The New Zealand Colonist and Port Nicholson Advertiser published bi-weekly in Wellington from 2 August 1842 and continued for one year only until the 3 August 1843. Publication stopped due to poor sales combined with a fire in its Lambton Quay office.
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Tuesday 3 January 1843
Dec. 29 - Ship Bombay, 400 Moore, from London, via Nelson; W. Fitzherbert agent
Dec. 30 - Schooner Ocean, 30, Ferguson, from Nelson. Passenger, Mr Jackson
Dec. 29 - Schooner Richmond, 30, Sinclair, for Poverty Bay
Jan. 1 - Schooner Elizabeth, 52 tons, Smith, for Nelson
Barque - Clydeside, Glasgow, 256, Waitt & Co., agents, arrived Jan. 26, from Clyde, for London
Barque - Indemnity, London, 450, Adams, Waitt & Co.
Schooner - Ann, Wellington, 22, Brown, Schultz agent; arrived July 22, from Akaroa; laid up
Schooner - Maori
Schooner - Governor Hobson, 30, Crummer, from the Coast; Wallace & Co. agents
Schooner - Jane, 15, Vendy
Schooner - Ganet, 40 Popplewell, Dec. 14, from Poverty Bay
Barque - Bright Plant, 187 John Morrison, Dec. 19, from Bank's Peninsula
Schooner - Anita, King, Dec. 24, from Manilla
Brig - Eleanor, Dec. 25, from Sydney
Schooner - New Zealander, Guard, Dec. 25, from Cloudy Bay
Schooner - Sir John Franklin, Dec. 25, from Nelson
Schooner - Dolphin, from the East coast
Ship Bombay - 400, Moore, from London via Nelson
Schooner Ocean - 30, Ferguson, from Nelson
The arrival of the New Year was greeted with the usual salute of cannon, musketry, &c., and the bells of the ships in harbour added their din to the general noise.
At ten minutes before seven o'clock on Sunday morning, a rather severe shock of an earthquake was felt, and again about eleven o'clock at night.
We, the undersigned, passengers on board the Ship Bombay, beg to express our approval of James Moore, its commander. As a seaman, we feel in him the greatest confidence; for his gentlemanly conduct, and his high character of integrity and kindness, we hold him in the greatest esteem. The Surgeon Superintendent, Samuel Hodgkinson, Esq., and the Chief Mate, also deserve our best thanks. Signed
Friday 6th January 1843
The schooner Imp, on here arrival from the above port, will return in four or five days.
For freight or passage
Johnson & Moore agents
Lambton Quay Jan 5, 1843
For Sydney Direct
The Barque Bright Planet
John Morrison, Master. For freight or passage, apply to the Captain on board or to
C M Evans, December 20 1142
January 3 - Barque Prince of Wales, 583 tons, A. Alexander from London via Nelson. Cabin Passengers Misses Walker, Barr, Hatton; Mrs Wilby and child; Mr and Mrs Johnson and 2 children. Mr and Mrs R Johnson and 3 children; Mr and Mrs Hort and 5 daughters; Messrs C Heaphy, J Joseph, Russell, Marshall, Skipwith, Birnie, J Ridgeway, Crummer, Mocatta, O�Farrell. Intermediate Messrs Sanders, Thornbrown, Gould, Barr
January 4 - Barque Essex, Oaxley from Plymouth
Same day - Schooner Kate, Reid from the coast
January 5 - Brigantine Hannah, 90 tons, Bell from Chathams; Willis & Co. agents
January 1 - Brig Eleanor 253 tons, Lee from Manilla
January 2 - Schooner Ocean 30, Ferguson for Nelson
Loss of the Ulysses. On the night of Thursday, the 28th of July, the Ulysses was found to be making water fast: Captain Lakeman was unable to make land. The leak appeared aft. The Captain and the crew, nine in number, got the boat out. This hardy boat crew were without the slightest means of subsistence, and remained for four days and nights without food and water in a small open boat until they arrived at Ajaccio. In about half an hour after the Captain and his crew left the Ulysses, she was seen to heel over on her beam ends and go down immediately in lat. 42. 50, long. 6.20
Tuesday 10 January 1843
Jan. 9 -Cutter, Katherine Johnstone, Taylor, from Nelson
January 8 - Barque Planet, 187, Morrison, from Sydney
Her Majesty's Visit to Scotland
Royal George, yacht, Captain Lord Adolphus Fitzclarence towed out of Portsmouth harbour by the Echo steamer.
Nautilus and Emerald, two tenders
Pique, 36, the Hon. Captain Stopford, escort to Scotland
Castor, frigate, under the command of Lord John Hay
Matrimony, vessel belonging to the Iron Steam Packet Company
Royal Albert, 120 gun ship, keel laid at Woolwich dockyard, August 26 1842. Same slip that the Trafalgar, was launched last year. Miss Collier, daughter of Captain Sir Francis A. Collier, K.C.B. and K.H., superintendent of the dockyard, taking the hammer and striking the keel on its being placed in its proper position by the shipwrights. The stem was then raised by shears and pulleys into its proper place, and, on being secured, the Royal Marine band played "Rule Britannia." and the band played "God save the Queen" This magnificent vessel is from a design by Mr Oliver Lang, master shipwright at the Woolwich dockyard. She will be considerably larger than the Trafalgar, and be if 673 tons greater burden:-
Dimensions of the Trafalgar
Length on the gun deck
Depth of hold
Dimensions of the Royal Albert
Length on the gun deck
Depth of hold
Liverpool, August 24 - The Great Western steamer Capt. Hoskin, arrived in the Mersey at two o'clock this day, after an excellent voyage of 13 days from New York. She has upwards of sixty passengers.
The transmission of the West India Mails twice a month has concluded. Twelve 10-gun brigs are now fitting out with all expedition at Plymouth, as packets for the purpose of conveying the Madeira, Jamaica (and all the West India Islands), Panama, New Orleans, British Guiana, Surinam, and Mexico mails, which will be made up at the General Post-office, St. Martin's-le-Grand, on the 1st and 15th of every month, and forwarded via Falmouth. The average time of the voyage from and to Falmouth and the West India Islands, Mexico, &c. is computed at 57 days. The Madeira, Brazils, and Buenos Ayres mails, will be also conveyed by Her Majesty's brigs Linnet, Penguin, Swift, Crane, Express, Petrel and Ranger, on the first Tuesday of the month. The time from and to Falmouth is on average 140 days....
Friday 13 January 1843
January 10 - Brigantine Ariel, 104 tons, Cruickshank, from the East Coast
Same day - Brigantine Lowestoft, 114 tons, Cowtan, from Launceston via Auckland
Jan. 11- Government Brig Victoria, Nagle, from Auckland, with the Governor, pro tem., and Suite.
Jan. 13 - H.M.S. Favorite
Jan. 6 -Schooner Sir John Franklin, 52 tons, Campbell, for Poverty Bay
Jan. 7 - Schooner Ganet, 30 tons, Poppelwell, for the East Coast
Jan. 10 - Brigantine Hannah, 90 tons, Bell, for Nelson
On the 5th instant, by the Rev. Mr Cole, David Stark, son of Charles Durie, Esq., late British and Hanoverian Consul-General at Christiania, Norway, to Penelope, only daughter of James Walker, Esq., Dundee.
At Park Cottage, on the 10th instant, by the Rev. J. Aldred, William Lyon, Esq., merchant Wellington, to Margaret, second daughter of Mr William Bar, Hamilton, Scotland.
Hints to New Settlers on Arrival at Port Nicholson...
News from Auckland
The whole of the emigrants from England, including the Parkhurst boys, had found employment from private individuals. Many families had settled in the country. Money was not very plentiful.
The Emigrants from the Clyde at New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand, November 12, 1842
These wanderers from the West of Scotland, the first swarm direct from the Parent hive that have been cast upon this shore.
The vessels arrived in Auckland on Sunday, the 9th ultimo - the barque Jane Gifford having left the Clyde on the 18th June, and the ship Duchess of Argyle, about ten days before. The passengers by both vessels arrived in excellent health. Those by the Jane Gifford speak in warm terms of the kindness of their medical adviser, and others in charge over them - those by the Duchess of Argyle speak in the same manner of their temporary rulers, with the exception of their medical man. The weather unfortunately happened to be boisterous on the day of their arrival.... Upon landing they wee huddled into small "Raupo" hovels beyond the bounds of the town; Government had no other places for them, save these miserable huts. Scarcely were themselves and luggage ashore, when they were set to work upon the streets of Auckland in the same way as the convicts are in Sydney and Parramatta; The pittance allowed them by the local Government does not much exceed that so humanely granted by his Excellency Sir George Gipps to the better behaved men of the chain and other gangs in the principal convict establishments in New South Wales. The men with families have fifteen shillings, and single men ten shillings per week. Such of them that make an offer to leave the Government lodgings, cannot procure any sort of house under, say seven shillings per week. Provisions they cannot have at less than one shilling for the four pound loaf, five shillings per pound tea; six-pence per pound for course moist sugar; and six-pence per pound for butcher meat. Pork is the only kind of animal of to be had in this part of the colony yet. Fresh and vegetables are not often to be had at such rates as those people can afford. Fortunately, potatoes form an exception to the general rule during the greater part of the year.
Fire-wood is always scare in Auckland, and consequently high in price; the only fuel poor people can procure, in the present state of matters, is a kind of small stunted shrub, which grows in the vicinity of the town, and is commonly termed "tee-tree" - a kind of bush not unlike the tall heather in some parts of Scotland. There is more than abundance of very valuable descriptions of timber in the district; it is the expense of getting it into town that causes the enormous price.
The people of Scotland have been immediately succeeded by a company of London thieves, recently imported in the barque St. George - 92 in number - all young scamps, and daily coming in contact, more or less, with the sons and daughters of the immigrants. These promising youths have already supplanted all the free labourers in the survey and other public departments.
No provision whatever, so far as is known, has been made at home for the moral welfare of the Presbyterians of Auckland. It is known that there is a Presbyterian Clergyman at Port Nicholson, distant about 600 miles from Auckland; but what is that to us?
During the last six months the better class of mechanics and labourers have been leaving this district for other localities in the Colony itself, as also for the neighbouring Colonies.
There are thousands and tens of thousands of acres of excellent land. The working agriculturist cannot obtain any of it, and the speculators allow their farms to lie uncultivated from want of means - having run themselves out of cash. And no wonder - paying at the rate of 700l. per acre at the first sale of the town allotments in this wildness - 20s. per day to the carpenter to build a wooden house - 25s. to the labourer to dig its foundation and a proportionally extravagant amount to the storekeeper and others for materials. Several highly respectable agriculturists from Roxburghshire in Scotland, who arrived in the Tuscan, that they left by her again for Port Phillip, without even taking their luggage ashore....
Tuesday 17 January 1843
January 13 - Schooner New Zealander, 27, Guard, from Cloudy Bay. Passengers - Mr Murphy and two constables. Mr Murphy brought over a white man, who is suspected of the murder of the Maori woman and child.
Same day - Ketch Clown, 104, Thompson, from Auckland
January 16 - Cutter Royal William, 10, Lovett, from the Chathams
Same day - Cutter Pickwick, 33, Axton, from Poverty Bay
January 13 - Schooner Kate, 62, Macfarlane, for the coast
Same day - Ship Bombay, 400, Moore, for Valparaiso
January 14 - Schooner Anita, 219, King, for Manilla
January 15 - Cutter Catherine Johnstone, Taylor, for Wanganui
January 16 - H.M. Ship Farorite, 400, Captain Sullivan, for Sydney
Same day - Barque Essex, 329, Oakley, for Taranaki
Imports - coastwise
In the Ariel from the East Coast - Master, Agent. 800 bushels maize, 63 pigs.
For sale. Yarmouth built brigantine, Lowestoft, 114 tons register, coppered and copper-fastened, well found in every respect, with stores. Has handsome cabin accommodations.
Account of the disturbance between the Matetu and the Tauranga natives by Mr William Spain. Embarked from Auckland, Yuesday, 29th November, 1842, onboard Her Majesty's Colonial Brig Victoria:- Willoughby SHortland, Esq., the Officer administering the Government of New Zealand, Mrs SHortland, Wm. Spain, Esq., Capt. Best, 80th regiment, Messrs Freeman, Leech, Wdward Shortland, George Clark jun., William Cooper, John Johnson, Edward Meurant, native chief Poepoe, and several of his tribe.
Nov. 30th - Arrival at the Great Barrier Island at 4 0'clock a.m., and anchored in the harbour; went on board Her Majesty's store-ship Tortoise, which we found moored there, waiting for spars for the British Navy. Her commander, Mr Wood, was absent in the bush with the greater part of her crew. Mr Bowen, the master's mate, lent us a fine six-oared gig, and accompanied Mr Shortland, Captain Best, and myself, in her to the copper mine, where we found Mr Kinghorne (the manager), Mr Taylor, Mr Chambers, and about twelve men at work. They were living in tents, but had commenced building a wooden house and store... On our return we rowed into a very spacious cavern with a magnificent vaulted roof. The cave was about 50 feet in length, with deep clear water, and we rowed to the very end of it, and it was wide enough to turn the boat around, which we did, and came out. On returning to the harbour, I landed, dined, and slept at Captain Nagle's. I was very pleased with the scenery of this harbour, the view from the house was very beautiful.
