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Alma
Ship: 1070 tons
Captain: Hugh Ross
Surgeon Superintendent:
Sailed Liverpool 14th Febuary 1857 - arrived Wellington 15th May 1857

Lloyds Shipping Register for 1857:  Alma was built in Quebec, Canada in 1855 and owned by Carroll. Her home port was Cork and she was leased to James Baines & Company.
Source Helen Thrafall, Librarian, Maritime Museum, Liverpool.

Sincere thanks to Liz Thompson, Len Dangerfield and Sophie Frizzell for their help in gathering information for this list.

Arrival of the Alma

Name Age Comment
Cabin Passengers
Carr Mr
Ellice Mr
Hamilton Mr
Malcolm Mr
Mrs
Roberts Mr
Mrs
Miss
Steerage Passengers
Amner Benjamin 24 General Labourer
Andrews William 32 Bricklayer
Mary 29
Mary 6
Emma 4
William 2
Infant
Armstrong Douglas 38
William 16
John 13
Walter 9
Thomas 6
George 4
Agnes 2
Armstrong John 41 Blacksmith
Aston J. Josiah 26 Labourer
Rebecca 20
Infant
Aston Samuel 35 Labourer
Caroline 32
Lambert William 12 Possibly an illegitimate son to Samuel
Hall Mary Ann 12 Daughters of Caroline to her first marriage to William Hall.
Hannah 10
Battany William 26 Labourer
Martha 25
James 2
Infant
Bates William 17
Baylis Daniel 21 Chain Maker
James 23 Butcher
Beadsworth John
Sarah
Mary Ann
Beard James 22 Carpenter
Ann 21
Edward 2
Infant
Bennett Joseph 25 Miner
Elizabeth
Biggs Matthew 29 General Labourer
Eliza 26
Elizabeth 2
Billiman George 26 Ploughman
Harriet 33
David 10 ?
Abraham 9
Harriet 2
Blessed George 21 Carpenter
Bolton - 19 General Labourer
Bradley Henry 32 Labourer
Ann 26
Daniel 8
Henry 6
Philip 4
Ann 3
Broad Charles 29 Labourer
Sarah 22
Bubb Thomas 21 Carpenter
Burke Theobald 25 Farm Labourer
Charlotte 25
Cadwallader William 22 Ploughman
Carter thomas 32
Carter Alfred H. 15 Labourer
Carter John 28
Charlesworth Edward 35 Labourer
Jane 32
George 3
Infant
Cheshire George 21 Labourer
Clark Timothy 22 Labourer
Clarke E. N. 22 Labourer
Clarke George 30 Labourer
Ann 22
Infant
Clay Edward 36 Labourer
Hannah 32
Cooper William 40 Labourer
Sarah 34
Infant
Coppins C. F. 22 Iron Founder
Cornhill James 30 Labourer
Dinah 25
James 5
George 3
Infant
Daly Owen 28 Butcher
Rachael 22
Mary 3
Agnes 2
Drapier Charles 21 Ploughman
Downes Aaron 25 General Labourer
M. A.
Dowsett A. 43 General Labourer
Eliza 40
Charles 18 General Labourer
Frederick 17
Sophia 13
Jesse 10
David 6
Emily 4
Charlotte 2
Infant
Eades William 37 Edge Tool Maker
Sarah 34
Martha 10
John 5
Infant
Edge Jacob 33 Shoemaker
Mary A. 35
Hannah 6
Edwards George 21 General Labourer
Farmer Benjamin 22 Carpenter
Feild William 21 Labourer
Firth George 21 General Labourer
Ann
Firth Elijah 21
Folley Patrick 21 Labourer
Gaitt James 47 Farm Labourer
Sarah 48
Frederick 18
William 12
Eliza 10
Gasgoin John 30 Carpenter
Christina 30
Mary A. 3
John 2
Gee George 27 Farm Labourer
Mary A. 27
Elizabeth 2
Greenwood William 27 Millwright
Mary 27
Ephrain 2
Mary A. Infant
Godfrey Henry 47 Ploughman
Hall George 25 blacksmith
Ann 25
Infant
Hall Eliza 22 Nursemaid
Harris Samuel 28
amelia 26
Jessie 4
Infant
Harper G. F. 39 Gardener
Charlotte 35
Elizabeth 9
Jane 6
George 4
Daniel 2
Hearn George 15 Carpenter
Hill George 38
Ann 32
Frederick 14
Herbert 10
Thomas 7
Infant
Hollaway Frederick 22
Holme Hiram 21 Carpenter
Jane 21
Infant
Howell William 26 Ploughman
Susannah 31
Hunt Charles 24 General Labourer
Sarah 32
Thomas 3
Maria 2
Jackson William 26
Ann 21
Jones Richard 31
Elizabeth 30
Mary 3
Samuel 2
Kelsey William
King John J. 26 General Labourer
King William 27
Sarah 20
King Ann Emily
Knight David 21 Groom
Lamerton George
Emma
Lawrence Alfred
Charlotte
Wallace
Charlotte
Ellen
Lawton George
Lawes William
Sophia
Sophia
William
Harriet
Lewes Thomas
Ann
Richard
Lewes Emma
Lewing Henry
Lewis Edward
R
Mary A.
Linnell Timothy
Mary
Lomas Joseph 37 Weaver from Stockport, Cheshire
Elizabeth 33
Harriett 7
Mansfield Henry
March Samuel
Emma
Eliza
Emma
Esther
Sarah
Inf
Meyrick Henry
Frederick
Caroline
James
George
Eliza
Millward Charles
Morris John
Nelson Thomas
Mary A.
Noles William
Parsons Thomas
John
Peapell Joseph
Elizabeth
Eliza
Esther
Joseph
Peel Thomas Alfred
Peers James
Sarah
Fletcher Samuel Child by Sarahs first husband John
Fletcher Eliza Child by Sarahs first husband John
John
Joseph
Peters James
Harriet
Martha
Hannah
Infant
Phillips George
Eliza
G. H.
Phillips Esther
Pidgion Joseph
Prince William
Matilda
William
Matilda
George
Infant
Pudney Henry
Ralston Walter
Rayner C. F.
Read Micaiah 36 Wood Turner
Louisa 33
Edward 12
Micaiah 10
Frederick 9
Louisa 6
Anne E 22 months
Alice 2 months
Reardon William
Mary A.
James
Sarah
Reilly James
Renwick Robert
Rebecca
George
Ridgeway E.
Jane
Eliza
James
Infant
Rivers Ellen
Ellen
William
Robertson David
Mary
Mary J.
Hannah
Martha
Amy
Robertson Elizabeth
David
Joseph
Roots Thomas
Mary
Eliza
John
Rossiter William
Phoebe
John
Henry
Infant
Rowe Robert
Mary
Alfred
Infant
Rowe John
Royle Nathan
Royle Mary
Scott George
Jane
Shadbolt Solomon
Shugar F. C.
Skelton Thomas
Simms John
Stevens Daniel
Stinson Benjamin
Mary A.
Edward
Infant
Stout George
Smith P.
Smith George
Eliza
Swaine Edward
Eliza
Swinburn William
Frances
Tapley John
Thompson William
Tibble Robert
Trueman Henry
Mary A.
John
Amy
Alfred
Henry
Verral James
Wagg Thomas
Phoebe
Martha
Sarah
Wall James
H.
Silas
E.
Francis
Ward John
Warwick R. William
Mary A.
George
Benjamin
Infant
Wassell Edward
Francis
West Felix
Whale George
White William
Whitton John
Marha
Thomas
Mary Jane
Sarah
John
Elizabeth
Wilton James
Wittell Alexander
Mary
Infant
Yarnold John
                                

