List of Persons whom the Canterbury Association, have authorized to embark for Canterbury. Passengers, per Ship 'Steadfast', Thomas Spencer, Commander, John Gundry, Surgeon-Superintendent. Age of each person at the time of Embarkation. Sailed 27 February, arrived Lyttelton 8 June, 1851from London. Account of Voyage photo
Bowler, W'm, Jun'r
Commins, Charles L.
Gundry, John, S. Surgeon Superintendent
Hodgkinson, Rev. H. Chaplain
Anderson Alexander 25 M Agriculturist Boyer Elizabeth 34 F Y 2 Boyer Frederick 10 M Boyer Jane 4 F Boyer Robert 38 M Y 2 Bricklayer Bryan Elizabeth 25 F Y 1 Bryan Thomas 2 M Bryan Thomas 28 M Y 1 Laborer Comber Amelia 3 F Comber Helen 24 F Y 2 Comber James 2 M Comber Michael 34 M Y 2 Agriculturist Davidson Jane 24 F Domestic Servant Drake Mary 19 F Domestic Servant Frecoer Frederick 26 M Y Paying steerage Frecoer Maria 25 F Y Paying steerage Fummell Charlotte E. 24 F Y Elizabeth Fummell Henry 35 M Y Farm Laborer Fawcett Jane 21 F Y Fawcett Peter 22 M Y Farm Laborer Goring John 31 M Paying steerage Grabham George 19 M Hammond Charles 16 M Farm Laborer Hammond James 22 M Farm Laborer Harris Amy 5 F Harris Anne 19 F Domestic Servant Harris Jane 9 F Harris John 3 M Harris Mary Anne 10 F Harris Mary Anne 39 F Y 6 Harris Richard inf M Harris Robert 41 M Y 6 Laborer Harris Robert 13 M Harris Sarah 17 F Domestic Servant Harris William 14 M Laborer Hodgson Anthony 35 M Agriculturist Iles Albert 32 M Y Shoemaker Iles Eliza 32 F Y Kemp John 21 M Farm Laborer Moore Anne 10 F Moore Anne 32 F Y 4 Moore James 4 M Moore John 7 M Moore John 33 M Y 4 Shoemaker Moore Richard 1 M Oxberry William 21 M Paying steerage Sheeter Anne 3 F Sheeter Jane 6 F Sheeter Richard 39 M Y 5 Farm Laborer Sheeter Sarah 13 F Sheeter Thesia 40 F Y 5 Sheeter Thesia 11 F Sheeter William 8 M Small Frederick 5 M Small George James 15 M Farm Laborer Small James 44 M Y 6 Agriculturist Small Louisa inf F Small Martha 42 F Y 6 Small Martha 12 F Small Mary 9 F Small Robert 7 M Small Sarah 3 F Smith Clarissa 11 F Smith Elizabeth 15 F Domestic Servant Smith Jane 20 F Dcmestic Servant Smith Jane 44 F Y 5 Smith Louisa 8 F Smith Maria 8 F Smith Mary 13 F Smith Stephen 18 M Laborer Smith Stephen 45 M Y 5 Carpenter Smith William 6 M Spatlard Andrew 35 M Y Carpenter Spatlard Elizabeth 27 F Y Stewart John 25 M Paying steerage Taylor John 8 M Paying steerage Thornton John 47 M Farmer Vale William George 16 M Farm Laborer Vines Anne 30 M Y 5 Vines Elizabeth 8 F Vines Ellen 10 F Vines Michael 11 M Vines Michael 34 M Y 5 Miller Vines Richard 3 M Vines Thomas 14 M Miller Vines William inf M Waller Alfred 2 M Waller Elizabeth 30 F 2 Waller James 4 M Waller Mary Ann 25 F Domestic Servant Wallis Jane 24 F Y Wallis William 26 M Y Mason Watt Robert 25 M Webb George 20 M Farm Laborer Wright Joseph 26 M Y Paying steerage Wright Mary Ann 25 M Y Paying steerage
Summary Adults Souls Married Couples 14 2 8 28 Single Men 14 14 14 Single Women 8 8 8 Children 35 17� 35 Infants 3 - 3 Free & Assisted Total 67� 88 Paying Steerage Married Couples 2 4 4 Single Men 3 3 3 Child 1 � 1 Total in Steerage 75 96
Miller, Elizabeth 30 ?surname Isles
Miller, James 4
Miller, Alfred 2
Miller, Eliza Steadfast infant born at sea
Reference: Canterbury Association Shipping Office (London, England) Lyttelton Shipping List Published: Salt Lake City, Utah : Genealogical Society of Salt Lake City, 1973. Copy of passenger lists of some Canterbury Association emigrant ships held in the Canterbury Museum. Available on microfilm at Family History Centres worldwide through their loan programme. Item #1066515
Dr. Gundry's Diary published Nag's Head Press, Christchurch, 1982. Dr. John Seager Gundry [broken link] b.1814-5. Limited ed. of 300 copies, 2 vol's. Part 1. Surgeon-superintendent on the 'Steadfast,' 25 February-June 1851.- Pt 2. Commencing practice in Christchurch, June-31 October 1851. The 'Steadfast', 524 tons, full rigged ship, was built in 1847. cottage
I did not find this family in the passenger list but they did arrive. Brother to John S. Grundy, Samuel arrived on the 'Steadfast' with his wife Elizabeth who with wife, Margaret, aged 30, and family arrived
Mary Eliza aged 13
Emma Jane aged 11
Helen aged 09
Charles Edward aged 02
The Wake of the Steadfast : the pioneer family of Robert and Mary Harris. Author: Pashby, Jenni. [Christchurch, N.Z. : J. Pashby], 1981. 209 p.,  folded leaf of plates. Includes bibliographical references
Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, 13 September 1921, Page 2 OBITUARY.
