The Labuan, barque, 547 tons reg. by new Act, 456 tons reg. by old Act, arrived Lyttelton 11th and berthed 12th August 1851, under the command of Captain Walter Scott with 137 early settlers. A list of Chief and second Cabin Passengers per Labuan from the port of London to Canterbury, New Zealand. April 8th 1851.Surgeon W. Chapman.
Chief Cabin Second Cabin Chapman, Mary (should read Sarah, 41) )
" Alice 17
" Mary 18
Dudley, Charles MD, 40
" Agnes Jane 38
" Charles Edward 5
" Agnes Margaret 4
Dudley, John 48, farmer
" Ellen 30
" Ellen 5
" Emily Maria 3
" Edward John 2
" Sarah Ann
" Frances Wilmot
" Charles Frederick
" Martha Coffin
Murray, Frank Simeon
" John George
" William Arthur
Carew, William George
" Anna Mary
" Robert L.
Chapman, William 13
" John 12
" Ann 9
" George 7
" Amy 5
Finnimore, Thomas schoolmaster
" Joseph John
Hodgson, Paul H
Laine, Thomas, L
Leach, Francis GP
Paying SteerageAlley Charles 20 M Best Edith 5 F For New Plymouth Best Hannah 33 F Y 2 For New Plymouth Best Walter 3 M For New Plymouth Best William 32 M Y 2 For New Plymouth Best William 16 M For New Plymouth Birks Henry 23 M For New Plymouth Dickinson George 22 M Y 1 Dickinson inf 0 sex unk. Dickinson Mary Ann 23 F Y 1 Dobbs Joseph 28 M Y Dobbs Sophia 27 F Y England Charles 25 M For New Plymouth Gaskell Martha 3 F Harris James 30 M Y Harris Mary 29 F Y Harrison William 26 M Kennison George 27 M McLaren John 30 M Y 1 McLaren Mary 29 F Y 1 and 1 child five years McLaren H. ? 27 M Mollett Thomas 25 M
SteerageBarker Joseph 22 M Farm Servant Basler George 22 M Ag. Labourer Bayliss William 22 M Man Servant Acted as Constable on the voyage Blackbee Charles 19 M Farm Labourer Blackbee Charles 44 M Y 4 Domestic Servant Blackbee Eliza 14 F Domestic Servant Blackbee Sarah 48 F Y 4 Monthly Nurse Blackbee Sarah 9 F Blackbee Susannah 16 F Domestic Servant Blaine John 22 M Ag. Labourer Broadhurst Harriet 40 F Y 1 Broadhurst Joseph 43 M Y 1 Weaver Use to spade & dairy work Broadhurst William 17 M Clarkson David 23 M Y 1 Carpenter Clarkson Esther 23 F Y 1 Clarkson Joseph 1 M Darby Charles 22 M Ag. Labourer Derrett William 22 M Farm Labourer Duncan Margaret 22 M Y Duncan Robert 20 M Y Gardener Edmondson Margaret 17 F Domestic Servant Eveleigh Alice 17 F Gardner James 26 M Survey & Instrument Maker Gaskell Edward 8 M Gaskell Harriett inf F Gaskell James 11 M Gaskell Mary 5 F Gaskell Sarah 35 F Y 4 Gaskell Thomas 41 M Y 4 Ag. Labourer Hartnelt James 16 M Ag. Labourer Hewart Isabella 23 F Y 2 Hewart James 5 M Hewart William inf M Hewart William 29 M Y 2 Jones Mary 24 F Domestic Servant Kennison Anna 26 F Y 2 Kennison Susannah inf F Kennison William 34 M Y 2 Kennison William 4 M Matthews John 20 M Ag. Labourer Matthews Joseph 19 M ag. Labourer Picking Ann 20 F Domestic Servant Rees Lewis 26 M Y Plumber & Painter Rees Susan 30 F Y Reeves James 19 M Wheelwright Searle Susan 19 F Domestic Servant Sharp John 24 M Ag. Labourer Smith Ann 27 F Domestic Servant Smith Elizabeth 24 F Y m. to Robert Smith Smith Robert 24 M Y Ag. Labourer Smith Sophia 31 F Y Smith Thomas 27 M Y Blacksmith Stuckey Ismael 22 M Farm Labourer A family of three adults, in steerage, no names listed.
Burial at sea, April 30. Susan Rees, 30.
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
CHAPMAN : Dr William CHAPMAN was the second son of John CHAPMAN and Mary (ROBINSON) who were married in the parish of Romaldkirk, (Yorkshire North Riding, England) on 8 April 1795 and baptised in Cotherstone on 24 September 1797. The family moved to Headlam, Co. Durham, in 1804, where John was a schoolmaster at a boarding establishment in Headlam Hall, a position later taken up by the first born CHAPMAN, John Robinson.
William took and passed 'The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries' qualifying examination in medicine on 20 December 1821 in London, and on 3 January 1823 duly gained his Diploma of Membership to the Royal College of Surgeons. He practised in London till his departure for NZ in 1851. During this time he became interested in Homeopathy and was associated with the Hahnemann Medical Institution.