December 1st - The Victoria got under weigh about 4 o'clock in the morning, and was towed partly out of the harbour, but owing to the wind being very light, she let go her anchor. About 8 a.m. she again got under weigh, and Mr Shorthand having ordered two guns to be fired, I went on board; a boat from the Tortosie helped to tow us out of the harbour. Light winds all day - sighted Courier Island.
December 2d - Light winds. Saw the "Alderman." A fresh breeze sprung up in the afternoon which brought us abreast of the mayor Island; sighted a small schooner full of Maories standing towards the Mercury Islands.
December 3d - Anchored under the north head of Tauranga harbour, called Maunganui, or Great Mountain, at 8 o'clock a.m. Shortly after we came to anchor, we were visited by the Rev. Messrs. Brown and Kissling, from the Church Missionary station, who invited the Governor and his lady on shore. A large canoe full of natives from the Otumaitai Pah came alongside, and also a large boat apparently European build, manned by natives from the same Pah, and we soon found that this boat had been taken from two white men. About a fortnight since, two Europeans and some Maketu natives came from Maketu in this boat, bound for Auckland, and put into Katikati, and were afterwards detected by Tauranga natives stealing potatoes and kumeras from their tapu'd ground, and in consequence of which, they seized the boat and cargo (consisting of pigs and blankets) as payment for the theft and trespass, and brought her to Tauranga. About this time James Farrow, a European, of Tauranga, bound to the north with a cargo of live pigs, was obliged to put into Katikati on account of bad weather, and met with two Maketu natives, they applied to Farrow to give them a passage in his boat to Maketu, but he told them that they might accompany him to where he was bound, Tauroa, and on his return he would get them forwarded to Maketu. They consented to this arrangement, and went on board with him, and he fed and clothed them. The boat was moored near shore, with a rope from the stern attached to it, so that persons on board could land at any time, and one morning Farrow and the two Maketu natives went on shore to look at the weather from a high point of land, the former leaving his own native boy on board, with orders to look after the boat during his absence. On their return, the two natives ran down before Farrow, jumped into the boat, cut the stern-rope attached to the shore, hauled up the anchor, and put to sea. Mr Farrow's native boy jumped into the water and got ashore, from fear of being tomahawked, and told him when Mr Farrow gave them back their boy (alluding to a twelve year old Maketu tribe boy who had runaway into the bush through fear when the first European boat was sized) they would return his boat. They sailed for Maketu having taken twenty or thirty of their tribe on board, returned in Farrow's boat in two or three days afterwards to Mayor Island, which is inhabited by a part of the Tauranga natives, called the Ngaiterangi tribe, and some of them dressed themselves in European clothes, the natives on shore being ignorant of what happened, pulled off in a canoe to the boat (with which they were well acquainted) expecting to find Farrow on board. The Maketu natives fired into the canoe, when she was upset, and ultimately killed five of her crew, and took two lads prisoners with them to Maketu. They also took five dead bodies with them, part of which they eat, sending the remainder to Rotorua, which is the head station of their tribe, for a feast at that place....
Embarkation of Her Majesty at Woolwich
The Trafalgar launched last year, June 1841
Dreadnought - Hospital-ship
Royal George - yacht, Captain Lord Adolphus Fitzclarence
William and Mary - Commissioner's yacht
Lightning - steamer Lieut. G. Snell
Salamander - paddle wheel steam vessel
Monkey - steam tug
Shearwater, Captain Washington
Fearless - steamer Captain F. Bullock
Rhadamanthus - Lieut. T. Laen
Camperdown - flag-ship, three-decker
City of Boulogne - steamer, Captain Tune
Pique, Daphne, Waterman No. 1, Pearl, Ariel
Trident - General Steam Navigation steamer
Prince of Wales - steamboat
Friday 20 January 1843
Jan. 13 - Schooner Imp, 20, Spring, from Wanganui
Jan. 18 - Schooner Richmond, 30, Sinclair, from Poverty Bay, pigs and maize
January 19 - Schooner Susannah Ann, from the Chathams, pigs and potatoes
Jan. 17 - Brigantine Lowestoft, 114, coastwise, for Nelson
On Wednesday, the schooner Maori, belonging to Richard Davis, the Native Missionary, landed about a ton of flax that had been prepared by the natives of Petoni, at the Stores of Messrs Waitt and Tyser.
The Government, to devote the sum of �1,500 for the purpose of erecting a gaol for the district of Wellington. The site of the proposed gaol is, we believe, to be Mount Cook.
An account of the distribution of the Immigrant Passengers by the Duchess of Argyle, Jane Gifford, and the apprentices, &c., by the St. George:-
The sawyers quickly found engagements on the neighbouring coast and rivers; the carpenters have had no difficulty in finding work at about 6s per day; shoemakers, tailors and bakers have found good employment. Good farm servants have been engaged at about 20l. per annum and full rations - most of these are near Auckland, a few have gone to the Bay of Island, and there is room for many more. The female domestic servants, and semptresses, all met with good engagements in town and neighbourhood immediately, except a few who were bespoken for service at the Bay of Islands. ...
Tahiti and Marquesas Islands
The schooner Sarah Anne, from Tahiti, has brought news. The following proclamation issued by Queen Pomare and Rear Admiral Du Petit Thouars, of the French frigate La Reine Blanche..
Trail of the Montezuma steam frigate. 1,100 tons, draws no more than nine feet when fully equipped, built to carry two swivel guns, 68 pounders, on the upper decks, constructed at Messrs. Wigram and Green, at Blackwell, and her engines 300 hp similar to Her Majesty's steam frigates Driver, Gorgon and Styx,...
Burning of the ships Vansittart, 1,800 tons, and Conwallis, East Indiamen, took place June last, in Bombay harbour... The war steamer Semiramis came to assist......
Tuesday 24 January 1843
Jan. 22 - Barque Regia, 180, Kyle, from Sydney
Same day - Brigantine Vanguard, Murray, from New Plymouth
Same day - Schooner Elizabeth, Smith, from Nelson
January 24 - Brigantine - Hannah, 90, Bell, from Nelson
Sailed - Jan. 21 - Ketch Clown, 104, Thompson, for Valparaiso
Wellington Anniversary Fete...
Sailing Match - The boat called Happy Jack built by Mr Geo. Allen, of this place, came in first, and Mr Houghton's City of London, second, and the Fidele, third.
List of Gentlemen presented to His Excellency
The Cape of Good Hope Shipping List reports the loss of the ship Abercrombie, Robinson, 1,415 tons, in Table Bay, on Sunday, August 28th 1842. She arrived there on the 25th, having on board the head quarters of the 91st and a detachment of the 28th regiments, in all about 500 souls. The soldiers and crew were landed safety. On the same day the Waterloo, prison ship, 414 tons, bound for Hobart Town, with 219 convicts, and a detachment of the 98th regiment, in all, 300 men, was literally dashed to atoms, loss of life being 143 convicts, 4 women, 14 children, 15 soldiers, and 13 seaman...
By the Royal Mail Company's steamer Dee we have received intelligence of the loss of the total loss of the Company's steamer Medina, Commander Burney, on the morning of the 12th May, she having struck on a reef of rocks whilst entering Turk's Island, on her outward route. The crew and passengers were saved...
The Penelope frigate, 46 guns, was taken into dock, when several shipwrights commenced the operation of cutting the frigate in halves, for the purpose of converting it into a steam ship..
Steam Navigation on the Thames. There are now 16 steam vessels running daily between Gravesend and London, the same number to Woolrich; 26 to Greenwich...
Her Majesty's gunnery ship Excellent at Portsmouth arrived at the marshes
Friday 27 January 1843
Jan. 24 - Barque Brougham, 227 tons, Robertson, from Valparaiso and Talcahuano, after a prosperous voyage with a quantity of Alfalfa seed, a portion for the Wellington Horticultural Society and flour and other articles of consumption for this place.
Passenger - Mr R. Stokes.
January 25 - Schooner Ocean, 30 tons, Ferguson, from Nelson
The New Zealand Company History
The New Zealand Company offered for sale in London, 100,000 acres of land in New Zealand, and found persons willing to invest �100,000 of money in their purchase. Up to this time, we believe that the expenditure of the Company had been about �15,000, incurred chiefly in the purchase and outfit of the Troy, and the outfit of the Cuba. This was in July 1839, and in the autumn of that year was witnessed the singular spectacle of a fleet of ships, laden with emigrants of all classes, sailing from the shores of England towards an unknown destination- uncertain not merely of the spot fated to be their future resting place, but even whether any such spot could be found. Owing to the almost unprecedentedly rapid passage of the Troy, and to the circumstance of Col. Wakefield having been able to avail himself of the services of Mr Barrett, the harbour and district of Port Nicholson, which in England had always been regarded as the most suitable site for the proposed settlement, were secured for the Company, and that here the settlers were established....
From the Nelson Examiner
The Royal Mail has put in for surgical assistance, the captain having an eye blown out, and both arms severely fractured. Three of the crew are more or less blind.
We regret to have to announce the loss of the Clifford, another of the vessels which brought us emigrants last year. The following furnishes the particulars being the Isabella's left on Booby Island, dated 21st.
"Sailed from Sydney, July 27th. Saw the Clifford on a reef, Sir Charles Hardy's West Island, N. and by E. � E., 3 � miles; Haggerstone's Island bearing SW. and by W � W., distant about nine miles. Twelve of the Clifford's men on board the Tomatin; Captain Sharp, the doctor, passengers, and the remaining men, on board the Isabella."
The schooner Minvera, of Launceston, has been wrecked at Waipiro; the brig Porter, of Sydney, in Torres' Straits; and the Christiana barque on the West London Shoal, on her voyage from Calcutta to China.
By the Brougham we learn that the Jane Goudie, which sailed from this port, arrived at Valparaiso November 8th, and intended to proceed to England; the Earl of Durham, Captain Cabell, arrived there November 12th from Sydney after a quick passage. There was a strong Naval French force in the harbour consisting of the Thetis, a 50 gun frigate, La Reine Blanche of 50 guns, with Admiral de Thouar's flag; this vessel had just returned from Tahite which the French had taken under their protection and the Triomphante corvette of 22 guns. The Triomphante sailed for Tahiti on the 12th November.
"Whose march is on the mountain waves,
Whose home is on the deep"
The Geelong Advertiser
The tremendous gales last week made sad havoc amongst our colonial traders. On Friday the Jane and Emma, bound for Portland Bay, lost her bowsprit and all her sails, and was compelled to put back to refit. The Fox from Launceston to Port Fairy with cattle for Mr Cox, lost her foremast, main-top-gallant-mast, jib-boom, and sails, in a white squall' Captain Irving was struck down and remained insensible some time.
The Sally Ann, from Portland, bring s news of the arrival there of the Will Watch which was in company with the Fox at the time of her wreck. Total wreck of the Dusty Miller, Saunders, on her passage to Adelaide, at Port Fairy; all saved except Captain Jenkins, late of the Sir John Franklin and Paul Pry, who was swept off the deck; the cargo was valued at 1,2oo, not insured; vessel insured for �1,000 in Dunn's Company at Launceston.
The Essington passed the Fox the night of her accident and has not since been heard of. Mr John Cox and family were on board.
Total wreck of the schooner Truganina, Captain Griffiths, bound from this port to Hobart Town, on Saturday night last, in Lady Bay. The Captain was compelled though stress of wether to beat up for Lady Bay, and in the dark ran upon the rocks and the vessel immediately went to pieces. The crew and passengers reached shore in safety. Captain Griffiths despatched some of the crew to Melbourne for assistance and provisions, the Seahorse fell in with the boat outside the heads, took the crew on board and towed the boat into Hobson's Bay.
Disasters to Shipping in the Chinese Seas.
Intelligence from Singapore
On the morning of Thursday the 6th October, the Belvidere, Capt. Stephenson, from Bombay to China, in the harbour of Singapore, took fire, and continued burning that day, and for two days after, till the whole body of the ship was consumed, the coppers only holding together; and what of her timbers remained being reduced to charcoal. Nearly the whole of her cargo of cotton, opium, and sandal wood, was consumed.
The Clifford from this port to Bombay, was totally wrecked on a coral reef inside the Barrier in Torres Straits, on the 16th August last. Fortunately no lives were lost, the Isabella being on company. The H.C. steamer Ariadne struck on a rock in the Yang-tse-Kiang, and was expected to founder but she was towed to Chusan by the Sesostris, and hauled up on a dry bank. She there slipped her cable, and went down in eleven fathoms water. The crew with difficultly saved their lives.
