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"Pladda" 1861

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Otago Witness Saturday September 14, 1861 page 5 

Reference online: Papers Past Images online. NZ National Library.
12 Sept. 1911 - 100years

Arrivals September 7 1861. Pladda, 982 tons, Dunlop, from Glasgow. 

Arrival of the "Pladda"
This fine vessel, which has made very good passage from the "bonnie banks o' Clyde," to this port. arrived here on Sunday, the 8th inst., and was towed up to Port Chalmers by the "Prince Albert." The "Pladda" has brought from the home country an addition to our population of 369 immigrants, who appear to be on the whole a clean and healthy class of people, and have arrived in good time to obtain situations, or, if they prefer it, to try their luck at our newly-discovered gold fields, but we learn that many have considered it more advisable, in meantime, to engage themselves to farm service, or take employment in town, until they see how matters are likely to go. ...
    The "Pladda" left the tail of the bank on the 1st June, and had favourable winds and weather until she reached the latitude of Madeira. Was becalmed for a short time at the Line, after which a breeze spring up, which enabled her to proceed on her voyage. Several vessels were spoken at sea - one homeward bound, by which letters were sent out. The Pladda arrived here on the 7th inst., having accomplished the passage here on the 7th inst., having accomplished the passage from land to land in 98 days. The weather during the voyage was on the whole very fine, and the passengers all agreeable. Upwards of 10 was collected from passengers on board, on behalf of an infant whose mother died. A bazaar for the benefit of the Seaman's Society, was held, which was well attended.
    On the arrival of the "Pladda," the following address signed by nearly 150 passengers, was presented to Captain Dunlop - a circumstance highly gratifying, as showing by their testimony how much his kindness and attention has been appreciated.... 

List of Immigrants Debtors from the 1869 list. page 8 page 9

The following is a list of the passenger by the above vessel: 
Intermediate -paying passengers
Steerage - paying passengers
The rest are assisted emigrants.
( ) appears in the  (Otago Witness, 10 August 1861, Page 4) list but not on the arrival list. Otago Witness, 14 September 1861, Page 5
8 pt font debtors

