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'Mary Shepherd'

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99 days from Plymouth to Lyttelton, N.Z. with 350 immigrants

Reference: Family Search browse Canterbury 1873.
Assisted single men page 15, image 18, also image 55 page 16
Assisted single women page 22 image 12 also image 60 page 22

Complete passenger list transcribed - Word 97-2003 doc. 486k, 13 pages
Another list 276k Word doc- different - separates infants from children which the others don't and gives  Ireland, England, Wales, Scotland instead of counties.

Looks like there are three passenger lists and names are repeated with the occasional spelling variations and additional notes.

Star 21 August 1873, Page 2

This vessel, Captain Caroline, came to an anchorage in Lyttelton harbour yesterday afternoon after a passage, of 100 days from Start Point. She was boarded by the Immigration Commissioners, together with Dr Donald, Health officer, who were conveyed thither by the s.s. Gazelle. On going on board all was found well, and the vessel was admitted to pratique. The vessel appeared to be extremely clean, and the emigrants seem to be of a superior class. They will be disembarked to-day.
    The following is the captain's report of the voyage: — Left Plymouth on May 12 with Government emigrants for Port Lyttelton as follows: — English — 118 males, 119 females; Irish — 47 males, 62 females ; Scotch — 11 males, 12 females ; equal to 290½ adults and 359 souls, of which 72 were boys and 47 were girls, say 119 children. We had three deaths of children between 12 and 15 months old, and had seven births (three of these off the port), two of which were stillborn. The ship made a fine passage to the Equator of 26 days, crossing in long. 24.25 west, on the 7th June at 5 p.m., the average of passages of 1000 ton vessels to that part of the ocean being 29 days. Thence to the meridian of Greenwich and lat. 38.10 south had very fine weather and light winds, being then — Saturday, July 5—out — out 54 days. Thence to lat. 46.10 south and long. 82.30 east we had some fresh breezes from N.W. to S.W., and were 21 days, being then 74 days out. Thence to lat. 48.16 south and to the meridian of Hobart Town, long. 147.22 east, had fine weather from N. to S.W., though cold with snow and showers of hail, being — Aug. 9— out 88 days. Passed the Snares and Traps on Aug. 14, being out 94 days. Since then we had fine weather from N.E. to S.