During the passage to New Zealand, William travelled as Ship's Surgeon, his wife Sarah, and his two eldest daughters Mary Sarah Robinson 18 yrs, and Alice Margaret Robinson 17 yrs accompanying him in the Chief Cabin. His other five children William Robinson 13 yrs, John Alwent 12 yrs, Ann Isabella 9 yrs, George Carr 7 yrs, and Amy Maud 5 yrs, travelled in the Intermediate Cabin.
The family settled in Christchurch, where in 1852 Dr William had a dispensary initially in Cathedral Square, then in Manchester Street, where he practised as 'Surgeon and Accoucheur' until he left Chistchurch for the then thriving settlement of Waikouaiti, in Otago. His eldest two daughters had both married sons of the whaler/farmer Johnny JONES, who was based in Waikouaiti at this time. The eldest son, William Robinson, died very shortly after the family's arrival in Christchurch. John Alwent, moved to Dunedin where he was a Mining and Shipping Agent. Ann Isabella at this time is unaccounted for. George Carr was appointed Postmaster of Waikouaiti in 1863. And Amy Maud married my g.grandfather Denis Jones COCKERILL 28 Dec 1871 in Waikouaiti. William born 1797, died 20 November 1867, and Sarah (LISGO) born 1809, died 1896, are both buried at St John's Church, Beach Street, Waikouaiti. Information courtesy of Garth Cockerill Please contact Garth if you have further information on the Labuan and the CHAPMAN family or you would like information.
CUTCLIFFE : Charles Cutcliffe was born in Ashburton, Devon in 1821, the son of George Cutcliffe, a surgeon, and Mary Sophia Spilsbury. He studied at Oxford gaining a BA Oxon and was ordained as a Church of England minister and, so the story goes, came under the influence of the Oxford Movement and Cardinal Newman.
He arrived in Sydney, Australia on the ship Pauline in April, 1852. The ship came from Lyttelton in New Zealand - so what was he doing there?? He came to New Zealand with members of the Canterbury Association as a Chaplain. His stay in New Zealand obviously only lasted a year. When he arrived in Australia he went to Bathurst, NSW where he helped conduct a Grammar School - 1853.
In 1855 he married Mary Jane Poingdestre in Sydney and in 1858 - 1860 he conducted the Classical and Commercial School in Goulburn. They then went on to the country town of Yass where they opened their own schools. Charles conducted the Yass Grammar School and Mary Jane a preparatory school for boys. In 1866, during their time in Yass, they converted to Roman Catholicism. Charles no longer received a stipend from the Church of England, all the children were removed from the schools and they were ostracised by their former friends and associates. They returned to Sydney and he supported his family of wife and ten children by tutoring. Obviously times were tough, and he wrote to Sir Henry Parkes, the Premier of NSW and one of the founding fathers of the federation of Australia, pleading to be given a position to support his family and finally due to the influence of some leading members of the community who he had taught, he was appointed as the Clerk of Petty Sessions in Murrumburrah in 1875. He remained in Murrumburrah until his death in 1897. Information courtesty of Ruth Slater. Please contact Ruth if you have futher information on Charles Cutliffe. Posted 30 April 2000.
DUNCAN: Robert was born 15 August 1830 in Scotstoun, Renfrew, Scotland and married Margaret DALZIEL, 3rd daughter of William Dalziel and Margaret nee CURRIE. The marriage on the 4 April 1851 was in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire and had the family address for Margaret as Craufurdland Mains. We are uncertain why they left Scotland but with their marriage only four days before the ship "Labuan" sailed from London for New Zealand it must have been a hectic time to celebrate and also say goodbye.
They first settled in Heathcote Valley on a small holding and their first two children were born there. Robert had been a gardener in Kilmarnock and this occupation was expanded into farming in the new land. In 1855 they moved to "Bealeys" farm at Styx which he managed for several years before obtaining a Crown Grant of land, east of the North Road (Belfast) where he build the first Spring Grove, on the corner of Blakes Road and Belfast Road beside the Kaputone Creek . There were thirteen in the family, seven boys and six girls and five were first day pupils of the Main School when it opened April 1878. It was renamed latter as Belfast School. He moved to a large holding in 1883 at Roundhill, Loburn which he farmed until his death 7 May 1901. Robert and Margaret are buried in the East Belt Cemetery, Rangiora. Ref : The Styx Story and B B Roberts A History of the Belfast Schools.
Margaret was a sister to James and Matthew Dalziel whom all came to New Zealand. Not sure what boat James came on but have been told he came via Ballarat, Australia. (abt 1856). Matthew was said to have come on the GAINSBOROUGH in 1868 to Lyttelton but still have to find that out this as yet, have only been told about this by family. If he was not a passenger may have been a "crew member" as his trade was a carpenter, could he have worked his passage as a ships carpenter. Posted 19 Sept. 2005. Information courtesy of Denise Lang ( we come from Matthew)
DUDLEY: Charles and John Dudley (1808-1861), brothers, came out to Canterbury while another brother, Walter, went to Canada.