The Christina, left Macao on the 8th July at 12 � midnight she struck on the west London shoal as nearly as can be estimated about lat. 8' 30" N. long. 112 E. Eighteen lives were lost, and 25 saved in a boat which landed at one of the Philippine Islands after being 8 days at sea.
The Mavis, on her way from the West Coast of China, with about 20,000 dollars in specie, but no cargo. She was struck buy lightning immediately abaft the mainmast, and instantly blew up, the electric fluid having passed through the magazine. The gunner, from whom the information is derived, was in the chains at the moment of this catastrophe, from whence he was thrown back into the vessel, her decks having been torn up. On her going own, which she did immediately, he found himself in the water with about 15 lascars who had escaped, from having been out on the jib-boom at the time. One of the boats was luckily floating near them, and in her they reached the British Sovereign then standing southward.
The Ann, Macalpine, which left Canton, with a cargo of teas for London, on the 27th May, struck on a coral reef (not laid down un the chart) to the westward of the port of Samboangan in the Brazilian Straits, (the Island of Santa Cruz bearing E.N.E. about 5 miles) on the evening of the 15th June, and remained on it till the next morning, when she got off, and carried into Samboangan.
Our Singapore files extend to the 29th.
The Isabella, Captain Sinclair from this port had arrived. The passengers are Mrs Captain Benson, Lieut. Loughman, Messrs Sheplre, Baker and Primrose, Captain Sharp and son; the doctor, first officer, and ten of the crew of the Lady Clifford.
page 4 water serpent in the river Mississippi, shot and captured.
For Sale. Land in Robinson's Bay, commonly called Okiwi, Port Nicholson, as presently possesses by William Deans, with houses, crops, &c....
To Make Hens lay Perpetually
Tuesday 31 January 1843
Jan. 30 - Barque Glenarm, 297, Guy, from Liverpool via Adelaide
Jan. 27 - Brigantine Vanguard,64 tons, Newton for Nelson
Jan. 29 - Brigantine Hannah, 90, Bell, for Auckland, by Sydney
Same day - Barque Clydeside, 256, Alfred Adams, for London, by Sydney
Same day - Barque Regia, 180, Thompson, for Manilla
Jan. 30 - Government Brig Victoria, 200, Nagle, for Akaroa, with His Excellency the Governor, and the Government officers.
Fire Relief Committee. List of names.
Friday February 3 1843
January 31 - Ship Thomas Sparks, 498 tons, A1, Robert Glaister Sharp, from London, via the Cape; Ridgway, Guyton & Co., agents. Passengers - H.W. Petre and Lady, J. Hersthouse and Lady, J. Wilkinson and Lady, Rev. J. O'Reilly, J. Oates, J. Christian, J.D. Newbgin, A.W. Wilkinson, D. Williams, Surgeon.- Intermediate, 5 - Steerage 55
February 1 - Brig Margaret, 186 tons, Tomkins, from Sydney; Waitt & Tyser, agents
Melancholy Shipwreck of the 'TWO SISTERS' of Sydney
Tuesday 7th February 1843
February 3 - Brigantine Lowestaft, 114 tons, Captain Cowtan, from New Plymouth. Passenger - Mr R. Barrett, and some Maories.
Same day - Schooner Shepherdess, Captain Brown, from Akaroa.
Feb. 3 - Cutter Royal William, 43 tons, Lovett for the coast.
February 5 - Brigantine Ariel, 104 tons, Cruickshank, for Auckland
Commodore Lavaud has returned to France and his place is filled by Captain B�rard of Le Rhin a member of the French Institute and a distinguished and scientific officer. Captain B�rard was previously in command of the Uranie, one of the finest frigates in the French navy, which he gave up to take charge of the interests of France in this Colony.
It is rumored that Captain B�rard, during his stay at Akaroa, which will probably last two years, intends to occupy himself in construction of roads and quays, and convenient watering places for vessels in the harbour. One of his officers has already marked out a road from Akaroa to Pignau Bay, and some of the others are at present engaged in laying out a line which may open another district. He has brought out sixty sheep, with some rams of an improved breed, and some cattle, and every description of poultry; and a good musical band.
A Bremen whaler has landed eight German emigrants at Otago, who have arrived at Akaroa, and are now about proceeding to Cloudy Bay, and thence overland to Nelson.
Summary of the shipping and tonnage which has entered our port during the month of January.
Our shipping still goes on steadily increasing. Every month shows a greater number of arrivals, which proves how our harbour is becoming known, and extent of our commerce. Four of the arrivals were from England, bringing passengers and merchandise; two from neighbouring colonies; two from Valparaiso; and the remaining nineteen coastwise. A cargo of flour has been imported direct from the market, five hundred and eighty sheep, twenty-five horses, one mule, twelve goats, three hundred and ninety-nine pigs, twenty-six pair of fowls, a quantity of maize, pork, bacon, potatoes, &c. and a large amount of merchandise. Quantities of pigs are also constantly being driven into town from Manawatu and other places, and coast and interior is being explored in every direction by countrymen, for the purpose of bartering with the Maories. (from the Gazette)
Friday 10th February 1843
February 7 - Schooner Richmond, 30 tons, Sinclair, from the coast
Feb. 8 - Schooner Vanguard, 60 tons, Newton, from Nelson
Same day - Schooner - Dolphin, from the coast
Same day - Government Brig Victoria, 200 tons, Nagle, from Akaroa
Sailed. Feb. 8 - Schooner Elizabeth, 52, Smith, from Nelson
Tuesday 14 February 1843
Feb.. 10 - Schooner, Ganet, 30, Popplewell, from the east coast; pigs and potatoes
Same day - Schooner Imp, Tullett, from Wanganui
Feb. 11 - Cutter Elizabeth, 20, from Sydney general cargo
Feb. 10 - Barque Brougham, 227, Robinson, for Nelson
Feb. 11 - Government brig Victoria, 200 tons, Nagle for Auckland, via Nelson and Taranaki
Friday 17 February 1843
Feb. 15 - Schooner Catherine Johnstone, 10 tons, Taylor, from Taranki; passenger, Mr Fell
Feb. 16 - Schooner Kate, 50 tons, McFarlane, from Taranaki; passengers, Messrs, Hine, J.M. Taylor, and A. Hort
Feb. 10 - Schooner Richmond, 20, Sinclair for Port Cooper; passengers, Mr William Deans, and ten servants
February 13 - Brigantine Lowestoft, 114 tons, Cowtan, for Auckland.
Feb. 15 - Schooner Dolphin, 40, Smith, for the coast
Same day - Ganet, 40, Popplewell, for the coast
Tuesday 21 February 1843
Feb. Cutter Royal William, 43, Lovett, from Poverty Bay
Feb. 17 - Schooner Vanguard, 61, Newton, for the Chatham Islands
Feb. 18 - Schooner Imp, Tulett, for Nelson and Wanganui
Same day - Cutter Elizabeth, 15, Morton, for Akaroa
Feb. 20 - Schooner Governor Hobson, 30 Scanlon, for Taranaki
Origin of Glass page 2
Progress and Disasters of Steam Navigation and the annual amount of accidents that have occurred from 1817 to 1838.
In 1817 there were fourteen steam vessels running; one took fire and was burnt; the boilers of another exploded; nine persons perished in this year
1818 - 19 steamers; no accident
1819 - 24 steamers; no accident.....
1838 - 766 steamers; five wrecked; two collisions; six explosions; 132 lives lost
Friday 24 February 1843
Sailed. Schooner Catherine Johnstone, 10, Taylor, for Wanganui
Origin of the Bowie Knife page 4
Tuesday 28 February 1843
Feb. 26 - Schooner Catherine, Bannatyne, from Sydney via Auckland
Same day - Ship Indus, 423 tons, Mackenzie from London via Nelson
Same day - Cutter Pickwick, 33 tons, Axton
Feb. 24, Ship Thomas Sparks, 498 tons, Sharp, for Nelson
Feb. 25 - Schooner - Kate, 50, McFarlane, for the coast
The Thomas Sparks in getting under weigh on Friday morning, ran foul of the Glenarm which caused considerable damage to both vessels. The figure head of the former was also carried away.
The Government Brig Victoria, on leaving the harbour at Nelson, got aground at the point, but was got off the following morning without having received any damage.
The higher rate of wages in Colonial craft, and chances of employment in various works connected with shipping, or, as is the case here and in the Australian Colonies, in the whale fishery, offer temptation to sailors, of which they are always ready to avail themselves. Many perhaps ship in London with the purpose of deserting- many, who had no intention, are tempted on their arrival in the Colony by the offers made to them or the pictures which will be drawn of the opportunities of getting forward afforded by the place. And if it happens that any of them should be sent to a gaol like that at Wellington, where there is neither classification nor separation among the prisoners, it is tolerably certain that then they will all leave prison with a fixed determination never to go to sea again in their old ship.
The only remedy that can be applied, is by a local act, making the penalties more severe, establishing a more efficient system of water police, and compelling a sailor to return on board of his vessel unless some valid ground of refusal be shown.
Arrived on yesterday evening, the brig City of Aberdeen, Cpt. Munro, from Sydney, 22nd January, with troops. Passengers:- D. Spain, Esq., R.N., Captain Eyton, Ensign Servantes, and 61 rank and file, with six woman and twelve children, of the 96th Regt., four Roman Catholic clergymen, our townsman Mr Watt, and several other. - Auckland Times.
Extract from advertisement issued by the New Zealand Company: page 3
Friday 3 March 1843
Feb. 28 - Schooner Ganet, 40, Popplewell, from Poverty Bay, pigs and potatoes
Same day - Barque Brougham, 227, Robertson, from Nelson
Vessels on the berth for New Zealand
From London -
Union, 400 tons, for the Bay of Islands and Auckland, to sail October 11
Westminster, 610 tons, for Auckland
Tyne, 550 tons, for Wellington and Bay of Islands (daily expected to arrive)
Gannett, 322 tons, for Port Phillip, NSW and Wellington
Rebecca, 343 tons, for Port Phillip, Sydney and New Zealand
Bencoolen, 402 tons, for Wellington and Nelson, calling at Port Adelalde, Hobart Town, or Port Phillip.
London, September 21, 1843
The approaching departure of three ships for Valparaiso induces us to say a few words to those of our present circumstances, think they may better their condition by changing from one place to another. Those desirous of going to Sydney, that the rate of wages is lower and chances of employment still less than in the place they wish to leave.... Our, on the contrary, is an increasing population, a rising settlement; as in all new settlements the demand for labour sometimes fluctuates, on the whole, it has a steady tendency to increase. ..
The New Zealand Colonist
Friday, March 3, 1843
To the Editor
Sir,- Observing, in the Gazette of yesterday, a paragraph, stating, "that the Indus was in doubt in making the entrance of the harbour," I beg leave to state, that such was not the case, nor was there any gun fired. I do not conceive that any one could mistake the entrance making the harbour in clear weather; In reference to the pilot, he boarded the ship at least eight miles from the Heads, unexpectedly on my part, being previously informed by severals, that pilots never came outside of Barret's reef; and from his conduct on board, so far as I can judge, he is a person quite qualified for his present situation.
I am, Sir
Your obedient servant,
Wellington, March 2 1843
Tuesday 7 March 1843
March 6 - Barque New York Packet, Gregory, from Sydney. Passengers, Dr. Hansard, Mr Fitzherbert, Mr Grevillee, and ladies. New York Packet spoke a Hobart Town whaler out five weeks, with 120 barrels. Generally speaking, the colonial whalers have been extremely fortunate this season.
10 March 1843
In the Catherine, schooner, Bannatyne, from Sydney via Auckland. Passengers, Mr Moses, Miss Seymorn, and Mr Gilmon. - Mr J. Wade, agent.
Yesterday, the 6th instant, an inquest was held at Fuller's Hotel, before John Fitzgerald, Esq., M.D. Coroner, and a respectable Jury, on view of the body of Mary Cottel. From the evidence, that during a heavy gust of wind about 11 o'clock on the same day, the deceased was struck to the earth by a punt opposite Fuller's Hotel. She was instantly carried to Fuller's Hotel...Verdict of Accidental Death.
The following is the confession of Dr. Nugent respecting the destruction of the mail bag on board the New York Packet, on her voyage from London to this Port:- During our passage, there was a white linen bag in which there was a variety of things, amongst other things, there were a bundle of papers called cockets, belonging to the Captain of the New York Packet. There was also newspapers and letters, directed to various parties; I cannot recollect to whom the various letters were directed, except Mr Scott, of Auckland and to Mr Wilson, of Wanganui, containing the duplicate of the money order he entrusted me with. The whole of the letters and papers I put out of the port hole; they were in a canvas bag for nearly two months - in the cuddy. On the morning we arrived here, when this bag was enquired for, I took the cockets out of the bag, tied them up tight, and threw them into the sea that evening. I opened all the letters sometime previous; but there were no remittances, either in money or bills, except for Mr Wilson.
George D. Nugent
Signed before me this 27th day of February, 1843
Chief of Police
Attempt of the Inhabitants of New Caledonia to Capture the Brigantine Bull...
