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The Regina, 676 tons, under command of Captain Thornton, sailed from London on 2nd September and arrived at Lyttelton on 4th December 1859 with 283 passengers. Note cabin passengers are not listed. Another listing - opens in a new window. Another listing with ages.

MARRIED COUPLES

Adams       William  Y  4                           
Booth       Thomas   Y  3  Smith                    
Brookbanks  William  Y     Blacksmith               
Brown       William  Y     Sawyer                   
Buggaln     Herman   Y  1                           
Callaghan   William  Y     Mariner                  
Cole        John     Y  4  Gardener                 
Cooper      John     Y  1  Carpenter                
Cooper      Thomas   Y  2  Bricklayer               
Cowan       Hugh     Y  3  Labourer                 
Crimp       Henry    Y     Labourer                 
Dellow      Isaac    Y  6  Labourer               
Dorman      Dederick Y  2  Labourer       [Dohrmann]          
Edward      James    Y     Farm labourer            
Foster      Philip   Y  5  Mariner                  
Gapes       James    Y  4  Carman                   
Hall        John     y     Carpenter                
Hollingworth George  Y     Saddler                  
Hullen      Henry    Y  4  Labourer                 
Hutchinson  Richard  Y  3  Carpenter                
Kennel      William  Y  1  Gardener                 
King        Thomas   Y  5  Joiner                   
Klaus       William  Y     Labourer                 
Lamind      Charles  Y     Gardener                 
Macnamara   Michael  Y  1  Labourer                 
Martin      Nicholas Y     Carpenter                
McLachlan   Donald   Y  1  Labourer                 
McMillan    John     Y     Labourer
Merson	    Thomas   Y	1  Machanic
Martin	    Nicholas Y     Carpenter        
Norris      Edward   Y  2  Mariner                  
Pearce      Percival Y  2  Clerk                    
Prudhoe     William  Y  2  Mason                    
Robson      Henry    Y     Sawyer                   
Severn      Joseph   Y     Labourer                 
Snoswell    James H. Y  4  Mariner                  
Snoswell    Thomas   Y     Mariner                  
Stewart     David    Y     Farm labourer            
Stilwell    John     Y  5  Labourer                 
Suddens     Thomas   Y  2  Joiner                   
Summis      George   Y  2  Carpenter                
Wade        Joseph   Y  3  Groom                    
Walker      W.       Y  3  Labourer                 
Walker      William  Y  1  Shepherd                 
Watson      John     Y     Cabinet maker            
Webb        Samuel   Y  7  Shoemaker                
Wells       George   Y  2  Carpenter                
White       Charles  Y  4  Mariner                         
Winterbourne John    Y  4  Ivory turner      

SINGLE MEN

Archer     John         Shopman                  
Baskfill   William      Bricklayer               
Ball       John         Labourer                 
Booth      John         Smith                    
Brown      Albert E.    Bricklayer               
Brown      John         Domestic Servant         
Buggaln    John         Labourer                 
Cooper     Richard      Labourer                 
Cooper     Thomas       Labourer                 
Cox        John M.      Bricklayer               
Crimp      John         Labourer                 
Crimp      William      Labourer                 
Crollan    James        Labourer                 
Crysell    William                               
Gapes      James                                 
Garcis     Frederick    Bricklayer               
Harrison   William      Bricklayer               
Hossack    Simon        Labourer                 
Hutchinson Thomas       Carpenter                
Johnson    James        Ploughman                
Keevey     William      Groom                    
Lukey      Francis      Bricklayer               
McLeod     Alexander    Ploughman                
McLeod     Donald       Ploughman                
McMillan   Ewen         Labourer                 
McRae      Murdock      Shepherd                 
Mitchell   John         Labourer                 
Morgan     Edward       Bricklayer               
Murphey    William      Labourer                 
Norrie     George       Labourer                 
Norrie     James        Labourer                 
Norrie     William      Labourer                 
Ogier      William      Builder                  
Pearson    Thomas       Labourer                 
Ridley     Thomas       Labourer                 
Rostrick   Joseph       Joiner                   
Rostrick   Robinson  1  Joiner                   
Rostrick   William      Joiner                   
Sandle     Henry        Gardener                 
Sharp      J.           Bricklayer               
Sharp      W.           Bricklayer               
Smith      David        Shepherd                 
Theaker    Thomas       Labourer                 
Thompkins  Mark         Tailor                   
Truttles   Thomas       Carpenter                
Webb       John         Bricklayer               
Webb       William      Shoemaker                
Whitehead  George       Engraver                 
Wilkins    Edward W.    Labourer                 
Wilson     James        Gardener                 
Wise       Edward       Labourer                 

