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Otago Witness Saturday February 20 & 27, 1858 page 4  
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The "Palmyra" sailed from London 28th October 1857 and left Deal on the 31st of October for Dunedin. Nine deaths occurred on the voyage - Mr Bateman, Mrs Docherty, and 7 children - and one girl since arrival in port. Births 7. The number of souls on board at arrival was 300. The arrivals within the last few months, and those by the "Palmyra," amount to upwards of 1000, or more than a fourth part of our whole population, as shown by the last census.

Shipping News 

February 20 1858

Arrived. Feb. 14, Palmyra, 706 tons, John Tierney, from London. Passengers.

February 27 1858 

As some of the names of the passengers by the "Palmyra" were omitted in our last issue, we this week republish the list as corrected.

Passengers 22 Cabin:
Bateman		Mr T
Chaplin	 	Mr J
Darling		C 
Darling		Mrs and 1 child
Durran		Mr J 
Durran		Mrs 
Findlater	Mr J
Harrison	Mr H.H.
Jackson		Mr Edward
Macartney	Mr W.
Martin		Mr Charles Rous (?Marten)
Martin		Mrs Sarah Ann and 7 children
Moore		Miss Clara
Morton		Mr W. 
Morton		Mrs and seven children
Rees		Miss
Steale		Miss
Second Cabin
Baxter		Robert
Calcutt		Mr T
Haywood		Mr R
Herbert		Mrs
McLeman		Mr M
Perring		Mr Henry
Popham		Mr Henry
Popham		Mrs
Sheen		Mr George
Somerville	Mr P
Steerage 
Andrews		Mr C.
Beck		H, wife and 8 children
Bolder		Frances
Bremner		Alexander and six children
Bremner		Andrew, wife and five children
Calder		Mr M
Calder		Mr Evandina
Chisholm	Mr A
Cockerill	S., and wife
Colville	Mr D
Cook		Ann and child
Cook		Mr P.
Cother		Elizabeth and 3 children
Coxhead		F, wife and 6 children
Dabinett	Mr J.
Daukley		Mr George (?Dunkley)
Dewar		Mr J. senr. and wife
Dewar		Mr J. jun., wife, and child
Docherly	J, wife and 4 children {Dockerly}
Duke		C, and wife and child
Falconer	C and wife
Fleming		J. and wife
Fleming		T and 4 children
Gartshore	R, wife and 2 children
Grant		Mr D
Hannah		Mr T
Hislop		J, wife and 8 children
Honnor		Mr H
Hopcroft	James
Hopcroft	Joseph
Howlison	R, wife and three children
Jones		W., wife and 7 children 
Kaye		Elizabeth and child
Kaye		John, wife and 3 children
Logan		Mr W
Lowe		J., wife and 2 children
McIllwick	Mr D
McKaye		Mr J
McKaye		Mr William (?McKay)
McLachlan	Mr J, wife and 3 children
McPherson	A. wife and 6 children (?John McPherson)
Marten		Mr William and 6 children
Matheson	T., and wife
Melville	Mr C
Moir		A., wife and child
Munro		R., wife and 3 children
Munro		Hector and Mary
Murray		Johanna
Renton		J, wife and 2 children
Shaw		Samuel and wife
Slone		Mr James (?Sloan)
Slone		H. and 6 children
Taylor		J. and wife
Thomson		J and wife
Towers		W., wife and 3 children
Wadie		H, wife and 2 children
Warnock		J.,wife and 2 children
Wetton		Mr J 
Winchester	W.T., wife and 3 children

There are also 36 passengers (including children) for Nelson, nine for Wellington, and one family of eight for Canterbury. Arrived in Nelson 26 March 1858.

March 6 1858 Otago Witness

Sailed. March 1. Shepherdress, 40 tons, Scott, for Wellington. Passengers - Mrs Herbert, Mr and Mrs Durran, Messrs. Lewis, Findlater, Baxter, Booth, Purelot, Massey, Potter, Miles, Fraser, Jones, Davis, and Deal.

March 27 1858 Otago Witness

Cleared Out. March 22. Palmyra, 706 tons, Tierney, for Nelson with 1276 rails, 850 iron sleepers, 19 kegs nails, 2 casks bricks, 257 bars and 47 bundles iron, 1 case wire, 1 cask reaping hooks, and 27 passengers.

June 5 1858 Otago Witness

The Palmyra arrived at Nelson on 26 March, and sailed for Sydney on the 30th April with about 800 ounces gold, and other cargo.