ASTON family:
None of the 3 children listed are actually Astons. William I believe to be William Lambert (possibly illigetimate son of Samuel), Mary Anne and Hannah are both Hall, daughters of Caroline to her first husband William Hall.  Marry Anne Hall married James Turner in Wellington 5 Mar 1862 in Wellington. Mary Anne died of cancer in 1883, leaving James with 10 children, the youngest of which was 3 years old. Samuel died in 1893, while Caroline lived until 1914, surviving to see the birth of her first gg grandchild in 1909. Caroline's maiden name was Whittaker. If you have a connection with this family or would like to know more please contact Sophie Frizzell.

                                

BROAD family:
Charles and Sarah BROAD were married in Islington, Middlesex only two weeks before the Alma left Liverpool. Charles was born 1826 in Maidstone, Kent and Sarah (née EVANS) 1836 in Wales. Although trained as a gardener in England, Charles worked firstly as a waggoner, servicing Wairarapa & Hutt Valley. They settled in Silverstream, Hutt Valley where 3 children were born: Charles, Thomas (after his paternal grandfather) & William. Near the end of 1861 they moved to Invercargill, where 4 further children were born: Edwin, Amelia (after her maternal
grandmother), Sarah and Alfred. Charles and Sarah are buried at St John's Cemetery, Invercargill.  If you have any connection with this family or wish to share information please contact Joanna Broad

                                

