On Saturday afternoon the ship Sebastopol arrived in harbour, after a fair passage, which has occupied 99 days from the Downs. She sighted the Snares on the 7th, and has been detained a week beating up the coast. Made a fair passage to the Line, but met with light and baffling winds till she got well down south, when she made good way till her arrival within sight of coast. She brings about 186 souls (all ages) on account of the Provincial Government and several other passengers, with a moderate amount of cargo. Some sickness occurred when in the tropics and four deaths have taken place during the voyage--three adults and one infant--Thomas McFARLANE, aged 19; John HAINES, age 25; Louisa DETHER, aged 5 months; and a young man named Alexander SOUTER, not a Government immigrant.
Sailed -- September 6, 1861 from London
Arrived --December 14, ship Sebastopol, 992 tons, J.A. Frazer
BATT, Mr and Mrs and child
BENNETT, Mrs and Miss
POIGNDESTRE, Mr and Mrs
THOMSON, Mrs and two children
Messrs WILLES, TANNER, BATT, BOYD and MYTTON.
Second Cabin--Messrs HAGLEY, WRENTMORE, SHEWRY, G. SMITH, BATTEN, SAUDRY and J. SMITH.
Steerage--Miss MURISON, Miss VOLLANS, Messrs JENKINSON, RAFFEN, CROSBIE, KING (2), BARNSLY and VOLLANS.Government Immigrants Married Couples ARMSTRONG Walter 24 blacksmith Westmoreland and wife Dorothy 22 BIRD Thomas 23 farm labourer Westmoreland wife Mary 20 BRISCOE James 31 farm labourer Shropshire wife Caroline M.A. 33 and Caroline M.A. 8, Eliza 6, Hannah 4, Lucy 1 CLARK Donald 43 shepherd Invernesshire wife Isabella 36 and Janet 8, James 6, John 4, Wilhelmina 9mths CONNER Michael farm labourer King's County wife and child DEMPSTER William 32 farm labourer Antrim wife Mary 34 and child Mary E. 1 DETHIER Theodore 42 carpenter Middlesex wife Jane 37 & Theodore 3, Edward 1, Louisa 2mths died DICKSON James 27 ploughman Lanarkshire wife Mary 20 DOBSON Robert 32 bootmaker Middlesex wife Sarah Ann 35 and child Mary Ann 1 EATON James 30 farm labourer Yorkshire wife Hannah 32 ECKHOFF Henry 46 farm labourer Hanover and wife Wilhelmina 36 ELLIOT Joseph 25 ploughman Lanarkshire and wife Mary 20 FABLIN William 21 cow-keeper Kent Margt. 29, Wm 9, David 7, Henry 3, Margt. 3mths, Jane 7 (sister) FERGUSON George 26 carpenter Perthshire wife Marjory 20, and Margaret 2 and George 8mths GREIG John 25 shepherd Rosshire and wife Christina 26 from Invernessshiire HEUZE Henry 38 farm labourer Hanover wife Johanne 28 HOWELL Edmund 31 iron moulder Staffordshire and wife Sarah 31 HAYNES John 25 farm labourer Leicestershire wife Sarah Anne 25, and Thomas 2 William 10 mths. HUGHES James 27 farm labourer Tyrone and wife, sarah 21 HUNTER Robert 38 sawyer Aberdeenshire wife, Barbara 36, and child Elizabeth 9 JOHNSON Thomas 43 farm labourer Nottinghamshire wife Mary 442 and fanny 1 Emma 5, Lucy 1, Joseph 1 LEGGET Robert 24 farm labourer Armagh and wife Mary and infant LUSK David joiner Buteshire wife and three children MASON John 26 farm labourer Westmoreland wife Margaret 23 and infant Jane MATTHEWS John 46 schoolmaster Oxfordshire wife Emma 29 and Mary 9 NOONAN Thomas 21 carver Lancashire wife, Emma J. 18, and child Theresa 3mths O'SHAUGHNESSY William 28 farm labourer Kildare and wife Mary 27 POWER John 24 domestic servant Tipperary and wife Alice 22 POWER Michael 24 farm labourer Waterford wife, Mary 22 and child John 8mths RAINEY Robert 20 farm labourer Antrim and wife Mary 21 ROCKETT Thomas 28 farm labourer Dorsetshire wife Elizabeth 29 and Frederick 1, Emma 6 weeks ROUND Elijah 36 blacksmith Staffordshire wife Grace 35 and Louisa 9 and female infant R. THOMAS Charles 44 butcher Gloucestershire wife Elizabeth 45 and Elizabeth 11 and Mary 7 WILLS Richard 36 farm labourer Staffordshire