SINGLE WOMEN

Batt      Sarah     2                          
Belgrave  Maria     2 Domestic Servant         
Bird      Isabella    Governess                
Campbell  Mary Ann                             
Cooper    Margaret                             
Cooper    Sarah Ann                            
Creed     Phoebe    1 Domestic Servant         
Gapes     Charlotte                            
Gapes     Hannah                               
Gapes     Jane                                 
Guilford  Elizabeth   Domestic Servant         
King      Mary                                 
Martin    Lydia                                
McMillan  Hughina                              
McMillan  Margaret                             
McMillan  Mary                                 
Medhurst  Esther                               
Murphey   Mary                                 
Rostrick  Mary                                 
Smith     Ann         Domestic Servant         
Smythe    Sarah     1 Governess                
Smythe    Sarah E.                             
Stilwell  Ellen       Domestic Servant         
Stone     Susan                                
Tayler    Sarah                                
Tayler    Sarah jun.                           
Thomkins  Frances                              
Urry      Sarah       Domestic Servant         
Webb      Elizabeth                            
Webb      Louisa                               
Webb      Mary Ann                             
Wells     Elizabeth                            
Westwood  Elizabeth   Governess                
Whitehead Rachel      Dressmaker               

Y = spouse
#  = number of children

The Daily Irish Times, Dublin. 10 August, 1859. What was the matron's name?"The Lyttelton Times"
Wednesday, December 7, 1859

Our old friend the Regina, captain H.B. Thornton, returned to this port on Sunday morning, after an eight months absence, going home with a full cargo of wool in 86 days, and returning with a full complement of immigrants and cargo in 93 days, from port to port or 84 days from land to land. She left Gravesend on the 2nd September, and therefore on her arrival gave us a fortnight's later news than we had previously received; but the regular mail coming in on Monday superseded her intelligence. The Regina had a fair and favourable passage throughout; fell in with an iceberg a little eastward of the Cape; ran down her longitude in 48 and 49 and on the 17th November, in 97 E. spoke the Burmah, which sailed four days before her. The Burmah had carried away her foreyard. The Regina made the Snares on the 2nd inst. and lost no time coming up the coast. She carried 290 passengers, whom she has brought out in capital health and spirits; and the ship herself is a model of cleanliness. All the passengers were landed Monday.

Local Intelligence
We are sorry to record that one of the passengers by the Regina, a Mrs. KING the mother of five children, in crossing the Bridle Path yesterday little after noon, was attacked by apoplexy doubt induced by the extraordinary heat.  She was conveyed to the cottage at the foot of the hill where every attention was shown her, but without avail, and she died between six and seven o'clock, without recovering from the coma into which she had sunk.


CRALLAN
Bush Advocate, 30 May 1904, Page 3 GOLDEN WEDDING.
A pleasant family gathering took place yesterday, at the residence of Mr and Mrs Crallan, senr., the occasion being the celebration of Mr and Mrs Crallan's golden wedding. Mr Crallan came to New Zealand in the year 1859, in the good ship "Regina," landing at Lyttelton on December 16th, that day being the 9th anniversary of the Canterbury Province.; Mrs Crallan joined her husband three years later, having come to the colony in the ship "Chariot of Fame." They spent about three years at the Church Bush, near Kaiapoi, Mr Crallan being at that time engaged in pit sawing. Some time afterwards be shifted to Oxford, in North Canterbury, where he remained for twenty years. Mr Crallan's next shift was to Dannevirke, where he and his son are well known in sawmilling circles. We regret to say that Mrs Crallan's health has not been good for some years, but fortunately Mr Crallan is still hale and hearty. Mr and Mrs Crallan's descendants at present-living are one son, three daughters, and twelve grandchildren; with whom we join in wishing Mr and Mrs Crallan long life and good health.

