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All transcribed over first three months in 2007 by Helen L. ex Merton, Otago. Thank you Helen.
On site links Off site Westland 01/01/1883 36 pass. Mennock 04/01/1883 29 pass. Oamaru 29/01/1883 63 pass. Philomone 01/02/1883 Queen of Cambria 10/02/1883 Benan 22/02/1883 12 pass. Invercargill 01/03/1883 37 pass. Wellington 12/03/1883 378 immig. Waitangi 26/03/1883 51 pass. Waihora 02/04/1883 51 pass. Rossdhu 08/04/1883 24 pass. Parsee 15/05/1883 Caroline 23/05/1883 244 immig. Indian Empire 02/06/1883 Alastor 05/06/1883 22 pass. Ionic June 1883 Lyttelton 20/06/1883 10 pass. Forfarshire 26/06/1883 273 pass. Bencleuch 6 pass.
On site Off site Cooleen 12/07/1883 Cargo only The Auckland 31/07/1883 19 pass. British King 09/08/1883 150 immig. Waimate 16/08/1883 14 pass. Gleniffer 18/09/1883 13 pass. Dunedin 30/08/1883 28 pass. Embleton 24/09/1883 Helen Denny 09/10/1883 21 pass. British Queen ss 11/10/1883 509 pass. Jessie Readman 15/10/1883 35 pass. Hurunui 17/10/1883 cargo only Nelson 19/10/1883 305 immig Pareora 01/11/1883 21 pass. URL Canterbury 09/11/1883 50 pass. URL Marlborough 16/12/1883 Victory SS 23/12/1883 Trevelyn 30/12/1883 Invercargill pass Doric Tongariro
Otago Witness Saturday January 6th 1883
Passengers per Westland from London- (October 13)Cabin: Beath Messrs (2) Biggs Mr Brown Mr T Cockburn Misses (4) Cockburn Messrs (4) Cockburn Mrs Deacon Mr Frye Mr Hill Miss Hill Mrs Johnson Misses (8) Johnson Mr (3) Johnson Mrs Letts Mr M'Laren Mr Nisbett Mr Roper Mr Second-class and steerage: Swaney Mr Wood Misses (2) Yorke Miss Yorke MrsPassengers per Manapouri, from Melbourne via the Bluff - Bell Mrs Bellett Mr Corpe Mrs Davies Miss Dodd Mr & Mrs H and family Frere Mr & Mrs G E Henderson Mr Hotop Mr Langham Miss M'Clean Mr Miller Mr Mollison Miss Patterson Miss Peake Mr Peebles Mr Pickersgill Mr Quick Mr Ross Mrs Runting Mr Strachan Miss Tuff Mrs and 22 Steerage. Tuesday. Departures Passengers per Wakatipu for Lyttelton- Eager Master Martin Mr F H Rhind Mr Wood Miss For Wellington - Chinese 5 For Sydney - M'Glashan Mr A Matthews Mrs W Robertson Mr R Rook Mrs and family (4) Smith Mr C And 19 Chinese Wednesday. Departures Passengers per Manapouri for Lyttelton- Fuller Mr Guy Mr Herdland Miss Morrison Mr For Wellington - Briggs Mr Harrop Mr For Napier - Clark Mr and Mrs and 4 children Grant Mr White Rev. J For Auckland - Cavanagh Mrs Grieve Mr Jacobsen Mr Kerr Mr M'Lean Mrs Macmillan Mr Templeton Mr Tracey Miss For Sydney Gray Mr
Passengers per Te Anau from the North-Boyd Mr Dalgleish Mr S M Drake Mr Drake Mrs Falconer Mr Findlay Miss Greenup Mr Hall Mr Harrye Mr and Mrs Heakstone Mrs Jones Mr H S Kelly Mr Kennedy Mr Lloyd Mr Murray Mrs and child Robertson Mr and Mrs Sim Mr Sim Mr W A Sorrenson Mr Stanford Miss Stanford Rev and 3 children Warbeck Mrs Wilson Mr F J Wilson Mrs D And 14 steerage
Passengers per Rotomahana, for Melbourne-Alberte Mr and Mrs Baldwin Mr Carey Mr Cross Mr Foersterman Miss Purvis Mr and Mrs Ulrich Mr Valentine Mr and Mrs and child
Passengers per Wairarapa, for Lyttelton-Horder Mr and Mrs Livingstone Mrs Livingstone Miss Passengers per Wairarapa, for Wellington- Blanchard Mr Dunbell Mrs Goudie Mr Hislop Mr S. Mason Master Mason Miss Wilkinson Mr Passenger per Wairarapa, for Picton- Dickson Mr A Passengers per Wairarapa, for Napier- Craig Messrs (2) Garner Mr George Mr Passengers per Wairarapa, for Auckland- Bennett Mr Titchener Mr Friday. Arrival. Passengers per Rotorua, from the North-Baxter Mr Griffiths Mr Kitchen Mr and Mrs M'Neil Mr Noel Miss Thomson Miss Tylee Mrs Weber Mr White Mr and 3 steerage.