wife, Amelia 40 and Stephen 10, Peter 8, Amelia 3 Single Men ADAMS David 30 farm labourer Down ANGUS Alex. 29 labourer Clackmannanshire ARNOTT Robert 40 farm labourer Armagh ARNOTT Thomas 20 farm labourer Armagh BROUGH Wm. 32 farm labourer Perthshire COLLIER John 20 farm labourer Carlow CONNER Cornelius 29 farm labourer Down CONNOR Edward Jno. 20 farm labourer Middlesex CASSIN Michael 25 farm labourer Queen's County DAVIDSON Alex. 21 farm labourer Aberdeenshire DONOVAN Cornelius 21 farm labourer Cork DOWNOR Cornelius 29 farm labourer Cork travelling with Cornelius Hickey DUNN Martin 21ploughman Galway FALLOON Arthur 28 ploughman Armagh FARQUAR John 19 ploughman Armagh HAZELHURST John 29 farm labourer Notts HAYWARD Wm. 30 farm labourer Brecknockshire HAYES Wm. 27 farm labourer Down HAYES John 18 farm labourer Down HICKEY Cornelius 28 farm labourer Cork travelling with Cornelius DOWNOR JOHNSON Samuel 16 farm labourer Nottinghamshire KERR Edward 16 shepherd Midlothian KERR Henry 14 shepherd Midlothian KERR Henry 40 blacksmith Midlothian KOENAN Michael 19 labourer Fermanagh LALOR Daniel 28 farm labourer Queen's County LALOR Michael 22 farm labourer Queen's County LORD William 20 labourer Yorkshire LOWRY Robert 19 schoolmaster Down MAY George 30 labourer Somersetshire McFARLANE Thomas 19 farm labourer Down died McLACHLAN John 22 bricklayer Buteshire MILNE Alex. 19 carpenter Forfarshire MOORHEAD Michael 25 farm labourer Down NOONAN George 17 labourer Lancashire POPE John 36 blacksmith Lanarkshire Travelling with Henry Kerr and the Kerr boys RENNIE Andrew 21 farm labourer Perthshire RENNIE John 19 carpenter Perthshire ROUND Ebenezer 14 farm labourer Staffordshire (parents on board) RUDDOCK Edward 21 farm labourer Armagh RUSSELL Archibald 22 shepherd Argyleshire SAUNDERS Benjamin 22 gardener Gloucestershire STEELE Samuel 22 ploughman Londonderry TENNANT Thomas 23 farm labourer Carlow TENNANT John 21 farm labourer Carlow THOMAS Robert 16 blacksmith Gloucestershire (parents on board) WILLS David 13 farm labourer Staffordshire (parents on board) WILSON John 23 farm labourer Armagh Travelling with James Wilson WILSON James 20 farm labourer Armagh Travelling with John Wilson WILSON Meredith 22 farm labourer Armagh Single Women ALMOND Sarah 17 domestic servant Middlesex BROWN Caroline C. 18 domestic servant Oxfordshire COOK Maria 30 cook Somertsetshire CRACKE Eliza 19 domestic servant Oxfordshire [with travelling with the John Matthews family] CAMPBELL Elizabeth 15 domestic servant Oxfordshire DALEY Julia 18 domestic servant Glamorganshire FALLOON Elizabeth 26 domestic servant Armagh GEOIKE Adeilheirh 28 cook Hanover (Goecke) HOPKINS Sarah Jane 17 domestic servant Gloucestershire JOHNSON Ann 21 domestic servant Nottinghamshire (parents on board) JOHNSON Elizabeth 20 domestic servant Nottinghamshire (parents on board) JOHNSON Martha 18 domestic servant Nottinghamshire (parents on board) JOHNSON Sarah 14 domestic servant Nottinghamshire (parents on board) LOUIS Martha 49 nurse Staffordshire MAY Mary Ann 27 domestic servant Gloucestershire MAY Alice 3 and child Gloucestershire McKEOWN Elizabeth 19 domestic servant Londonderry McKEOWN Margaret 17 domestic servant Londonderry McKEOWN Mary 15 domestic servant Londonderry McKEOWN Richard 12 domestic servant Londonderry MOORHEAD Mary Ann 21 domestic servant Down POWER Barbara 45 housekeeper Waterford POWER Catherine 14 domestic servant Waterford (travelling with Margaret Toppin) READ Mary 21 domestic servant Aberdeenshire RENNIE Isabella 65 domestic servant Perthshire (travelling with 3 children) RENNIE Ann 25 dairy woman Perthshire RIDDELL Sarah 20 domestic servant Armagh ROUND Hannah 16 domestic servant Staffordshire (parents on board) RUDDOCK Margaret 23 domestic servant Armagh THOMAS Anne 20 domestic servant Gloucestershire (parents on board) TOPPIN Margaret 23 domestic servant Waterford POWER Catherine 14 domestic servant Waterford WARD Elizabeth 22 domestic servant Leicestershire WHEELER Anne 29 domestic servant Oxfordshire WHEELER Fanny 27 domestic servant Oxfordshire WOODWARD Esther A. 25 domestic servant Middlesex