DELLOW
Otago Witness 10 March 1898, Page 26
The obituary of the late Rev. John Dellow was read by the Secretary of the The Wesleyan Conferecce as follows : " The Rev. John Dellow was born at Bromley-by-Bow, Middlesex, August 1, 1851. With his parents [Isaac DELLOW who in 1847 in Poplar, London married Mary Ann GAPES who was born 25 October 1825 at Clavering, Essex, ENG.] He arrived in Lyttelton in 1859 by the ship Regina.  Very early in life was converted to God in a class meeting at Weedons, in the Springston circuit. As Sunday school teacher, choir and class leader, and subsequently as a local preacher, he became very useful. After a year's training at Three Kings Institution, and the usual probation, he was ordained at the Auckland Conference in 1883. In the Whangarei, Hamilton, Greytown, Temuka, Woodend, and Rangiora circuits he made full proof of his ministry. With his wonted vigour he preached three times on November 14, his last service being at Woodend. His text was John i, 20 : ' Beloved, now are we the sons of God,' &c. Early on Wednesday morning he became very ill. Medical aid was sought, and for a while he partially recovered, but he gradually succumbed on Sunday, November 21, 1897. His dying testimony was, 'For me to live is Christ, but to die is gain.' His manly straightforwardness, cheerful spirituality, consistent and courageous advocacy of the temperance cause, sympathetic and bright social qualities, and, withal, that magnificent voice, which, like all his powers, was consecrated to God's service, wilt not soon be forgotten. He died, as he had lived, a faithful, godly, zealous, and consistent minister of our Lord Jesus Christ."

FOSTER: Philip Javis Foster and wife Sarah came out with their five children. He was a boatman from Deal and a preacher. They had a total of ten children and lived in a sod house Arthur St., Timaru.

Timaru Herald 2 May 1899 Page 2
Star
3 May 1899, Page 1
One of the old identities of Timaru, Mr Phillip J. Foster, who was one of the "Deal boatmen" brought out in the early days of Timaru to work the surf boat service, died on Monday, at the age of seventy-three. As a young man was a Downs lifeboat man and a Channel pilot, and came to New Zealand in the Regina, landing at Lyttelton in 1859. In 1860 he came to Timaru, and had resided here ever since. After the harbour works had destroyed the boating industry Mr Foster carried on the business of sail and tentmaker until incapacitated by failing health about two years ago. He was a highly respected and valued member of the Wesleyan congregation. He leaves a widow and numerous grown up family of children and grandchildren.

Many of his tales of his early experiences were picturesque and stirring and was one of the foremost to man the boats in a time of danger or shipwreck.

Mr James GAPES
He was twice elected Mayor of Christchurch and sat in the council for many years. He was a justice of the peace, and a prominent member of the Foresters' Order.

Star 23 October 1899, Page 2 Obituary.
Mr James Gapes, an old colonist, passed away at 5.30 a.m. yesterday, at the age of seventy-seven years. He arrived with Mrs Gapes and a family of two sons and four daughters by the ship Regina, in December, 1859. He was born at Saffron-Waldron, on the borders of Hertfordshire and Essex. He took an active interest in the early colonisation of this colony (especially Canterbury), having been associated in London with New Zealand pioneers, amongst whom were the late Mr Godley, Lord Lyttelton, Hon Mr Selfe, Mr Fitzgerald and others. Mr Gapes was a member of the City Council for many years, and was twice elected Mayor (in 1877 and in 1881). He was for many years a Justice of the Peace, which position, owing to infirmity, he lately resigned. He displayed considerable ability as a singer and a flautist, and was under the late Mr Charles Bonnington in the Musical Society's Orchestral Band, and was also in the first Volunteer Band. He was always ready to assist any deserving cases of charity, and many old colonists have a kindly remembrance of both Mr and Mrs Gapes's assistance in the days of early colonisation. At the time of his death Mr Gapes held the position of senior trustee to the Foresters, a position he had held for many years. He also passed through, the. highest offices of the Order. Mr Gapes married a daughter of the late Mr Le-Lean, who died some years ago. A family of four grown-up sons and five daughters, some of whom are in New Zealand and others in Australia, are left to mourn their loss. The funeral will leave the deceased's late residence, Salisbury Street west, for the Linwood Cemetery, at 1.45 p.m. to-morow. The Dellow connection and a voyage account.

