(from the "Otago Witness", November 13, 1852)
The "Slains Castle" left Gravesend on the 22nd July and arrived at Otago on the 9th November, after a good passage of 108 days. The voyage is described as having been an agreeable one, with the exception of extreme cold experienced in the high latitudes; 53 deg. South was reached. Several icebergs were seen. She brings 120 passengers, 58 of whom are for Otago. Amongst the passengers for Wellington by this vessel is Thompson Rauparaha, Chief of the Ngatitoa and Ngatiraukana tribes, son of Te Rauoaraha, who died about two years ago. On the 30th June he was presented by Sir John Pakington to the Queen.
Arrived. 9th, barque Slains Castle, 504 tons, Andrew,
master, from London. Passengers:
Booth Mr Henry and Mrs Booth Burnside _______ Cheyne William English _______ Fulton Thomas Galloway W. Hammond E. Hogg Rev. Mr. and Mrs Hood Mr. Mrs. and Miss Jones Thomas Maitland James Maitland George Maitland William May James May Mrs Oldham John Pierce Joseph Price A. Richardson Capt. and Mrs Richardson Robertson Dr. James and Mrs Robertson Robertson Miss Teresa Sluck John Sutherland Miss Thompson Joseph Wheeler George and Mrs Wheeler Winks Alexander Winks Alexander Master Winks Liss Eliza Winks Mrs Jane Winks John Steerage- Boatson Thomas Birch Mr and Mrs Brebner Mr and Mrs Caldwell S. Cameron George, wife and 2 children Cameron Miss Cole John Dall Mr and Mrs and 5 children Davidson William Davis Susan Goodwin William Dawson Mr and Mrs and 2 children Gillies Mr and Mrs and 7 children Hartley Robert Hartley Miss Horneman Mr and Mrs and 5 children Howarth James Johnston Miss McCulloch Miss McKenzie Madeline McNiel James Mowatt Miss Pattie Mr and Mrs and daughter Philips James Ried Thomas Shirley Mr and Mrs and 5 children Smaile Robert Smith Robert Spearing William Stevenson Mary Stewart J. Tailor C. Tucker John and Mrs Wrigley James
(from the "Otago Witness", December 4, 1852)
Sailed. December 1, barque Slains Castle, 504 tons, Andrews, master for Wellington
Passengers: CabinBooth Mr and Mrs Booth Braithwaite Mr and Mrs Braithwaite and family English William Galloway Mr Wm. Jones Mr Vaughan May Mr. and Mrs Oldham Messrs. John and William Pierson Mr and Mrs Price Mr A. Richardson Capt. and Son Robertson Dr. James and Mrs Robertson Stack Mr John Thompson Mr Joseph Winks Alexander and Mrs. Master John, Miss Eliza and Master Alexander Intermediate and Steerage. Bowtson Thomas Caldwell S. Carter John Cole J. Coombs J. Cooper S. Davidson W. Davies Susan Downes S. Goodwin Charles, Mrs., and Miss Pattie, William Hogg Rev. David and Mrs Hogg Hogg Master D., Andrew, Mary, and Isabella Hogg Hogg Mrs snr. Horneman Mr Frederick and Mrs Horneman Emma Julia, Frederick, Frederica, Marten and Laura Houghton Mr and Mrs King E Phillips J. Tucker John and Mrs Shirley James, and Mrs Shirley Thomas, Joseph, Benjamin, Sarah and Emily Smith Robert Spearing W. and wife Sutherland Iasbella Walker D. Wheeler George and Mrs Winks James Wood T. Wrigley J.
Timaru Herald Monday 29 July 1889 Obituary of the late Mr Justice Gillies.
Thomas Bannatyne Gillies, born at Rothesay, Scotland, on the 17th January 1828, was the eldest son of the late Mr John Gillies, and brother of the late Mr Robert Gillies, and of the Rev. W. Gillies, Timaru, and of Mr John L. Gillies, secretary to the Otago Harbour Board. The education he received was limited to the parish school but passed to a lawyer's desk. His father decided to emigrate. Just before leaving he married his first wife, Miss Douglas. He sailed from London in 1852 in the Slains Castle, and arrived in Otago...He wrote a series of articles entitled 'Pencillings by the Way' which he contributed to the Otago Witness. Having passed an examination by the Supreme court he started his legal career joining the late Mr J. Hyde Harris. The business prospered and in 1860 Mr Gillies commenced to take an active part in provincial and colonial politics. He was elected to the General Assembly as representative for Dunedin, and became Attorney General in 1862, Postmaster-General and Secretary for Lands in 1863-64 and in 1872 become treasure of the short lived Stafford Ministry. In the meantime his partnership with Mr Harris dissolved and he joined Mr C.W. (now Justice) Richmond. In 1865 he decided to move to Auckland, and he may almost said to have ridden overland. Cook Strait, of course, had to be negotiated by water, but the rest of the journey was performed on horseback. By his first wife he had several children. His eldest son, John, is in Sydney; his second Thomas, is at Glen Innes, NSW; his third, Douglas, is an engineer, lately in the Government service; and his eldest daughter was lately married to mar John Thompson, of Sydney. By his second wife he had two sons. He perpetulated the memory of his second wife by foundering the Sinclair-Gillies Scholarships in connection with the Auckland University College.