Aiken		David (Thomas Aitken paid �15 passage money to the Provincial Government of Otago)
Aikenhead	George wife and family of 5 
Allan		John
Allan		Robert
Robert 		Allan
Anderson 	Catherine
Andrew		Matthew wife and 2 children
Arthur		John wife and 3 children
Bain		Peter
Bain 		Alex.
(Barron		Alexander)
Barron		Isabella
Bathgate	Alexander and family (7)
Beattie	(?Battie)	John wife and family (7)
Bell		James
Biggar		Christina
Briss		Alexander
Brodie		Robert
Brown		Janet, Alex., James, George, William, Andrew and Mary
Brown		Thomas and wife
Bruce 		Janet
Calder		James
Calderwood	F. (T.)
Cameron		Archibald (Ewen Cameron paid �14 passage money to the Provincial Government of Otago)
Campbell 	Archibald 
Campbell	William
Carmichael 	James
Christie	John wife and 6 children
Clarkson	William and wife
Clunie		David
Cummingham	Hugh wife and 2 children (W. Parke paid �46 passage money to the Provincial Government of Otago)
Davidson	A.
Dempster	David
Dougald		Robert
Drummond	Elizabeth
Drummond	Helen
Dryburgh	Isabella
Drysdale 	Robert and wife
Dunder		Helen and son
Dunlop 		Mrs
Eadie 		William wife and child (?James)
Eadie		John and Elizabeth
Elliot		John
{Esson		Miss)
Ferguson	Ann
Ferguson	Janet
Ferguson	James
Fleming		David and wife, Ann - Intermediate - paying their own passages
Fletcher	John, wife and family (7)
Forbes		Alexander
Forrester	George and wife (Thomas Forrester's parents)
Forrester	Thomas, wife (nee Elizabeth Megget) and infant
Frame		Elizabeth
Fraser		Alex.
Fulton 		John wife and 3 children
Gibb		Henry
Gibb		Walter
Gibson		Peter wife and son
Girdwood	Thomas
Girvan		Arch.
Gordon		James
Grant 		Donald and wife Helen
Grant		James
Gray		John wife and family (9)
Gray		William
Greig 		John, sen., wife and family of 4 (John Junr.)
Greig		Thomas jun., wife and daughter
Grieve		John
Grieve		Thomas
(Haig)		Robert
Hall		Thomas wife and 4 children
Halley		Mrs William and son
Hamilton	Alex.
Hamilton	John
Hardie		John
Hare 		Robert
Hastie		James
Hedderwick	Henry and wife
Henderson 	Christina
Hume		Robert
Hunter	 	Archibald
Hunter		Mrs Mary [d. Sept. 1914, aged 94] and 2 children
Innes		John
Irving (Irvine) Richard wife and family 3
Johnston	James
Johnston	Joseph (?Johnstone)
Johnston	Thomas (?Johnstone)
Kay		John
Kennedy		David
Kerr		Thomas
King		Jane
Laing		James
Lander (?Lauder) Mrs R. (Margaret) and son
Luttrell 	William
McAllan		William
McBeth (?McBeath)	Barbara
McCallum	John
McDonald 	Thomas
(McDonald	Ronald)
McKay		Gilbert
McKechnie	John
McKenzie	Peter and family of 2
McLaren		Robert
McLean		Archibald
McLean		Charles wife and 4 children
McLeod 		John and Sarah
McPhee		Dugald and wife
McPherson	Alice
Macfie		D. and wife
Miller		Matthew wife and family of 8
(Martin)		Duncan
Martin		James
Megget		Jane, Catherine, Alex, and William
Michie (?Mitchie)	William wife and 2 children
Mason		John
Mason		Robert
Meggett		Mrs C.
Mitchell	Robert
Moore		William
Murray		John
Mutter		Thomas
(Nelson)	Alexander - Steerage - paying their own passages
Nelson		Robert
Paterson	Robert and wife
Patrick		James
Pollock		Robert wife and 4 children
Potter 		Alexander wife and 4 children
Pryde		Robert
Purves		John wife and child [Purvis lived at Akatore, raised a family of nine]
Rankin		William
Rayner		John wife and two children
Reckie		John A. wife and child
Reid		David and wife
Reid		Mary
Rennie		John
Rennie		Sarah
Riddle 		Elizabeth and Margaret
Rontoul		David
Roberts		George W. wife and family of 3
Robertson	Matthew
Robertson	Thomas (wife and child)
Rodley		Thomas wife and son
Ross		James H.
Russell		David
Russell		Peter
Samson		Thomas
Scott		David wife and 4 sons
Scott		William and wife
Seaton		Thomas
Seed		William
Simpson		Ann
Skelton		Robert and Charles
Sloan		James
Smeall		William
Smith		Alexander (Wm Smith)
Smith		James and son
Smith		Robert
Smith		William and wife and 5 children
Stevenson	Charles
Stewart 	James
Stewart		John
Stirling	Charles
Strauchan 	Hunter and 2 sons
Telfer		Colin
Templeton	Robert, wife and 2 children
Thom 		William wife and 2 children
Tod		William
Turner 		Isabella
Veitch 		George
Wardlaw		Alex.
Walker 		Peter wife and 3 children
Watson		John and wife
Watson 		Peter
Watt		John
Weir 		Mrs Barbara  (Archd. Weir)
White		William
Whiteford	John
Whyte		John
Wilson		John wife and 2 children
Yorston		John  
Summary- 
51 married couples
126 single men
47 single women
78 children between 1 and 12 years of age
and 16  infants
Total 369 souls equals to 314 statue adults.

 

The above comprise the following occupations:
24 carpenters  1 mason   2 plasters
5 blacksmiths  3 gardeners   2 saddlers
2 shoemakers  1 engraver   1 turner
3 butchers  3 bakers   35 ploughmen
19 shepherds  35 labourers   5 quarrymen
and 36 domestic servants    

Births
July 20, Mrs Rodley of a son
July 20, Mrs Smith of a daughter
August 10, Mrs Rayner of a daughter.

Deaths -
June     22, James Cunningham, infant, of acute bronchitis
August 24, Mrs Smith, aged 27, of pentonitis. [sic]

A passenger by the "Pladda" has requested us to give insertion of the following verses:-

September 14 1861 page 5
Lines in the late Fire in the Pladda. by G.F.
Anticipation, or the Sailor's Dream. by G.F.
Address to New Zealand by G.F. passenger by the "Pladda."

Lines on the late Fire in the Pladda.

