to Port Chalmers 1879
Otago Witness Saturday 11 October 1879 pg 13
Arrivals, October 2nd
The following is a list of the passengers on board the ship Timaru, 1306 tons (Messrs Cargills, Gibbs, and Co., agents), Captain J.H. Taylor, which cleared from Glasgow on the 30th July last for this port with 374 statute adults, besides a general cargo:
Saloon Barrie Mr N.H. Barrie Mr J Elder Miss Annie Lesile Mrs and family McDonald Mrs and family Menzies Mr A Young Mr J Steerage (including Government immigrants)
Otago Witness 25th October 1879
ARRIVAL OF THE TIMARU
A ship to the southward was signalled from the Pilot station at Otago Heads on the morning of Sunday October 19th. She proved to be the Albion Company's ship Timaru, from Glasgow, and was towed into Port Chalmers in the afternoon by the p s Koputai, anchoring off the Railway Pier at 4.50pm. The ship comes into port in splendid order and reflects great credit both on the commander and his indefatigable chief officer, Mr Kerr, who has been ably seconded by Mr McDonald, the second officer; the third officer is Mr White, and the chief steward is Mr Pollock. She bring only a very little cargo, some 400 tons of dead-weight and 390 tons of measurement goods comprising the total she has on board. We must congratulate Captain Taylor on having made the smartest passage of this season - viz, 76 days from land to land and 80 days for anchor to anchor. She brings 433 passengers, equal to 374 statute adults, under the medical superintendence of Dr Neill, late of H.M. 5th Lancers. Although bringing nearly 500 souls on board, the Timaru comes into port in every respect a specially healthy ship, nothing like disease of an epidemic nature having occurred throughout the voyage. The mortality has been light, and entirely confined to children, of whom 5 have died.
The following are their names and the causes of death: McCann Mary aged 6 months of hydrocephalus, August 14th Cairns Alexander aged 3 months of meningitis, August 15th Nicholson Alexander aged 2 months of gastritis, August 22nd Forsyth William aged 1 year of intestinal catarch, August 31st Weir William aged 4 years of pneumonia, September 15th
The births have equalised the deaths, and were as follows:
Walker Mrs of a daughter, 30th August Lees Mrs of a son, 13th October McKernan Mrs of a son, 13th October Padfield Mrs of a son, 14th October Amos Mrs of a son, 17th October
There have also been two casualties during the voyage. The first occurred on the morning of September 25th, when one of the ship's boys, named Thomas Nimmo, fell from the rail on to the deck during heavy weather, and sustained a fracture of the left arm, dislocating his elbow joint at the same time. The second case was that of a passenger, Robert Forsyth, who on the 29th September had his left leg fractured below the knee by the slop-box on the main deck being carried away by a heavy sea. He is now, we are glad to say, recovering from the effects of his accident. We are glad to see that both boat and fire drill, with a constant watch at night, have been strictly observed throughout the passage, while Divine service has been performed by Dr Neill, who only a week since, at the request of the mothers, baptised 2 of the infants born on the voyage. Both Captain Taylor and Dr Neill speak in favourable terms of the immigrants, and state that a better class of persons have never come under their observation. Indeed, from their appearance we should say that they are peculiarly fitted for settling down in our midst. In all, the passengers amount to 433 souls, including 15 cabin passengers; of these there are 61 married couples, 50 single females, 152 single males, and 94 children and infants. The nationalities of these persons are described as 54 English, 233 Scotch, 93 Irish, 3 Germans; and they are equal to 374 statute adults. Of these, 126 persons have paid their passages, and are equal to 112½ statute adults, leaving 292 Government immigrants. The people, one and all, seem extremely comfortable, and speak in favourable terms of the kindness displayed both by Capt Taylor and Dr Neill. It will therefore suffice to state that the single females were, as usual, berthed in the after part of the ship, and have been placed under the control of Miss Charles, the matron, who speaks favourably of them, on the whole. They are principally of the domestic servant class. The married people have the midship compartment, and beautifully clean and well kept it is, showing the evident care the medical officer has bestowed upon his charges, of whom no less than 226 persons are located in this part of the vessel. The single men, as usual, are stationed forward, and this compartment is wonderfully neat and clean.