The above information courtesy of Peter Dillon. Peter has information re the HUNTER family and welcomes enquiries. Barbara Farney came to NZ in 1861 on the Sebastopol with her husband Robert Hunter and child. Robert was a carter at Kaiapoi. Descendants of Robert and Barbara are MAPLES & MOXEY. Posted 12 May, 2000
couples and children equal to 79 adults; single men 46, single women 35. Total
27 were colonial nominated
Ellesmere Guardian, 30 December 1899, Page 3
We very much regret to hear of the death of Mr William Fabling, Leeston, which occurred at his residence on Wednesday morning last. The deceased gentlemen was born in Kent, England, but lived in Peckham Rye, London, for some years before leaving for New Zealand. He arrived in Lyttelton by the ship Sebastopol on December 10th, 1861, and was employed for many years by the late Joseph Brittan. In 1873 Mr Fabling left Christchurch and bought a farm at Brookside, where be resided until about five years ago when he came to Leeston. He was married twice, leaving grown-up family by the first marriage. Mr Fabling was naturally of a quiet, reserved disposition, but was always recognised as an upright, conscientious man, and his death will cause a large circle of friends to mourn.
The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury Provincial District] pg 989
Mr. Edward George Kerr, Proprietor of the Timaru Herald, was born in 1845, in Glasgow, Scotland. He arrived in Lyttelton by the ship Sebastopol, in 1861, and engaged in storekeeping at Kaiapoi for some years. For ten years he was on the staff of the Lyttelton Times, as its agent and correspondent for North Canterbury. In 1877, he removed to South Canterbury to extend the circulation of his paper in the district, and in North Otago, and there he acted as its agent and special correspondent till 1881, when he bought the South Canterbury Times, an evening paper, which he carried on for six years. He acquired the Timaru Herald in 1887, and ran it and the Times together for twelve years. In 1901 he discontinued the evening paper, and has since confined his attention to the Herald. Mr. Kerr was mayor of Kaiapoi for five years, and was connected with the Waimakariri Harbour Board and other public bodies. He was chairman of the Kaiapoi school committee from the time of its institution until he left Kaiapoi. He resides at Harlan. Kingsdown, where he owns 650 acres of land, on which he keeps sheep and grows grain. Mr. Kerr was married, in 1861, to a daughter of the late Mr. S. Goldthorpe, of Cheshire, England, and has four sons and six daughters.
John was born in Ardrossan, Ayrshire, Scotland, in 1840. He learned his father's trade as a plaster. He came to New Zealand in 1861 by the ship Sebastopol and arrived at Lyttelton. After some time spent in looking around the country, he chose land near Lake Ellesmere and became a farmer. His brothers, sister and his mother followed him to New Zealand. Mr. McLachlan married Miss Robb, of Perthshire, Scotland, and has a family of five sons and seven daughters, of whom four sons and two daughters are married. Mrs McLachlan died on the 15th of May, 1902. For many years member for Ashburton in the House of Representatives, died at his residence, Bogside, Doyleston and was buried in the Presbyterian portion of the Ellesmere Public Cemetery.
