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'Waikato to Lyttelton in 1879

'Papers Past' - a NZ National Library website.  Star, 18 January 1879, Page 2
The Ship Waikato, from London.

The N.Z.S. Co's ship Waikato, Captain William Worster, with immigrants, arrived from London this morning. She was signalled at 8 a.m., and dropped anchor shortly after 11 a little above Camp Bay. The Immigration and Health Officer left for the ship at 12.45 p.m., so that we are unable to give any particulars as to her. voyage, &c. The Waikato has on board 10 passengers, and some 300 immigrants. The Waikato left Plymouth on Nov. 1, so has made a splendid run of 78 days.

"Waikato" (ship) - 1 November 1878 - 18 January 1879 Passenger list copy available in the reading room, NZ Archives Wellington also online at FamilySearch.

Reference: Family Search browse Lyttelton 1879
Passenger list - immigrants for Christchurch area transcribed MS Word doc 405k
Assisted single men - image 23 - page 16
Assisted single women  - image 25 -  page 22

Reference: Family Search browse Timaru 1879
Passenger list - immigrants for the Timaru area - transcribed MS Word doc 463k

"From the Lyttelton Times," 20 January 1879
Arrived, January 18, 1879,  Waikato, ship, 1021 tons, 100 A1, Worster, from London and Plymouth. New Zealand Shipping Company agents. She had left Plymouth on October 21. Passengers - Mrs Louth, Miss A. Thierens, Mrs Cohen, Mr and Mrs Edward Owen, Miss Emily Owen, Mr Alex Murray, Mr C. J. Owen, Mr J.E. Owen, Mr S. McCarthy and 298 immigrants.

Voyage Account

Star 20 January 1879, Page 2
The Waikato has come into port in splendid order everywhere, and shows that she has been well looked after on the voyage. Among the immigrants are 157 souls, equal to 141 adults, for Timaru, and it was intended to land them at that port, but on arriving off there on Thursday night Captain Worster did not deem it prudent to run in, as the wind was in shore and the weather thick, so he had to bring them on here. They were landed, in the p.s. Titan, and forwarded to Addington during the afternoon. The Super Superintendent reports that the health of the immigrants generally has been very good. Measles broke out on Nov. 11, and continued until Jan. 9. Two cases were somewhat serious. No other cases of sickness occurred calling for special mention.

The news of the ship's arrival was sent to the different officials in Christchurch early on Saturday morning, and on the arrival of the 11 a.m. train, the Government steam launch was in readiness to proceed to the ship, Dr Rouse, the acting Health Officer, being in attendance. The Immigration Officer reached Port at 12.30 p.m., and at 1.15 the launch left for the Waikato with the Health Officer, Immigration Officer, Chairman of Directors and General Manager, and other representatives of the New Zealand Shipping Company, besides several others.
    At 1.50, the steam launch Lyttelton, with the representatives of the Press, left the wharf for the ship, but on arriving alongside they were informed that as the ship was not cleared no one could be allowed to go onboard. This order was given notwithstanding the fact that all of those who went out in the Government launch were at that time on board the ship. Some of them certainly had no business to take them on board, and why the same privilege cannot be accorded to those whose business it is to board the ships on their arrival, for the purpose of obtaining what information there is to be made public, is a matter hard to understand. That the representatives of the Shipping Company should proceed on board a ship at once is nothing but missions on their tour of inspection, but the representatives of the Press are certainly entitled to the same concession that is granted to others who are mere visitors. While lying alongside the ship the Immigration Officer was asked to allow those on board the launch to go on board the ship, but the request was refused, and it was not until 2.45 p.m. that access to the ship was granted. It is to be hoped that on the arrival of the next immigrant vessel matters will be better arranged, and such a loss of time saved.

Timaru Herald, 21 January 1879, Page 2

The post of Surgeon Superintendent has been filled by Mr Hill Malone, formerly of the White Star Line.
The post of chief officer is filled by our old friend Mr Clayburn, erstwhile of the barque Sunbeam, while Mr Lindsay is still second, Mr Jeffreys being third.

Three deaths occurred among the infants, viz.,
Nov. 24, Arthur Waters, nine months, from asthma
Nov. 27, John Bayman, nine months, from intestinal catarrh
Dec. 28, Ida Hore, five months, from acute hydrocephalus

There were three births, two males and one female, viz.
Nov. 16, Mrs Addis of a son
Nov. 17, Mrs. Berryman of a daughter
Jan. 16, Mrs. Holohan of a son

Timaru Herald, 15 January 1879, Page 3
Expected Immigrants.