The following vessels were spoken on the passage:
Barque Elizabeth Dougal, for Melbourne on August 15th, in lat. 28.12 N., long 21.12 W
Ship County of Kinross, from Cardiff to Bombay, 16 days out, on August 17th, in lat. 22.35 N., long 24.54 W
Ship Silver Owl, from Sheilds to Bombay, 33 days out, on August 26th, in lat. 6.18 N., long 22 W
Ship Saint Margaret, from London to Mauras, 24 days out, on August 27th, in lat. 5.2 N., long 22 W
Barque Cape Clear, from Newcastle (NSW) for San Francisco, in at 47.42 S., long 165.16 E, 10 days out
Timaru was launched in 1874 for Patrick Henderson's Albion Line. She was one of eight such vessels. Her sisters being the Oamaru, Dunedin, Auckland, Nelson, Invercargill and Canterbury. She came under the Shaw Savill control when the two companies merged in 1882, to become the Shaw Savill and Albion line.
My count - 423 souls in steerage, plus 15 cabin, equals 438 souls.
Alexander William Alexander Marion Alexander Marion Alexander Archie Alexander Janet Alexander John Amos Thomas Amos Jane Amos William Amos Margaret Amos James Amos Jane Amos Anna Amos George Amos Georgina Amos Andrew Anderson Hugh Anderson Mary Anderson William Anderson Hugh Anderson Thomas Anderson John Armstrong James Armstrong Jane Austin Jeanie Bennie James Bennie Mrs Bennie Bella Bennie Janet Bennie William Bennie Grace Bennie Gilbert Bennie Agnes Bennie James Binley Robert Blackie William Borland D Brodie John Browne R B Bryer James Burke Michael Burke Mary Burton Samuel Cairns Thomas Cairns Annie Cairns Thomas Cairns Adam Cairns Alex Campbell William Cannus Thomas Carnody Michael Caskie Robert Canningham Jessie Charles Alice Clatworthy James Clums Donald Clums Mrs Corcoran Johanna Colgin Susan Colgin James Colgin Jane Colgin Eliza Colgin William Colgin Isabella Colgin Jane Connelly P Connor Sarah Connors Peter Connors Johanna Connors Edmund Connors Ellen Connors John Connors Peter Connors Michael Cowie Alex Craford Robert Craig John Craig Mary Crossing John B Currie Edward Currie Margaret Currie Margaret Curtin Thomas Davies Edward Davies Elizabeth Dempster John Dempster Mary Dempster John Dewar David Dillion John Donald Neil Donnell Sarah Donnell Mary Douglas Mary Douglas Robert Drennan Walter Duncan George Dunsmore Andrew Dunsmuir John Dunsmuir David Duthie James Duthie Mrs Dwyer John Dwyer Thomas Dwyer Mary Early Michael Farrar Samuel Farrar Eliza Farrar Bella Farrelly A Ferrier Alex Ferrier R Ferguson John Ferguson Anne Ferguson Isabella Ferguson James Ferguson George Ferguson Jane Ferguson Robert Ferguson George Ferguson Jane Fleming A Fletcher Isaac Flindster James Forleith D Forleith Edward Forsyth Robert Forsyth Elizabeth Forsyth Sarah Forsyth Helen Forsyth William Freeman James Freeman Mrs
Garland Thomas Garland Jessie Garland Jessie Gibson William Gilchrist William Gilliespie Alex Gillespie James Grant Annie Gray Alex Gray Flora Gray David Gray Margaret Grorson L Griffin Thomas Griffin James Griffin Esther Griffin Annie Griffin Mary Griffin Esther Haggart Joseph Hamilton Alex Harrison Mary Hart Alex Harvey John G Haynes Mary R Henderson W Henderson Mabel Henderson Thomas Henderson Richard Henderson Andrew Henderson Mabel Hetherington John Hetherington Sarah Hetherington Mary Hetherington John Hetherington Margaret Highet Gilbert Highet Mary Hopson Anna Jackson John Jackson Margaret Jeffrey George Johnston William Kelsh Alex Kilso John Kilso Thomas Kirkwood George Kirkwood Agnes Kitson Abraham Langskail James Lawton Robert Lawton James H Lees James Lees Agnes Lees James Lees William Lees Margaret Little John Lytle Thomas