servant 
Maria Stewart 		nurserymaid
Margaret Stewart 	domestic servant
Mary Strachan 		domestic servant
Margaret Stuart 	servant
Barbara Sutherland 	domestic servant
Christina Thom 		servant
Annie Thom 		servant
Mary Thomson 		domestic servant 

Cabin passengers - (16) ODT of 7 Oct 1862

Adams 		Dr.
Bain 		Mr
Barr 		George Morrison C.E. surveyor
Comlin 		Mr
Davar 		Mr J.
Fleming 	Mr J.S.	[Flemings]
Jopp 		Mr
Jopp 		family
McFarlane 	Thomas 	surveyor
M'Kimbell 	Mr
M'Kimbell 	Mrs
M'Naughton 	Rev. J
M'Naughton 	Miss
Michaelson 	Mr
Ramsay 		Keith	b. at the manse, Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland in 1844
Smith 		Mr. J. Vassie
Whinney 	Mr

Reconstructed list - Steerage (21)

Burnett		Hugh		resided at Kurow
Cameron 	John		b. Sutherlandshire in 1842, settled in Waimate
Cameron		brother
Cowan 		John		38, bootmaker. Born 6 Mar 1824 Burntisland, Fife
Cowan 		Mrs Maggie	age 35
Cowan 		Agnes		15 months. b. 13 Feb 1861 Aberdour, Fife. Dressmaker never married.
Donald 		Mr
Donald 		Mrs
Donald 		child
Gunn		Farquhar	Cyclopedia NZ - Otago & Southland edition
Jardine		James		b. at the Hake, nr Lochberie, Dumfriesshire, settled at Awamoko. D. 1888 Cyclopedia NZ - Otago ed.
McNeill 	Mrs 		died after delivering prematurely, native of Torneat
McPhee 		Neil		b. 1825 South Uist, a farmer in Awamoko, North Otago, buried in Georgetown cemetery 
Miller 		David 		steerage, 21, wrote diary
Munro 		Finlay
Munro 		Donald 		b. at Alness, Ross-shire in Aug. 1843 Ref. Cyclopedia NZ - Canterbury edition. Jura 1861 [sic]
Paterson 	George 		christening 19 Dec 1810, Reay, Scotland
Paterson 	Mrs Ann		nee McLeod m. 18 Feb. 1835, Tongue, Sutherland
Paul		James		The Cyclopedia of NZ [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts
Youngson 	Alexander
Youngson 	Mrs

It looks like some of the imports of boxes on the Jura were by passengers

Otago Daily Times 8 October 1862, Page 4 Manifest
Per Jura, from Glasgow
1 box, J. Salmond
1 box J. Suness
4 cases hams, T. Moodie
1 box, Capt McDonald
12 casks whiskey, 73 boxes, W. Dalrymple
1 box books, W. Blackie
2 boxes, W. and G. Turnbull and Co.
20 casks whiskey, Order
2 boxes, J. O'Daring
4 boxes, W. Shand
1 box, 2 bales, J. Cowan
400 bales lath, D. Henderson
1 box, D. Henderson
J. Mollison?
1 box, J. Hay
1 box, A. Rennie
1 box, Sinclair and Hislop
2 boxes, R. Jopp
1 box, J. Adams
5 packages nails, Mollison?
1 box, J. Wilkie
1 box, Herriott and Mitchell
1 box, 1 pair wheels, 50 troughs, 17 mangels, 1400 flooring tiles, order;
3 boxes Kirkpatrick
1 box, Dunlop
1 box, W. Ma__iin?
1 plough, W. Oughton
5 boxes, Smith, Fleming and Brown
20 boxes, order;
350 casks per Dalgety, Rattray and Co.
30 boxes, Cargill and Co
75 bars, 17 bales, 2 bundles hoops, 3 sheets iron, 12 bays iron, 1 box, A. Gilmore
1 box, W.J. Junor
2 boxes, P. Robertson
8 casks paint, 40 drums oil, 1 case cutlery, 3 boxes and 7 casks, 18 bundles spades, 2 boxes, 1 cask, 50 ___, 2 boxes saddlery, 1 bhd do, 6 boxes, J. and J. H. Barr
1 box, Bagerie
1 box, 1 pair wheels, 2 bales spades, J. Dunlop
1 box, J Steadman
1 box, 4 pillars, and 8 casks, 12 hhds, 1 barrel, 5 casks, 2 crates, 6 hampers, 15 bales spades, 3 bales brooms, 77 cart bushes, 47 plough rests, 12 plough soles, 2 beams, 2 fly-wheels, 12 plough sides, 1 weighing machine, 2 hat-stands, 7 gr___, 1 stove, 1 kitchen range, 67 pkgs nails, J and J.H. Burr
140 tons pig iron, 80 tons coal, order.


