Search billions of records on

NZ Bound   Index   Search   Hints    Lists   Ports


New Zealand Bound

 The 'Viola' 1134 tons, ship, had sailed from Greenock, Scotland on the 14 December, 1867, under Captain Ross with cargo and 125 immigrants. Partial listing 20 passengers out of 125.

Otago Witness March 14 1868 page 10 column 1

Shipping News from the 'Otago Witness'

The Otago Daily Times 13 March 1868

The ship Viola -one of Messrs Patrick Henderson and Co.'s line of Clyde packets - reported as having arrived at the Heads from Glasgow, sailed up to the anchorage at Deborah Bay yesterday afternoon. Her passengers will be transferred to Dunedin today, in one of the harbours steamers. Captain Ross reports of his passage that the Viola sailed from Greenock on the 4th of December, and put into Lamlach on the same evening, through stress of weather; proceeded on her voyage the next day and had a fine run to the Equator, which was crossed on the 1st of January. Light S.E. trades and moderate variable winds were experienced to crossing the meridian of the Cape on the 31st of the same month. Her easting, which was run down between the parallels of 43 and 47 S., was characterised by strong westerly gales. The S.W. Cape was sighted on the 7th inst., thus making the passage between the Snares and the Traps on the 8th, and arrived off Otago Heads on the following day, but, owing to the strong southerly winds, she was driven past the Port, and did not receive her pilot on board until the evening of the 11th. She brings a large cargo of general merchandise, and 125 passengers, including 64� statute adults, who are either assisted or have their passages guaranteed. The general health was good throughout the passage; no deaths or births occurred. During the passage, Divine service was conducted by Dr Johnston [probably Presbyterian]. A Sabbath School was also inaugurated for females, and conducted by Miss Tolmie, assisted by Miss King. A daily school was also held, and presided over by Mr Currie. The vessel comes into port in a clean and orderly condition, reflecting credit on those in charge.

(Assisted Immigration Passage Money Account

In 1869 an official list was published of all those people who had part or all of their passage to Otago paid for by the Otago Provincial Government since 1848 and who still owed any part of this money.  In 1872 another list was published. These lists gave No. of Bill, ship's name, date of arrival in Otago, immigrant's name and the amount of money still owing. The date after the immigrants' names are the dates of last payments. By the end of September another six passengers had completed paying the Otago Government the fare when compared to the 1869 list.

1869 page 22             1872 page 19

page 22 March 12 1868 - Oct. 30 1969                page 19.  Dec. 2 1867 - Oct. 8 1868.

"Viola," March 12 1868
No. of Bill Immigrant First name Nominated by a resident in the Colony of NZ Bill outstanding as at August 4 1869.  Date last paid. As of 30 Sept. 1872
4736  Barrow  Robert  �8 10s � 4  10s  June 5 1871
4736  Brady  Bridget  �6
4739  Combes  William    �3 �3
4740  Ford  Patrick  Margrie and Haynes, Oamaru  �3 �14
4741  Gardiner  Robert  �15 10s
4744  Glynn  Margaret    �7 �3  10s  June 14 1869
4745  Hauley  Eliza  William Popplewell and James Forsyth  �14 �14
4746  Johnstone  Mary Jane  �6 �6
4747  Lees  Mary    �6 �6
4748  Linwood  William  �4  10s �4  10s
4749  Miller  Donald  Alexander Miller and James Trice  �14 �4  May 23 1871
4752  MacAndrew  Mrs. Ann  George McAndrew and Peter Day  �7 last paid Oct. 23 1868 
4754  MacAndrew  George  George McAndrew and Peter Day  �14
4755  MacAndrew  James  George McAndrew and Peter Day  �14
4756  MacAndrew  Helen  George McAndrew and Peter Day  � 7
4757  McDonough  Martin  Margrie and Haynes, Oamaru  �14 �14
4748  Reilly  Ann  �6 �6
4760  Sprott  Robert    �2 �2

The missing number 4753 is almost certainly another MacAndrew who paid back the fare in full before this date.  The difference in the amounts probably reflects the Province's higher subsidy for female immigrants who were in high demand. The Macandrew family were recorded as nominated for assisted passages by George MacAndrew, and Peter Day, who would have been already residents in the Colony.  George, the sponsor for the family, was the husband of Mrs Ann MacAndrew. George, James, Helen, their children. Ann Fordyce MacAndrew died on 22 March 1876 at age 57. Her length of stay in the Province was only 8 years.  George died 27 Feb. 1895 at the residence of his daughter (Mrs Frost), Waipahi, George Macandrew (formerly of Huntly, Aberdeenshire) aged 74 years.

Who was Peter Day? Did he know the Macandrew family in Scotland?
Peter Day was on the Mosgiel School Committee in 1872
A member of the Caledonian Society at Mosgiel.
 George Macandrew owned Section 35, block VII, Waipahi containing 71 acres freehold. Sold it in 1889.

