The following is a transcript from the FamilySearch. The ship 'Rakaia', arrived in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand Sunday 3rd September 1882.
Star 4 September 1882, Page 3
The New Zealand Shipping Company's fine ship, Rakaia, 1032 tons, Bone, from London April 15, arrived at Lyttelton from Plymouth yesterday with 151 nominated immigrants for this port. In addition to the number for this district, the Rakaia brought a few for Messrs Grant and Foster's settlement at Te Aroha, Auckland. The Rakaia will be berthed 1 at the Gladstone prior early this morning, be that those who have friends on board can go and meet them at once. The Te Aroha settlers by the ship Ashmore (at Auckland), from London, have left for the Thames, as well as most of the Ashmore s passengers.
Delay of the RAKAIA.
The Rakaia is in command of Captain Bone, who has graduated in the Company's service, and who is well known here, though this is his first trip to this Port as master. The ship first left London on April 15, and embarked her immigrants at Plymouth on April 19, preceding to sea on April 20. Very heavy weather was experienced, strong westerly gale: prevailing to April 25, on which date Dr Crawford, the then surgeon superintendent on board, reported that one of the crew was sick with smallpox. The man was ordered into the hospital. On the second day after leaving Plymouth, Dr Crawford farther reported that, owing to his own ill health (he was suffering from rapid consumption), he could not possibly cope with the extra work that the epidemic would entail should it spread, and he urged Captain Bone to return to Plymouth, which he accordingly did. Plymouth was reached on April 27, but it was not until the evening of April 29 that the sick man could be sent to the hospital hulk, owing to bad weather. Next day the forecastle and hospital were thoroughly fumigated, and it was earnestly hoped that the disease was stamped out, but a few days later the carpenter of the ship was attacked, and subsequently another of the crew and one of the steerage passengers [Barry Brown per Timaru Herald]. These were transhipped to the hospital, and the ship and passengers and crew were all thoroughly fumigated. The passengers were then put on board a steamer, and spent, a day in Plymouth Sound while the ship was thoroughly whitewashed. The Rakaia lay at Plymouth until May 28, Dr Crawford resigning his position, which was filled on May 25 by Dr Husband, a veteran immigrant dargoon superintendent, who is well-known here. Dr Husband has made a large number of very successful passages to this Colony, and the one just completed is another to be added to his already long list. On May 28 another start was made from Plymouth with the following nominated immigrants:— l51 souls, equalling 125½ adults, for this port. 25 specially nominated for Messrs Grant: and Foster's settlement Te Aroha, and six steerage passengers for here. The division of those for this port are families, 45 single women, 62 ; and single men 31. One death occurred, that of William [sic. It was Walter who died] ater Best, from heart disease and dropsy, on July 29, at the age of 19 and two births. The passengers were all very comfortably quartered with an abundance of room, ventilation, and light, and their quarters were found moat scrupulously clean and is excellent order.
ASSISTANT EMIGRATION to CANTERBURY, NEW ZEALAND by the Ship ‘RAKAIA’
Sailed 28th May 1882 Arrived 3rd September 1882
Names of Emigrants Age Country Occupation Families & Children Bell John 28 Cumberland Iron Moulder Mary A 27 Thomas 7 Henry 4 Wm H 1 Mary 1 mth Born at Plymouth after ship’s return Best Isaac 50 Yorkshire Clayworker Maria 40 Walter 18 Yorkshire Factory hand Sarah 16 Yorkshire Factory hand Clara 15 Yorkshire Factory hand Herbert 9 Brown Archibald 26 Lanarkshire Joiner Mary 25 John 4 Hugh 2 Mary 9 mths Long Thomas 49 Antrim Gen Labourer Jemima 48 Mathieson Alex’r 32 Lanarkshire Joiner [Matheson] Susan 26 Alex 6 Thomas 4 Ellen 2 Milnes Joseph 47 Yorkshire Painter [Milner] Emma 40 George 16 Wilfred 8 Lilly 6 Violet 4 David 2 Murdock John 25 Durham Policeman [Murdoch] Mary 22 Sinclair Archibald 30 Argyle Farm Labourer Flora 30 Neilina 1 Christina 1 mth Smith Joseph 30 Staffordshire Iron Worker Mary A 28 Willoughby Matthew 34 Cornwall Iron Moulder Eliza J 34 John 6 Matthew Hy 4 Florrie 2 Ernest 11 mths Single Men Blueman James 17 Westmeath Farm Labourer for