Otago Witness 6th January 1883 pg 9
A shipment of grapes consigned to a firm of Melbourne importers recently arrived from England by the steamer Aberdeen (says the Age), and in view of spreading phylloxera throughout the Colony, steps were taken to prevent their being landed. The grapes were transhipped to New Zealand in the steamer Ringarooma on the 13th inst. In that Colony there is no phylloxera Act and it is believed the grapes would be allowed to land, in which case the importer will not lose the value of his shipment.
Otago Witness 6th January 1883 pg 9
The Union Steam Ship Company are sustaining a loss in the retirement of Captain Underwood, of the Rotomahana, who leaves after the completion of the present voyage. Captain Underwood has accepted a position in connection with the New Zealand Shipping Company, and leaves by an early opportunity for London.
Otago Witness 6th January 1883 pg 9
Auckland, Dec. 28th. A woman named Olson was asleep in her bed, when her husband attacked her with an axe. She may recover. Olson, who committed the assault is a Norwegian, and seaman on the schooner Christina. The woman Elizabeth Olson, age 37, has been married twice, her first husband (by whom she has several children) being named Brown.
Otago Witness 6th January 1883 pg 12
Letter by W. Maples, Jun., Morley House, Bournemouth who seems to have had pleasant experiences in the Colony. I have just returned in the Wairoa from New Zealand, after spending five years in Christchurch, Auckland and Dunedin; also I have visited Melbourne and Sydney last year. If you area an adept in your profession, be not afraid, but start for Christchurch, where there are only three dentists. You must understand "drink" destroys about one-half of the folks who go to the Colonies. I regret to say it is thrust down your throat, as it were, every step one goes; for the flaunting gin-palace is thee to catch unwary miners, and we are killing the poor Natives - the Maoris - with bad rum as fast as is it possible to do it, which is a disgrace to any civilised community like England. All I can further say to you here is, Go out like a man, as I did; have courage; if you are clever get yourself talked about, and success will soon follow. Christchurch , where the thermometer never goes lower than 45, and leavers are off the trees during five weeks only in winter. Besides the residents of Canterbury are all principally of a superior class, and here the finest corn, potatoes, &c. in the world are grown. Mr Rose, of 79 Leadnehall street, will corrorabrate all I say. If you go out don't go by sailing vessel, as they are abominable, but go by steam direct if you can to Port Lyttelton, Christchurch, Canterbury; if no steamer direct, go via Melbourne, and thence you go by the splendid steamers of the Union Company of New Zealand, which take some four and a-half days coming and are grand boats, second to none anywhere.