A small diary held by the Hocken Library, in Dunedin, N.Z. and has been transcribed by J. Cornwell. The 21 year old David Miller immigrated to Otago as a steerage passenger on board the `Jura.' His diary covers the period 13 June to 7 Oct 1862, describing the voyage to Port Chalmers. No names are mentioned. As is  modern.

10th July. One of the stowaways was sent up to give one of the sailors a hand with the forsail yard. So he got up so far and stuck he could go no further. Shoot him the bosum called up.
Monday 16th Sept. Eight young men put ashore today. They had been stowed away four days.
Thursday 19th Sept. Another two stoways put ashore.

It was rumoured this morning there was a great addition to the passengers, but it turned out to be a shepherd's collie had six whelps.

Today the Minister got himself chalked tonight. It is the rule among the sailors no cabin passenger allowed near the stern of the vessel. So the minister came to the forecastle and one of the sailors put a cross on his back and told him he was under a fine.  

The History of Oamaru and North Otago, New Zealand: from 1853 to the end of 1889 By W. H. Sherwood Roberts pg 452
On 31st March 1888, David Miller died, aged 47. He was in Dunedin, where he had just undergone a second operation for cancer. He was a man of great personal worth, of most upright character, and of great kindness of heart, a man of enterprise, and a large employer of labour. At the time of his death he had the contract for repairing the Breakwater at Oamaru in hand. He was born at Methven, Perthshire, and was brought up as a mason. He arrived in Otago in October, 1862 by the ship Jura from Glasgow. Shortly after his arrival he travelled overland to the West Coast goldfield, whence he came to Oamaru, where he joined the survey party of Mr. MacFarlane. Later on he was engaged in the management of the thrashing mills of the Messrs Meek. After that he turned his attention to the building trade, and signalised himself as a carver of ornamental stone work. When Walkem and Payman started the Breakwater, the Harbour Board appointed Miller foreman of the Works, and afterwards, in partnership with Alexander Smillie, took the contract to continue breakwater. The firm subsequently took contracts on the railway north of Christchurch, at Waihemo, and at Deep Stream on the Otago Central. He married Elizabeth, second daughter of John Henderson, of Coquet street, Oamaru who survived with eight children.

North Otago Times, 2 April 1888, Page 2
Mr David Miller breathed his last at about 6 o'clock on Saturday morning. A native of Fortbsbiro, Mr Miller was born at Methven, where his father was foreman of the works at extensive stone quarries. Mr Miller himself was brought up as a builder, and learned his trade in Perth. He arrived at Port Chalmers in October, 1863, [sic] in the ship Jura, from Glasgow. Shortly after his arrival there he travelled overland from Dunedin to the West Coast goldfields. He came to North Otago, where he joined the survey party of  Mr Macfarlane. Later on he was engaged in the management of the threshing mills of the Messrs Meek. After that, be turned his attention to the building trade his own trade and became n member of the firm of Wilton, Roxburgh, Miller and Smilie. During this connection Mr Miller signalised himself as a carver of ornamental stonework, subsequently he entered the service of the Oamaru Harbor Board as its foreman of works after it had entered upon the construction of the Breakwater. Mr Miller is survived by Mrs Miller and their eight children, he having married many years ago to the second daughter of Mr James Henderson, of this town.

Pen Portraits

Colonist, 27 April 1869, Page 2
Mr. J. Vassie Smith, late of Westport, and for some time member of the Provincial Council, died lately at the Fiji Islands.

Colonist, 25 January 1870, Page 2
A correspondent of the Westport Times writes stating that he has just received a letter from some friends of his in Levuka, Fijis, and that there seems to be no truth in the report of the murder of Mr. J. Vassie Smith, who left Westport for the Fijis about eighteen months ago. The writer of the letter does not mention Mr. Smith's whereabouts, but supposes he is " all right still."

Otago Witness 15 April 1882, Page 17
On the 3rd April, at the residence of her son-in law Mr Peter Murray, Waipahi, Isabel Duffton, widow of the late James Roy, of Wairuna aged 71 years.