John DUDLEY m. Ellen Scott of Pedmore, Worcestershire. Death notice, Lyttelton Times 20 June 1861, at Broom Farm [99 acres], Avonside, John, the third son of the late Rev. Edward Dudley, Rector of Broom, Staffs., aged 53. John's rural section was #182 on the Lower Avon, North Bank east of Christchurch and Charles #183, both of 50 acres. John gave his address to the Canterbury Association when he applied for a land order as Sidmouth, Devon and Chas as Stourbridge, Worc. John was the first lessee of the Clent Hills run up near Lake Heron and in patnership with Leach in Snowdon. Buried in the Holy Trinity Churchyard at Avonside, Christchurch. The Press 4 Jan. 1913 "he brought out servants, Library and Plate." After Dudley died in 1861 his widow married Wm De Troy a schoolmaster in 1864. Both died at the Ashley Roads Board Office 14 October 1894. No report of inquest in paper.
Chas DUDLEY was educated at Edinburgh, Paris & London for the medical profession. He presented his medical papers which were approved 3/12/1853. Married 1844 Agnes Jane dau. of Capt E Scott of the 20th Light Dragoons. Agnes died 28/2/1896 age 79. Chas practiced at Lyttelton for five years and then moved to Kaiapoi in 1848. Mayor of Kaiapoi in 1871 & 1872 and served three periods as mayor and about 20 years as councilor, was registrar and coroner for 25 years, died 16/9/1881. Reference: G. R MacDonald Canterbury Obituaries, Canterbury Museum, Christchurch, NZ. Information courtesy of John Dudley GG Grandson of John Dudley. Please contact John if you have further information on the Labuan and the DUDLEY family or you would like information.
FINNIMORE: The Finnimore family eventually finished up in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The father, John Thomas, was baptised 24th March 1822 in St Pancras Old Church, London and died in Brisbane on the 15th October 1874. His wife was Elizabeth Butler. They were married 16th May 1843 in St Pancras Old Church, and she died on the 12 May 1892 at Marburg, Queensland. The two children listed here were born c1844 (Mehetable) (m. Patrick McAllister) and c1848 (Joseph John). The death record for a William Whittington Finnimore, buried at Wondai in Queensland, indicates this family, and gives his birth date and place as 13th October, 1851 in Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, but no record of the birth can be found in New Zealand records. The death certificate for John Thomas says that he was '23 years in the colony' and for Elizabeth '40 years in the colony' indicating an arrival date of approximate 1851. While the 'colony' here usually refers to Queensland, they might use it to mean 'out from England'. The year of their arrival in Queensland has not been established. The father of John Thomas was also John Thomas and his mother Sarah Eastmore. The father of John Thomas Snr was John Finnimore who married Mary Rexford on 3rd September 1775 in London. There are quite a lot of Finnimore's who have Rexford as a first or second given name, and presumably can be traced back to this Rexford marriage, and are related to the Finnimore's who arrived on the Labuan. The son, Joseph John Finnimore, died 15th December 1924 and is buried at Nundah cemetery, Brisbane. Information courtesy of Phil Finnimore. Please contact Phil if you would like any information or have any information Finnimore family line.
Lyttelton Times, Volume I, Issue 41, 18 October 1851, Page 4
Births.— October 13th, at Christchurch, the wife of Mr. John Finnimore, late elementary schoolmaster on board the Labuan, of a son.
LEACH: John Dudley was a partner with G. P Leach in Snowdon. Dudley died while Leach was away in England and Mrs. Dudley tried to carry on but without much success and most of the partnership money was lost. Reference: G R MacDonald Canterbury Obituaries quoting Acland. Snowdon was advertsied for sale in May 1863, 40 000 acres carrying 7,000 to 8,000 sheep. In 1859 the first recorded race meeting to occur in South Canterbury occurred on the MacDonald run at Orari. Officials included G. P. Leach and Michael Studholme. Reference: Gillespie's "South Canterbury A Record of Settlement".
STUDHOLME : The Studholme brothers took up a run, "Te Waimate", South Canterbury, NZ in July 1854. Michael Studholme, at age seventeen reached Lyttelton on the Labuan from Cumberland in 1851 with his two brothers, John, who had just left Oxford University, and Paul, not yet twenty. They first purchased a small property at Governers Bay, in Lyttelton Harbour, sold it, went to the Australian gold fields, returned to Canterbury. Paul left New Zealand in 1858 and never returned. Descendants still own the original Te Waimate homestead block, over a century of unbroken succession. Reference: Gillespie's "South Canterbury A Record of Settlement".
Island of Sabah off N.W. Borneo now part of Malaysia, was a Britsh Territory in 1846, 35 sq mi.
Small shopping square in Geelong, Victoria
The Labuan sailed from London / Plymouth to Geelong, Port Phillip, Australia in 1849.
Labuan Goldfield, Australia
HMAS Labuan 1949 -1951 Landing Ship Tank
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Fill us with wool till we're nigh overflowing
Send us away when strong breezes are blowing,
And we'll show all the others the road.
The tug boat is coming for us in the morn,
We'll drive her like blazes from here to the Horn,
For the main royal shall never be stowed.