August 18thm, 1842 - Came to an anchor in the south side of the bay, on the NW part of the island of Leefoo; found the natives very friendly at the place where the vessel lay, and continued trading with them
Sept. 2nd. A native chief, who generally slept on board, after being in bed some time, got up and told us not to sleep, as the chief of the other side of the bay intended making an attack on the vessel that night with his war canoes; turned the hands up to get the vessel in a state of defence... Nicholas Werngen, Master
Captain Lairdet has arrived in London.
Surveying Service. Her Majesty's ship Fly, despatched for the purpose of surveying Torres Straits, and to offer some protection to British merchant vessels against the various pirate prows on that ground, arrived on her way there at Table Bay, on the 20th of June last.
Tuesday 14 March 1843
March 9 - Ship Indus, 423 tons, Mackenzie, for Valpariso. Passengers - Mr Aubrey and Mr Hammock; 12 in the Steerage
March 13 - Barque Brougham, 238 Robertson, for Valparaiso. Passengers - Messrs. Stokes, Virtue, Chetham and Kettle
Same day - Schooner Ocean, 25, Ferguson, for Cloudy Bay
The Mail by the Posthumous, from Sydney which was at the heads on Saturday night, and that by the Thomas Sparks, from Nelson, which landed passengers for this place and proceeded on her way to Valparaiso, was landed and brought into town by the pilot.
The Brougham in leaving this port ran foul of the Ocean schooner, and the latter will be obliged to put back for repairs.
On Monday, the 27th ult., the inhabitants of Wanganui held a fete in commemoration of the first arrival of Settlers with the Elizabeth....The day was fine, and the banks of the river, which were covered with 200 whites, and about 1,500 natives.
March 4, 1843, Wanganui.
Invited to a Scotch Kirn, or Harvest Home. After viewing ten magnificent stacks of corn, we adjourned to the house to partake of the good things provided by our worthy host Mr Bell... It was a nice small tea party as more than forty guests were assembled on the occasion. The barn, hung with festoons of evergreen, and decorated in the most fanciful style. The bagpipes and fiddles did their duty, while a plentiful supply of usquebaugh tended to cheer the spirits of the downcast;
"Hornpipes, jigs, strathspeys, and reels,
Put life and meetle in their heels."
To the Editor of the New Zealand Colonist
Wanganui, 27th February, 1843
We have Wellington, Nelson, Russel, and Auckland - all great names, no doubt, and worthy of such commemoration; But, poor Cook! whose name is allied to this country by words and deeds of enduring import, has not, in far as my topographical knowledge extends, a clod of the soil perpetuating his memory, save a barely swarded hill in the vicinity of your town, and a fern-clad knob in the centre of ours,
I an, Sir
Your obedient servant,
Munity on the High Seas
At the Thames Police-office, London, on Monday
Samuel Ogg aged 30
James Ratree 17
James Latoo 46
James Willan 25
John Higgin 50
Charles Johnstone 39
forming part of the crew of the ship Ann Hall, of Liverpool, were charged with mutiny on the high seas, within the jurisdiction of the Admiralty of England. Francis Lugenby Horrad, the commander of the ship, was then called and sworn. He stated that he was master of the Ann Hall, on a voyage from Liverpool to Charleston, in ballast....
Sydney Supreme Court
Wednesday, October 19
James Woolf, alias Mordecai, John Jones, Nicholas Lewis, Thomas Whalan, George Beaver and John Sayer, were placed at the bar, charged with piracy on the high seas, in having attempted to carry away the brig Governor Phillip, 180 tons burden, the property of her Majesty the Queen, on the 21st June, within one mile of Norfolk Island, and assaulting one Thomas Whitehead, (Charles Whitehead, serjeant) a person belonging to the said brig, with intent to murder him. A seventh prisoner, named Berry, was originally included in the charge...
John Williams, steward of the Government brig... the total number of our crew, including the captain and mate, was eighteen; we had, besides eleven soldiers of the 96th regiment on board (William Winter, a private soldier in the 96th reg.), whom we had brought with us to Sydney; The Coquet, 70 or 80 tons, had been discharging there, had sailed away from the island the night before the prisoners came on board the vessel with Kelly, Sea, McLane and Berry.. Captain Boyle gave orders to cease fire. Lachlan and Macdonald were sentries on the deck. "Spoty" shot dead........
Friday 17th March 1843
March 14 - Barque Posthumus, 389 tons, Milner, from Sydney; cargo, 300 sheep and 9 horses. Passengers - Mrs Milner and family; Messrs Earle, Bidwell, Lloyd and Green; and 6 in the Steerage
Same day - Schooner Mana, 27 tons, Swaney, from Mania, with sheep and oil
Same day - Schooner Imp, 20 tons, Tullett, from Wanganui, with potatoes, and hams
Same day - Schooner Sir John Franklin, 62 tons, Campbell, from Auckland
March 15 - Schooner Ocean, put back for repairs
Same day - Cutter Nimrod, 20 tons, Waddy, from Tologa Bay, with pork and pigs
March 16 - Cutter Levin, 24 tons, Dunning, for Nelson, put in distress, loss of tiller, and want of water. She left Auckland on the 3rd inst. General cargo. Passenger - Mr Barnet. Samuel & Joseph, agents.
March 14 - Schooner Ganet, 40, Popplewell, for Poverty Bay. Passengers - Messrs Hornbrook and Pharazyn
March 15 - Brig Margaret, 186 Tompkins, for Tuam
We understand that the Posthumous shipped 900 sheep only (instead of 1,100, as stated by our contemporary), of which number 600 have died during the passage of 16 days.
We are glad to perceive that the Maories of Petoni have brought over several tons of flax to Messrs. Waitt & Tyser's store this week.
Tuesday 21 March 1843
Arrived. March 19 - Schooner Richmond, 30 tons, Sinclair, from Akaroa
March 19 - Cutter Levin, 24 tons, Dunning, for Nelson.
Same day - Schooner Catherine, Bannatyne, for the Bay of Islands and Fejee
The Elizabeth, French whaler, was off the heads at 10' o'clock on the morning of Friday last, for the purpose of landing Mr Tegg, from Akaroa. The Le Rhine, French Man-of-war of 22 guns, two French and two American whalers, were at Akaroa when the Elizabeth left. She left Hobart Town on the 22 February, and caught one whale (110 barrels) to the southward, and not in the Straits as reported by the Gazette. She is seven months out from Havre and has 700 barrels.
The French are very active at Akaroa, and have already made considerable advances. A number of men (100) are sent on shore daily by the Captain of the Le Rhine to the Government Farm, and other public farms.
The commemoration of the anniversary of a British colony took place in Auckland, the 30th January, when many of the sports peculiar to England and Englishmen were indulged in. The sailing and rowing matches. The former was easily won by the Industry, a small boat belonging to the fishermen. This is the second year they have carried off the prize. The gig race between the Nautila, the property of Felton Mathew, Esq., and Psyche, Capt. Heale, was won by the former. A race between the Pilot's whale boat and Mr William's, pulled by Natives, was won by the Maories, in rounding the Countess of Wilton. A ball concluded the sports of the day.
Outrage at Waiaki. A person of the name McLeod, in charge of Mr Maxwell's station at Waiaki, has been dangerously injured by the Maories in some quarrel which occurred respecting a native woman. The information was brought by Mr Large, owner of the Charles schooner.
Pomare - a powerful chief of the Ngapuhi tribe (Bay of Islands) and suite arrived in Auckland, in two schooners navigated by this well known chief's people.
William Weeridi, son of a powerful chief of Opuke, beyond the East Cape of Captain Cook, was in the harbour a few weeks ago, when he completed the purchase of a large schooner, well known as a coasting trader, named the Black Joke, payment having been made in live pigs. The war canoes, which in times past have been the scene of so much bloodshed, are fast growing into disuse; and the aborigines are adopting the usages of their civilized brethren.
Friday 24 March 1843
March 21 - Schooner Governor Hobson, 40 tons, Scanlon, from New Plymouth
March 22 - Schooner Shepherdess, Brown, from Nelson. passengers - Mrs Ross and family. Mrs Suisted and family, Mr Richmond
Same day - Schooner Vanguard, 61 tons, Newton, from Chatham Islands. Cargo - oil, pigs, and potatoes. Passenger - Mr Faddy
March 23 - Cutter Royal William, 43 tons, Lovett, from Poverty Bay. Cargo - Pigs and Potatoes
March 22 - Barque Posthumus, 389 tons, Milner, for Manilla
March 23 - Schooner Ocean, 25 tons, Ferguson, for Cloudy Bay and Manawatu with stores for Whaling Station. Passengers Mr W.E. Wallace, Mr Bennett
March 23 - Schooner Maori, for Wairarapa, with stores for Whaling station
On Tuesday, the 21st instant, an inquest was held at the Highlander, before John Fitzgerald, M.D., Coroner, and a respectable Jury, on view of the body of "Parata Wanga," an Aboriginal native, who was reported to have been shot by a native Ratia, alias Kai Karoro, a native of Ohaua.
The following is a translation of the evidence brought forward:-
The information of E Kiri, touching the death of Parata Wanga at the house of Duncan Frazer, known by the sign of the Highlander, in the district of Port Nicholson, on 20th day of March, 1883. Mr George Clarke being sworn Interpreter. The deceased was living at Pah Tiakiwai. E Kiri was at Pah Tiakiwai, Kai Karoro, arrived from Ohaua. He complained to the deceased that he the deceased had cohabited with his wife Neke. After arguing for some time, they shook hands with each other and sat down. Some time after heard the report of a gun. Kai Karoro discharge the contents of the second barrel at the deceased. Died immediately. Kai Karoro then fled across the hills in the direction of Ohaua. Thomas Barrow, labourer, working in a brick yard heard the gun go off. Margaret Reid aged 9 years also saw the Maori fire off a gun.
Tuesday 28 March 1843
March 25 - Brig Luna, 165 tons, W. Ellis master, from Sydney via Bay of Islands and Auckland. Agent, W.B. Rhodes
March 25 - Schooner Maori, Wilde, from the Coast
March 27 - H.M. Brig Victoria, Richards, from Auckland via Taranaki. Passengers - Chief Justice Martin, A.E. McDonough, Esq., Mr Outhwaite. From Taranaki - Col. Wakefield and Mr Molesworth
March 25 New York Packet, 269, Gregory, for Valparaiso
Same day - Schooner Mana, 27 tons, Swaney, from Mana and the coast. Cargo - whaling stores
March 26 - Schooner Shepherdess, Brown, for Akaroa. Passenger - Mr Earle
March 26 - Barque Glemarm, 296 Guy, for Valparaiso. Passengers - 4 steerage
Mr Calder to be a Pilot for the Port of Wellington, under the Harbour Regulations' Act....
Mr William Claringbold to be a Pilot for the Port of Nelson, under the Harbour Regulations' Ordinance, Session II, No. 15.
A dreadful accident occurred at Nelson, on the 8th last, by which a man named Keats lost his life. The party engaged on the Haven Road were digging down a portion of the hill near the Custom House, for the purpose of getting material for the surface of this work, when a slip took place, which completely buried Keats, and fell also on two others named Sharman and Mansell. Nearly ten minutes elapsed before Keats could be extricated, when life was found to be extinct. Sharman had the small bone of a leg broken, and Mansell escaped with a sprained ancle. The deceased has left a wife and one child.
Friday 31 March 1843
March 28 - Schooner Kate, 62, Macfarlane, from Hawk's Bay' pigs, potatoes, and maize.
March 29 - Schooner Black Warrior, 10 tons, from Akaroa
March 26 - Schooner Imp, 20 tons, Tullett, sundries, for Kapiti and Nelson
March 27 - Cutter Royal William, 43 tons, Lovett, whaling stores for the Kikoras.
March 30 - Brig Luna, 165 tons, W. Ellis, for New Plymouth and the coast
Same day - Schooner Will Watch, 63, Harding, for Nelson and Taranaki
Imports. In the Will Watch, from Launceston. Captain, Agent. 3 cases fruit, 330 bags flour, 31 bags oats, 62 bags bran, 2 chain cables, 1 case ship chandlery, 1 cask chandlery, 53 bags wheat, 22 bags biscuit, 26 bags onions, 44 packages baggage, 2 cases cheroots.
From the Auckland Chronicle of the 1st of February, 1843. The gentlemen to whom it relates came to Port Nicholson in the Mandarin, in December, 1841. Mr William Cooke went to Auckland in the New York Packet, in April, 1842, and after he had erected a house on some land which he purchased, his brother James, who had remained in Wellington in consequence of bad health, followed him in the Spring, and shortly afterwards died, his brother William surviving him but a short time:- Died, on the morning of Saturday last, (Jan. 28th) at his residence, Epsom, in the 26th year of age Mr William Cooke, third son of the late Nathanie Cooke, of Cookmount, County Monaghan, Ireland, Esq. It may be remembered that in the first number of our Journal we announced the demise of a brother of the deceased, aged 24 years, in Auckland, on November 5th, 1842; both gentleman came to this colony in the Mandarin, and were highly connected.