Otago Witness 1 May 1907, Page 34 Mr G. M. BARR
We regret to have to announce the death of Mr George Morrison Barr, M.I.C.E., one of the most prominent consulting engineers in the colony, and a gentleman who has undertaken many important works, the carrying out of which has resulted in material progress being made by the City of Dunedin and the province of Otago. The deceased gentleman, who passed away on Saturday, was 70 years of age. Mr Barr was born in 1837 at Glasgow, where he completed his scholastic course at the University, taking two first prizes for engineering and mechanics. He served his articles with Mr Thos. Kyle, who had extensive works in and around Glasgow, and after completing his term of five years continued with his employer for three years as assistant before removing to Edinburgh, where he entered the service of Mr Charles Jopp, M. Inst. C E., who at that time was consulting engineer to the North British Railway Company, for which Mr Barr surveyed several branch lines in the South and East of Scotland under his principal - The Provincial Government of Otago, requiring an experienced surveyor, Mr Barr was an applicant for the position, and was finally selected in Jan., 1862. He landed at Port Chalmers in the ship Jura in October of the same year, and was engaged in various parts of the province for the ensuing four years under the Survey Department. In August, 1866, he was transferred to the Public Works Department, of which he became chief engineer three years later, which position he held till November, 1872, when he resigned and commenced the practice of his profession in Dunedin. Ten years later Mr Barr was appointed engineer to the Dunedin Harbour Board, with which body he remained till November, 1888, when he retired from the position owing to the exhaustion of loan, which necessitated the stoppage of large works. Since that time he has been engaged in private practice. During the term of his appointment as provincial engineer Mr Barr had charge of all harbours, roads, and buildings in the province. Mr Barr took a prominent part in connection with the Dunedin Harbour, he being one of the first to recommend the opening up of the western channel in preference to the old channel on the eastern side. In 1870 work was commenced under his direction, but owing to an accident to the dredge was stopped and not resumed till after the constitution of the Otago Harbour Board in 1874. The scheme of works then initiated has developed into the Victoria channel, so that 17 years after the first dredging Mr Barr as the Harbour Board's engineer, had the satisfaction of bringing it to such a stage as to be available for the navigation of vessels. Mr Barr also designed and carried out' 'harbour works at Wanganui to a certain extent. In private practice the deceased gentleman designed and constructed waterworks at New Plymouth, Queenstown, and Cromwell, and for the past few years he held the position of consulting engineer in connection with the schemes undertaken by the City Council for the extension' of its water supply. The Waitati-Leith scheme was carried to a successful issue by Mr Barr, who also had control of the works connected with the water supply for the Borough of Roslyn. About the middle of the present month arrangements were completed whereby Mr Barr undertook the engineering work connected with the provision of water for the Borough of Mornington from the city's Waitati- Leith supply. Mr Barr was elected a member of the Institute of Civil Engineers, London, in February 1882, and in 1392 he was awarded a Telford premium for a paper on the Otago Harbour works. Mr Barr served two years as a member of the Dunedin City Council, and after ceasing to be engineer to the Otago Harbour Board he was a member of that body for four years. He was one of the first members of the Mornington School Committee, and its first chairman. He was also one of the first vice-presidents of the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors, was a member of the first Board of Examiners for surveyors in New Zealand, and was in recent years the sole survivor of the founders of the Glasgow Geological Society. Mr Barr married, in 1877, a daughter of Mr Thomas Oliver, C.E., of Kaikorai.

Otago Daily Times 25 October 1899, Page 7
Mr James Walker Bain, one of Southland's pioneers, died somewhat suddenly on the morning of the 29th-ult. Deceased was present in good health at the meeting on Tuesday night to hear the views of those favourable to federation but that night a serious internal trouble manifested itself, and, despite all that medical aid could do, had a fatal termination as above. Mr Bain was born in Edinburgh and after receiving his education; at the Free Church Normal School and afterwards, at a private academy, entered into the service of Messrs Oliver and Boyd, a well-known firm of printers and publishers. He came to Otago in the ship Jura in 1858, and obtained employment in the office of the Otago Witness. About the beginning of 1861 he went to Invercargill and joined with the late Mr Smallfield in establishing the first newspaper there -the first issue of the Southland news and Foveaux Straits Herald appearing on February 14, 1861. Some years later Messrs, Smallfield. and and Bain sold out to Messrs, Harriett and Co. and Mr. Bain returning to the Home country again. After returning to the colony again he joined with Mr W. Craig in the repurchase of the Southland News, but Mr Bain sold his interest and became proprietor of the Southland Times, which he conducted for several years, eventually selling out. Deceased was 58 years old and leaves a widow and four daughter and three sons, all gown up.