Evening Post, 18 April 1913, Page 7
The death occurred on Wednesday at his residence in Christchurch of Mr. Thomas Gapes, aged sixty-five years. Mr. Gapes has been a member of the City Council since 1891, and was Mayor in 1894. He was chairman of the Works Committee at the time of his death. Mr. Gapes was born in London in 1848, and came to the colony with his parents in 1859 by the ship Regina. He was educated partly in England and partly in the colony. He was associated with his father in business as glass and paint merchants. In 1889 Mr. Gapes took over the business on his own account and conducted it since, Mr. Gapes inaugurated the New Zealand Order of Foresters' Guarantee Association, which has been financially an unqualified success, and he retained the office of secretary. He was appointed by the Government as the first member of the. Conciliation Board under the Arbitration and Conciliation Act of 1894.

HARKER -He is not listed on the passenger list. was he a cabin passenger or a seaman?
Feilding Star, 4 October 1897, Page 2
On Tuesday morning another of Canterbury's old settlers, Mr John Harker, died at Sydenham, at the age of 61 years. Deceased was a native of Durham, England, and come to New Zealand in the Regina, arriving at Port Lyttelton on 8th December, 1859.

HOLLINGWORTH
Star 5 May 1898, Page 2 DEATH.
On May 4, at 9, Halkett Street, Christchurch, George Hollingworth, the beloved husband of Hannah Hollingworth in his seventy second year.

HOSSACK
Star 20 July 1898, Page 4
SIMON HOSSACK. Following on the rather unexpected death of Mr Simon Hossack comes the death, through collapse, of his widow, Mrs Hossack, who succumbed yesterday afternoon at her residence, Haast Street, never having thoroughly recovered the shock of her husband's death. Mrs Hossack will be remembered by a large number of her husband's friends, and her hospitality in the good old days of the Amuri and North Canterbury district was a byword. The funeral will take place at the Linwood Cemetery to- morrow afternoon.

Star 18 July 1898, Page 2
Hossack. July 16 at the Christchurch Hospital, Simon Hossack ; aged fifty-nine years.

Star 14 June 1888, Page 3
Drunkenness. Simon Hossack, for drunkenness in Gloucester street, was fined 10s, and Is 6d cab hire.

Star 20 July 1898, Page 2
Hossack -July 19 at Haast Street, Linwood, Jane, relict of the late Simon Hossack; aged sixty-three. [Jane Wardsworth married Simon Hossack 4 May 1868]

Star 18 July 1898, Page 2 OBITUARY.
An old colonist passed away on Saturday evening, after a comparatively short illness, in the person of Mr Simon Hossack, well-known in North Canterbury, where he formerly had the management of various station properties. He was a native of Inverness-shire, and arrived in the colony in 1858. He had for many years charge of St. James's Station, and soon made a name for the flocks in his charge, and when St James's was sold he was engaged by the late Mr James Drummond Macpherson as manager of the Ngapari Estate, Fernside. There Mr Hossack remained for over fifteen years, until the estate was cut up and sold in small lots. Since then he has resided in Christchurch, and has annually superintended the shearing in several wool-sheds in the Amuri. During the time he lived near Rangiora he was an ardent supporter of the Northern Agricultural and Pastoral Association, and his services in the capacity of judge in the sheep classes have constantly been called into requisition.

HULLEN: Herich Hullen came from London with his wife and four children including two sons, Johann age 9 and John aged 6. They settled in the Waitohi District, South Canterbury in 1867.

Lyttelton Times, 18 January 1860, Page 4
On board the Regina, on the 12th October last. in lat. 3 � 26" : S., long. 25 � 42" W., the wife of Mr. Percival Pearce, of a son.

