Timaru Herald 6 July pg 2
The Rangitiki, full rigged ship, Captain Millman, arrived from London, July 5, with 34 passengers, all well, after a 96 days' passage. The ship's butcher, James Cornish, died of dropsy, on the voyage.
– newspapers online.
The Star Friday December 28th 1894 page 2 Shipping
July 5 1882 - Rangitiki, ship, 1200 tons, Millman, from London. N.Z.S. CO., agents.
Passengers - Saloon: Britton Miss Dora Cross Mr Clifford Hartland Miss Adelaide Marshall Masters (5) Nix Miss Sarah R. Robinson Mrs W. B. Robinson Master Scott Miss Alice White Mr Hamilton White Mrs Emily Second Cabin and Steerage Cooper Mr Cowlan Miss Fleming Mr and Mrs Fleming Mr Fox Mr Hunt Mr M. Impey Mr Kerris Miss Lovett Mrs Macdermott Mr Malaquin Mr Moorhouse Mr Oliver Mr Patchett Mr Stansell Miss Weston Mr
Waldemar Stanislas MALAQUIN believed to have been born in Orleans, France in 1859, to well travelled parents. Don't know much about Waldemar's early life although the family stories tell of him being in the same classrooms as Nicholas II. He arrived in New Zealand as a Boot agent, but quickly took up teaching French in Christchurch schools including Boys High, St Margaret's (Ngaio Marsh mentions him in her autobiography), and New Brighton Primary, he also taught privately. Waldemar married in 1883 in Rangiora, to Elizabeth ELLIS. They had six children. Waldemar died in 1926 estranged from most of his family. There is a lovely obituary for him in the Christchurch Boys High Magazine. Waldemar had a brother Joseph who migrated to and lived in NSW, Australia. Information courtesy of Michelle Rowe. Michele originally found out what vessel he came on the through the card index at the Canterbury Museum, Christchurch. Posted 8 March 2006.
To Lyttelton 1880
The Star, May 17 1883
Auckland, May 17 - Arrived - Rangitikei, [sic] Captain Millman, from London, with 200 immigrants.
The Rangitiki, was a full rigged ship, ex Scrimitar, built in 1863.
Lyttelton Times 17 February 1876 page 2
Feb. 16. Rangitikei, ship, 1225 tons, Scotland, from London, with 302 immigrants.
Dr Ross is the surgeon-superintendent, and the healthy appearance of all on board shows that he has brought his charge out here in a way that deserves the highest praise. The vessel has been very fortunate regarding the health of those on board two deaths only have occurred, one a single girl, Jessie Capon, who died of hyperemia of the brain on Dec. 13, and the other a child of two years, who died on Dec. 17. Two children were born on the passage. Whooping cough was rather prevalent among the children, a few of them suffering slightly from that complaint when the vessel arrived. The nationality of the immigrants is pretty evenly divided between English and Irish, only a very few being Scotch. The single girls are nearly all domestic servants, and the men, mechanics and agricultural labourers. Fifty-throe girls occupied this part of the vessel under tho charge of the matron, Mrs Blythen. The families and single men for Christchurch will be landed to-morrow, whilst those whose destination is Timaru, consisting of twelve families and forty single men, will stay on board tho ship for a day or two, and will then proceed to Timaru by rail.
Lyttelton Times 12 December 1876
page 2 Rangitikei (arrived 11/12/1876)
11 — Rangitiki, ship. 1225 tons, Scotland, from London. New Zealand Shipping Company, agents. Passengers— Rev B. B. Bradley, Miss Bradley, Mr and Mrs J. Severn. Mr and Mrs Charles Howard and family, Mrs J. D. Macpherson and family, and 320 immigrants. The married people’s compartment contained 50 families, most of them being mechanics, and English the remainder agricultural labourers. Six births and eight deaths occurred in this section during the passage, seven of the deaths being those of children and the eighth that of a female adult. Te medical officer in charge of the immigrants was Dr J. J. Tighe. All of them are of good physique, and have enjoyed excellent general health. The chief sickness which prevailed amongst the children was the measles, which broke out four days after leaving. Only two cases occurred among the adults. The deaths Dr Tighe reports as hiving been caused chiefly by lung disease among the children subsequent to measles; the death of the adult, a married woman named Richards,
being caused by phthisis one month after confinement. An accident occurred a few days ago, when one of the single men fractured his knee-cap. The Rangitikei is still under the command of old old friend Captain Scotland, who welcomed oil In his usual hearty and courteous manner. Her old chief officer, Mr Bassett, occupies his former position this voyage. The following is an account of the passage as furnished us by Captain Scotland, from which it will be seen that the ship has made the passage in 87 days from land to land, or in 94 days from London. The Rangitikei left the docks on Sept. 4, and proceeded down the river in tow of the p.s. Punch, made fast to the buoy off Greenhithe, and lay there to next day, when she dropped down to Gravesend. Embarked immigrants on Sept. 6, and got under weigh at 5 a.m.. Sept. 8, with a fine westerly breeze, the steamer Scotia being in attendance.- Passed the Nore at 8 a.m., and at 11.30 a.m. landed the mud pilot in the Downs, and the tug left the ship at 6 pm. that day. Landed the Channel pilot next day, dept. 11, off Portland, and took her final departure Sept. 13, with the wind northerly. Crossed the Equator on Oct. 12, in long 29.37 west. Tho westerly winds prevailed until sighting Stewart's Island on Dec. 9, and had southerly winds along the coast, the Peninsula being sighted early yesterday morning, with the weather thick and raining; mode tho Heads at 2.20 p.m., and was taken in tow by the p.s. Titan, anchoring off Diamond Harbour at 4 p.m.
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