North Otago Times, 15 January 1890, Page 2
Mr Hugh Burnett, of Kurow, whose death we briefly noticed in yesterday's issue, was a very old settler, as well as an old man. It was stated that Mr Burnett was 74 years of age, whereas his age was 77. He arrived at Port Chalmers by the ship Jura in 1862, and has resided at Kurow ever since then. Mr Burnett was a native of Aberdeenshire, Scotland, and his father, Mr David Burnett, of Balfeddie, was a well-known cattle breeder. The gentleman just deceased was one of the oldest Masons in New Zealand, and he was at one time a District Grand Master in the north of Scotland. It may interest some to know that Mr Burnett was the first white man to discover coal in the Kurow district, and we believe that he spent L800 in trying to develop his discovery, but without any result personally satisfactory to himself. He has lived quietly as a settler on a bit of land of his own in the Kurow district.

Otago Witness 11 January 1900, Page 38
A very old Tokomairiro resident died at Milton last Monday in the person of Mrs J. Cowan. Deceased, who was highly respected, came to the colony by the ship Jura in 1862, and has resided with her husband in Milton ever since. There are now only two persons living in Milton who arrived by the Jura. Mrs Cowan was 72 years of age at the time of her death. — Bruce Herald.

Otago Witness 15 April 1908, Page 8
The death of Mr N. M'Phee removes another of the early settlers. Mr M'Phee who reached the ripe age of 83, landed at Port Chalmers by the Jura in 1862 and, after a few years spent on the Taieri, settled at Papakaio, where he has since resided continuously. He took little part in public affairs, but formed many friendships, and his death is regretted. He is survived by his wife and a grown-up family of six sons and three daughters.

Tuapeka Times, 29 February 1908, Page 3
Golden Wedding. Mr and Mrs Finlay MUNRO, Tuapeka Flat
Mr and Mrs Munro are both natives of Sutherlandshire, Scotland, the former being born at Strathmere, Durness, in the year 1827, and the latter at Achtoty, Tongue, in the year 1839. Mr Munro has, therefore, reached the fine age of 81, and, though perhaps a little less active, is a wonderfully well-preserved man for his years a tribute, no doubt, to the tine open-air life he has led. Mrs Munro, who in her 68th year, is remarkably fresh, and many were the complimentary remarks passed during the day on her youthful appearance. They were married in the Established Church, Tongue, on the 23rd February, 1858, by the Rev. George McKay, and four years later Mr Munro left his wife and two children in Scotland whilst he came out to New Zealand to make a home for her and his family in this new land. He was a passenger by the ship Jura (Capt. Chalmers), which arrived at Port Chalmers on the 22nd October, 1862, after an eventful voyage of 11 weeks. This vessel, according to Mr Munro, was a rotten tub, and but for the excellent seamanship of Captain Chalmers it is doubtful if she would have reached port. Mrs Munro came out to New Zealand in the ship Nelson, which arrived in Dunedin in November, 1863. Mr Munro's first employment in New Zealand was shepherding with Cargill and Musgrove on Teviot Station, where he remained for four years. He then came to Tuapeka district, where he took up the land he at present occupies and engaged in butchering and farming. The union was blessed with a family of eight sons and one daughter, only six of the former being now alive. With the exception of one, all the members of the family were present, as also were a number of the grandchildren, who number 12. Among the numerous gifts received by Mr and Mrs Munro were a purse of sovereigns and a number of pieces of silver platt. The bridesmaid at the original ceremony (Mrs Alex. Robertson, of Lawrence) a sister of Mr Munro's would have been present on this occasion but for illness.

Otago Witness 4 March 1908, Page 25
Mr and Mrs Finlay Munro, of Tuapeka Flat, celebrated their golden wedding on Sunday week. An interesting feature in connection with the event was that Mr Munro wore the coat in which he was married 50 years ago. It is in a wonderful state of preservation, and but for the fact that it is a little Ancient in style, might have been taken as of recent manufacture. It was mentioned that the bridesmaid at the original ceremony (Mrs Alexander Robertson, of Lawrence), a sister of Mr Munro's would have been, present on this occasion but for illness. The ceremony over, and Mr and Mrs Munro having received the congratulations of all present, the company retired to the open air, where a number of photographs were obtained by Mr Wurr. A liberal supply of refreshments was then served in a large marquee, and full justice was done to the good things provided. Mr and Mrs Munro (after whom Munro's Gully is named) were residents when the diggings were in full swing. Mr Munro came to New Zealand in ship Jura in 1862. His first employment in New Zealand was shepherding with Cargill and Musgrove on the Teviot Station, where he remained for four years. He then went to Tuapeka district, where he took up the land he at present occupies, and engaged in butchering and farming.