Transcriptions from Otago Witness,
Saturday January 13th 1883 pg14
Passengers per Mennock from London (Oct.3)-Bate Mr Cavanagh Mr Cowley Miss Cowley Mrs and 3 children De Latour Mrs and 8 children Fuller Mr Hoghton Miss Levisham Mr and Mrs and child Smith Miss Sullivan Messrs (2) Woodward Mrs and 3 children
Thursday. Departures. Per Te Anau for Bluff- Beal Miss Beal Mrs Buck Mr and Mrs and infant Per Te Anau for Hobart- Wilson Mr Per Te Anau for Melbourne- Baker Mr Briggs Mr Campbell Mr Churchward Mr Fitchett Miss Henderson Mr Loft Mr Sanderson Mr Senior Mr Turner Mr Turner Mrs Friday. Arrivals. Per Wanaka from the North- Black Mr Halliwell Mrs Herbert Mr Jones Miss Rowe Mr Smallpage Mr Stevenson Mr And 1 steerage. Tuesday. Arrivals. Per Waitaki from Timaru- Bainbridge Miss Dunlop Miss Kiddie Mrs and 3 children and servant Melville Mr J Pearson Miss Plante Mr Stansell Miss Stansell Mr J R Stumbles Mr G And 4 steerage Tuesday. Departures. Per Wanaka for Lyttelton- Bate Mr Carmichael Miss Fuller Mr Hodge Mr Per Wanaka for Picton- Weatherman Miss Per Wanaka for Nelson- Train Mr J R Per Wanaka for Greymouth- Morwood Mr Spear Mr W Per Wanaka for Manukau- Hawkins Mr Per Wanaka for Auckland- Carter Mr
The ship Piako has taken in
2700 bales wool, 157 bales sheepskins, 33
bales rabbitskins, 2452 sacks wheat, 78
casks tallow and 308 packages sundries.
The ship Taranaki has taken in 1600 bales wool, 15 bales skins, 1971 sacks wheat and 24 casks tallow.
The ship Dunedin is rapidly filling up, and will sail for London this week. She has taken in 7481 sheep, 21 quarters beef, 1800 bales wool, and 60 kegs butter.
Per Arawata for Lyttelton-
Freeman Mr Grouse Mr Hinchcliffe Mr Hughes Mr Pegg Mr Per Arawata for Wellington- Broham Mr Calcott Mr Per Arawata for Napier- Smith Mr Williamson Mr and Mrs and 2 children Per Arawata for Auckland- Brennan Mr Dowdall Miss Eaton Mrs and family (3) Low Mr Moncrieff Mr Reach Mr Riley Mr Speight Mr Per Arawata for Sydney- Ahmed Mr Flowers Mr Wednesday. Arrivals. Per Wairarapa from the North- Aitken Miss Aitken Mr Allan Master (2) Andrews Master Armour Mr Baird Mrs Bell Master Boyle Captain Caul Master (2) Delamain Master Dixon Mr Douglas Mrs and family (3) Elton Master Elton Rev Mr Embling Mr Fillen Mr Fothergill Mr Galloway Mrs Gordon Captain and Mrs Gray Mr Gray Mrs Greenup Mr Harper Mr and Mrs Izard Mr King Mr and Mrs King Mrs Kitchen Mr Lake Master (2) Lovett Mrs Lyall Mr M'Cardell Mr M'Cormack Mr M'Grath Mr Macfarlane Mrs Martin Miss Mathews Miss Merton Mr (2) Mitchell Mrs Nicholson Mr Palarett Master Reeves Master Reid Mr D and family Reid Mr Rex Miss Rex Mr Robertson Mr Rose Miss Stringer Master (2) Styche Master Taylor Mr Walters Mr Wardrop Mr Watson Master Wells Mr Wilkinson Mr Windward Master Worster Captain And 20 steerage. Wednesday. Arrivals. Per Arawata from Melbourne, via Hobart and the Bluff- Armstrong Miss Armstrong Mrs Chamberlain Mr and Mrs Dodgshun Mr Douglas Miss Douglas Mrs Freeman Mr Haughton Mr M'Donald Mr and Mrs Minty Mr Stitt Dr Tyndall Mr Williams Mr
The ship Zealandia was towed to sea on Tuesday and sailed for London. The following is a complete list of her cargo:-4698 bales wool £93,690 0 13 bales sheepskins 260 0 16 bales rabbitskins 368 0 50 bales leather & basils 500 0 13 bales rags 65 0 19 casks tallow 99 0 2039 sacks grain 2,039 0 103 drums glycerine dip 51 10 10 packages sundries 100 00 Total value £97,172 10
Otago Witness, Saturday January 13th 1883 pg13
Considerable activity is being displayed in forwarding emigrants to New Zealand. On December 9th the Wellington will sail from the Clyde for Otago with 250 emigrants, of whom 100 will be single women. Four days later the Crusader will sail from Plymouth for Canterbury with 340 emigrants, including 160 single women. During January three vessels will be despatched, each averaging 200 emigrants. Some may be sent out in the steamer British King, which sails for Canterbury about the end of January.