Star 22 August 1873, Page 2

To the editor of the star. Sir, — If you think the following is worthy of a place in your paper, please print it, and oblige : —
    I was born, some 30 years ago, in a pretty little village in the West Riding of Yorkshire, England ; and, as the story goes, the Dissenting minister, who baptised me, stroking my head and looking earnestly into the face of my parents, said : "A wanderer upon the face of the earth shall he be ; his feet shall tread in many lands."
    So far in my life, his patriarchical observation has been true. I have been a wanderer, and my feet have trod many lands, like Noah's dove that went from the ark, and found no resting place. And here I am again, just landed in New Zealand. Oh, country of my adoption, smile sweetly on me and, although my presence may not be of much importance to thee, yet we will hope it may be a blessing to me ; and, if our future experience be as pleasant and as jolly as our passage has been, it will be pleasant indeed. Thus I make my bow and introduction. We are all Government immigrants, or assisted out by the New Zealand Government.
    We sailed from Plymouth on the 12th May in the good ship, Mary Shepherd, under the command of Captain Caroline. A more magnificent passage, we think, was never made by any ship ; and the good ship, Mary Shepherd, with her kindly, generous, skilful — nay, noble captain and officers, with a regular thorough bred whole-souled doctor, whose only care has been not only to do is duty, but, by every ; means that lay in his power, to make our journey pleasant. This, coupled with a matron who is a good, kind lady — every inch of her. Add to this a respectable, orderly, obliging crew ; add to this fair winds and beautiful weather, with a plentiful supply of fresh water and good provisions, and you have one of the most pleasant pictures of life on the sea for three months that was ever in the lot of man or woman to see.
    But this is not one-half the good things we have had. We have had concerts, readings, recitations, speeches, arguments, Christy Minstrels, Naval Courts of Inquiry, execution of sentences, pipe lighters, decorations, Royal salutes, shoulders-high round the deck, dances, rehearsals, hullabaloo, school, school examinations, distribution of prizes, presentation of testimonials and addresses, cooks' meetings, a deputations, sailors' carnivals, varieties, perfect cures, conversational, sociables, tete-a-tetes, masquerades, medical comforts, bits of fresh mutton, half a pig, a smell at a chicken, a good look at the porter, brandy, and sherry. We have had births, contemplated marriages, love matches, cupboard courtships, stolen interviews, a new deaf and dumb telegraph that works by signs and motions, whispers on the steps when the captain's gone to tea seldom in danger, often on the high side of the ship— His Royal Highness never came for us. We have seen fish of all sizes and various colours, flying fish, sharks, with their young ones, the burial of the dead horse, smelled an iceberg, seen kelp from the islands, beautiful sunsets, rat hunts. We have had burnt dough, baked dough, sticky dough, and boiled dough; the same may be said of rice and peas. We have had a drop of porter once in a while, and a smell at other people's every day. We had sea legs at times, sometimes we have lost them. We have had bird catchers, fishers, ring makers, rat catchers, &c; then we have had a weekly paper, whose advertisements, articles, sketches, and events have been a source of real pleasure, and has been looked for every week as regular as our weekly rations. Then we have had all sorts of people. We have had the proud, conceited ones, who know everything ; the foolish, independent ones, who stand in their own light the frightened ones, who dare not go to bed  the tale-bearers, who get themselves into disgrace ; the quarrelsome ones, who got the worst of it ; the short-tempered ones, who make themselves miserable ; the affected ones, of whom we got sick; the know-alls, who generally know nothing ; the sensitive, thin-skinned ones, who take offence when it never was intended; the selfish ones, who are never contented enough. Such a school for the study of human nature.
    Happily, we have not done yet. There are in this crowd some good ones — very good ones. There are the good-natured ones, who will lend a hand anywhere. There are the kind ones, whose pleasant faces shed a ray of sunshine o'er all the ship ; then there are the consistent ones, whose conduct commands respect. There are the loving, industrious souls, who are happiest when they are doing good. There are the workers, who work with a will, and the leaders, who work disinterestedly. But I am trespassing on your space, and will end by saying that a more beautiful passage, a better ship, or kinder master, doctor, matron, officers, and crew were never selected, and we shall cherish the memory of this passage with joy and pleasure all our lives ; and for the rest of things done and seen on our passage, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the Mary Shepherd's " Mirror and South Atlantic Reflector."
Your obedient servant,
From Barrow-in-Furness to Canterbury, New Zealand.

Star 13 August 1873, Page 2
The immigrants per ship Mary Shepherd

Comprise 63 families, representing 175½ statute adults, 42 single men, and 73 single women j total, 353 souls— equal to 290½ statute adults. The following is a description of their trades and occupations : — Males — 22 farm labourers, 9 ploughmen, 1 gardener, 25 labourers, 3 miners, 2 navvies, 1 shepherd, 1 horse keeper, 8 carpenters, 4 shoemakers, 1 saddler, 1 tanner, 3 blacksmiths, 2 engineers, 1 builder, 2 masons, 2 quarrymen, 1 stone cleaver, 1 carpet weaver, 1 dyer, 1 mariner, 1 painter, 1 porter, 1 tailor, 1 wool cleaner. Females — 42 general servants, 3 cooks, 2 dairymaids, 7 housemaids, 3 nursemaids, 1 dressmaker, 1 housekeeper.