Otago Daily Times 9 October 1911, Page 3
Mr Finlay Munro who had been a resident of the Tuapeka district since 1862, died at his residence, Tuapeka Flat, last month. The deceased, who was 84 years of age, was in a good state of health until a few months months ago when he met with a severe accident to his hand. The painful nature of his injuries undermined his robust constitution, and he gradually became weaker, and passed away. Mr Munro a native of Strathmere, Durness, and arrived in Otago by tee ship Jura (Captain Chalmers) in October, 1862. He immediately accepted a position as shepherd on Messrs Corgul and Musgrove's Teviot Station. After spending four years there, he came to Tuapeka Flat, where he took up land on his own account, and thereafter resided in that neighbourhood. He leaves a widow and a family of six sons and one daughter. He was a brother of Mr Georgo Munro, Tuapeka's oldest inhabitant.

Hawera & Normanby Star, 5 October 1906, Page 4
After a very long and painful illness, Mr James Paul died at his residence, "Cairn Dhu," New Plymouth, shortly before 11 o'clock on Thursday evening, at the age of 64 years, and by that sad event New Plymouth lost one of her best and most upright citizens, and New Zealand another of those gallant settlers who bore the trials of the early settlement of this colony. His death will be regretted the whole colony through Mr Paul, occupied the Mayoral chair in New Plymouth an 1884-5, and has been prominently connected with many, local institutions. He was born in Scotland, and received his education in his native-town. He came to Australia when quite a young man, and crossed to New Zealand in the ship Jura in 1862. After a short stay in Dunedin he came to New Plymouth, and started his well-known and successful brewery business in 1864. During, the native disturbance Mr Paul saw active service with the local forces, and has latterly taken a forward part in the ranks of the Taranaki war veterans. The late Mr Paul was wellknown in racing circles, having been connected with the Taranaki Jockey Club, and filled the position of honorary secretary to the club for 27 years. He was a member of the order of Freemasons, and has held office on several occasions. Mrs Paul survives her husband, who also leaves four sons and one daughter to mourn their loss.

Mataura Ensign 6 July 1899, Page 2
I have this week to record the death of Mrs Youngson, of the Kuriwao Gorge, which sad event took place at her late residence on Thursday morning last. Deceased had been in failing health for a number of years, but until a week ago she was able to be about. Mrs Youngson was a native of Aberdeen, and came to the colony with her husband in the ship Jura in 1862. Shortly after their arrival Mr and Mrs Youngson settled in the Warepa district, occupying for a time the Moa Hill property. About 20 years ago they removed to the Kuriwao Gorge, and have resided there ever since.  

Clutha Leader, 30 June 1899, Page 5 Death
Youngson — On the 29th June, at Willowbank, Kuriwao, Clinton, Mary Sangster, the dearly beloved wife of Alexander Youngson, in her 73rd year. [buried in the Clinton Cemetery]

Otago Witness 5 February 1908, Page 51
Youngson — On February 1, at his residence, Willowburn, Kuriwao, Clinton, Alexander Youngson aged 71 years. 

Otago Witness 15 September 1909, Page 51
Youngson — On July 6, 1909, at his residence, Young street, Walkerton, Ontario, Canada, George Mitchell (brother of the late Alexander Youngson, Kuriwao, Clinton) in his sixty-ninth year.

Otago Early Settlers Association  OESA deaths where listed monthly in the Otago Witness. Toitu Otago Settlers Museum has the Otago Settlers Association membership forms.

The following deaths were recorded:
Otago Witness 19 June 1907 Page 32  John Cowan 		(83) Milton. 	Jura 1862
Otago Witness 16 May  1906 	    Keith Ramsay 	(62) Dunedin 	Jura 1862 
Otago Witness 15 May  1907 Page 61  George Morrison Barr (70) Dunedin 	Jura 1862
Otago Witness 12 Feb. 1908 Page 37  Alexander Youngson 	(70) Kuriwao 	Jura 1862
Otago Witness 22 Feb. 1900 Page  8  Mrs John Cowan 	(72) Milton 	Jura 1858 (sic) 

Unclaimed Ship Letters Otago Daily Times 3 November 1862, Page 6

Jura 	Alxr. M'Laren 
Jura 	Alexr. F. Dick
Jura 	Thomas Hutchison 

Missing Friends

Otago Daily Times 17 July 1863, Page 3
JOHN MACINTOSH who came out in the ship Jura, is requested to call at the Reliance Hotel, Otakia, East Taieri, as his Sister is anxiously wishing to see him.