From Wellington, Mr Shorthand sailed for Akaroa, which port, owing to the violent contrary winds, the brig was unable to make, and consequently put into Pigeon Bay, (about 14 miles on this side of Akaroa) whence a party walked overland to the settlement. Native grasses abound throughout the plains of very considerable extent from Akaroa all the way to Otago.
Returning to Wellington for a few days. His Excellency next sailed to Nelson, where he arrived on the evening of Sunday, 12th February, after a very short passage. The Nelson settlement has made extraordinary progress, and the settlers seem to be most fortunate in having a gentlemen at their head as the Company's Agent, of so much sterling worth as Captain Wakefield. The Government party were delayed at Nelson, in consequence of the brig having unfortunately got ashore on the Boulder Bank, in going out of Nelson Harbour, on the night of Saturday, the 18th. The Westminister, arrived here (Wellington) with emigrants from England.
On the 12th inst., Dr Lee amputated the forefinger of a youth, who called himself William Harrington, close to the hand, or metacarpal bone. He stated that he was a free emigrant; but it turns out (from the Police Report) that his real name is William Smith, and that he is one of the Parkhurst boys. He has told an incredible story regarding the accident; but it is connected that it occurred when Mr D'Oyley's house was entered a few weeks ago; a pistol having then exploded, and the robber leaving behind him traces of blood.
Dreadful Accident - On the 12th instant, Isaac Wade, bullock driver at Mr Kempthorne's station on the Tamaki, was firing off an old flint-lock gun, heavily charged. The screw which secures the lock and breech to the stock, were blown off. The screw entered the man's forehead, between and a little above the eyebrows, to a depth of two inches; and the breech and iron that supports it, broke in all the bones on the side of the nose, the upper auxiliary, or cheek bone, and drove the eye to one side. Some person who was present drew out the screw, and with it portions of brain and bone. Dreadful hemorrhage took place from the parts for 24 hours, and the suffer greatly reduced.
Tuesday 4 April 1843
April 1 - Schooner Susannah Ann
Same day - Barque Navarino, 463, C.A. Warming, from Sydney; general cargo - Passengers, Messrs. Jackson, Marain, and Joseph. Steerage, J. Scott, R. Walton, C. Mathews and wife; J. Hoare, P. Woodman, James and John Flinn.
Saturday being the anniversary of the establishment of the Press in New Zealand, dined together at Barrett's Hotel, Mr Revans in the Chair. Mr Hanson occupied the Vice-Chair. Pressmen. Mr Roe, Mr Sutherland
Friday 7 April 1843
April 4 - Schooner New Zealander, 27 Guard, from Cloudy Bay
April 5 - Schooner Ganet, 40, Popplewell, from Poverty Bay; pigs and potatoes
April 6 - Brigantine Sisters, 130, Clark,, from Sydney via Nelson
April 4 - Schooner Vanguard, 61 tons, Newton, for Sydney
April 6 - Schooner Sir J. Franklin, 52 tons, Campbell, for Nelson and Launceston
The Phoebe, with 35 chief cabin and 33 fore cabin passengers, and 107 immigrants, arrived at Nelson on Wednesday, the 29th of March, having left Gravesend on the 15th of November. This is the first vessel sent out by the New Zealand Company at the reduced terms of passage; and, if we may judge from the number of passengers she has brought, the thing appears likely to answer. We may now hope to see capital and labour arrive in due relation, particularly as we learn that the accounts received of New Zealand in England are highly favourable. But one death occurred on board the Phoebe, although in the early part of the voyage she encountered a month's bad weather. Some of the passengers come on to Wellington, with the intention of seeing both the Company's settlement before they determine which they shall make their future abode.
By the London papers, we learn that the Tyne, a private ship, was to have sailed for Nelson and Wellington in the middle of December, and that the Mary has been taken up by the Company, to sail early January, on the same plan as that which has been adopted on board the Phoebe, with a slight advance, however, on the cabin fares, which are found to be too low.
The Westminster, with emigrants for Auckland, sailed in November.
George Hawkins - A mariner, living on Te-Aro Flat; came to this colony in the Harrington, Captain Mercer. Willis and Co. acted as agents for the Harrington; the Harrington left this port about the end of August. Mrs Mercer on board. There were many passengers came to this port in the Harrington.
Tuesday 11 April 1843
April 6 Cutter Elizabeth, 20, Morton, from Akaroa
April 7 - Schooner Mana, 27, Swaney, from Mana
Same day - Schooner Imp, 20, Tulett, from Nelson
Same day - Schooner Three Brothers, from Queen Charlotte Sound
Same day - Brigantine Scotia, Ward, from Sydney
Sailed - April 7 - Cutter Nimrod, 20, Waddy, from Tologa Bay
Same day - Schooner Kate, 62, Macfarlane, for the coast
Same day - Schooner Mana, 27, Swany, for the Southward
Died. On Sunday, April 2, John William, son of D.C. Hargrave
Loss of the Isis
The Isis having run aground off the north-east part of Porto Rico, on the 12th of September 1842, and in consequence of her bottom being severely damaged, proceeded direct to Jamaica, to undergo such repairs as the naval department at Port Royal afforded. At this station a board of survey was held, and it was considered advisable that she should be accompanied by another vessel from Nassau, New Providence, to England; and she reached this latter port on the 3rd of October, and left that evening with the Medway for Bermuda. Up to the 7th the weather fine. A storm came up. The ship was now strained so severely by he violence of the storm and heavy head sea, that the leak increased considerably. On the morning of the 9th the chief officer (Mr Hamilton) came to inform the passengers 'that we must prepare to take to the boats."
Signal guns of distress brought down the Medway, Captain Smith, to our assistance. She took up her position to the leeward. Me Smith signaled us "Save life!" "Don't delay!" Accordingly the crew and passengers were lowered into the lifeboats and reached the Medway in safety except one poor boy which the second and third officers of the Medway, Messrs Sawyers and Day, leaped into the raging sea, and were themselves saved with much difficulty from meeting a similar fate. In the succeeding night the unfortunate vessel went down, the Medway having sailed over the spot where she lain, which was covered with spars, hencoops, &c., from the wreck.
Friday 14 April 1843
April 13 - Government Brig Victoria, 200, Richards, from Akaroa
Same day - Schooner Erin, from the Chathams
Same day - Schooner Ocean, 25, Ferguson, from Manawatu
Same day - Schooner Maori, 15, Wylde, from Kaikora
Same day - Schooner Nelson Packet, from Wairoa
April 13 - Government Brig, Victoria, for Cloudy Bay
Same day - Cutter Elizabeth, 20, Morton, for Cloudy Bay
Same day - Schooner Imp, 20, Tulett, for Cloudy Bay
Tuesday 18 April 1843
April 15 - Cutter Catherine Johnstone, 10, Taylor, from Wanganui
Same day - Schooner Governor Hobson, 40, Scanlon, from Taranaki
April 16 - Government Brig Victoria, 200, Richards, from Cloudy Bay
Mr Houghton, was the purchaser of the schooner Black Warrior, fifteen tons, at Mr Wade's sale, last week, for fifty-two pounds. In addition to her being used as a coaster, she is well adapted to bring the produce over from the Hutt, as her light draft of water will enable her to pass the bar at the entrance of the River.
The arrival of the Catherine Johnstone, on Saturday evening last, with wheat, oats, and barley, from Mr Bell of Wanganui. It is the first importation coastwise from one of the Company's settlements.
Wreck of an Indiaman - The total loss of the Reliance East Indiaman, Captain Thomas Green, off Baulogne, on the dreadful gale on Saturday. The captain and all the crew, 116 men have perished, with the exception of some Lascars and boys. The Reliance was homeward-bound, with a cargo of more than 20,000 chests tea.
Death of Grace Darling, the heroine of Longstone lighthouse
Friday 21st April 1843
Arrived April 18 Barque Phoebe, 579 tons, W. Dale, from London, via Nelson. Passengers, chief cabin Boddington Mr and Mrs and one child Boddington Mr E Duncan Mr and Mrs Hodgson Mr Jordan Mr Knox Mr Law Mr Mac Farlane Mr Pattern Mr and Mrs Standish Mr Forecabin Atkinson Mr Cribb Mr Deadon Mr Galliers Mr Jackson Mr Parker Mr Rhodes Mr Tomkins Mr Steerage Corbett Mr Ewen Mr wife and three children Quin Mr wife and two children
April 17 - Schooner Ganet, 40 Popplewell, for the coast
April 18 - Brigantine Sisters, 130, Clark, for Auckland
Same day - Cutter Pickwick, 33, Axton, for Nelson
April 19 - Brigantine Scotia, Ward, for Sydney via Nelson
Aril 20 - Brigantine Navarino, 463, Warming, for Valparaiso
Same day - Government Brig Victoria, 200, Richards.
New Plymouth, Taranaki, March 31
During the last ten months, since the arrival of the Company's present Agent, there have been forty-two arrivals of the vessels of various sizes, chiefly, however, small craft. All these have been discharged of cargo and passengers without accident or damage of any kind. During some heavy gales, large vessels have held safe to the moorings, and the smaller ones have generally gone to sea; the latter class may now find a safe harbour in the Waitera, the entrance to which has been deepened and widened by a recent flood. Bad weather never comes on suddenly in the Taranaki Roadstead and sufficient time is always given to get vessels away from the coast.
The Company's wages to labouring immigrants will be lowered, after the 15th of April, to sixteen shillings a week, without rations; but, to prevent some of the hardships attendant on this reduction, the resident Agent has been instructed by Colonel Wakefield to allow the labourers who have arrived on the last four immigrant ships gratis occupation of town sections (one-quarter of an acre each) for two years, with liberty to purchase them at the end of that term for 5 each section. About fifty persons will avail themselves of this permission; the farming settlers are prepared to employ most of them at 3s 6d a day. There are 750 town sections reserved by the Company for sale in the settlement.
Preparations are in progress for large crops of barley next year. The lighter lands are very suited for both barley and oats, and the prospect of a considerable demand for malt, to be used in the Wellington brewery, with the certainty of a large increase in live stock, will, tend to increase the cultivation of wheat in favor of oats and barley and Indian corn.
The crop of potatoes in European gardens is so ample that the natives find no sale for their stock; and a source of money-making will be soon entirely dried up, it is possible they may turn their attention to flax-cleaning, which at present they rather dislike. The European children can earn money by bringing in wood, doing odd jobs, and working with their fathers, than by cleaning flax; ...
Tuesday 25 April 1843
April 22 - Government brig Victoria, 200 Richards, from and unsuccessful chase of six runaway convicts.
Same day - Schooner Imp, 20 Tullett, from Cloudy Bay
Same day - Brig Luna, 165, Ellis, from the coast
Same day - Brigantine Will Watch, 63, Harding from the coast
Same day - Barque Clydeside, 256, Alfred Adams, on her way to England from Sydney
April 23 - Schooner Susannah Ann, Dogherty, from the east coast
Same day - Cutter Royal William, 43, Lovett, from the east coast
Same day - Cutter, Elizabeth, 20, Morton, from Cloudy Bay
The convicts had been brought back by some Maories. The convicts boat struck upon a reef, they were obliged to swim ashore at Capt. Rhodes' station, near the Heads, where they were captured by some E Pouni's people, who, having bound them with flax, brought them to Wellington in a canoe.
April 22 - Schooner Richmond, 30, Sinclair, for Pigeon Bay, Middle Island
Same day - Schooner New Zealander, Guard, for Cloudy Bay
Same day - Cutter Catherine Johnstone, 10, Taylor, for Wanganui
Same day - Schooner Governor Hobson, 40, Scanlon, for Nelson
The unexpected appearance of the Clydeside on her way to England from Sydney, after a three months absence, will give the inhabitants of Wellington an opportunity of sending letters to their friends, which will probably reach them in the course of three months or so, the Clydeside being a fast sailer. Her visit is purely accidental, as she had passed through the Straits and was to the southward when she sprung her fore-yard, and the Captain put back here to repair the damage, and sails again this day.
On Thursday, John Bright, second mate of the Phoebe, was charged by James Herling, chief officer of the same vessel, with having stolen a quantity of wearing apparel and property belonging to the ship. The case being fully proved, the prisoner was committed for trail.
On Wednesday last William Dale appeared at the Police Office to answer the charge of John Gibson, a landing waiter, for having landed goods from the barque Phoebe without same having been duly entered.
From the Nelson Examiner of the 15th
The Ship Robert Pulsford had arrived there on the 9th of this month, from Boston via Hobart Town with a cargo of "American Notions," having spoken the brig Union, from London to Auckland, about 200 miles to the eastward of St. Paul's, and may be daily expected here.
The Lady Leigh was to have left Sydney the latter end of last month and is consequently due.