MacAndrew. At the age of twenty William arrived at Port Chalmers, Otago on the 'Viola' March 12, 1868 along with his mother and siblings. William became a schoolmaster teaching at several schools around the Otago area before becoming headmaster at Mataura School from 1887-1912. Married  Elizabeth McMillen, who arrived on the James Nicol Fleming in 1870. They had five children.  I am descended from their son, James McMillen MacANDREW, 1882-1965.  There was another James Macandrew a very prominent early Otago resident, at one time Provincial Superintendant, no relation. 

Obituary from the Mataura Ensign1923
William MacAndrew died 14 July 1923 at Dunedin and was buried at Mataura Cemetery. If anyone has any additional information or would like information contact Olwyn. Thanks.

William MacAndrew
The death occurred at his residence Roslyn, Dunedin, on Saturday of Mr William Macandrew, formerly a well known and much esteemed resident of Mataura. The deceased, who was in his 77th year, was born at Huntly, Scotland, and came out to New Zealand some years ago. After his arrival, he first turned his attention to farming, but soon afterwards commenced studying with the intention of entering the teaching profession, and later he joined the staff of the normal school, Dunedin. His first charge was Greytown, near Allanton, and from there, he went to Berwick, thence to Catlins River and Waitahuna, and eventually to Mataura. He remained at the latter place for some 25 years, until he retired about 12 years ago. He lived at Oamaru and later at Gore, and some four years ago settled at Roslyn. As a teacher, the late Mr Macandrew was a very capable man and many of the pupils who passed through his hands owe their success in life to the early training they received from him. He was a good citizen and took keen interest in things generally for the welfare of the town. The deceased was keenly intersected in horticulture, being a valued member of the Mataura Horticultural Society. He was also an enthusiastic member of the Mataura Bowling Club. Church matters also claimed his attention and the Mataura Presbyterian Church benefited a great deal by his services as an elder and superintendent of the Sunday School. He was also a great temperance worker and was keenly interested in the activities of the Band of Hope. Deceased's health broke down about three months ago, and he took to his bed some six weeks ago, the end coming peacefully. He is survived by his widow, three daughters Mesdames John [Elizabeth Ann Legg F. Macandrew] Bews (Dunedin), R.C. Robinson (Timaru), and Miss Macandrew (Dunedin), and one son, Mr James Macandrew, to who the sympathy of a wide circle of friends is extended. [Georgina married Robert Chalmers ROBINSON in 1905. Chalmers died in 1953 aged 73years. Lived in Timaru. Born on the vessel Dunbritton outside Otago Heads on 13 June 1880 to Annie and John Charles Robinson]

Children of Elisabeth and William MACANDREW
1873 Macandrew Elisabeth Ann Legge Fordyce
1875 Macandrew Florence Jane
1878 Macandrew William
1880 Macandrew Georgina
1882 Macandrew James McMillen

William & Elizabeth MacAndrew family.
Taken about 1900 as James standing can't be more than twenty. Georgina must be standing next to James.
Elizabeth Ann Legge Fordyce MacAndrew next to William and Florence next to Elizabeth the mother.


Per Viola, from Glasgow;
18 boxes, 1 bale	 	W. and G. Turnbull and Co.
1 parcel		 	J Grubb
1 parcel 			James Anderson
400 tons coal		 	captain's order
20 boxes galvanised tin	 	W. and G. Turnbull and Co.
15 boxes		 	Paterson and McLeod
20 casks spirits	 	W Wilkie
1 cask			 	James Weir
20 quarter casks		W and J Scoular
1 cask spirits		 	Paterson and McLeod
24 boilers, 328 weights	 	order
24 wheels, 10 boilers 		A. Shaw and co.
1 box 				Mrs Cargill
50 boxes cheese			Messrs Brothers
7 crates earthenware		W. Pulton and Co.
1 box				Muir Bros.
622 bars, 51 bundles iron, 4 sheets, 2 plates, 36 stock	 Reid and Robertson
4 plough beams, 1 cask files, 2 bundles steel		 Reid and Robertson
19 cases whiskey, 98 boxes cheese, 2 hhds fish		 H. Anderson and Co.

 the "Viola" was built in 1861 at Brunelle, Quebec and bought by Henderson's in October 1861 at Glasgow at the end of a loaded voyage from Canada. 1871 sold to B. Vaughan, St Johns, Newfoundland and in 1883 was owned by W. H. Ross, Liverpool. Source : The Burma Boats by Duncan Haws

Pierre Brunelle was possibly the best ship builder in Quebec. Many Quebec ships were built for possible resale. It was not unusual for them to cross the Atlantic with a timber cargo and then be sold and fitted out in Britain to the purchaser's requirements. Source: The Charley-man by Eileen Reid Marcil

This page may be freely linked to but not duplicated in any fashion, wholly or in part, except for private study.

The Times, Saturday, Jan 28, 1967
"Are you frightened?" "No, fortunately, I've had so much advice about not going and the dangers ahead that I'm looking forward to getting off to see what's it's like." said Sir Francis Chichester, Jan. 1987 from Sydney. "Unless winds are very unfavourable, I propose going south of New Zealand and south of Stewart Island. This is the traditional route of the clippers and also it is the shortest distance. The great circle route from here to Cape Horn passes south of New Zealand."