Transcriptions from Otago Witness Saturday January 27th 1883, page 14.
Thursday. Departures. Per Ringarooma for Hobart- Gemmell Mrs Goosburn Mr and Mrs Per Ringarooma for Melbourne- Bower Mrs Buchanan Mr Butler Mr Davies Miss Drummond Mr Fyfe Mr Holgate Mrs Lawrence Mr O'Meagher Mrs Ruxton Mr R Wheeler Mr and Mrs Friday. Arrivals. Per Taiaroa from the North- Jones Miss Moorhouse Mr Newman Mr and Mrs Wilson Mr And 2 steerage Saturday. Arrivals. Per Waitaki from Timaru- Allen Mr Colney Mr Hepburn Master Hitchcock Miss Jones Mr M'Carthy Mrs Menders Master Plante Master (2) Pring Mr Stubbon Master Stumbles Mrs Urquhart Mrs Webbern Miss Saturday. Departures.
Per Piako for London- Saloon- Smith Mr H E Second cabin- Malcolm Mr and Mrs and son Marshall Miss Marshall Messrs (2) Ness Mr and Mrs and 2 children Welsh Miss
Monday. Departures. Per Penguin for Akaroa- Paul Master Pyke Mr Simpson Mr Per Penguin for Lyttelton- Chapman Mr Corbett Mr Hawkins Mr Ingham Mr (2) Pyke Miss Simpson Miss Sunde Mr Per Penguin for Wellington- Bennett Mr Kahlenbury? Mr M'Dougall Mr M'Pherson Mr Tuesday. Departures.
Per Taranaki for London- Saloon- Adamson Mr R G Second cabin- Hickey Mr T Steerage- Fyffe Mr Middleton Mr Welby? Mr and Mrs and 2 children
Tuesday. Arrivals. Per Te Anau from Melbourne via Hobart and Bluff- Allison Mr Andrews Mr J H Applebee Mr B[?]gg Mr Begg Mr Bransg[?]ove Mr Browne Mr Chisholm Mr Claridge Master Currie Mr and Mrs Gibson Miss Gibson Mrs Gosteatoter Mr Green Mr and Mrs Hicks Mr and Mrs Johnson Mr W C Lusk Mrs and 2 children M'Lean Mr Montserra Miss Oliver Messrs (2) Reid Miss Rothschild Mr Sinclair Mr Sinclair Mrs D Wakefield Mr Younger Miss And 32 steerage Tuesday. Arrival. Per Wakatipu from Sydney, via the Coast- Ancell Mr Buchanan Miss Cameron Miss Cook Mr Duncan Mr Grey Miss Hermann Mr Lakeman Mr Mercer Master Muir Mrs P[?]pe Mr Porteld? Mr Turner Miss Waddington Dr Wilson Major and Mrs And 15 steerage Wednesday. Departures. Per Te Anau for Lyttelton- Roy Mr Waterfield Mr Per Te Anau for Wellington- Ramsey Mr Withers Mr Per Te Anau for Greymouth- Hoare Mr Hooper Mr Per Te Anau for Auckland- Gourley Mr H M'Glashan Miss Mitchell Mrs and child Skilton Mrs and 2 children Walls Mrs Walls Master
Wednesday. Arrival. Per Arawata from the North- Anderson Mr Ba_n_ter Miss Bonett? Mrs Bennett Mr Chapman Mr Cuorie? Mr Cox Mrs Cu[?]rie Mr Daneghar Mr Di[?]k Mrs Forwa? Mr Glasgow Mr Harkway Mr Hart Mr Hart Mrs Hill Miss Jones Misses (2) Low Mrs Maytell Mr Modgridge Miss Rutherford Miss Smith Mrs Staines Mr White Mr Whittington Miss Wood Mr And 9 steerage
The ship Piako was towed to sea by the s.s. Plucky and sailed for London, taking 12 passengers and the following cargo:-3,885 bales wool £77,700 136 bales sheepskins 2,720 45 bales rabbitskins 1,020 7 bales carpets 280 [?]49 casks tallow 745 18 bales leather 360 245[4?] sacks wheat 2,452 29 packages, sundries 290 Total value £85,567 She also had 280 bags of antimony.