We hear that the Schooner Richmond has changed hands, and that she will shortly be put on as a constant trader between Port Nicholson and the Chathams
The Sir John Franklin schooner, while coming into port, was run ashore on the Boulder Bank about half ebb, through the carelessness of the pilot Claringbold, where she remained
for about six hours and has since been obliged to unship her rudder to repair damages.
A Swedish barque, the Flora, F. Miltopuz, commander, originally from Gofle, Sweden, with a cargo of timber for Monte Video, cast anchor in Holdfast Bay...
Cape of Good Hope - The Hambro's ship Mary Stewart, Hinrichen, which got on shore at the Mouille Point, on the 3rd instant, was condemned, was sold by public auction on the 9th instant, the wreck producing �615. Part of the cargo also saved, but in a damaged state.
Arrival of the "Hindostan." This fine steamer put into St. Helena Bay to take a few coals and is expected to arrive in Table Bay ...
Left at Gibraltar H.M.S. Thunderer and Formidable, both 80 gun ships
At St Vincent, H.M.S. gun-brig Heroine
At Ascension, H.M.S. Madagascar and steamer Albert, fitted out for the suppression of the slave trade
The Cleveland, Morley, from Table Bay, touched the Ascension during their stay
Algoa Bay. Inhabitants want a lighthouse at Cape Receife, Algoa Bay. The wreck of the Sabrina, Spanish ship, on the reef running from Cape Receife, on the night of the 6th August, in attempting to reach Algoa Bay for the purpose of repairs and refreshments. Total destruction of a fine vessel of 500 tons burthen, the loss of her cargo, estimated to have been worth 90,000l. sterling, and the sacrifice of twenty lives.
The number and tonnage of sailing and steam vessels registered on the 31st December 1841, at the ports of Great Britain and Ireland, distinguishing those under fifty tons register, was as under
Sailing vessels under fifty tons
Sailing vessels above fifty tons
Total of sailing vessels
Steam vessels under fifty tons
Steam vessels above fifty tons
Total number of steam vessels
Gross total of vessels
Friday 28 April 1843
April 26 - Schooner Three Brothers, 43, for Cloudy Bay
April 27 - Government Brig Victoria, 200 Richards, for Nelson, with Judge Martin
Same day - Barque Clydeside, 256, Adams, for London
Same day - Schooner Ocean, 25, Ferguson, for Taranaki, with whaling store and party
We have seen an extract of a letter from William Deans, Esq., late of Okiwi, a gentlemen who left this place about three months ago, to settle at Cook's Mistake, Port Cooper, where he states that large firs were seen in the interior by some whalers at the Lookers-on, and that the natives who live in the interior near to Port Cooper, about the same time also observed great fires in the direction of Nelson, and said that they believed them to be caused by Pakehas. Mr Deans states that the natives have walked from Cook's Mistake to the West Coast, and report most extensive plains to exist in that route.
Collisions at Sea
On Sunday afternoon last, the Caledonia steamer, from Hamburg, arrived at Gravesend, having in tow a vessel called the Louisa, belonging to St Petersburg, which had been met with, disabled, no person on board, drifting about the German Ocean. She was seriously injured about the hull an rigging. It happened on the 30th during a violent gale of wind from the south-west, about seven miles of the coast at Orfordness, and the other vessel proved to be the Swedish brig Renanche, belonging to Marselles. The crew, expecting the vessel would go down, jumped into the long boat, and made for shore. The valued of the Louisa is reported to be at least �1,600.
Total loss of the barque Jackson, Captain Caithmer, belonging to Dundee in consequence of having come into collision with another vessel on the night of October 29, near the coast of Gothland, while on her voyage from Liverpool to Dundee. Her crew consisted of twelve individuals, of whom five met with a watery grave, namely the mate, two seaman, and two boys. The rest saved themselves in the ship's boat.
On Friday week, the 4th instant, a collision occurred in the Channel, occasioned by the darkness of the night. It took place at eleven o'clock, near Sherries, between the Reform, a schooner, from Tralce to Liverpool, and another schooner, name unknown. The former commenced filling rapidly, and there was scarcely time for the crew to save themselves before she went down in sixteen fathoms water. She is valued for �800.
On the same day another schooner, name the Hope, was run down at the entrance of the North Shields harbour, by the Union, a brig, belonging to that port. The latter was driven into the harbour under stress of weather.
The schooner Sarah, from Swansea for Wateford was lost Friday morning, at Poor Head, county Cork. The crew saved, and taken to Cork, by the Ann, from Ipswich. The Symmetry, Williams, has sailed from Galway with a cargo of Connaught wool, for Ostend.
Loss of three Pilots. Last week three pilots, Richard McGreevey and two men of the name McKown, went down to the Belfast Lough, on the look-out for vessels, and on Friday morning the boat in which they went out was picked up near Bangor, with her stern out. It is supposed that either the boat had been run down by a steam-boat, or had capsized in a squall.
Tuesday 2 May 1843
April 28 - Schooner Kate, 62, Macfarlane, from Hawke's Bay
April 30 - Cutter Enterprise, John Bathe, from Nelson, via Cloudy Bay
May 29 - Schooner Imp, 20, Tullett, for Wanganui, via Cloudy Bay
May 1 - Schooner Susannah Ann, Dogherty, for the whaling grounds
Friday 5 May 1843
May 2 - Schooner Maori, 15, Wylde, for Manawatu
Same day - Cutter Enterprise, Bather, for Wairoo and Nelson
May 8 - Brigantine Will Watch, 63, James Harding, for Sydney via Auckland and Bay of Islands
Tuesday 9 May 1843
May 7 - Schooner Lady Leigh, 109 tons, Munn, from Sydney, via Nelson; passengers, Mr Bannatyne, Mr Ferguson, Mrs Smales, two children, and two servants, Mr Greenwood
Same day - Brigantine Hannah, 90 tons, Bell, from Sydney, via Auckland and Hawke's Bay
May 5 - Barque Phoebe, 579, W.Dale, for Bombay; passengers, Dr Johnstone and family
May 7 - Cutter Elizabeth, 20, Morton, for Akaroa
The Scotia, in coming from Wellington, put into Manawatu, at which place she found a missionary schooner, late from Auckland, who reported the barque Union had arrived. Nelson Examiner
Mr Bell, master of the schooner Hannah, has succeeded in bringing on here that notorious Maori "Ebuka," of Hawke's Bay, whose depredations on vessels entering that place, we have so often heard of. He is to undergo an examination before the Police Magistrate to-morrow.
Friday 12 May 1843
May 9 - Cutter Catherine Johnstone, 10 tons, Taylor, from Wanganui
May 10 - Schooner Osprey, 120 tons, Sedgwick, from Manilla
May 11 - Schooner Governor Hobson, 40 tons, Scalon, from Akaroa
Same day - Schooner Ganet, 40 tons, Popplewell, from Poverty Bay
Same day- Schooner Richmond, 30 tons, Sinclair, from Pigeon Bay
May 11 - Schooner Kate, 62, Macfarlane, May 11, for Taranaki - Passengers, J.B. Hine, J. Greenwood, and Rev. Mr Buttle.
Letters for New Zealand
A large list of letters detained in the General Post Office, Sydney, in consequence of the sea postage there on not having been paid
Tuesday 16 May 1843
May 12 - Cutter Levin, 24 tons, Dunning, from Nelson
Same day - Cutter Pickwick, 38 tons, Jury, from Nelson and Kapiti
Same day - French Corvette L'Rhin, Commodore B�rard, from Akaroa
May 15 - Cutter Catherine Johnstone, 10 tons, Taylor, for Wanganui
Same day - Cutter Pickwick, 38 tons, Jury, for Poverty Bay
Captain Sinclair, of the Richmond, Pigeon Bay, has informed us that on his arrival there he heard that Mr Dean had been molested by the Maoris, and that they pulled down his stockyards. He applied to Mr Robinson, the magistrate of Akaroa, who very promptly, in company with a French gentlemen, visited the spot, and told the Natives that if they did not reinstate it forthwith he would send the French man-of-war-there. Mr Robinson told Mr Dean that he should have applied to him, and not given any consideration for settling on the land in the first instance, as it was an inducement for annoyance;
We understand that the brig Luna is under seizure, for smuggling transaction, committed at the Bay of Islands.
Captain Taylor reports that the schooner Colombine, A. Strattan, master, was at Wanganui when he left on Monday, and was to sail for this port on Thursday.
Captain Sedgwick, of the Osprey, states that they had a splendid run from here to Hong Kong of 48 days, and that they were 64 days coming down from Manilla. The settlement of Hong Kong is in a flourishing condition, numerous houses and large stores being erected. Shipping was very numerous (about 200) and freight exceedingly low, that 12s. per ton had been accepted, and some retuned in ballast. The Osprey is freighted with sugar, rice, tea, coffee and cigars.
Friday 19 May 1843
May 18 - Ship Robert Pulsford, from Boston, via Hobart Town and Nelson - Passengers Mr Clarke and Mr Ferguson
Sailed - May 15 - Brigantine Hannah, 90 tons, Bell, for the Chathams
May 16 - Schooner Ganet, 40 tons, Popplewell, for Poverty Bay
Married on Wednesday 17th inst., by the Rev. Mr Cole of the English Church, William (eldest son of William Everett), formerly of London, now of Wellington, to Eliza (youngest daughter of Thomas Beckers) formerly of London now of Wellington
Tuesday 23 May 1843
May 18 - American barque Sophia and Eliza, Coffin, from the whaling grounds; Wallace and Co; agents
May 18 - Schooner Richmond, 50 tons, Sinclair, for Pigeon Bay and Akaroa
May 19 - Cutter Levin, 24 tons, Dunning, for Nelson
May 21 - Schooner Osprey, 120 tons, Sedgwick, for Auckland
Same day - Cutter Royal William, 43, Lovett, for Nelson
Same day - French Covette, Le Rhin, Commodore A. B�rard, for Auckland
The Columbine in coming out of Wanganui River got on to the bar in consequence of its falling calm. She will undergo some repairs before she can proceed.
A jolly boat has been drifted on shore at Rangatiki.
One of the crew of the American whaler Sophia and Eliza, now in harbour, was fool-hardy enough to attempt to swim on board from the shore, when Mr Brown of the Commercial Hotel, and several gentlemen from the shore, put off in a boat, and rescued him from a watery grave.
Birth - On Saturday last, the lady of C.M. Penny, Esqr., of Wellington, merchant, of a son
Total wreck of the new iron steamer Brigand on the Scilly Islands....
Friday 26 May 1843
May 25 - Schooner Three Brothers, Thoms, from Queen Charlotte's Sound and Cloudy Bay - Passenger, the Rev. Mr Buttle
The Columbine schooner is stranded inside the entrance of the Wanganui. This little vessel came from the north, chartered by the Rev. Mr Taylor. Captain Stetton, unacquainted with the coast, went to Kapiti, and there taking on a pilot, entered our river in safety. On Friday he cleared for Port Nicholson, and was towed out by some Maoris, when the vessel touched the South Spit; the natives, scared by the mishap, cast off the tow line, pulled ashore, and made off, leaving the captain helpless. With an ebbing tide and a dead calm she soon became fixed. Succeeding tides banked up the sand, and she now lies bedded to her copper...
K. Wanganui, May 15, 1843
Tuesday 30 May 1843
May 27 - Schooner Ocean, 25 tons, Ferguson, from Manawatu
May 28 - Schooner Elizabeth, 52 tons, Fleming, from Adelaide via New Plymouth and Nelson. Agent, C.M. Penny
Same day - Government Brig Victoria, 200 tons, Richards, from Auckland
May 29 - Brig Nelson, 113 tons, McLaren, from Valparaiso. Belonging to Messrs. Waitt and Tyser of this port. She has been seventy days running down, and has brought a male and female donkey, 1,700 bags flour, 131 do. biscuits, 31 barrels beef, 3 do. pork, 6 boxes sperm candles, 11 cases preserved fruit, 1 case sardines, 10 tins preserved fruit, 2 bags Chili clover seed, a roll of sole leather, 2 bags of Cayenne pepper, 2 cases Guayaquill hats.
Barque Indemity, London, 450, Waitt & Co. agents
Schooner Ann, Wellington, 22, Brown, Schultz, agent, laid up
Schooner Black Warrior, 10, from Akaroa...
Schooner Erin, April 13, from the Chathams
Brig Luna, 165, Ellis, April 22, from the coast
Friday 2 June 1843
Sailed. June 1 - Government brig Victoria, 200 tons, Richards, for Nelson
Port Nicholson, Colonel Wakefield's house
Latitude 41 deg. 16m. 46 sec. South
Longitude 174 deg. 47 m. 29 sec. E. of Greenwich
Longitude 172 deg. 27 m. 5 sec. East of Paris. Observations made by A. Berard, Captain, Commanding the French Station in New Zealand
German Emigration. German colonists, purchasers of land in the Nelson settlement, are preparing to take their departure shortly for the colony, and have chartered the St. Pauli, a fine vessel of about 380 tons, to sail from Hamburg on the 20th December next. They will muster about sixteen or seventeen in the cabin and about 100 labouring emigrants in the steerage...