The night was fair, on went the dance,
And all was mirth and fun;
When, lo! a piercing cry was heard-
The ship's on fire! - run! run!!
As when a flock of birds that's scared,
On pinions light uprise,
So sprang each seaman to his post, 
Now hard each seaman piles.
The work is short, Heaven aids the spell;
The lames are quenched, and all again is well
Now turn we to the crowd that line the deck,
Who 'scaped burning, drowning, death, or wreck;
Curious the while the lines to trace
of sad despair on every face;
of passions wild, still unsubdued,
Of momentary fears of ill and good;
The list the stifled sob and moan,
And mark the penitential groan,
The children's wail, the father's sigh,
The loving mother's heartfelt cry -
In youth our nearest, dearest tie;
The trem'lous tones of each sunk voice,
Anon the half suppressed noise,
And ever changing fears and joys,
That reigned throughout the terrors
Of that short-lived scene.

G.F.

From a sketch in the Otago  Settlers' Museum.
Also see Otago Witness, 10 August 1861, Page 4 - passenger list.

Dominion, 27 May 1919, Page 4
Mr. Alexander Barron, who was connected with the Lands Department since its inception, died at lu9 residence, Craigroy, Macdonald Crescent, yesterday morning, respected and honoured by all who knew him. Mr. Barron was born at Craigroy, Morayshire, Scotland, in 1889, and after his school days joined the staff of one of the local banks. Disappointed at the meagre prospects of advancement, ho decided, when 22 years of ago, to emigrate to New Zealand, and arrived at Dunedin with other Scottish adventurers by the ship Pladda in 1861. Ho entered the Civil Service the same year under the late Mr. Arthur, afterwards Chief Surveyor for Otago. On the abolition of Provincial Government in 1870, Mr. Barron came to Wellington with the then Surveyor-General, and was appointed the latter's first assistant in organising the Survey Department. His work in that connection was most valuable to the Government of the day, and of all time. Later Mr .Barron became Under-Secretary for Crown Lands, and later still succeeded Mr. M'Kerrow as Land Purchase Inspector, a position he held until he retired from the Service n few years ago. Air. Barron was a gentleman of quiet habit and reticent of speech, but lie was a most conscientious servant of the Government, fond of his work, and happy in the confidence and esteem of those both above and below him. He was an original member of the Wellington Bowling Club. and for some time was an elder of. St. Johns Church, Willis Street. He leaves ft widow, two daughters (Mrs Robert Hopkirk and Miss Barron), and three sons (Mr W. Barron, of the Railway Department, Mr. Harold Barron, of Lower Mutt, and Dr. Richard Barron, who returned from active service a fortnight ago). The interment (in the Sydney Street Cemetery to-morrow) will be a private one, The flag of the Wellington -Bowling Club was flown at halfmast yesterday as a mark of respect to the deceased.

Otago Daily Times 6 January 1914, Page 5
Mr John Bathgate, of Gowrie, Farm, West Taieri, who had been in failing health for two years, though only confined to bed for a day or two beforo he passed peacefully away on the 18th December, kindly nursed by his loving wife arid affectionate family. Mr Bathgate was born at Ancrum, Roxburghshire, Scotland, in 1841. His father and family came out in the ship Pladda in 1861, and after a short residence in East Taieri his father then acquired Janefield, West Taieri, where the family resided. His father, Alexander Bathgate, died in 1881, and his son John then became the owner of Janefield, and as time wore on and opportunity occurred the area of Janefield was considerably increased, and when Gowrie Farm, adjoining Janefield, was sold Mr Bathgate became the owner. In 1872 Mr Bathgate married Ann Grunt, third daughter of the late Peter Grant, of Granton Farm, West Taieri, who came out in the ship Storm Cloud in 1859 or 1860. They were from Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Scotland. Mr and Mrs Bathgate had six sons and three daughters. Four of the sons, of whom three are married, worked on the farms with their parents, while the three daughters assist their mother in the household, duties. The third youngest son is in Edinburgh, Scotland, qualifying &a a medical missionary. Mr Bathgate was highly respected in the district, and his word was his bond. Though of a quiet and retiring nature, he took an interest in all local matters, was a member of the old Outram Road Board, the West Taieri River Board, the School Committee, and for many years a deacon in West Taieri Presbyterian Church. 