Otago Witness February 27 1858 

Per Palmyra
3 cases agricultural machinery
4 ditto implements
1 ditto stationery
7 packages building materials
64 ditto wooden houses
100 tons coal
13 packets hops
1 case preserves
1 ditto cordials
36 pkgs. wire
1 crate hair felt
199 cases wire
14 casks brick
1276 iron rails
850 iron sleepers
16 kegs nails
257 bars
47 bundles iron
167 cases
17 crates
9 casks
16 barrels
1 tierce
9 crates
1 truss
14 bales
69 pkgs.
2 boxes

We copy the following from the "Colonists:"
The "Palmyra" left Gravesend on the 28th, and the Downs on the 31at of October, and after a good run down the Channel experienced constant south westerly winds until reaching the northern tropic, where she caught the trades, which continued steady but light to the Equator, which was crossed on the 14th of December. Passed the Cape on the 8th of January, and made the south-west point of the Middle Island on the 12th of February. Hove to in Foveaux Straits during the night, and passed between Bluff Harbour and Dog Island next morning. Becalmed till noon of the 14th, when a smart breeze sprang up, and carried the vessel to the Heads, outside which she anchored at half-past 5. p.m., but could not get to Port Chalmers until the 19th. The voyage occupied 105 days, from the Line 64 days, and from the Cape 36. The chronometers were much out of order, which caused a delay of 36 hours in making land. The weather was generally fine during the passage, no spars having been lost, although a good many sails were split. 

Otago Witness Wednesday 22 March 1905 pg4

Mr and Mrs Charles Duke, two of the earlier settlers of Otago, celebrated their golden wedding at their residence, Saxon House, Sawyers; Bay on the 13th. Mr and Mrs Duke arrived in Otago by the ship Palmyra in February, 1858, and MR Duke found work at road formation, brickmaking, and timber sawing, and he subsequently, purchased a 10 acres section at Sawyers' Bay, erected a cottage upon it, and resided there until August, 1863. In the latter year Mr. T.A. Mansford, R.M., and chairman of the Board of Health at Port Chalmers, asked Mr Duke to take up duties of superintendent of the Quarantine Islands, a position which he was appointed by the late Mr Hyde Harries, then superintendent of Otago. While the islands were under the control of Mr Duke, the ships Mataura, Victor and City of Duneedin were quarantined owing to outbreaks of smallpox and scarlet fever. At the end of two years Mr Duke retired from the position and when Mr Vogel initiated his public works and immigration policy in 1872 he was appointed deputy of immigration master at Caversham, and Mrs Duke was subsequently appointed matron. These positions were held until 1888, and during that period several thousands of immigrants passed through the barracks. In 1888 Mr Duke finally retired from public service and again took up residence in Sqawyers' Bay. Since his retirement he has taken an active part in local government affairs , having been Mayor and councillor of West Harbour Borough council, and for the past eight years he has represented North-East Valley Riding in the Waikouaiti County Council. He was also a member of the Sawyers' Bay School committee and occupied the position of chairman of that body. Members of the Methodist Church and held all the offices which a layman can occupy and represented NZ at general conference... Mr and Mrs Duke have one son, Mr W.H. Duke (in the employment of Messrs Butterworth Bros.) and one daughter (the wife of Mr J.C. Stephens, of the firm of Mondy, Sim and Stephens).

William Stanbury, Chief Officer of the barque "Palmyra," was charged at Dunedin by John Tierney, Master of this barque, with stealing from a cask in the storeroom of said barque, one quart or thereby of Rum, on Sunday the 10th day of January last. Prisoner was dismissed. 

John Tierney, master of the barque "Palmyra", now in the port of Otago, was charged on the information of Charles Logie, Esq., Collector of Customs at Otago, with committing a breach of clauses 22,27, 32, 36,38, and 62 of the "Passengers' Act, 1855." Captain Tierney was found guilty upon three of the charges made against him, and was fined �30.

Deal. Oct. 29. 1857. The Palmyra for Otago, arrived and anchored.

The Times, Tuesday, Nov 09, 1858; pg. 8
The Late Collision. In The Channel. J. TIERNEY, Master. Palmyra steamer, Plymouth, Nov. 6. Chief mate, F. Torckler and second mate, T. Gordon. The Ellen Morrison did not show a light.

Otago Witness, 23 September 1908, Page 66
Mr A. W. Bremner, whose death is announced in the present issue, was an old resident of Otago, having arrived at at Dunedin in the ship Palmyra in 1858. He was born in Coupar, Fifeshire, Scotland. During the seventies, when the timber trade was flourishing, he held an important position in Messrs Guthrie and Larnach factory, and subsequently he was employed in Thomson and Co.'s cordial factory. Mr Bremner, who lived in retirement for a few years before his death, that been in failing health for some months. He is survived by his widow, one son, and one daughter.


Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, 27 March 1858, Page 2
The Palmyra, Black Ball liner, was to leave Otago on the 7th instant for Nelson, to discharge a small quantity of goods. She is expected to be at Port Underwood by the 20th instant, to take in the oil, ex Alexander, and wool from the Wairau. She will thence come on to Wellington, and fill up with freight and passengers for London direct. � Wellington Independent, March 10.

Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, 31 March 1858, Page 2
Entered Inwards March. 26, barque Palmyra, 706, Tierney, from Otago, with part of original cargo from London.

Cabin passengers �

Mr. and Mrs. Darling, Miss Anne Darling
William M'Artney
Miss Rees
Miss Stradley
Mrs. Stewart and child

Steerage �

James and John Avery
William Ball, wife, and 7 children
Mary Ann Bray, and 6 children
James Fawkes
G. B. Haig
R. P. Somerville

Passengers that left Nelson and went to Sydney.