Lytle Elizabeth Lytle Thomas Lytle James Lytle Eliza Lytle Susan Lytle Kate Lytle Annetta Lytle William Macdonald John Macdonald Alex Macdonald Margaret McAllister Agnes McAllister Mary McAlpine George McCann Alfred McCann Hannah McCann Margaret McCurdy D McDonald Alex McDonald K McDonnell John McFarlane John McGregor James McGettigan William McGillivary Duncan McGillivary Alex McHaig WB McInness William McKenzie Donald McKenzie Jane McKenzie Alfred McKenzie Duncan McKenzie Jane McKenzie Catherine McKenzie D McKenzie M McKenzie M McKenzie Alexander McKinnon Peter McKinnon Mary McK Nicol McLachlan John McLeod Neil McMillan John N McMillan William McMillan T McNeill D McRae M McRae Ann Mackie Archibald Mackie George Mann William Martin John Marshall D Marshall James Melrose Thomas Merriman Thomas Miller James A Mills Samuel Moffat James Moffat Margaret Moffat James Moffat John Moffat Andrew Moore William Moonie William Moonie Maggie Montgomery Mary Morris John Morris Alfred Morris Clara Morris Alfred Morris Anne McKenzie Annie McKenzie Clara Mowatt F W Munro Donald Munro Betsy Murnane Thomas Murry Peter Murdoch R
Nelson Archibald Newlands George Nicolson Alex Nicolson David Nillins Robert O'Brien James O'Donnell Helen Ormiston Thomas Ormiston Mary Owen William Owen Sarah Owen Lawrette Padfield Sidney Padfield Mary Padfield Polly Padfield Edith Page Robert Paterson William Paterson Margaret Paterson James Paterson Jane Paterson Anna Paterson George Paterson Georgina Paterson Catherine Paterson Georgina Paterson Andrew Pringle William Pringle Elizabeth Pringle Robert Pringle Thomas Pringle William Pringle Margaret Pringle David Pringle Walter Printice James Proctor George Proctor Anne Proctor Mary Proctor Isabella Race Thomas Race Mary Race George Race Helen Race Elizabeth Reid John Reid David Ridsdale Henry Roberts Anne Robertson Thomas Routledge Henry Russell George Russell Jane Russell Isabella Ryan Patrick Ryan John Ryan Mary Ryan Johanna Ryan Julia Ryan Denis Ryan Patrick Sammon Anne Sehmohl William Scott James Scott Adam Scott Mary Scott Charles Scott Walter Scott Kenneth Scott Thomas Seaton Patrick Severn Franz Severn Max Shields John Shields Mary Shields John Shields Jane Shields Margaret Shields Sarah Shields Martha Shields Ann Simpson Goe Simpson Catherine Sinclair William Sinclair Ann Sinclair James Sinclair Elizabeth Sinclair Margaret Smart Andrew Smart Barbara Smart Andrew Smart Jane Smith John Smith Francis Smith Anne Smith Margaret Sowerby Jane Sowerby John Sowerby Henry Spence James Spence Alexander Spence Janet Spence William Spence Agnes Spence Andrew Spence George Stanger William Stephens Clara Stewart James Stewart William Stinson Robert Stinson Sarah Stinson Lizzie Taylor George Taylor Mrs Templeton William Templeton Jane Templeton John McLachlan Elizabeth Templeton Jane Templeton Margaret Templeton William Templeton David Tonnant James Tuloch S Turnbull James Walker William Walker Mary Walker John Walker James Walker Patrick Walsh Patrick Walsh Mary Walsh Bridget Walsh John Walsh Elizabeth Weir John Weir Mrs Weir William Weir John Weir Jessie We_sh John Williamson James Wilson James Wilson William Wilson Mrs Wilson Mary Young James Wilson James Wilson Margaret Wilson Robert Wilson Margaret
Otautau Standard and Wallace County Chronicle, 7
September 1915, Page 5