Otago Daily Times 28 August 1914, Page 6
Mr James Miller Brown, who passed away at his residence in Bowmont street on Sunday, was an old and much esteemed resident of Invercargill (says the News). He was born in Glasgow in 1844, and was brought up to a mercantile life. In 1861 he arrived in Port Chalmers by the ship Pladda, and for four years he resided in Dunedin. After some experience in farming at Waikouaiti deceased commenced business at Cromwell in 1869, and established the business of D. A. Jolly and Co. Six years later he removed to Invercargill, where he carried on business as a grocer, and for several years ago commercial traveller. He established the business of J. M. Brown and Son in Invercargill in 1890. At one time Mr Brown served as a volunteer in the Naval Brigade, Dunedin. and he was a Past Master of the Southern Cross Lodge of Freemasons. Deceased was married in 1870 to a daughter of the late Mr Andrew Stewart of Victoria. Their family consisted of three sans and three daughters.

Otago Daily Times 9 September 1913, Page 6
James Carmichael, or "Jimmy" as he was best known, is still alive, and although well over 80 is still hale and hearty. Just a short while ago I had a pleasant chat with him. He landed in New Zealand by the Pladda in 1861, and almost immediately started coach-driving, at first for himself and later on for Cobb and Co., and in a short time was appointed manager on the North and South position he held with credit. One of the most careful and obliging drivers, as well as one of the most daring, "Jimmy" ran his coach over roads that other drivers, would not attempt; and if anything special came along his services were always called into requisition. He drove the late James Macandrew to the opening of the Kakanui bridge in the early sixties, and several of our Governors, while touring New Zealand, were, entrusted to him in their drives. Sir George Grey, Sir James Ferguson, Sir George Bowen, and Sir Julius Vogel were a few of his patrons, from whom he received great, praise as well as mementoes for his skilled and careful driving over dangerous and rough roads. To anyone interested in the incidents that happened in the early coach-driving days it would be well worth while to call on Jimmy;" for many an interesting story can he relate of his own experiences as well as of those of others. I understand he resides close to Gore, and I am sure would be pleased to meet any of his old friends, or indeed anyone sufficiently interested to call on him. The little band of pioneers is getting smail, and it is due to us that we get all the information possible from those that braved the hardships of a new country.

Otago Daily Times 1 July 1916, Page 11
A very old and respected resident of Strath-Taieri in the person of Mr John Elliot died on June 14, at the age of 74 years. The deceased arrived in Otago in 1861 by the ship Pladda. He was quite a young man, with an excellent knowledge of stock, both pastoral and agricultural. He came from Scotland to seek his fortune, and his first venture was mining at the Dunstan rush. This occupation not being congenial, he then went to the Rock and Pillar Range, which be crossed on foot. Some time later he came to Dunedin, and worked at Port Chalmers, under the late Inspector Logie. His next venture was sheep droving by contract over the most difficult country in Otago. While following these pursuits he accepted a post, as head shepherd on Mr Glassford's station at Matakanui. For some time he was also general manager during Mr Glassford's abence. About the year 1875 he took up the management of Patearoa Station for the firm of Murray, Roberts, and Co. In 1877 he was entrusted by the same firm with the management of the far-famed Gladbrook Estate, at that period almost in its virgin state, where he resided for nearly 30 years. In 1892 he proceeded to Scotland to obtain the first shipment of the well-known Polled Angus cattle. About 1905 he retired info private life. He leaves a widow and two sons to mourn his loss. As a judge of stock his services were much sought after at agricultural shows in both islands. He did not, seek publicity but for many years represented the local riding on the County Council. He liberally supported local institutions, and at the time of his death held the office of treasurer of the local A. and P. Society, which position he had occupied for 13 years. He was also a life member of the Otago A. and P. Society. His remains were interred in the Middlemarch Cemetery on June 16, when a large concourse of neighbours and friends from near and far attended to pay their last respects. Public bodies were represented by the councillor, of the county and several shipmates, including representatives of the Otago A. and P. Society.