Westland, fwd at Govt.'s expense Michael 15 Farm Labourer for Westland, fwd at Govt.'s expense Brausch Oscar 27 Germany Gardener [Bransch] Brown Robert 24 Armagh Smith George 18 Smith Campbell Alex’r 30 Antrim Farm Labourer Corrigan Patrick 21 Roscommon Farm Labouer Cath’e 15 Gen. Servant Curren Daniel 24 Leitrim Farm Labourer [Curran] Davidson Andrew 27 Antrim Bootmaker Doyle Laurence 21 Wicklow Farm Labourer Evison Samuel 28 Herefordshire Shoemaker Hedderman James 20 Cork Farm Labourer Hughes Enoch 21 Lanarkshire Iron Worker McDonald Patrick 21 Cavan Farmer Mary 27 Housemaid McDonnell Henry 18 Londonderry Farm Labourer John 16 Farm Labourer Mackle John 23 Londonderry Farm Labourer Murray John 20 Westmeath Farm Labourer O’Hara Patrick 26 Antrim Farm Labourer Nancy 21 Gen. Servant (Sweeney Michael 22 Kerry Smith (O’Sullivan Margt 20 Kerry Housemaid Scanlan Michael 23 Kerry Farm Labourer Ellen 27 Dom. Servant Thompson Joseph 20 Armagh Groom Weir John 17 Argyleshire Shepherd Whalley Rob’t 26 Armagh Labourer Lutz Wilhelm E 28 Germany Butcher [Sutz] O’Boyle Patrick 23 Antrim Farm Labourer Single Women Allen Sarah 24 Armagh Dom. Servant Barr Jane 38 Lanark Dom. Servant Andrew 15 Dom. Servant Alexander 13 Dom. Servant Wm 11 Eliz’th 9 Mary 7 Marg’t 5 Isabella 3 Barry Bessie 31 Cork Gen. Servant Brown Johanna 28 Kerry Gen. Servant for Timaru Cameron Eliz’th 49 Dumbarton - Eliz’th 18 Cloth Finisher Jessie 16 Servant Aleck 12 Lewis 10 (Doyle Johanna 33 Wexford Gen. Servant (Gavan Kate 20 Mayo Gen. Servant ( Bridget 18 Gen. Servant Gray Mary A 22 Tyrone Gen. Servant Eliz’th 20 Gen. Servant Grimley Sarah 36 Armagh Gen. Servant Mary J 10 Sam’l Jas 8 Thos. G 6 Jno. R 5 Harrington Cath’e 16 Monmouthshire Gen. Servant Marg’t 19 Gen. Servant Ellen 24 Housemaid Lavin Ann 19 Roscommon Gen. Servant Mary 22 Gen. Servant Lish Elizabeth 18 Armagh Gen. Servant [Lisk] Loug Jemima 22 Antrim Gen. Servant Maggie J 20 Gen. Servant Annie M 18 Gen. Servant McDrury Kate 20 Roscommon Gen. Servant Annie 18 Gen. Servant Marshall May W 43 Durham Housekeeper Robert 21 Farm Labourer James 18 Farm Labourer May W 5 Maggie 3 Cath’e 1 Mercer Jane 19 Armagh Gen. Servant Pearson Letitia 17 Cavan Gen. Servant Louisa 15 Gen. Servant Queenan Anne 23 Sligo Gen. Servant Redmond Kate 20 Wexford Gen. Servant Reynolds Nora 18 Sligo Gen. Servant Robinson Hannah 50 Galway - Daniel 21 Miner Ellen 19 Dom. Servant Henry 17 Miner Roper Sarah A 29 Middlesex - Annie D 2 Thomas D 1 mth Share Florence 18 Middlesex Nursemaid Sharp Maybirth 34 Yorkshire - [Sharpe] Edwin 11 Hilda V 10 Ernest R 9 Percival V 6 Muriel A 3 Sloan Ellen 24 Armagh - Bridget 3 Stubbs Martha 24 Lincolnshire Matron Florence 3 Tweedie Mary 19 Armagh Servant [Tweddy] Voyce Esther 38 Middlesex - Thomas 17 Jeweller Edith J 11 Arthur E 8 Wm E 4 Wallace Rebecca 21 Cavan Dressmaker White Jane 26 Cornwall Nurse for Marlborough to be fwd at Govt. expense [Swan Mrs and child] [Drury A &K ] [E. Scanlan] Men Iron Moulders 2 Clay Worker 1 Factory Hand 1 Joiners 2 Gen. Labourers 2 Painter 1 Policeman 1 Farm Labourers 14 Iron Workers 2 Gardener 1 Smiths 3 Bootmaker 2 Farmer 1 Groom 1 Shepherd 1 Butcher 1 Miners 2 Working Jeweller 1 39 Single Women etc General Servants 29 Housemaids 2 Cloth Finisher 1 Nurse 3 Housekeeper 1 Matron 1 Dressmaker 1 Factory hands 2 40 79 Men of 15 and above England Scotland Ireland Cumberland 1 Lanarkshire 3 Antrim 4 Yorkshire 2 Argyle 2 Armagh 4 Durham 3 Cork 1 Westneath 2 Staffordshire 1 Londonderry 3 Roscommon 1 Cornwall 1 9 Leitrim 1 Herefordshire 1 Wicklow 1 Middlesex 1 Germany 2 Cavan 1 10 Kerry 2 Galway 2 18 Women of 15 and above England Scotland Ireland cont… Yorkshire 1 Lanark 1 B fwd … 14 Durham 1 Dumbarton 3 Armagh 4 Middlesex 1 4 Cork 1 Lincolnshire 1 Ireland Wexford 2 Cornwall 1 Roscommon 4 Mayo 2 5 Cavan 4 Tyrone 2 Wales Antrim 3 Sligo 2 Monmouth 3 Kerry 3 Galway 1 Cont. fwd … 14 28 Summary Men Women English 54 England 10 5 Welsh 3 Wales - 3 Scotch 29 Scotland 9 4 Irish 63 Ireland 18 28 Germans 2 Germany 2 - Welsh 3 ? 39 40 154 40 79
Star 4 September 1882, Page 2
[There is slight variations in the spelling of the above names in The Star; changes noted] [ ]
For Grant and Foster's Settlement Te Aroha
Mr and Mrs Neill and family.
Mr and Mrs Madens and family,
Mr and Mrs Newsome und family,
Messrs C. Garlick, A. Thackeray, W. Wilkins.
Steerage passengers for Canterbury — Mr and Mrs Dove, Mr and Mrs Davis, Miss Gent, Miss A. Edgecombe.