PRUDHOE
Star
29 April 1908, Page 3 MR W. Prudhoe
Mr William Prudhoe, who was for many years a prominent citizen of Christchurch, died to-day. Mr Prudhoe, who was born in Sunderland, England, in 1831, arrived in Lyttelton by the ship Regina in 1859. He entered business as a builder, and erected several well-known buildings in the city. In 1882 Mr Prudhoe was elected a member of the City Council, and he held a seat on the Council until 1892, when he became Mayor. Later he again entered the Council. He was long a member of the North Canterbury Charitable Aid Board, and for five years held a seat on the Hospital Board. Mr Prudhoe was a Past Grand Master of the Orange Order for the South Island. He was married in 1885 to a daughter of Mr Cumberland Adamson, of Sunderland, and leaves two sons and one daughter. He was a Justice of the Peace, and was aged seventy-seven years.

SNOSWELL
Star 6 October 1891, Page 4
Mrs Snoswell, wife of Thomas Snoswell of H.M. Customs, Lyttelton, died suddenly at her residence on Sunday night. The deceased lady and her husband were out spending the day with their son-in-law, Mr E. G. Page, and returned home during the evening. Shortly after reaching home Mrs Snoswell was taken suddenly ill, and in a very short space of time she expired. Mr and Mrs Snoswell arrived at Lyttelton in the year 1859, in the ship Regina (which vessel brought out a large number of Lyttelton people), and they have lived at Lyttelton ever since. As Mrs Snoswell had been under the doctor's care for some time, for treatment of disease of the heart, an inquest will not be held.

Star 17 May 1899, Page 3
MR THOMAS SNOSWELL. Lyttelton was robbed of still another old identity to-day by the sudden death of Mr Thomas Snoswell, which took place at the Christchurch Hospital. Mr Snoswell had been in failing health for some time, and went to the Christchurch Hospital to get the benefit of some special treatment, but his friends did not anticipate that the end was so near. He passed away peacefully in his sleep, during the small hours of this morning. The deceased arrived at Lyttelton in 1859, in the ship Regina, and before leaving the vessel in Lyttelton Harbour, was engaged as a boatman in the harbour service, under the late Captain Sproul, as harbourmaster. After two years' service, he transferred to the Customs Department as coxswain of the Customs' boat, under the late Mr W. J. W: Hamilton. This position he held till six or seven years ago, when he retired on his pension. In his official capacity he was well known in shipping circles, and for years " Tom Snoswell," as he was familiarly called, was quite an institution at the port: It was part of his duty during the later years of his office, and when the Customs worked without their own launch, to board sailing vessels arriving from London, and it was during some of these trips down the harbour that the deceased would keep the party fully engaged with his humorous and early history talks. He made a wide circle of friends.

SUDDENS: Thomas Mcdonald SUDDENS married Jane Martha WOODLAND about 1855 supposedly in Sunderland, Durham, England. They had two children in England and possibly three more there who did not survive. Thomas23 years, Jane, 22, and their children Jane, 4, and Robert, 10 months, came to Lyttelton, New Zealand in 1859 on the Regina. 


Mark Riddle Thompkins and Frances Jackson Thompkins

Mark Riddle Thompkins and Frances Jackson Thompkins, brother and sister, decided to emigrate to New Zealand, probably encouraged by their brother Thomas Bowhill Thompkins who was already living in Christchurch, New Zealand, and financially doing very well for himself. [Thomas had arrived in Canterbury in 1855, have not being able to find the ship they came to NZ on.] Their father had died when they were very young, three other brothers had emigrated to the United States of America and Canada, their mother had recently died, and Mark and Frances, at the ages of 24 and 19 respectively, were the only family members living in Berwick Upon Tweed, Northumberland, England, where they had grown up with their family. Brother Thomas financially assisted with their passage money to New Zealand on the Regina, arriving at Lyttelton on 4 December 1859.

Mark Riddle Thompkins was described as a tailor at that time, but he went on to become the proprietor and licensee of the Royal Hotel at Woodend, approximately 20 miles north of Christchurch, Canterbury, in 1869, and remained there until his death in 1895 at the age of 59. He married Elizabeth Pidgeon at Woodend and they had five children, two of whom died during infancy. Mark had his share of misfortunes in his new country; he was adjudged bankrupt in 1868, his hotel at Woodend was totally destroyed by fire in 1875, and his wife died in 1882, leaving him with three young children to rear. But he appears to have overcome his life's tragedies and made the most of his life in New Zealand. Mark is buried at the St Barnabas Churchyard at Woodend, together with his wife and two of his children.