Bruce Herald, 22 January 1914, Page 2 MRS JAMES ADAM, Aged 90 Years.
An interesting and one who has been resident in the Tokomairiro district for more than half-a-century, passed away to her final earthly resting, place on Friday morning last, m the person of Mrs James Adam, who died at her residence, Bon Accoord,'' Clarksville. The deceased lady, had long passed the allotted span of life, and was in her 91st year at the time of her demise. Mrs Adam, whose maiden name was Esson, was born at Aboyle, Aberdeenshire, in April, and emigrated to New Zealand in 1861, arriving at Port Chalmers in the ship Pladda, which brought several hundred other immigrants to seek their fortunes in, this favored land under the southern skies. Shortly after her arrival she was married to the late Mr James Adam, this being his second marriage, and they took up their residence at "Bon Accord,'' Clarksville, where, with the exception of a visit to her native land in 1875, Mr Adam has since continuously resided. A family of four was born, two of whom died in childhood's days, and a son Robert died in 1900, whilst the remaining member of the family, Miss Jessie, is surviving, and tendered her mother with a final, living affection during her declining years, and until her death. The late Mrs Adam's three sisters also came to New Zealand in the early days�two of whom predeceased the subject of this notice, one being the lace Mrs Robert Murray, of Clarksviile, whilst the other sister is still surviving (Mrs Birss, of Appleby, Invercargill). The late Mrs Adam was or a retiring disposition, but will be nest remembered by a large circle of friends for her uniformly cheerful and kindly disposition, these qualities endearing her to all with whom she came in contact. Her main interests outside the home sphere were centred in the Toko. Presbyterian Church, at which she was a constant attender until prevented by failing health and advancing years. She was ever a liberal add generous-hearted supporter of its activities in local affairs or the missionary fields. In addition to the daughter, Miss Jessie, there are three step-sons surviving, viz.,. Alex (residing in a suburb of Sydney, New South Wales), James (Milton), and John (Crichton); also several step grandchildren. The funeral took place on Monday afternoon, when the mortal remains were interred in the family vault at "Bon Accord" estate, in the presence of the relatives, the funeral rites being bona acted by Rev. G. Miller, assisted by Rev. a. Morton.

In connection with the foregoing it may not be out of place to reprint extracts from the obituary notice published in our issue of March 30, 1908, on (the death of Mrs Adam's highly-esteemed husband, who was such a prominent figure in the founding of the Otago Settlement:� James Adams, born at Aberdeen, came out in the Philip Laing, 1848. Having been precentor of the Free West church in his native city, he naturally became leader of the psalmody in the First Church of his new home. A couple of days after the selection of town land he was given a lease of the section on which the Grand Hotel stands, corner of High and Princes streets, at �4 per annum. There was a beautiful clump of maples on the section, and by cutting down those out of line, and topping the remainder he had the studs for his house ready greeted. The roof was thatched with grass from the swamp, and the cabin was made so cosy looking that his family were delighted with their new abode, here his eldest son Alexander was born, the first child born among the immigrants after landing. At the land sale, however, his section was bought over his head, and so he lost ins valuable corner. After other preliminary work he acquired a farm at Anderson's Bay, running across the sandhills, planned the saw and flour mills for Mr Valpy, and built barges, boats, houses and a ship; member for the Provincial Council 1856, representing Dunedin for 4 years, then Anderson's Bay and Green island; sent Home as Immigration Agent in 1857, and was the means of inducing 4,000 people to come out; was afterwards sent by the Taieri settlers to Auckland, and then to Great Britain and Ireland as Immigration Agent, resulting in the acquisition of 60,000 people to the colony; sold his Anderson's Buy property m 1859 and settled at his present residence 'Bon Accord,' Tokomairiro; member of Provincial Council for Tokomairnio in 1864 and member for the Paterson Ministry.

Otago Daily Times 28 May 1919, Page 6
On Sunday, the 18th inst., there passed away at Palmerston, in the person of Mrs D. Fleming, an old and a very highly respected resident of that district. With her husband, Mrs Fleming arrived in New Zealand Pladda in 1861 After a short stay in Dunedin they removed to Hampden, where they resided for seven years. In 1869 they went to the Palmerston district, where Mr Fleming died in June 1894 and where Mrs Fleming had resided ever since. The deceased lady leaves a family a of five sons and three daughters.

Otago Daily Times 5 September 1914, Page 8
The late Mr Alexander Forbes, of Invercargill, was born at Killiecrankie, Scotland, on February 23, 1833. On leaving school (says the Southland Times) he followed the teaching profession for a few years, afterwards engaging in farming pursuits. He left his native land in the ship Pladda in 1861, arriving at Port Chalmers in September of the same year. He walked to Tokomairiro, where he engaged in farm work and wagoning to Wethorstone, Gabriel's Gully, and Waitahuna diggings. In 1862 he arrived in Invercargill and secured employment at Ryal Bush, purchasing in the same year his well-known homestead, Oreti Bank. For the next two years he engaged in wagining to Kingston, via Waimea Plains. In 1864 he settled down in the Lochiel district. In 1865 he married Miss Annie Rankin, daughter of the late Alexander Rankin, of Underwood. The late Mr Forbes took a keen interest in education, being for many years chairman of the Lochiel School Committee. He leaves a widow, two sons, four daughters, and 20 grand-children.

