LIST OF IMMIGRANTS, DEBTORS TO THE PROVINCIAL
OF OTAGO FOR PASSAGE MONEYS, - (Assisted Immigration Passage
Money Account.") Corrected from Treasury Books, 4th August., 1869 inclusive.
The date after the immigrants' names are the dates of last payments.
In 1869 an official list was published of all those people who had part or all of their passage to Otago paid for by the Otago Provincial Government since 1848 and who still owed any part of this money. page 11 page 12.
Otago Witness January 3 1863
Dec. 27 - Pladda, 982 tons, Boyd, from Glasgow. Cargill and Co. agents.
Partial listing from the 1869 list pages
11 & 12
137 names - women - the gaps represent passengers who have completed paying the fare.
"Pladda" December 26 1862 cont. letter Aldil_on Janet Agnew Mary Allan Clementina Anderson Susan Anderson Eliza Bartman Catherine or Bateman Brown Mary Brown Henrietta Bell Catherine Brownlee Mary Ann Byrne Winfred Bain Margaret Buchan Margaret Baxter Jane Bennie Margaret Campbell Catherine Campbell Margaret, Glasgow Campbell Margaret, Rothsay Cullen Ann Carr Mary Castello Kate Chalmers Catherine Cormack Margaret Connelly Margaret, Oraumore Connell Maria Condell Jane, Dublin Condell Mary Jane, Dublin Crerar Catherine Cassells Elizabeth Cantwill Ellen Carruthers Mary and Caroline Daly Jane Duncan Margaret Darrack Margaret Evans Mary Jane Finlay Jessie Fairley Georgina Margaret, Elizabeth and Jessie Gillen Rebecca Graham Jane Gordon Catherine Henderson Mary Holloran Kate Holloran Bridget Hanley Margaret Hughes Mary Harvey Catherine Hill Helen Haigh Elizabeth Houston Agnes Johnston Ann Johnston Barbara Johnston Isabella Johnston Mary Johnston Adam Johnston Eliza Johnston William Joyce Bridget Kearney Mary Kane Ann Kane Jane Kelly Margaret Kelly Honor Kelly Ann Kelly Christina Kelly Margaret Kinealy Margaret Lawson Mary Larkin Mary Livingstone Margaret McNaughton Catherine McNaughton Christina McNaughton Margaret McHale Anne McIntosh Catherine McIvor Isabella McAllister Isabella McGuire Christina and Mary McAulay Janet McNally Mary McPhail Catherine McDougall Catherine McNair Mary McFarlane Margaret McDermind Elizabeth M_ _ _ _ Bridget Mee Isabella Mullan Julia Mauchlin Maryann Marr Helen Mitchell Mary Morrison Agnes Meiklejohn Mrs Janet Mahon Honor Magon Honor Munro Catherine W O'Connor Mary O'Connor Nancy O'Connor Benelia Parlane Ellen Porteous Ellen Raun Biddy Regan Mary Robertson Mary Robertson Cath. Robertson Marion Reilly Margaret Reid Wilheminia Reid Jane Reid Ann Richie Isabella Simpson Jane Simpson Helen Smith Honor Smith Margaret Scott Mary Scott Harriett Sutherland Elizabeth Smith Jane Smith Mrs, Mary, and Isabella and Margaret Turnbull Elizabeth Turnbull Jessie Torrance Jane Thomson Jessie, Ann and Jane Williamson Williamina Walsh Catherine Wilson Robert, Agnes, Ellen, and Christina
Otago Witness, 28 November 1906, Page 66
The intelligence of the death of Mrs John Leishman, [nee Margaret SMITH - folio No. 1216, 1864] of Kaikorai Valley, will have been received with regret by her friends, including many old settlers. She arrived in the colony in December, 1862, by the Pladda, among the passengers being Mr Leishman, to whom she was married early in 1864. With her husband she settled in Oamaru, where he followed his trade of an engine-driver, and there they lived for 36 years, after which time they removed to Dunedin and took up their residence in the Kaikorai Valley. In 1897 Mr and Mrs Leishman visited the Old Country for the sake of her health, and eventually she derived considerable benefit from the change, but for several months past she was confined to her bed with a severe illness, which culminated in an attack of congestion of the lungs that she was unable to throw off. Mrs Leishman, who was a native if Rothesay, Bute, is survived by her husband and a family of six — four daughters (all married) and two sons, the younger of them also being married. She was a colonist of an admirable type, whose death will cause sincere sorrow wherever she was known.