Star 26 August 1873, Page 2
Imported Poultry

The poultry mentioned in Saturday report of the Poultry Exhibition as having been imported by Messrs Wood Bros from England, but not then landed from the Mary Shepherd have since come to hand. They consist of Houdans, dark and light Brahmas, and white Dorkings. Having just completed a long voyage they are necessarily in bad condition, but, after making the most ample allowance for this, the birds can only be pronounced as very inferior. Certainly they are anything but what an importer would expect from the firm which, supplied them — Messrs Baily and Son, Mount street, London ; the more so as the invoice cost of the lot, £48, was high enough for birds of a first-rate quality. Both pens of Brahmas have faulty combs. The Houdan cock has a wry tail, and all the Dorkings are small. That such birds should be sent out at all can only be taken as another proof of the ignorance which prevails to so large an extent in England with respect to the progress which has been made in these matters in New Zealand, and more particularly in this province.

Star 26 August 1873, Page 2
Immigrants per Mary Shepherd. — Saturday was the first day on which the immigrants by this ship were open for engagement, and a large proportion found suitable situations. Out of the 63 families who arrived 35 still remain at the Barracks for employment. They include— 3 ploughmen, 6 farm labourers, 10 labourers, 1 gardener, 4 carpenters, 2 miners, 1 stone-cleaver, 2 quarrymen, 1 wool-sorter, 2 masons, 1 blacksmith, 1 navvy, 1 gamekeeper. All the single men were disposed of with the exception of 8, namely — 2 carpenters, 1 painter, 2 engineers, 1 miner, 1 railway porter, 1 navvy.  The single women were engaged at good wages, namely — cooks, £30; general servants, £25 to £30 ; housemaids, £20 to £25 ; nurse girls, £12 to £15. Farm labourers, single men, obtained £50 to £52 per annum and found ; married couples, £60 per annum; carpenters, 10a per day; saddlers, 10a per day; bootmakers, £2 to £3 per week ; smiths, £2 2s per week.

Grey River Argus, 25 September 1873, Page 3
3000 bushels Scotch grown Ryegrass, large weighty seed, and perfectly pure, just imported per ship Mary Shepherd 
W. Wilson, Seed Merchant and Nurseryman, CHRISTCHURCH.

Evening Post, 8 December 1873, Page 2
A Canterbury journal says : — During the past three months, from 20th August to 28th November, the following .immigrant ships have arrived at Lyttelton — Mary Shepherd, with 358 souls ; Columbus, 160 ; Punjaub, 340 ; Celestial Queen, 154 ; Adamant, 151 ; Merope, 173 ; Cardigan Castle, 252. Births during the voyage, 13. Deaths at sea and in quarantine, 50. Total number introduced, 1551 souls ; equal to 1270 statute adults. The nationality of those shipped was — English, 971 ; Scottish, 72 ; Irish, 298 ; Welsh, 10 ; Channel Islands, 11 ; French, 6 ; German, 14 ; Swedes, 15 ; Danes, 189 ; other countries, 2. Total, 1588 souls ; made up as follows — 255 families, equal to 711 statute adults ; 239 single men, and 343 single women. Employment was immediately found for the whole of these immigrants, with the exception of two or three men ex Punjaub, who are not yet sufficiently recovered to go to work. The difficulty of obtaining house accommodation has prevented the entire clearance of the barracks, twenty married men being still therein, who are unable to find houses for their families at present.

Otago Daily Times 24 October 1877, Page 4
LOSS OF THE MARY SHEPHERD. [By Electric Telegraph.]

Auckland, October 23rd.
The ship Mary Shepherd, once a trader between London and this port, was wrecked near Manilla about the middle of June. The ship sailed from Mauritius on April 19 for Manilla in ballast, and struck on the reef of a sunken island south of Manilla Bay, on a reef off Luben Island, about the middle of June. She went to pieces immediately after she struck. There was no time to get the boats out, the commander, Captain Caroline, the cook (White), and two apprentices named Thurman and Smith, failed to reach the land, and were drowned. The mate and 17 of the crew managed to get ashore. In a day they were received on board a small coaster and taken into Manilla. The Mary Shepherd was of 903 tons register; she was built of wood at Sunderland in 1858. 