Otago Witness, 7 March 1906, Page 32
Our Oamaru correspondent wires: Old residents of North Otago and all interested in draught horseflesh will hear with regret of the death of Mr Thomas Hall, of Papakaio, which took place in Oamaru on Sunday morning. Deceased had been ailing for some time, and came to town a fortnight ago, where he has been suffering from an affection of the heart till his death took place as stated. Mr Hall was born in Roxburgh, Scotland, in 1849, and came with his parents to Port Chalmers in the Pladda in 1861. In 1873 he commenced cropping on the Maerewhenua Station, and later went into partnership with his brother Alexandra, with whom he farmed near Georgetown for 23 years, when the partnership was dissolved, and he took up land near Maheno on the Island Block, though his home remained at Papakaia. A keen judge of draught stock, Mr Hall was associated with his brother and Mr W. Gardiner in the ownership of such famous stallions as Cedric the Saxon, Record Reign, Agitator (imported), and Sandy Erskine (imported). For some years he represented the Awamoko Riding on the Waitaki County Council. He leaves a wife, three sons, and two daughters to mourn their loss.  

Otago Daily Times 23 September 1914, Page 4
Mrs Mary Hunter, who died at her residence in Great King street on Saturday at the age of 94 years, will be remembered as a noble type of church worker in the earlier days of the Otago Settlement. She was one of the original members of the congregation of the old North Dunedin Church, who worshipped in the North Dunedin Drill Hall. She was one of the pioneer women, and arrived at Dunedin in the emigrant ship Pladda in 1861, with her husband, Alexander Hunter, who predeceased her over three years ago. Mr Hunter was for many years machinist at the Otago Daily Times, which position he left to carry on an ironmongery business in the North End. The late Mrs Hunter was a lady in the truest sense of the phrase. Three yean ago she attended the jubilee gathering of the surviving passengers of the ship which brought her to Dunedin. She was of a cheerful disposition, and she suffered a severe illness with Christian fortitude. Mr T. A. Hunter (dentist) and Mr J. S. Hunter (who carries on his father's original business) are sons, and Mrs J. Carter is daughter of the deceased.

Clutha Leader, 8 August 1916, Page 3
Mr Richard Irving, who passed away at his daughter-in-law's residence, Clinton, on Thursday (July 27), was born in Dumfries, Scotland, and came to New Zealand by the ship "Pladda" in 1861, accompanied by his wife, two sons and two daughters. For some tithe after his arrival he was engaged felling bush and at Other pioneer work incidental in a new country. For three years subsequently he managed the farm of his brother-in-law, Mr John Matheson, of Highcliff, on the Otago Peninsula, afterwards starting on a farm named "Johnston Lea," which he had previously bought. Later Mr Irving sold his farm, leaving the Peninsula in 1886, and buying a ,farm at Waiwera, on which he lived until he sold it in 1902. Since then Mr Irving had been living in retirement at Clinton. At the time of his death Mr Irving had attained the ripe age of 87 years.
[In the obituary notice relative to the death of the late Mr Irving published in our issue of August 1 the particulars given (which were culled from the Old Identities Book) referred to the death of the deceased gentleman's son (Mr R.I. Irving), which occurred a few years ago.]

Bruce Herald, 5 October 1914, Page 5 MRS C.C. PURVIS, Aged 77 Years.
Another old identity recently passed from our midst in the person of Mrs Christina Cockburn Purvis, at the advanced age of 77. The deceased lady was born in Berwickshire in the year 1837, and in 1859 married Mr John Purvis, of Churnside. Two years later they sailed for New Zealand in the ship Pladda, arriving in Dunedin on September 9th, 1861, from whence they journeyed to Tokoiti where they resided for eight years. They then took up their residence at Raureka, Akatore, where they resided ever since. Of cheerful disposition, a helping hand in time of sickness and sorrow, she was loved by all who knew her. The deceased passed peacefully away on September 21st, and was followed by a large number of mourners to the place of interment, Fairfax Cemetery, on Wednesday, 23rd ult. She leaves a husband, seven daughters, one son, three brothers, one sister, 41 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren to mourn their loss. She was predeceased by one daughter (Mrs M'Indoe) four years ago.