Otago Daily Times 8 October 1862, Page 5
Wanted a Situation as Clerk or Storekeeper. A young man, who has an extensive knowledge of wholesale and retail dealing. Besides having eight and a half years experience as General Clerk to a manufacturing firm in Scotland. Testimonials of the highest character, as to activity, honesty, and ability, vouched for by merchants in Dunedin, can be given. Letters addressed to James Moir, Purser ship Jura, care of Cargill and Co., Dunedin.


Otago Police Gazette 10 Dec. 1875
Martin Cunningham, age 35, sailor and station hand. Charged on warrant with murder of Hugh Hannah at Lake Ohau on or about 25 Nov 1875; reward of £100 offered; Englishman; on Lake Ohau in a boat with Hugh Hannah; Hannah's body found bruised in the boat on shore of the lake; worked on West Coast road, on stations & in North Island. Cunningham believed arrived in Port Chalmers by ship "Jura" 12 yrs ago; known to Mr Reginald Foster, George Collinson, and John Anderson.

Biographical Notes of Settlers Otago Witness of 31st March 1898

ANGELO, Stewart, arrived JURA, now resides at Frankton.


Otago Daily Times 20 October 1862, Page 4
Wednesday, 22nd October. At One o'clock. SALES BY AUCTION. Surplus Stores, Ex Jura, From Glasgow. JAS. PATERSON and CO. have received instructions to sell by public auction, at the stores of Messrs Cargill and Co., on Wednesday, 22nd October, the surplus stores, ex Jura, from Glasgow, consisting of

Royal navy bread
Split pease

Compressed vegetables
&c. &c. kc. Terms at sale. Sale to commence at one o'clock.

Chambers Presentation

Otago Daily Times 15 October 1862, Page 5
A meeting of the passengers who arrived by the Jura, from Glasgow, at the beginning of last week, was held in the Shamrock Hotel, Rattray-street, on Friday afternoon, at one o'clock, and presented to Captain Robert Chambers a purse, containing a few ounces of gold dust, accompanied by the following address :—"To Captain Robert Chambers: We, the passengers on board the ship Jura, from Glasgow to Dunedin, Otago, cannot part from you without expressing in some manner our admiration of your qualities as a commander, and of your considerate and unremitting attention to our comforts during the voyage. We consider ourselves peculiarly fortunate in having sailed under one who displays the caution and prudence of long experience under similar circumstances. As a sincere, though inadequate, expression of those feelings, we have to beg your acceptance of this small token, and trust that in the recollections which it may call up in your mind, it will afford you as much pleasure as we will have in looking back upon the events of the last three months." —Signed by the Committee on behalf of the passengers.  Dunedin, Otago, N.Z. 10th Oct. 1862

Daily Southern Cross, 25 May 1860, Page 3
At Wakefield-street, on 4th instant, 1860, deeply regretted by all who knew him, Mr Robert Chambers, aged 23, eldest son of Capt. R. Chambers of the ship Jura of Glasgow and lately Second Officer of that vessel. [Departed London 3 Oct. 1859, arrived Auckland 16 Jan. 1860]  

Charlotte O'Neil's Song, written in 1987 by Fiona Farrell, a Banks Peninsula poet, which is about a servant Charlotte O'Neil who had enough of being a servant.

You rang your bell and I answered.
I polished your parquet floor.
I scraped out your grate
and I washed your plate
and I scrubbed till my hands were raw.

You lay on a silken pillow.
I lay on an attic cot.
That's the way it should be, you said.
That's the poor girl's lot.
You dined at eight
and slept till late.
I emptied your chamber pot.
The rich man earns his castle, you said.
the poor deserve the gate.

But I'll never say 'sir'
or 'thank you ma'am'
and I'll never curtsey more.
You can bake your bread
and make your bed
and answer your own front door.

I've cleaned your plate
and I've cleaned the clothes you wore.
But now you are on your own, my dear,
I won't be there anymore.
And I'll eat when I please
and I'll sleep where I please
and you can open your own front door."