Mrs Isabella JohnstonPassenger Pen Portraits

JOHNSTON Sarndra 9 Nov. 2011              I've quite a lot of family details if people want to contact.
My GG grandparents Robert Alexander JOHNSTON [c1846 St Johnstown, Don, Ireland] and Isabella [nee MCKAI/MCKAY b 1 Jan 1849] and their 2 month old daughter Catherine Davinia Waters JOHNSTON were on board. They went on live South Canterbury/Otago area and had a further four daughters and one son [Robert John Alexander b. 1887 Dunedin d. 6. September 1956 Rotorua] who was my Great grandfather.

Robert [Senior] died 3 April 1912 at Lorne Hospital, Wallacetown, Invercargill of asphyxia during an epileptic fit and Isabella died 3 August 1919 in the Mental Hospital, Seacliff, Invercargill of senile decay [by coroners verdict]. They are both buried at St John's cemetery, Waikiwi, Invercargill.

Ellesmere Guardian, 30 October 1920, Page 3 Obituary
A widely known and greatly respected former resident of Leeston, passed away recently, after a brief illness at her home, 62, Laurence street, Linwood, in the person of Mrs Ann Jane Laverty, relict of the late Joseph Laverty. The late Mrs Laverty was born in Portadown, Armagh, Ireland, and came out to New Zealand in the year 1873 in the ship Mary Shepherd. Two years after her arrival she was married, and, with her husband, resided in the Ellesmere district for a great many years. When the Albury settlement was thrown open some 23 years ago she was successful in drawing a section, which the family farmed until four years ago, when they retired and went to Christchurch to live. Mr Laverty predeceased his wife by eleven months. The deceased had a wide circle of friends and was much thought of for her kind hospitality, which she extended to all with whom she came into contact, and she will long be remembered for her kindly actions, especially among the sick, to whom she played the part of good samaritan leaves two sons, who have recently returned from the war, two daughters (Mrs Wm. Stephens, of Shirley, and Mrs Henry Stephens, of Brookside) and two grandchildren to mourn their loss. The Rev Dunnage, vicar of Woolston, officiated at the graveside in Woolston cemetery. The pall bearers were Messrs Wm. Stephens, son-in-law of deceased, Richard Stephens, J. Lyness and E. A. Fisher.

1875 Folio 1010 - Ann Jane CHAMBERS married Joseph LAVENY (sic)
Children of Joseph and Anne Jane Laverty
1882 Laverty Mary Ellen
1878 Laverty David Williams
1893 Laverty Joseph George Richard A
1877 Laverty Elizabeth Ann

ChCh City Council Database
Laverty, Ann Jane
DOD: Saturday, 16 October 1920
Cemetery: Bromley
Date of burial: Monday, 18 October 1920
Block number: 35 Plot number: 23
Age: 66 years
Address: 62 Lawrence St, ChCh
Place of birth: Ireland
Years in New Zealand: 45

WAKELY Russell Thorne 24 May 2009
I am researching Robert Wakely from Musbury, Devonshire, England who arrived with his second wife Ann Eliza Thorne on the Mary Shepherd at Lyttelton on 20 Aug. 1973 from London. He married four times, the last two in Christchurch to Susan Older (1877) and Kate Cookson (1894). There were no known children from the last two marriages. From 1893 he was involved in the wool industry as a fellmonger in the Winchester, Temuka and Geraldine areas until his death and burial in Geraldine in 1908. I do not know what happened to his last wife Kate Cookson. The Thorne of Rangiora is Frederick Thorne an inaugural councillor in the Rangiora Borough Council and brother to Ann Eliza Thorne who married Robert Wakely of South Canterbury. The Thorne family were from Newnham in Gloucestershire, England.

Amy Thorne