Frances Jackson Thompkins married Sergeant of Police Thomas O'Grady from Ireland in 1863, and because of Thomas's career in the New Zealand Police Force, the family moved around the Canterbury area - Heathcote Valley, Rangiora, Leithfield, Lyttelton - and were stationed at Napier, Thames, Greymouth, finally settling at Oamaru, North Otago. Frances and Thomas had nine children. Frances died in 1918 and is buried at the Oamaru Cemetery with her husband. Information courtesy of Carole Cowan. Posted 5 March 2005, email address updated Oct. 2014.


SMITH
Press
, 23 July 1913, Page 10 MR JAMES SMITH.
The death occurred at Lyttelton yesterday morning of Mr James Smith, an old and respected resident of the district. The deceased, who was of a kindly disposition, came to New Zealand in December, 1859, by the ship Regina, and followed the sea. Ill health, however, caused him to live ashore, and for a number of years he was employed at Lyttelton on Messrs Cook and Rhodes's lighters, which used to tender vessls trading to Lyttelton. Subsequently he worked for Messrs Cameron Bros. but of late years he was engaged in the occupation of a clerk on the waterfront. The late Mr Smith, who was 73 years of age, was a prominent member of both the Foresters and Rechabite Lodges, and leaves a widow, five sons, and four daughters to mourn their loss.

WADE: Joseph James Wade from Hertfordshire, aged 28 years with his wife Eliza Sarah aged 29 years along with Albert Edward aged 11 years, Rosa Emily aged 5 years, Elizabeth Pauline aged 1 years. Joseph died in Christchurch in 1914.

Temuka Cemetery 2003WALKER:

William Walker was born in Cheshire 1834 and emigrated with his wife Sarah and three children: Wm. Thomas age 4, John Henry age 2 and James Cheshire Walker, age 2 months. The family settled at Lower Waitohi, South Canterbury in 1866 after being seven years in North Canterbury.  Ref: Moonshine Country by Gordon Ogilvie.

On 11th October 1859 Sarah wrote  "We had two more births on board, but one was dead, and the one that has lived is called after the Captain, the sea and the ship. It is a boy and is called Thos. Thornton Regina Atlantic Pearce, Pearce being his surname." [His parents were Percival Pearce, age 32, and Eliza, age 28. There is a birth registered in 1860 in NZ - Thomas Reginald Pearce.] Reference: Letters From New Zealand (1859 - 1883) by Sarah Ann Walker. 2nd edition published 2002 by Ian Pidgeon, St Albans, Hertfordshire.

The "Regina" arrived in Lyttelton 4th Dec. 1859. "We cast anchor on Sunday, 4th December and we landed on the 5th, Monday. We came to the barracks. It is on purpose for people just leaving their own sweet homes. There we had to put our beds on the floor, one among another like a pack of pigs," ... "Wages that was 20s per day last year is now 5/- per day and that is what Wm. is doing. He has bought a sack of flour and a camp oven. It is an iron pot, stands on three legs with an iron lid. We put wood under and over it and that is the way we have to bake our bread and everything else. There is a fireplace but no grate. The fire is on the floor. A washing pan like mine costs 20/-. I mix my bread in it for there are no mugs here. I bought a rum cask and it has made me a nice peggy tub and one to wash in. "...wrote Sarah Walker . She wrote  incredible detailed letters to the Old Country to her mother then to her brother for the next twenty five years starting with her arrival in London followed by the voyage account.

James Cheshire Walker was buried at the Temuka Cemetery, 15 December 1937 age 78, along with his parents and brother William Thomas Walker who died 9 April 1879 at the age 24. Sarah died 30 June 1910 at age 80. William died  3 September 1912 at age 79.