WAIKATO. Farm laborers, 117 ; general, 2 ; gardeners, 2 ; shepherd, 1 ; carpenters, 5 ; wheelwrights, 2 ; bricklayers, 2 ; slater, 1 ; plasterer, 1. Single women - General servants, 39 ; housemaids, 2 ; dairymaids, 4 ; nurses, 2.
Nationality -English, 172 ; Irish, 115 ; Scotch, 7 Welsh, 2; Belgians, 2; total, 298 souls. Summary - Male adults, 138; female adults, 97 ; male children, 21 ; female children, 32; infants, 10.
Total, 298 souls, equal to 261½ - statute adults.
The list can be seen on application at the Immigration Office.

[Officials in London would send a copy of the passenger list out on another ship
a. So officials in the receiving port could prepare for their arrival
b. If the ship went down they would know who was onboard
The list arrived in Timaru two months after the ship left England and 4 weeks before the ship arrived at Lyttelton. The Waikato was meant to land the passengers in Timaru but fog prevented this.]

Friends and families would go out to the immigrant ship to welcome the new arrivals.

Star 31 January 1879, Page 2
An Undesirable Immigrant.— One of the immigrants who arrived by the Waikato has been admitted into the Hospital, and is suffering from confirmed phthisis. It is reported by the surgeon of the ship that when the Waikato sailed the man was in good condition, though he showed indications of consumption. Neither the Board of Trade inspecting officer nor the ship's surgeon had deemed it necessary to prevent him leaving England. The Hospital Board, on Thursday, resolved to send a full report of v the case to the Colonial Secretary.


There is a two page Surgeon's Report dated 19 January 1879 by Dr J Mill-Malone for the above voyage of the Waikato.
A copy is held at Archives NZ in Wellington and also on LDS Film 1559830. 


Star 29 January 1879, Page 2
Lyttelton. Wednesday, Jan. 29. (Before W. Donald, H. R. Webb, and T. H. Potts, Esqs.) .— Wm. I. Lee and John Swift, seamen on board the ship Waikato, were charged by Captain Worster with this offence. Constable Glacken deposed to arresting the accused at an early hour this morning; they were carrying a box between them, and on arresting them Leo admitted that he was deserting from the ship. Captain Worster gave evidence that accused were deserters from the ship, and the Bench sentenced them to six weeks' hard labour.

Star 18 February 1879, Page 2
A Deserter — John William Carter was charged on warrant with deserting from the ship Waikato. Mr Neck appeared for the defendant and said it was not a case of desertion, though defendant was certainly guilty of being absent without leave. Inspector Hickson asked that the accused be remanded to Lyttelton. Remanded accordingly.

Star 19 February 1879, Page 2
Desertion — W. H. Carter, boatswain belonging to the ship Waikato, was charge on remand from Christchurch with desertion from the ship, and sentenced to 14 days' of labour.


Star 1 March 1879, Page 2
The New Zealand Shipping Company's ship Waikato, Captain Worster, sailed for London this morning, being towed to sea by the p.s. Lyttelton.  
March I—Waikato, ship, 1021 tons, Worster, for London. New Zealand Shipping Company, agents. Passengers: 
Saloon — Miss Bridgeman, Mrs J. C. Murray, Mrs E. Mitchell, Mr Richard Wright, Dr Potts.
Steerage - Mrs M'Gowan, Miss McGowan, Masters Thomas, Edward, John, James M'Gowan, Messrs B. Taylor, H. Taylor, E. Ingram, and W. Radcliffe.

Timaru Herald, 3 March 1879, Page 2 Port Lyttelton
Yesterday the ship Waikato sailed for London with £64,000 worth of wool and wheat, and 15 passengers.

Homeward Trip of the Waikato in 1878

Star  20 January 1879, Page 2
The Graphic
, of Oct. 19, has an illustration of the ship Waikato making her way through a barrier of pack ice off Cape Horn, on July 26 last, from a sketch made on board by Captain J. C. Maling, 23d Royal Welsh Fusiliers, who was a passenger in the ship. The situation of the ship at the time was undoubtedly very critical, hut she managed to get through without injury. The Graphic, in referring to the illustration, says As Cape Horn extends beyond lat. 55deg. south, homeward bound vessels from Australia and New Zealand are compelled to pass through high southern latitudes where icebergs are not an unusual spectacle. But this phenomenon is chiefly observable during the summer season when the icebergs have been loosened by the warmth of the sun from their original habitat, and when they are floated by winds and currents towards the Equator until they are melted. The dangers of collision are, at this time of year, lessened by the length of the days, and during winter time, fortunately, the bergs are usually fast frozen up in rarely visited regions within the Antarctic Circle. There are, however, exceptions to this rule ice is sometimes met with in the depth of winter.

Benjamin Cory:
Any idea why he changed his surname?