Mrs Edward Henderson passed away on Friday night after a comparatively short illness. The late Mrs Henderson was a woman of strong character, and one of the type that has helped to build up our young nation. Mrs Henderson, when quite a young girl, arrived in New Zealand with her parents, the late Mr and Mrs William Templeton by the good ship, "Timaru," in 1879. The "Timaru," which in her time was one of of the fine class of sailing ships so familiar in the ports of the colony in the '70s and '80s: sailed from Greenock with 500 souls aboard on 31st July, 1870, and dropped anchor in Port Chalmers 81 days later on 19th October of the same year. Mr Templeton settled at Waimatuku in what is now Mr Southern's farm, subsequently removing to Limestone Plains. From here in 1884, Mr Edward Henderson brought, his young bride of less than 19 summers to the Yellow Bluff, and settled in the little cottage which stands on the banks of the Aparima to the left of the Yellow Bluff bridge. After a companionship of 31s years on the same property, he has laid the loved helpmate to rest, overlooking their original home. Mr Henderson, it may be said, came out to New Zealand in the subsequent year to the arrival of the of young lady who became his wife, he landed in New Zealand on 4th August, 1880 in the ship "Potosi," his first work being on the Little Bush Estate, Waianiwa. In 1881, he came to Otautau under engagement to Mr Robert Cupples, who owned part of "Strathmore,". Mr Henderson has never since left the district. A member of the Presbyterian Church. She is survived by her husband, two sons and four daughters. The remains were interred in the New Cemetery, Otautau. The services were conducted by Rev. A. Macdonald.
[probably wrong arrival year]
Otautau Standard and Wallace County Chronicle, 18 July 1916, Page 5
The late Mrs Small was born in Carrick Brown, County Galway, Ireland, 57 years ago, and came out to New Zealand when a young woman with the late Mr John Crowe, of South Hillend, and his family in the ship Timaru in 1879, landing in Lyttelton, afterwards coming south with the family to South Hillend, then better known, as it remains to this day, the 'Turi district. The district at that time was in its natural state, and those who never travelled it can scarcely realise the difference that now exists to its then abate of bog and crabholes. Miss Julia Birmingham, as she then was, took service with several old families in Southland until married to Mr James Small by the late Rev. Father Kehoo at Riverton in 1881, With the exception of two years at Wreys Bush, Mr and Mrs Small have resided continuously in Otautau since their marriage, and their children were educated in the local school. Mrs Small was a hard-working and energetic woman, very kindly and neighourly in her disposition, a good wife and mother. She is survived by her husband, two sons and one daughter. Jack, the eldest son, is with Messrs J. Johnston and Son, engineers, Invercargill, and is married ; Mary, the only daughter, is Mrs Rowlett, and resides in Foxton ; while Henry, the youngest is a member of the 10th Reinforcements now serving in France. The interment takes place to-morrow in the Otautau (old) cemetery. Mr Small and his family have the sympathy of a very wide circle of friends all over the district.
Press, 18 December 1899, Page 5
PURCHASE OF A REFRIGERATING SHIP. Messrs Weddel and Company have sold the Langton Grange's cargo of Queensland meat, as provisions for the British troops at Durban, and also sold to the Imperial Government the ship Timaru, which will be used as a refrigerated store.
Otago Witness Friday 6 December 1867 page 10
A wind came up out of the sea,
And said, "O mists, make room for me."
It hailed the ships and cried, "Sail on,
Ye mariners, the night is gone."
And hurried landward far away,
Crying, "Awake! it is day."