Otago Witness, 10 December 1902, Page 30
Sir Francis Wilkinson, one of the oldest of Dunedin' g builders, died at his residence,
Nevada, on Monday afternoon, after a prolonged and painful illness. Mr Wilkinson was predeceased by one of his sons at Naseby on Thursday last, and in business and church work he was for-very many years closely connected with the, late Mr R. A. Lawson, architect, whose death last week came as so great a surprise to the community. Deceased was born in Glasgow in 1834 being therefore 68 years of age at the time of his death, and in that town served his apprenticeship as a cabinetmaker. In 1863 he came out to Dunedin by the ship Pladda, and worked at his trade for a little while with the old firm of North and Scoullar. When the Hokitika rush set in Mr Wilkinson, with many others, went to the Coast, but, not being successful, soon found his way back again to Dunedin, where he started business shortly afterwards on his own account as a builder. In this he was successful, and continued so up till a few years ago, when he retired from active life. Among the public buildings for which he was the contractor may be mentioned the Kaikorai School, the first portion of the Mornington Churchy St. John's Church and Hall, Roslyn. and the Stuart Street Oddfellows Hall. Mr Wilkinson, whilst in health and strength, always took a deep and active interest in social, religious, and educational work. For many years he was a member of the Rcslyn Borough Council and the- Kaikorai School Committee, of which latter body he was. also chairman. During Kaikorai's troublous times, when the committee, the then head master Mr M'Laughlin, and the Education Board were all at loggerheads with one another, Mr Wilkinson was in the forefront. Jft is however, in the matter of physical training in the public schools that' his name should ever be held in' high, esteem for to the deceased gentleman is due the credit of our public schools having gymnasiums attached to them. Through his persistent advocacy of this adjunct a gymnasium was established in connection with the Kaikorai School, that marking the initiation of a movement in our schools which today has attained large proportions. In his death First Church loses another of its band of faithful workers, who bore the heat and burden of day in the sixties, seventies, and eighties. So far back as 1870 he was elected to the office of eldership in First Church, and held that office with honour to himself and the church up till the' time of his. death. The deceased gentleman held a high reputation for honesty and integrity, and his death will be keenly felt not only by his widow and family, but also by the business people with whom he came in contact, and a large circle of friends. He is survived by Mrs Wilkinson and five eons and two daughters. One daughter is a teacher in the Forbury School. Of the sons, two reside in Dunedin — Francis Wilkinson, builder, and John Wilkinson, solicitor ; two (one of whom is Lieutenant Wilkinson, of the Seventh New Zealand Contingent) hold appointments in South Africa ; whilst another son is a draughtsman in Sydney.
Otago Witness, 10 July 1907, Page 29
The many friends of Mrs Ann Wilkinson, of Nevada, Roslyn, widow of the late Mr Francis Wilkinson, builder, will regret to hear of her death, which took place at her residence on the 6th inst. The deceased lady arrived in Dunedin with her husband and three children by the Pladda in 1862, and since 1870 has resided in Roslyn. She had a large circle of acquaintances, by whom she was much esteemed. In the earlier days of Dunedin she was applied to in all the family emergencies of her friends and neighbours, as she was wise in counsel aid eminently practical and helpful. Since the death of her husband, four and a-half years ago, Mrs Wilkinson has been more or less ailing, and through a long and painful illness her cheerful patience and kindly words endeared her to those who came in contact with her. Mrs Wilkinson is survived by five sons and two daughters.
North Otago Times, 17 July 1917, Page 2 MRS JESSIE
T. SMITH (Contributed.) [Jessie Turnbull married Robert
Smith in 1864]
The passing away of Mrs Jessie T. Smith severs one of the few remaining links that connect the present generation with that of the early pioneers of Otago. Born in Glasgow seventy-five years ago, she remained there till in 1862 she became enamoured by the fine stories of wealth and fame that came from the wilds of Otago. In 1862 she sailed for Dunedin in the good ship Pladda (Captain Boyd), and upon landing rapidly found her way to the El Dorado, settling at Waitahuna, and there was married in 1864 to the late Robert W, Smith, who died in Oamaru sixteen years ago. He was a sailor and a very handy man. He came to Otago as boatswain in the ship Wave Queen in 1863, and made his way to the 'diggings, working in turns as carpenter and digger. When the rail way began he became a bridge carpenter, and was shifted to Oamaru in 1874, and worked upon the Waitaki bridge from its start to its completion, and then upon the Oamaru Lagoon bridge and other railway works, till ill-health retired him, and after a painful illness passed to his rest. They had a family of six sons, all now alive. James and John in Christchurch, Robert in Waimate, William and Alexander in Waiaroa, These are married, and have large families, Mrs Smith till about two months ago kept house in Oamaru for her youngest son, Albert, of the firm of Hodgn and Jones, saddlers, who has been called to the colours, and is now in training at Trentham. She went to reside with Robert in Waimate, but although she had every attention gradually sunk, passing away on Thursday morning. The sympathy of the older residents is offered to the family. It is noteworthy that there are besides the six sons, eighteen grandchildren, one in the Navy and one in the Army, upholding the honour of the Dominion.
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