Ellesmere Guardian, 31 August 1943,
IN THE EARLY DAYS - PIONEER SETTLERS AT DOYLESTON
Arising out of the publication in recent issues of incidents in the early days of Ellesmere, Miss Mary McLachlan, now of Christchurch, but who formerly lived at Doyleston, has supplied us with some references to her family's association with the district, thus helping to build up the picture and to fill in a few of the gaps, of life in the pioneer days. Miss McLachlan wrote that the young woman who was afterwards her mother was born in Scotland and came to New Zealand in 1862. She came out in the company of relatives and of Mr and Mrs Peter Peebles, who afterwards settled in Cust. On the voyage out the captain of the ship assigned the young women duties to assist the mothers with the care of the children. Among the passengers on the ship were Mrs L. E. Harte's people. Miss McLachlan's mother was under engagement as a dairy maid to Rev. Orton Bradley, of Charteris Bay. Her work was to make cheese and to teach the art to any woman, Maori or pakeha, who desired to learn. Contemporaries of those days included Mr and Mrs John Barrett, the Mansons and Petries, of Lakeside,, John Small, John Doyle. John McLachlan, who married the dairy maid in May, 1863, was born in 1840 and came out to New Zealand in the "Sebastopol" in 1861. He was was plasterer by trade arid the newly married couple made their first home in Moorhouse Avenue, Christchurch near the site of the Dominion Yeast Company's factory, and there their first son, John, was born. The call of the land was too great to be resisted and soon after that they settled at Strathlachlan, Doyleston, where Mrs McLachlan again commenced making butter aid cheese ,and coaching all ,who wanted to learn.
About 1866 they acquired Bogside which was then in its original swamp condition, rushes and niggerheads. Hard work in breaking in the land and draining it had its reward in the establishment of a prosperous dairy farm. There was a large family, five sons and seven daughters and all helped in the farm work. Writing of social activities, Miss McLachlan said she. had many happy memories of those early days, of church and, Sunday school work at Doyleston and Leeston in which Mr John Barnett took a prominent part. The annual tea meeting was a big event and residents all helped to prepare the good things to eat, whether they belonged to the' congregation tor not. Among those who took an active part in this work I mentioned by Miss McLachlan were Mrs H. O. Amos and her mother, Mrs Manhire.
Press, 15 July 1919, Page 2
MRS J. LOWTHIAN WILSON. General regret was felt yesterday morning by a wide circle of people on seeing the unexpected announcement of the death of Mrs Lowthian Wilson, at her home, "Marston," Kaiapoi. Mrs Wilson was a native of Oxfordshire, England, and arrived with her parents, the late Mr and Mrs John Matthews, in the ship Sebastapol, at Lyttelton, in 1861. Mr Matthews was appointed by the Ecclesiastical Trustees, headmaster of the Kaiapoi Church of England day school, and held the position for over twelve years, and Miss Matthews became his assistant till 1875, when the district school was taken over by the Board of Education, and for a time till her marriage with Mr Wilson, in 1876, she was an assistant-mistress of the early West Christchurch school. It was projected some weeks ago by the old scholars of Mr Matthews's school to hold a reunion, with Mrs Wilson as their guest, but her delicate health was a reason for holding the project in abeyance. Mr Matthews died in 1884, and Mrs Matthews in 1908, both having been earnest church workers, and their names were associated with the Kaiapoi Church of England for fifty-six years. For some weeks Mrs Wilson had been confined to her house, but was thought to be gradually regaining strength, when an unexpected seizure on Sunday evening caused her death at the age of 68 years. She leaves her husband, well known as a veteran journalist, a son Mr L. L. Wilson, and two daughters � Mrs T. R. Loithead and Mrs G. H. Oram, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
The Star Wednesday 19 July 1899 Page 4
Obituary - MOORHEAD
Mr Michael Moorhead, who died at Southbridge at the age of 64, was much respected in the Ellesmere district. He was a native of County Down and came to New Zealand in the ship Sebestapol in 1861 and took up land near Southbridge. He leaves a widow, one son and 6 daughters. The funeral which took place on Tuesday was largely attended. The Rev. J.P. Cocks. Conducted the burial service.
Event Date:14 Dec 1861
Marital Status: Single
Occupation: Farm Laborer
Estimated Birth Year: 1836
Ship : Sebastopol
Departure Date: 2 Sep 1861
Arrived: Dec. 14 1861
Also on board was Mary Ann Moorhead a domestic servant.
Michael Moorhead married Jane Adams in 1862.