The ship Taranaki left Port Chalmers on Tuesday afternoon in tow of the s.s. Plucky, and after gaining an offing, sailed for London, with eight passengers and the following cargo:-5187 bales wool £103,540 21 bales rabbitskins 529 8 bales sheepskins 160 8 bales sheepskins 160 1 bale goatskins 25 2 bales basils 20 1971 sacks wheat 1,971 27 casks tallow 135 3 packages sundries 65 22000 ounces gold 88,000 Total value £194,745
Otago Witness 6th January 1883 pg 24
The Old Log Hut
Deep in the forest's sombre shade that lonely cabin stood,
Where Arahura's foaming tide rolls onward to the flood,
The only roof that rose to view, in that primeval wood.
But now no social charms invite the stranger to the latch,
Mo curling wreaths of smoke appear above the rotting thatch;
While the wild weeds spring luxuriantly within the garden patch.
Among its old and crumbling walls clings fast the prickly vine,
While thither from its parent skies the scented eglantine
Diffuse its fragrance sweet, beneath the totara and pine.
Why silent all and tenantless? why hushed the sound of mirth?
And why for ever quenched the firs that blazed upon the hearth?
What ghastly mystery surrounds this narrow piece of earth?
It chanced that Albert Herman's steps had tracked the azure foam,
And to the antipodean isles from Germany had come,
Where, in the lonely wilderness, he reared his cottage home.
For many a long and weary year he dug for golden ore,
Until by industry he gained an independent store:
An soon with him the gallant barque speeds for his native shore.
To other realms, 'neath other skies, his ruptured visions flew:
Fond memory flings her magic spell athwart the ocean blue.
And fancy brings on wizard wings his father's home to view.
Young Albert is a child once more, and breathes his native air:
Again beside his mother's knee, he knelt in evening prayer,
Her hallowed spirit in the skies seems now to linger there.
Though distant, he again surveyed the vineyards of the Rhine;
Again, like a dream, in the sunset gleam, old Frankfort's turrets shine;
Once more he clasped the little hand of lovely Josephine.
Together through the flowery vale their truant footsteps strayed.
They pledged anew the sacred troth, which they in youth made;
What time pale Luna's silvery beams the silent groves arrayed.
Dear days of youth! thy hallowed hours pass swiftly o'er our heads'
But yet the memories of the past a glittering halo shed
Around out path. They speak to us like voices from the dead.
In musing mood young Albeit sat, before his cottage flor,
As evening's purple splendour spread, the hills and valleys o'er.
And tipped the gleaming waves that dashed on Okarito's shore.
Then he, as sunset's golden tint gleamed o'ver the forest pine,
Drew from his breast, with pious care, the holy Book divine;
It was a parting gift to him from dark-eyed Josephine.
He read those holy words so dear to every trouble breast.
A solace to the suffering, a balm to the oppresses;
"Come unto me ye weary ones, and I will give you rest."
Cheered by that gospel light divine, imparted from on high,
In childlike faith and confidence, he sought his couch of rest;
That night the assassin's steel was plunged in Albert Herman's breast,
Baptised in blood his spirit soared to mansions of the blest.
When morning came the tempest swept the wild dissonant sea,
But Albert's ransomed soul had burst ten bonds of slavery
And now, before the throne he sings the anthems of the free.
Long years have passed, but still the hut, all desolate remains,
But yet, nor summer's scorching heat, nor' winter's pouring rains,
Have nevermore from off the floor effaced the chrisom stains.
'Tis said the hut is tenanted by gloomy phantoms grim.
And oft as evenings shadows fall athwart the river's brim,,
A silent spectre glides along the forest arches dim.
Albert! on thee life's morning star a baleful influence shed:
Youth's morn so fair, at evening closed disastrous o'ver thy head.
But now you shine like Hesperus, a star amongst the dead.
Alexander Garrick Harold
Pukenil?, December 1882.