WEBB
Mr. D. Dohrmann, farmer, of Bennett's Junction, and came out in the "Regina" with his wife and two children. A daughter married Samuel Rollin Webb who also came out on the Regina with his father who was started in business as a fruiterer and fruit grower in Lyttelton in 1861, and continued his trade up to the time of his death in 1875. Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury] pg 399

WESTWOOD aka Lizzie Coker
Evening Post, 5 August 1910, Page 9
The death occurred on Wednesday of Mrs. Hurd, an old colonist, who resided in St. Albans Mrs. Hurd, whose maiden name was Elizabeth Westwood, was born in Hertfordshire, England, and took passage for New Zealand in the ill-fated ship Burmah, which was lost at sea, but forfeited in order to accompany her cousin, the late Mr. James Gapes, in the ship Regina, which arrived at Lyttelton in December, 1859. Mrs. Hurd was married three times � first to Mr. George Allen, a pioneer who arrived by one of the first ships afterwards to Mr. John Coker, and then to Mr. Hurd, late of Wellington, where Mrs. Hurd resided for some years. She visited England on several occasions, and also Canada, where her brother resided. Mrs. Hurd was a talented pianist and singer, and was a member of the first musical society in Christchurch. 

WHITBY, William Laird 1838 - 1922
Master mariner, ship owner.  In 1858 he was articled as able-bodied seaman in the emigrant ship Regina to Port Chalmers, New Zealand. He later worked his way back on the Regina , arriving in Lyttelton in December 1859. Dictionary of NZ Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury] pg 399


Voyage Account Letter

In January 2002 there was an original letter written by a passenger on the "Regina" heading for Lyttelton offered for sale on Ebay by an elderly lady in Florida. She had obtained in from an estate sale in South America. It never received any bids so never sold. Christine wrote "I was disappointed that my letter did not sell. So I just put it back in the desk to lie there another 15 years. I don't feel like fooling with it any more. I went to all that trouble to research it in vain, however, I did enjoy learning what I did. I am a lover of learning as I have been since a child. The writer of the original letter was a married man because he speaks of his dear wife. There appears to be a signature. There were xxx's and �see� at the end of some pages."
Christine Crossgrove
100 73rd. Ave. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33702-5969
Mcrossgrove@aol.com

"The letter that I have for auction is dated Oct. 5, 1859. Also the words "Ship Regina" in the right hand corner. There are 8 pages in delicate condition although the letter can be handled carefully. All the pages are intact with breaks along fold lines. The ink is brown and the lettering is in a style popular in the era. For instance, the s look like an f which makes it hard for me to read along with not that sharp eyesight. These are the excerpts:

My dear old Friend: With the chance of being able to send a letter from the line, I will be �but whether or not it will save me time on my arrival you must excuse it if�..appear unconnected and I want to say as much as possible and at the same time make the most of my paper. I will not say here how much I have thought about you since we parted on Aug.3. I went on board at noon the next day. The government inspector arrived soon after, I went ashore for an hour in evening but was glad to get on board. We set sail September 1 and reached Deal in the afternoon where the Pilot left us. We anchored for the night and set sail the following morning wind against us�.when we reached D�.. One vessel ran into another not far from us but soon righted and Captain ordered the boats to be lowered but fortunately they were not required. � at 8.30 ..storm..

2 days calm we are now in the Tropics. It certainly is very hot I am sure I have felt it as much in London.. I now have the berth to myself�..threw buckets of water over each other. Great deal of sickness. By Plymouth Pilot boat to my dear wife..Mother from Hackney Road ..little boy. .two year old adopted by Merson.. 3 first class passengers. I like one of them.. Gooden (?)�when we get to the Cape, which we hope to do in another 5 or 6 weeks the voyage will not then be�.. Christchurch will be a�.
place��little boy.. Oct. 3rd, Nov 20th she�2 days before she died�.covered with a flag and slide off a plank into the sea�.felt sorry for her husband.
Introduce me to Rossiters. Disappointed in Lyttelton."

The Regina returned to England from Lyttelton on March 13 with a full cargo of 1,404 bales wool valued at 465,311

Hawke's Bay Herald, 16 April 1859, Page 5
Canterbury, its Export of Wool Merchants are closing their shipments of wool per 'Regina,' which vessel will sail probably at the latter end of this week, as she has upwards of 1700 bales already on board, and it is not likely that she will have room for any more. A good deal of wool rejected by the 'Regina' will now go to Sydney, and some two hundred bales to Wellington ; in all, the season's export is calculated to be 3900 bales shipped direct to London, and about 900 or 1000 more shipped to the neighbouring colonies.

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