E. W. HARRIS. The death occurred on Friday, at Okain's Bay, of Mr Edward William Harris, a well-known dairy farmer, at the age of eighty-six years. Mr Harris landed at Lyttelton in 1851 from the ship Steadfast, having come with, his father and mother from Norwich, England. As little more than a boy he lived in the barracks at port, and for four years earned his living as a baker's apprentice. Then he took up pit sawing at Okain's Bay, where the hills were covered with bush. There are many houses in Christchurch to-day built of timber cut by the late Mr Harris and his mates in the early days. There was neither rail nor road, and the cargo was freighted by boat round to Sumner and up the river. When a big patch of timber had been cut, Mr Harris burnt up the rubbish and put the country down in grass. That must have been the start of dairy farming on the Peninsula, and until his death Mr Harris took a prominent part in the industry which he had fostered. He was chairman of the Okain's Bay cheese factory for eighteen years, and a director for twenty-seven years. In various other spheres he was well- known throughout North Canterbury. In Okain's Bay itself he was familiarly known to all and sundry as "Uncle Bill." He was for thirty odd years chairman of the Okain's Bay School Committee, as a member of the City of Norwich Lodge of Oddfellows, Lyttelton, he held all the offices; and he took keen interest in the work of the 'Church England.'' Mr Harris's first wife died forty-one years ago. They had eight children, seven of whom are still living — Frederick William Harris, Springston; Alfred Edward Harris, Christchurch; George Harris, Okain's Bay; Mrs G. Mason, Okain's Bay. Mrs L. Graham, Okain's Bay; Mrs R. Hartley, Okain's Bay and Mrs E. Bacon, Gore. His second wife, who was a widow of the late Mr Ambrose Harris, survives him. Mr Harris was buried at Okain's Bay on Saturday when a large number attended to pay him their last respects. The Okain's Bay and other Oddfellow Lodges were represented at the funeral.
SMALL : Small family from Nelson arrived in Lyttelton in 1851. I don't know how they got to Nelson but we presume that it was unlikely that they travelled overland. George James SMALL was the eldest child of James and Martha SMALL nee CANNING or CANNINGS? (George's death certificate gives his mother's maiden name as CANNON). He was born about 1836 in Newbury, Berkshire and came to New Zealand at the age of 15 on the Steadfast. Rumour has it that his father's family were of Scottish decent but this has yet to be proven. I am slightly unsure of where the family actually lived as various documents give Waimea South, Spring Grove, Brightwater and Wakefield. On arrival his occupation was given as farm labourer however in New Zealand he was a sawyer. On Nov. 8th 1860 he married Emma Elizabeth Sarah HARGRAVE at St Paul's Church, Spring Grove, Waimea South, Nelson. His occupation was given variously as a sawyer and a farmer. Emma was the daughter of David HARGRAVE a compositor from London and his wife Sarah SOUTHALL. In October 1841 David and Sarah Hargrave left London on the Clifton, with their young son John William who was born the previous year, and arrived at Port Nicholson (Wellington) on the 17th February 1842. Their son John William died shortly after arrival. Information courtesy of Christine. G.J. Small was her Great Great Grandfather and Ivy Agnes Small her paternal Grandmother. Posted 23 Feb. 2005
Success to the "Steadfast",
Success to her crew;
May she sail many years,
Safely and true.
May her good commander, long
Live to enjoy,
The fruits of his labours
In Neptune's employ
words of one of her passengers
The Lyttelton Times, June 21 1851
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