Tuesday 6 June 1843
May 31 - Cutter Elizabeth, 20 tons, Morton, from the coast
June 3 - Schooner Industry, Bradley, from Hokianga; maize and onions
June 4 - Cutter Catherine Johnstone, 10 tons, Taylor, from Wanganui
June 5 - Brigantine Vanguard, 60 tons, Newton, from Sydney
June 4 - Brig Nelson, 153 tons, McLaren, for Nelson
June 2 - Schooner Three Brothers, Thoms, for Cloudy Bay
The brig Gannet from Greenock, for this port, via Port Phillip, had arrived there on the 30th April
The barque Princess Royal, Newby, left Sydney, via Newcastle, on the 15th ult., for Port Cooper with cattle, chartered by Mr Deans, late of this place.
Friday 9 June 1843
June 6 - Schooner Elizabeth, 52 tons, Fleming, for Nelson and Adelaide. Passenger, Mr C. Penny
June 8 - Schooner Ocean, 25 tons, Ferguson, for Cloudy Bay and Manawatu. Passengers - H. Moreing, Esq., Miss Harrison, Mrs Harrison and family
Same day - Cutter Elizabeth, 20 tons, Morton, for Sydney - Passenger - Dr. Faddy.
The Columbine schooner, which tailed on the South Spit in the Wanganui River, was got off with damage. Her keel was wrenched away, and she was brought up the river with difficulty, and unceasing baling out. Opposite the town she heeled over and sunk. Efforts are making to float and right her for the purpose of repairs.
The Life of the Duke of Wellington...
H.M.S. Huzzar may be expected daily at Auckland direct from England
Tuesday 13 June 1843
At Wellington, on the 6th instant, the lady of R. Baker, Esq., of a son
At Wellington, on the of the 6th instant, the lady of R. Park, Esq., of a daughter
At Wellington, on the 9th instant, the lady of B. Levy, of a son.
Friday 16 June 1843
June 14 - Schooner Maori, 15 tons, Wylde, from Manawatu. Pigs, potatoes, and flax
Same day - Guide, 147 tons, Pearce, from Sydney via Nelson and Taranaki
Same day - Schooner Mana, 30 tons, Swaney, from Akaroa. Oil and bone
June 14 - American barque Sophia and Eliza, Coffin, for the whaling grounds: Wallace & Co agents
June 13 - Cutter Catherine Johnstone, 10 tons, Taylor for Wanganui
Ships for New Zealand
Tyne, 500 tons, Robertson, Wellington, Nelson and Auckland, December 15
William Stoveld, 250 tons, Davidson, Wellington, Auckland and the Bay of Islands, December 28
Jane, 199 tons, Clark, Nelson and Wellington, January 10
Mary, 600 tons, ______, Nelson and Wellington, January 15
Nelson Examiner extracts
The schooner Imp, from the coast, encountered a squall at the entrance of the Gulf (Nelson), in which a heavy sea carried away her bulwarks, boat and one of her crew.
One Thursday, the keel of a 28 ton lugger was laid at the Haven, by a boat-builder named Freeman. She is intended for Claringbold, one of the pilots.
During the past week Captain Richards has availed himself of the natural slip on Fifeshire Island, to lay up the Victoria and examine and clean her bottom.
Tuesday 20 June 1843
June 18 - Government Brig Victoria, 200, Richards' from Cloudy Bay
June 17 - Schooner Industry, 24 Bradley, for the Kiakora
Birth - On Wednesday, 14th June, the wife of Mr John Gower, of a Son
Fatal Affray between the Natives and Europeans at Wairoa
Mr Cotterell, one of the surveyors belonging to the Nelson staff, was in the Wairoa district following his duties, when he was attacked by the Maories, and his hut burnt down. He immediately sent off a dispatch to Captain Wakefield. Captain Wakefield, Mr Tuckett, Mt Thompson, J.P., with about twenty other persons, started in the Government Brig (Victoria) for Wairoa. On arriving there, they found the Natives encamped. Mr Thompson, Captain Wakefield, and one or two other parties, proceeded up to the encampmant, and stated that they had a warrant for the apprehension of Rauparaha, the chief, for assaulting a European, and burning down his hut. They explained to him the nature of the warrant, and told him, that as he was a subject of her Britannic Majesty he must not presume to take the law into his own hands; he must submit them to the constituted authorities, who would redress his grievances. In the presence instance, he had disobeyed those laws in seeking to redress by violence his supposed injuries, and therefore they were come to apprehend him. He refused to allow himself to be taken, and was told, that if he resisted, orders would be given to take him by force. A canoe was then ordered to be placed across a stream or gully for the main body of the Europeans to cross over to the Maori encampment, which had no sooner taken place, when a gun was fired by a European (whether accidentally or purposely was cannot learn) on which an engagement ensued. After several persons were wounded on both sides, and we believe four Englishmen killed, the latter retreated, finding themselves unable to accomplish the object of their mission.
The Brig was immediately dispatched to this port for assistance, bringing some of the wounded parties with them to receive surgical assistance.
Friday 23 June 1843
All that is known appears to be that Rauparaha, Rangihaiata and Mana, and those of the white men who were not killed in the fray have been able to return home. It is rumoured that the first shot which seems to have been fired accidentally killed a Native woman, a niece of Rangihaiata, and that a chief of some importance was slain. Six or seven whites and an equal number of Natives were killed.
Tuesday 27 June1843
Rev. Mr Hatfield, who arrived yesterday from Otaki, where he left Rauparaha and Rangihaiata. From him he learn that the stories which have been circulated with regard to the parties who were actually concerned in the slaughter of Mt Thompson and Captain Wakefield are quite incorrect. The two chiefs we have named in the affray, and that Rangihaiata was not on the spot when those gentlemen were put to death.
Tuesday 27 June 1843
First stating the loss to be three or four on each side, then seven, which afterwards increased to twenty, and last of all forty persons. Five and thirty fellow creatures have thus been killed. The dead bodies were afterwards taken by the Natives to Guard's whaling stations at Cloudy Bay, and there left for interment.
Mr Thompson, the Police Magistrate, and Captain Wakefield, the Company's Agent have fallen.
Friday 30 June1843
Mr Ironside, the Wesleyan Missionary, had proceeded with two boats' companies of Whalers to inter the bodies, which they did on the ground where they fell.
Latest Intelligence from Wairau
H.A. Thompson, Esq
G.R. Richardson, Esq
John Brooke, Interpreter
William Clazay (Clanzie)
Friday July 14 1843 page 2 & 3
Reprint of the Horrible Massacre at the Wairau
Thomas Tyrrell (Terrall)
Malen, Chief Constable
On the 15th of April, Messrs. Cotterell, Parkinson, and Barnicoat, surveyors, having contracted with the New Zealand Company's Agent, to survey the lands at Wairau, left Nelson with about 40 men, and landed at Wairau on Tuesday, April 25. ...
Friday 21 July 1843
We have been informed that a man named Hanham, who was supposed to have been killed in the late melancholy affair at Wairau, has reached Nelson, but two are still missing, Burton and Stokes.
Friday 23 June 1843
June 19 - Schooner Industry, Bradley, 24 tons, from Wairarapa
June 21 - June 18 - Government Brig Victoria, 200 tons, Richards, for Cloudy Bay
June 22 - Brigantine Vanguard, 60 tons, Newton, for Sydney. Four cabin passengers, and thirty in the steerage.
Another of those scenes occurred to-day on board the Vanguard, of persons being fetched from on board, who were leaving the colony not only without paying their debts, but with property obtained from other people. We hope the legislature will adopt measures to put a stop to the continuance of such dishonest practices towards the inhabitants.
India. The Hindostan had arrived at the Cape, from India, on the 29th November.
Birth - On Wednesday, 14th June, the wife of Mr John Gower, of a Son
Tuesday 27 June 1843
June 26 - Schooner Nelson Packet, Jackson from Queen Charlotte Sound
June 24 - Brig Guide, 147, Pearce, for Auckland via Cloudy Bay
What is an Esquire?
Friday June 30 1843
June 26 - Schooner Gannet, 40 tons, Poplewel, from Tolaga Bay
June 27 - Cutter Pickwick, 38 tons, Jury, from the East Cape
Same day - Government brig Victoria, 200 tons, Richards, from Cloudy Bay
July 4 1843
July 1 - Cutter Catherine Johnstone, 10 tons, Taylor, from Wanganui
June 30 - Government Brig Victoria, 200, Richards, for Auckland, passenger Dr Evans
July 1 - American Ship Robert Pulsford, 400 tons, W. Caldwell, for Manilla, passengers Mr Mayers and Mr Ferguson
Friday July 7 1843
July 4 - Brig James from Port Phillip, on her way to London
July 5 - Schooner Industry, 24 tons, Bradley, from Kaikora; oil and bone
Death by Drowning
On Wednesday evening last, the wife of a labouring man of the name Fry, in the employ of W. Swainson, Esq., was about to step into a canoe on the River Hutt, when her foot slipped off the gunwale, and she precipitated into the stream. She had a child in her arms at the time. On the alarm being given by a son of Mr Swainson, several Maories plunged into the river to rescue them, but unfortunately, when they succeeded in bringing the bodies ashore life was extinct. The female was far advanced in pregnancy.
The late Arthur Wakefield, R.N., whose lamented fate we recorded last week, was in the 44th year of his age, at the time of his death. He was the third son of Edward Wakefield, Esq., of Burnham, Essex, the author of the well known statistical and political account of Ireland.
Captain Wakefield entered the Navy at ten years of age, and first sailed in the Nisus frigate, with Captain Philip Beaver, whose expedition to Bulama and other services are matters of history. He was subsequently present at the raking of Batavia and the Isle of France, and in the lad engagements of Bladensburg and Washington, where he served as Aide de Camp to Admiral Sir George Cockburn. He was, afterwards, for some time in command of a brig on the coast of Africa, where he captured several slave ships after obstinate engagements and boarding from boats away from the ship. It is thrice occurred to him to jump overboard and save the lives of shipmates at sea.
Few officers were better known or more highly considered in the Navy than the subject of our remarks. Before his promotion to the rank of commander, he was much sought after as a First Lieutenant, and was seldom at home many days between leaving a ship paid off, and being appointed to another newly put in commission. He had served in all parts of the world, and left the command of the Rhadamanthus steam frigate before undertaking the foundation of the Nelson settlement in the New Zealand Company. His conciliatory manners and moral worth had made him respected and beloved by all classes at Nelson, and it will be difficult to find a successor to him possessed of his energy and ability in the administration of the Company's affairs. - New Zealand Gazette
Waves of the Ocean - The largest waves proceed at the rate of from thirty to forty miles an hour; yet it is a belief that water itself advances with the speed of the wave. The form of the wave only advances, while the substance, except a little spray above, remains rising and falling in the same place. - Arnott's Physic
Tuesday11 July 1843
July 7 - Brigantine Ariel, 104 tons, Cruickshank, from Auckland and Cloudy Bay
July 8 - Brigantine Scotia, Ward, from Sydney
July 9 - Brig Nelson, 153 tons, McLaren, from Nelson - Passengers, Mr Revans and Mr Bannatyne.
Same day - Schooner Kate, 62 tons, McFarlane, from Kafia
Same day - Cutter Finetta, 8 tons, from Taranaki
July 7 - Cutter Pickwick, 38 tons, Jury, for Nelson - Passenger - G. White, Esq.
July 9 - Cutter Catherine Johnstone, 10 tons, Taylor, for Wanganui
Death. At Lombard Street, Te Aro, on Monday, the 10th inst., after an illness of two years, Mary Anne, the wife of John Wade, Esq., Wellington, merchant.
The following vessels were advertised for New Zealand, viz., the Mary, the Jane, and the Mandarin.
The Juno's Voyage. (From the Sydney Herald) The Juno left Juno Bay, in the island of Ware, latitude 20 deg. 28 min, longitude 166 deg. 42 min. east, fourteen miles to the southward of Fizowee. It is called Juno Bay by the natives in consequence of the Juno having been there on her former voyage, she being the first vessel that put in there. During her stay in the bay, Captain Banks gleaned the following intelligence from Charles _____, an English lad who has ran away from the Mumford schooner at the island of Leefo, during his last voyage. He had acquired a perfect knowledge of the native language and habits, and had been constantly with them in their travels from island to island.
He stated that a party of natives from the N.W. harbour of the Isle of Pines, had, a few weeks before the arrival of the Juno, arrived at Leefo, from whom he learned the following particulars relative to the brig Star, Captain Erbill, built at Tahiti, which vessel was entirely destroyed by the natives of the Isle of Pines (must have occurred about a month after the brig Star left Sydney). It appears that she was lying at anchor, the captain and crew being on shore employed cutting wood, and at a signal from Matuku, principal chief, the natives rushed upon them and slaughtered them with their own axes, and afterwards devoured them....