Press, 13 October 1905, Page 1 Marriage.
FOX � MOORHEAD� On September 21st, 1995, at Cashel street, by the Rev. Dr. Elmslie, Joseph, seventh son of John Fox, Christchurch, to Fanny, youngest daughter of Thomas Moorhead, Brookside.
Press, 23 February 1891, Page 7
Parsons�Moorhead �On December 25th 1890, at St. James', Southbridge, by the Rev. Mr Whitehouse, George William James, eldest son of the late Charles Parsons, Sydenham, to Mary Jane, eldest daughter of Michael Moorhead, Maymoore, Southbridge
Press, 11 July 1892, Page 2
Lowery �Moorhead�On May 24th, at St. James Church, Southbridge, by Rev. Whitehouse, John, eldest son of Wm. Lowery, Esq., Killinchy, to Sophia second daughter of Michael Moorhead Esq., Maymoore, Southbridge.
Press, 15 February 1898, Page 1 Birth.
MOORHEAD - On February 12th, at Killinchy, the wife of Thomas Moorhead of a son.
Press, 21 March 1899, Page 1
Moorhead � On March 19th, at Killinchy, Charles Stuart, son of Thomas and Mary Moorhead aged fourteen months.
Marriage - Jackson Edward BRYDGES & Elizabeth Moorhead m. 15 February 1905 at res. of Mrs Moorhead, Southbridge
ages: 43/29, widower, 3 September 1904/spinster, born: London, England/Southbridge
parents: Walter Jackson & Georgina Brydges nee LARMUTH, furnishing warehouseman
Michael & Jane Moorhead, nee ADAMS
witness: G.W. Parsons, Christchurch, Monumental Mason, Maggie Moorhead, Southbridge
Press, 24 April 1911, Page 9
An old resident of Southbridge, Mr William Moorhead, a tanner at Bishop's Corner, was found drowned in a pond near his home on Friday morning. Mr Moorhead complained of having had a restless night when he arose in the morning, but he had breakfast and went outside. He was outside for some time without any notice being taken of his absence, as he had been in the habit of walking about with the aid of two sticks. At about 9.30, however, he was found in a pond near the house, by a member of the family who promptly reported the case to the police. The late Mr Moorhead had been a sufferer from chronic rheumatism for a long lime, and had lately been attended by Dr. Withers. He was a native of Killinchy, County Down, Ireland, and had resided in the Ellesmere district for forty-one years, He was held in high esteem by all who knew him, and much sympathy is felt for the widow and members of the family in their bereavement. An inquest was held on Friday afternoon by Mr. H.W. Bishop, District Coroner. He returned a verdict of found drowned.
The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury Provincial District] page 453
Zuppicich, Antonio, Farmer, Woodend. Mr. Zuppicich was born in Slovakia, Austria in 1841, was brought up to a seafaring life, and came to Lyttelton, by the ship Sebastopol, in 1861. After a short time in the Timaru district he settled at Woodend in 1862. He was married 17 April 1863, Mary Ann, to a daughter of Mr. Henry Cleaver, of Woodend, who came out in The Cressy, one of the first four ships, and has three sons and four daughters. [Mary Ann's obituary in Star, 17 January 1908, pg 3]
Canterbury Museum Library:
Lyttelton Shipping - Passenger Index
Robert HUNTER 38, sawyer, wife Barbara 36, daughter Elizabeth 9, Aberdeenshire.
Copy of a diary by John McLachlan, 840-1915
Canterbury Museum Library:
4 pages held at: Christchurch City Libraries. Abstract of a log (4 pages) kept by John McLachlan during his voyage to New Zealand as an assisted single emigrant on the 'Sebastopol' which reached Lyttelton, 14 December 1861; written out and dated, Christchurch, January 2nd, 1862. McLachlan was a twenty-two year-old bricklayer from Buteshire in Scotland, who became M.P. for Ashburton, 1893-1908. This copy is a photo print of the original abstract copied and presented by Mr D. Richardson of Photo Process Printers Ltd, Christchurch, 13 February 1972.
Capt. James A. Fraser commanded the SEBASTOPOL which arrived July 1859 Victoria, Australia.
Capt. Taylor commanded the SEBASTOPOL which departed UK 17 January, 1863 and arrived Lyttelton 21 May, with 235 passengers. Another listing.
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