Otago Daily Times 23 July 1906, Page 4
Another old identity passed away on Monday, 16th inst., in the person of Mrs Robertson, who died at her residence, Albany street. The deceased lady arrived in the colony in the early sixties by the Pladda. She survived her husband by 10 years, and leaves five sons and two daughters to mourn their loss.

Otago Witness, 21 March 1906, Page 30 Oamaru, March 13.
Old residents of this district will regret to hear of the death of Mr Peter Russell, of Otepopo, an old and respected farmer in this district. Mr Russell was born in Bathgate, Scotland, 87 years ago. and landed in Port Chalmers by the Pladda in 1861, settling a few years later at Otepopo, where he served on various local bodies. His farming was attended with considerable success. He leaves a widow, having married in 1884.

Southland Times 27 July 1885, Page 2
The inquest on Friday, at Riverton, on the body of James Stewart, disclosed the following facts i�Deceased had not done any work for a fortnight previously. He had �12 when he left the sawmill at which he had been working, but the day before his sudden death he was searching his pockets for a shilling. Dr Young, who had attended him in his brief illness, deposed that he made an examination of the body, and found the stomach empty and extensive inflammation of the bowels. The right side of the heart was overfilled with blood, and there was slight disease of the heart. Ascribed death to weakness of the heart's action through shock to the system and want of proper nourishment. Thought the symptoms were caused by excessive drinking, cold, and want of food for some time. The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical testimony. Stewart was an intelligent and generally respectable man, but for years past had been addicted to bouts of drinking, from the effects of which he suffered severely. He was a native of the iron district of Lanarkshire, and arrived in the colony by the ship Pladda in 1861. He was one of the enginners of the ss. Titania about the time that she commenced running to Invercargill, and afterwards was part owner of the small schooner Wallace which was wrecked about Waikawa. He afterwards went to the West Coast where he was well-known in connection with mining engines, and also in the steamers on the coast. About 10 years ago he returned to this district, and has been employed as engineman at sawmills in the Western district since. He was unmarried,

Colonist, 20 April 1915, Page 4
The Otago papers report the death of Mr John Watson, at his residence, Table-View Farm, Roxburgh. The deceased was born at Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland, in 1840, and in 1861 came out to New Zealand in the ship Pladda. The deceased went to Teviot in 1871 and followed up mining, principally at Roxburgh East. Deceased was a staunch member of the Methodist Church.


Otago Witness, 30 December 1897, Page 38
An Old Subscriber.  The ship Pladda arrived on Sunday, September 8, 1861. Eighteen of the crew deserted the following night, but only three escaped. She sailed again on October 21.

Otago Witness, 14 September 1861, Page 5
Gold Export. The "Omeo' which left for Melbourne on Wednesday last, took 6900 ounces.
Gold still continues to arrive by private hands. One of the Banks, we understand, purchased from various parties 2000 ounces, which had not come in by the Escort. Two men came into town during the week bringing 40 lbs. weight each. The Escort left town for the Diggings on Thursday morning.

Desertion of Crews. The crew of the "Pladda" made a most determined effort to escape from the ship on Monday night. Eighteen of the crew had been apparently watching an opportunity, and upon the officer of the watch turning his back, made for one of the boats. The first officer, who was on the poop, fired a pistol to arouse he captain and assistance. The men, alarmed, cut the tackle of the boat, but in doing let the stern down before the boat was free at the bow, when he capsized, and the whole of the men were precipitated into the water. Fifteen ere rescued and taken on board ; three were, however, missing, but whether they were drowned or not cannot be ascertained. That some one or all escaped is assumed from the boat of a vessel lying astern of the "Pladda" having been cut adrift and left on the beach. The whole of the men taken have been convicted of desertion, and sentenced to, six weeks' imprisonment. The most serious complaints have been made of the desertion of crews from 'their ships. We are informed that the "Arabia" and the "Ocean Chief" are both lying at the lower port deserted, the crews having got off. In one case we are informed, they constructed a raft, on which they managed to reach the shore.  

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