Benjamin Cory, a labourer, from Cornwall, England, age 28 landed in Lyttelton, N.Z., from the ship 'Waikato' in January 1879 with his wife Elizabeth Ann, 26, son John, 3, and daughter Anne, 2. The family settled in the Alford Forest district where Benjamin Corry purchased two adjoining properties. His daughter Annie E Corry was a school teacher at the two teacher Alford Forest School in 1883. In 1895 Ben clashed with his neighbour and finally sold out in June 1899. In March 1899 he was lucky enough to have his name pulled in a ballot for Section III, a 278 acre farm, in the Waikakahi Estate Settlement, south of Waimate. Elizabeth Ann and Benjamin Corry had four more children while they
were in the Alford Forest area.
1883 Corry Mary Grace
1887 Corry Edward Thomas
1893 Corry Amelia Isabella
1895 Corry William Benjamin Clement died 1967 age 72.

Papers Past Ashburton Guardian, 5 September 1895, Page 3
Civil Business. — P. Bates v B. Corry, £10 damages for diverting a creek and flooding plaintiffs land. Defendant had also pulled down dams erected by plaintiff to keep the water back, Mr Cuthbertson for plaintiff, Mr Parnell for defendant. Mr Purnell raised a question as to the jurisdiction of the Court, as there was a question of title involved, where, as in this case, it was I a question of diverting storm water. Mr Cuthbertson said this was not the point. His client could recover for the damage done in pulling down the fences, and letting sheep through. The S.M. said this Court could not decide the question of the right of defendant to discharge the storm water on to plaintiff. Mr Cuthbertson said defendant had diverted the water on to his own land, and thence sent it on to plaintiff. The S.M. said whatever defendant had done he had done under a claim of right which
could not be decided in this court. Plaintiff was nonsuited on the ground that the Court had no jurisdiction.

Ashburton Guardian, 3 June 1899, Page 2
LAND SALES. Mr T. Bullock was favoured with a good attendance at the Arcade to-day, when he offered in two lots, on account of Mr B. Corry, 80 acres of land at Alford Forest. 40 acres of bush was passed in at the owner's reserve of £2 per acre. The homestead of 40 acres with house and shed, near the school, being R.S. 10228 and 24215, found a buyer in Mr Peter Bates at £5 12s 6d per acre.

Timaru Herald, Wednesday 4 October 1899
A daughter of Mr Corrie, one of the new settlers on Waikakahi estate, met with a nasty accident yesterday morning, by running into a newly-erected barb-wire fence. The little girl, aged six years, was badly hurt and was brought into Waimate for treatment.

Evening Post, 29 August 1912, Page 8 Land Ballot- Waimate Settlement
Section 29, 36 acres, rent �31 1s � John Corry, Morven.

Elizabeth and Benjamin Corry are buried in the Old Waimate Cemetery in side by side
Waimate Old CORRY Elizabeth Ann 11/01/1914 61 years Anglican 345 G
Waimate Old CORRY Benjamin 25 Jan 1924, 72 years Anglican, 346 G, Augustine St., Waimate

Their son Private Edward Corry, died 6 September 1918, Havrincourt, France. He was a rifleman, serial No. 14070, with the 5th Reinforcements 3rd Battalion, G Company New Zealand Rifle Brigade, NZEF. He went overseas on 26 June 1916. Benjamin Corry (father), Greenhill Road, Morven, Canterbury, New Zealand was listed as his NOK.
His name is on the Waimate War Memorial.

John Corry and his brother William Benjamin Clement Corry are both buried in the Timaru Cemetery along with their wives. In 1904 John Corry married Lea Florentine Bimler and their girls were Alice Grace b. 1906 and Lily Joy Corry b. 1909.
Amelia Corry married Gabreial Hanna Farry in 1899 and Mary Corry married Maurice Lawlor in 1903. I didn't find a marriage for Annie.

Grey River Argus, 5 June 1919, Page 4 TRAP FATALITY. Timaru.
June 4, John Corry (40), a drover was killed at Pleasant Point yesterday by being thrown from a trap. He leaves a widow and young family.

Benjamin CORY born: 11 May 1850 Strayer Park, Lewannick, Cornwall CO, ENG
Baptism: 8 Aug 1852 St Cleer Parish, Cornwall CO, ENG
Census: 1871 St Cleer, Cornwall CO, ENG
Occupation: 1874 Husbandman; St Cleer, Cornwall CO, ENG
Emigration: 1 Nov 1878 St Just in Penwith, Cornwall CO, ENG
Residence: 1893 Bushman; Alford Forest, Sth Canterbury, NZ
Marriage: 3 Apr 1874 St Cleer Parish, Cornwall CO, ENG to Elizabeth Ann GRIBBEN (1851-1914)