Charles also stated that he learned from the natives that the captain and part of the crew of the brig Martha, of Sydney, who were missed some time ago at Marree, were seized and murdered by the savages in the following dreadful manner...
The masters of the ships Regia and Alfred both stated that they had seen in the place described by Charles the stern-post of a vessel, supposed to have been the unfortunate Star.
The natives also informed him that the captain and crew of the Micmic, of Sydney, were all killed and eaten by the natives of the Caledonian reef.
The Orwell arrived at Fizowee on the 30th of March, she had about twelve tons of sandal wood on board; the Regia and Alfred were both lying there; they had a few tons of sandal wood. The latter reported two vessels having been at the Isle of Pines, the William the Fourth and the Marian, both of Hobart Town; neither had succeeded in obtaining any sandal wood; they had left word that they should proceed to the Loyalty Islands.
The first day chief officer of the Juno, Mr Crossly, went ashore at Fizowee, the natives had a human body roasted...
Disastrous Voyage of the Brigantine Ariel from Auckland.
The Ariel, Cruichshank, which arrived here on Friday morning, sailed out from Auckland on the 2nd June, calling off the East Cape for a few days, for the purpose of trafficking with the numerous and wealthily natives of that district. There is an anchorage at Waiapou, but no shelter against the prevailing winds; and the shore is most unpleasant for landing.
The Ariel's boat was sent ashore on the 14th of June, to arrange for the embarkation of two passengers and a boy, and a quantity of native produce... The boat swamped. George Cross, a seaman.... There is a whaling station just formed at Open Bay. A violent storm....
The Tortoise was at anchor off the Waiheke Island, and was to sail for England direct the week after the Ariel's departure. The widow and family of the late Governor Hobson were returning to England in the Tortoise.
Friday 14 July 1843
July 11 - Schooner Imp, 20 tons, Tullet, from Nelson
July 13 - Schooner Ann, 61 tons, Higgins, from Nelson
Same Day - Brig Brigand, from China, put in for wood and water
July 12 - Schooner Ganet, 40 tons, Read, from Proverty Bay
July 13 - brig Nelson, 153 tons, McLaren, for the Kai-kores.
Tuesday 18 July 1843
July 15 - Schooner Industry, 24 tons, Bradley, from the Kai Kora
Same day - Cutter Levin, from Cloudy Bay
Same Day - Schooner Governor Hobson, 40 tons, Scanlon, from Poverty Bay
July 17 - Brigantine Hannah, 90 tons, Bell, from Nelson via Cloudy Bay and Kaputi. Passengers - Messrs Wallace, Moore and Levien.
July 17 - Schooner Imp, 20 tons, Tullet, for Nelson. Passengers - Rev. Mr Reay and family
Friday 21 July 1843
July 19 - Schooner Mana, 50, Fraser, from Nelson
On Sunday July 2nd, the wife of Mr William Hudson, Cabinet-maker, of Wellington, formerly of London, of a Son
Died, on Wednesday evening, 19th July, at his residence, Willis Street, George Hunter, Esq., J.P., Mayor of Wellington, aged 55 years.
We have just heard a report of the death of Rangihaiata at Otaki on Monday last - in consequence of the wound in his foot. Rangihaiata might be considered as the type of the New Zealander before the race were brought under civilizing influences which have for some years past been at work among them - violent, reckless and uncalculating.
Tuesday 25 July 1843
July 22 - Schooner Sheperdess, Brown, from the South coast, with oil and bone.
July 24 - Government Brig Victoria, 200 tons, Richards, from Auckland. Passengers - Major Richmond, Col. Godfrey, and a detachment of the 96th reg.
The Government Brig arrived here yesterday morning from Auckland, bringing Major Richmond, the chief Police Magistrate, Col. Godfrey, Commissioner of Land Claims, who is about to proceed to Akaroa, Mr Edward Shortland, Captain Bennett of the Engineers, and 53 soldiers of the 96th. We understand that Major Richmond will proceed in the course of a day or two in the Brig to Cloudy Bay, and then to Nelson, and return to this place as speedily as possible.
Sailed 21 - Brigantine Scotia, Ward, for Akaroa
In the Scotia, 10th July 1843 - Passengers, R. Wilson, W. Bell, Jas. King, Mr Liddell and family, Mr R.
In the Brigand, 180 tons, Jas. Padden, 14th July 1843, from Macao and Singapore, via King George's Sound - 500 packages tea, 600 bags rice, 50 boxes sagos, 60 bags pepper, 50 boxes china preserves, 3 chests camphor, 5 bags cloves, 1 cash nutmegs, 40 boxes cassin, 1 box curry powder, 1 box clothing, 10 boxes silk goods, 10 bags turmeric, 2 boxes mace, 4 do. rhubarb, 700 bags sugar, 250 bags coffee, 200 boxes cigars, 8 cases bamboo hats, 20 cases hardware, 300lb gunpowder, 7 baskets tobacco, 7 cases muskets, Order. Passengers, D. Monro, T. Shephard
Attack of the Natives at the Isle of Pines on the Schooner "Catherine"
The Catherine, Captain Bannatyne, returned yesterday from the Isle of Pines in a most dilapidated state, her decks having been blown up during an affray with the natives there. The cabin is entirely demolished, and the after parts of the deck are raised nearly level with the rail. The explosion which took place on board was owing to one powder casks igniting during the firing of the muskets, the mate having intended to set fire to it as a last resource. Mr McLeod, a passenger on board the vessel kept a journal, April 12...On nearing the vessel, we perceived that the blacks had possession of her, two of the crew being in the foretopsail yard, we hailed them, and where told all hands were murdered but themselves. Poor Mr Finnie.. April 17 A sail in sight, proved to be the Norwhal, of London, Captain Baker; the surgeon, Dr. Monore, came on board and dressed the wounds of the sick. She has been very fortunate since leaving the Bay of Islands, having got no less than 400 barrels, she has in all 1,100 barrels. From this vessel the Catherine obtained a compass....
Friday July 28 1843
July 27 - Schooner Nelson Packet, Jackson, from Queen Charlotte Sound; Wallace & CO.
Same day - Schooner Richmond, 30 tons, Finlay, from the Chathams, with oil and bone.
July 23 - Schooner Kate, 62 tons, Macfarlane, for Auckland, via Cloudy Bay and East Cape.
July 25 - Cutter Finetta, 10 tons, for Taranaki
Same day - Cutter Levin, 24 tons, Dunning, for the coast
July 26 - Schooner Mana, 27 tons, Swaney, for the coast
July 26 - Brig James, for London
Same day - Government Brig Victoria, 200 tons, Richards, for Cloudy Bay and Nelson. Passengers, Major Richmond, Col. Wakefield, Henry St. Hill
July 27 - Brigantine Ariel, 104 tons, Cruickshank, for Kaputi
The schooner Black Warrior, 10 tons, Houghton, has been laid on as a constant trader to the River Hutt, which seems to indicate the increasing trade in that unrivalled agricultural district.
Information by the Richmond, from the Chatham Islands, that three whales had been caught at the fishery there, and that a sperm whale had been thrown upon the beach.
A party proceeding with a herd of cattle, belonging to Captain Daniel, to Mr White of Ohou, who is about to establish a station at that place, had been obliged to return on account Rauparaha refusing to allow them to proceed.
Brief particulars regarding our late much respected and lamented Mayor, George Hunter, Esq., J.P.:-
Mr Hunter was a native of the parish of McDuff, in the county of Banff, in Scotland, and married the daughter of the late David Souter, Esq., Chief Factor to the Right Honorable James Earl of Fife. After being connected for many years with one of the principal mercantile establishments in Aberdeen, he removed to London, when afterwards carried on business as a merchant. When the New Zealand Company had finally determined in colonizing these Islands, Mr Hunter, who had always taken a deep interest in the subject, resolved to proceed thither with his numerous family, consisting of ten children, and having sailed in the New Zealand Company's chartered ship, the Duke of Roxburgh, arrived here in February, 28 1840, and by his activity, and practical good sense and kindness, manifested how well he was fitted for an infant colony. As he was one of our earliest settlers, so he was one of our most energetic. He ever evinced the greatest interest in the prosperity of the colony, and ewe fell assured that from one end of this settlement to the other, there will be found few, or rather none, who had had the pleasure of being acquainted with Mr Hunter...He was appointed a magistrate, and when municipal privileges were granted to the settlers, he was unsolicedly and cordially elected first mayor in New Zealand. Mr Hunter was a Director of the Union Bank of Australia... Besides the members of his family, the funeral was attended by the Rev. Messrs Cole, Macfarlane, O'Reilly, Duncan, and Smales, the whole of the Government and New Zealand Company's officers, the members of the Corporation, and a great majority of all classes of the community. Epuni, accompanied by the rev. Mr Macfarlane, followed by Moturoa, Etako, and about 120 Natives, walked in procession to the Burial ground, the former now and then saying that "his heart was dark for the death of "Hanita." The ships in the harbor had their flags half-mast high, and the Nelson fired minutes guns as the procession passed along the Beach, and the shops and public offices were closed during the ceremony.
(From the Auckland Chronicle)
Wrecks - Captain Tyrril saw upon the beach near Cape Runaway, the windlass of the ill-fated schooner Speculator. Captain Tyrril has also seen the bows and forepart of a vessel supposed to be the Sarah Maxwell, belonging to Mr Thomas Maxwell, and almost newly launched. Captain Tyrril has brought up the bowsprit and the rudder of a boat, belonging to the latter vessel. With regard to the former vessel, a man belonging to a whaling party near the spot, who had sailed in her, positively identified it. Mr McCrae, the builder of the latter vessel will set all doubts respecting her at rest upon seeing the spar and rudder.
Some cordage and whale-lines have been shipped to Sydney and the Bay of Islands, from the Rope-work of Mr Robertson, which is now in full operation, and preparing from New Zealand dressed flax manufactured materials of every description to the best English rope. Mr Lewington, at Wangari, has supplied Mr Robertson with some flax.
Suicide by a Native Women - About three weeks since, the wife (or rather one of the wives) of a native chief at Kaweranga, on the Thames, was hung up by here heels and exposed to the view of the whole tribe, and most inhumanly beaten. This effect had such an effect upon the poor women, that she got hold of a musket.... In the case of the murder of Mrs Robertson and family some eighteen months since, is too vivid in out recollection to cause surprise at anything that may emanate from men so recklessly chosen... - Ib
Among the Exports in our last week's Shipping List were a hundred tons of Copper ore (from the mines at the Barrier Island), two tons Sulphur, and fifteen tons of Manganese, by the Tryphena; and 70,000 feet of sawn timber by the Osprey. The Shamrock has sailed with 25 tons of Manganese ore (found on a small island belonging to Mr Taylor, almost in the harbour of Auckland)
Tuesday August 1843
On Wednesday the 2nd August, 1843, the wife of Mr Frederick Bills, late of London, now of Wellington, of a Daughter.
Tuesday August 1843 page 5
Chatham Islands. (summarized)
An account by Mr Sutton of his trip from Port Nicholson to the Chatham Islands. Few vessels, with the exception of chance American whalers putting in for provisions, resorting thither for the staple articles of New Zealand trade viz., pork and potatoes. After a rather boisterous passage of a week by the sailing of the schooner Hannah from Port Nicholson, we arrived at Wangaroa, the principal or rather the only harbour in the largest island (Ware Kauri), situated on the northern side of Petre Bay. It affords safe and commodious anchorage for vessels of 300 or 400 tons, being barley half-a-mile in depth and about the same in width. The bottom is composed of sand and mud. American whalers generally anchorage off Waitangi, in Petre Bay, but are obliged to use their strongest ground-tackle, the sea rising with very great rapidity, and running a tremendous surf, braking at two miles distance from the long sandy beach which extends for more than twenty miles along the bay. Indeed no small vessel can anchor, with any degree of safety, in the bay during a westerly wind. A schooner of about 80 tons was some time since ton from her anchorage, and now lies high and dry on the beach. Wangaroa harbour presents no inducements to masters of vessels, except its safe anchorage. Situated on the most barren part of the island, is a considerable distance from any European settlement, wood and water are equally difficulty to obtained. From Wangaroa to Manganui, which is the Maori settlement on the north coast, is a distance of about six miles.
At Manganui, an American has erected a comfortable house, cleared several acres, fenced it in, and was making a capital garden.
I proceeded on my journey to Wai Keri, the most eastern point of the island, occupied by the station of Mr William McChutchie. The native name for the place is Okawao. This is the principal residence of the Maories, whose numbers to about two hundred and fifty (besides slaves) Numerous Maori settlements occur. Numerous small lagoons. Formed by the turf being fired by the natives, which becomes filed with rainwater. The largest is the "Big lagoon," according to a computation made by Dr Dieffenbach, upwards of thirty thousand acres, about one-fourth of the area of the island.
About six miles from Wai Keri, to the northward, is a small harbour called Kaingarou, which would provide excellent anchorage for coasting vessel no more than 100 tons burthen.
(The last number. The newspaper ceased)
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