PEERS family:
James Peers (c1825-1915) and his wife Sarah formerly Fletcher nee Wharmby (c1820-1896) were married in Heaton Norris, Cheshire in 1851. Sarah was first married to John Fletcher. John "disappeared" overseas after a poaching incident and left Sarah with their three children: Samuel Fletcher (1839-1892), Eliza Fletcher (1842-1862) and Ellen Flecther (1844-). Sarah then married James Peers in 1851 and they had two sons: John Fletcher Peers (1853-1893) and Joseph Fletcher Peers (1856-1895). Ellen died before coming to New Zealand. On the Alma both Samuel and Eliza were listed as Peers, but in fact were Fletchers. After arriving in Wellington, they lived in Karori Road and James worked as an overseer for the Mt Cook Prison chain gangs. They had a daughter, Mary Ann Fletcher Peers (1861-1946), while in Wellington. Eventually they moved to Hawkes Bay where oldest son Samuel had a farm and had married fellow Alma passenger Harriet Lomas. Daughter Eliza Fletcher married Charles Shotter in Wellington; John Peers married Margaret Logan McLennon in Napier; Joseph Peers married Mary Jane Kerr in Hastings; Mary Ann married Frederick Minton Roberts. James and Sarah Peers died in Tikokino and are buried in Waipawa. They were predeceased by all their children except for Mary Ann. If you have any connection with this family or wish to know more please contact Bruce Goodman.

                                
READ family:
Micaiah Read (1820 - 1890) was a Wood Turner, then Policeman from St Pancras, London. His wife Louisa (nee Terry) (1823 -1912) was born in Aylesbury, Bucks. With Micaiah and Louisa were their six children:
Edward born June 23rd 1844 (married Frances Haybittle in 1873), Micaiah born April 15th 1846 (had a birthday on board, married Ellen Whale - born 1855 in 1876), Frederick born January 1st 1848 (married Alice Brown - born 1857 in 1875), Louisa born August 2nd 1850 (married Walter Armstrong - born 1848 - in 1872), Anne.E. born April 16th 1855 (birthday on board married James Lomax - born 1855 - in 1879), Alice born December 9th 1856 (married Jeremiah Williamson - born 1847 - in 1878). After Alice, who was 2 months old when she was carried onto the Alma, they had 3 more sons, James Earl (b1860), Arthur John (b 1862), and Alfred Henry (b 1864). They settled in Wellington where Micaiah was appointed as Govenor of The Wellington Gaol in 1860, and he held the post until 1885 when he retired. He also was a rechabite teetotaler and formed the "Alma temperence society" in Wellington. Micaiah and Louisa were buried, (and reinterred) in the Bolton Street Memorial Park. The first 2 sons moved to the Rangetikei and Alice moved to Melbourne but returned to Wellington. The rest of the children stayed in Wellington and are buried in the Karori cemetery. If you have any connection or wish to know more, please contact Marty Read
                                                

PETERS family
James PETERS [aged 31], occupation shoemaker, wife Hannah Peters, nee Ford [aged 29], girls Martha [aged 10] later [married James Henry Baggarley], Hannah [aged 2], boys James Henry [aged 9 months]. The family orginally came from Marylebone, London. They settled in Carterton, Wairarapa where James established his shoemaking business. The family grew to include Sarah [b 1858] married Hugh Muldrock, John [b 1860], Emily [b 1862] married Alfred Andrews, William Frederick [ b 1863], Julia Elizabeth [b 1865] married Joseph Johnson, Alice Francis [ b 1867] married Henry James Argyle, Harriet Frances [born 1868] married William Hazelhurst
& Jane Winifred [ born 1868] married Albert Warner. Hannah Peters died in 1870 and James died in 1884. They are both buried in unmarked graves in the Claireville Cemetery. If you have any connection with this family or wish to know more please contact Bryce Johnson.

                                

LOMAS family:
Joseph Lomas (1820-1888) and his wife Elizabeth nee Forrester (1824-1867) were weavers from Stockport, Cheshire. Their daughter Harriet was 7 when they arrived. Shortly after arrival Elizabeth gave birth to William Henry who died the same year. They had 5 more children, Mercy (1858), George (1860), William (1862), Samuel Fletcher (born and died 1865) and Elizabeth (born and died 1867). Joseph worked as a gardener at Government House. He married again in 1874 to Elizabeth McClelland nee Forteris (1834-1887) who was Matron on the Ocean Mail 1874. Harriet married in 1866 to Samuel Fletcher who was also on the Alma, but on the list as Samuel Peers. He took her to land he had bought at Wakarara in the Ruahine foothills, a journey of  3 weeks from Wellington. For many years she was the only white woman in the area. She was 17 when she married and when her first baby was due she returned to Wellington. Her mother was also pregnant at the time, Harriet's baby was born first and her mother's a month later. Unfortuantely Elizabeth died and Harriet returned to her farm 'Pendle Hill' with both babies. Her little sister died aged 4 months and is the first burial in the family cemetery.
If you have any connection with this family or wish to know more please contact Liz Thompson.

                                

Copyright Denise and Peter 2000 - 2009

Reference:
Archives New Zealand Repro 1450 (Misc 105)
The Wellington Independent May 20th 1857