Lyttelton with 40 passengers
in Timaru Herald 3 July 1877 page 2 and in The Star 2 July page 2
Shipping Arrived Lyttelton
July 1 - Wanganui, ship, 1100 tons, from London. New Zealand Shipping Company, agents.
The ship Wanganui bound for Canterbury, left London on the 20th March and anchored at Nore for the ni.... The passage from anchorage to anchorage was ninety-five days, and from land to land eighty five days. The cook named David Fraser, aged 28, who succumbed to pneumonia, died in the Channel, obliging the vessel to put into Portland in order to supply his place. A steerage passenger, named William Barton, also died on the 14th of April, and was buried the same night. Dr Hilliard, the medical officer, reports that the general health of the passengers was good. Several concerts and other entertainments were given during the passage. The ship is on her first trip and is a fine sea boat. Captain Watt, late of the Celestial Queen, is in command, and the chief officer is Mr Henderson The welcome aboard was a very hearty one, and every one seemed pleased with ship and her officers. The Wanganui is beautifully sparred, and like her sister ships, the Opawa and Piako, has a nice saloon and fine roomy main deck. Slight alterations in the saloon, chief among may be noticed a companion-way leading from the poop down to the cabin aft the situation of the captain's room aft on the starboard side, instead of at the break of the poop. The second and third cabin passengers were quartered in the 'tween decks aft, as usual, and were very comfortable. Some of the cabins, however, wee rather dark. Built by Stephens and Co., Glasgow for the New Zealand Shipping Company. The ship had quite a number of visitors during the afternoon, including Messrs Selwyn Smyth, Coster, Revans, Gould and other connected with the company. The figurehead of the Wanganui was carved to represent Mrs Coster, wife of the chairman of the New Zealand Shipping Company.
Ayton Mr Charles J. Brady Miss Bray Mr Reginald Glassford Mrs and three children Hunt Mr F. W. Hunt Mr W. Mossman Mr F. W. Robilliard Mr Thomas Schmitz Mr C. A. Steele Mr A.W. Thorpe Archdeacon Wood Mr Robert
Adener Mrs [Adeney by The Star newspaper clipping, July 2 1877] Browne Captain, wife and family Black Mr James King Mr [M.A. by The Star newspaper clipping, July 2 1877] Meyer Mr George Simmonds Mr Lewis
Best Ruth and child Burrell Stephen Heard Charlotte and child [Head by The Star newspaper clipping, July 2 1877] Rutland Fred. G. Spekeman Charles Strang David
Bottleson O. M. Daly Patrick Hauptfleised Hermann [Hermann as a surname by The Star newspaper clipping, July 2 1877] Hendry John Ross Alexander Shuttleworth Christopher Tansen D. C. [Jansen by The Star newspaper clipping, July 2 1877] Williams Phillip
The Wanganui, made thirteen voyages out to New Zealand then was sold to the Shaw Savill Company about 1889 and renamed the Blenheim but stayed in the New Zealand trade for another ten years for six complete voyage under he new name. She was then resold on her return to London to the Norwegians.
J. Ayton Diary 1899-1904
Maniototo Early Settlers' Association , Naseby, 1982. soft covers Limited edition - 250 copies. xiv, 130 + 2 pages of plates. Dimensions: Oblong: 28x21cm. A facsimile reproduction of the leaves from a handwritten manuscript diary with an introduction by John Childs. "The author of the diary was an Englishman of the middle class, of good education, who emigrated to New Zealand about 1880, and began gold-mining in the Serpentine area about 1881. From 1885 until 1910 he kept a record of his activities and expenditure - not completely consistent, but often remarkably detailed. When the gold ran out he turned to rabbiting, peat-cutting, fixing boundary fences and other jobs." - from blurb