Ship: 1024 tons
Surgeon Superintendent: Walter Thomas Marshall
Sailed London February 5th 1863 - arrived Auckland June 7th 1863
|Families & Children|
|Elizabeth||68||Died on board 06/04/1863|
|Edith Jane||16 months||Died on board 15/03/1863
It is possible that this infant is "Jane" above.
|Malcolmson||F P H|
Alfred Edward Wild was born in 1816 at Portsmouth, England. His father, Edward Wild, was a rope maker in the Naval dockyard at Portsmouth. One of the family is known to have been lost with the Sir John Franklin Expedition in the icefields north of Canada. Another was engaged in the naval battle of Chesapeake v Shannon. A fob watch on display belonged to him.
Alfred Edward, who carried on business as a shoemaker, decided to emigrate to New Zealand with his wife and six children, the eldest, Frederick, then being 17 years of age. The decision was doubtless brought to a head following the death of his mother, Jane, in 1862. On 12th February 1863, the ship "Aloe" sailed with the family and possessions on board. The voyage proved to be an unusually slow one, largely due to adverse winds. Some 114 days were to pass by before the ship berthed at Auckland on June 7th 1863. The record of health on board was an excellent one, proving Captain Tregonning a very able master. Trouble was experienced in the Australian Bight. This was doubtless due to the crew demanding a landfall in Australia. Captain Tregonning had sailed his ship out of sight of land so far, and owing to the gold rush in Austrlia at the time, was determined not to land and possibly lose his crew.
The family quickly settled into their new home in lower Ponsonby. Alfred Wild was able to set up his shoemaking business in Franklin Road. Here his wife, Sarah Elizabeth, gave birth to a daughter (Ann) and died in childbirth at the early age of 36. Alfred Wild was thus left to face the hardships of bringing up his children in a new land. His eldest daughter, Ellen, proved to be a splendid foster mother to her young brothers and sisters and was her father's strong right arm during this difficult period. The small baby (Ann) sickened and died when nine months old and was buried alongside her mother in the Grafton cemetery.
Alfred Edward Wild found a ready sale for his boots and shoes, and his business brought him a reasonable prosperity. His children settled down to their schooling and their father's stern code of making them all "law abiding, God fearing people, and highly respected". He lived happily to the age of 90 to see his grandchildren and great grandchildren grown up throughout the Auckland province. If you have a connection with this family or would like to know more please contact...........
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Daily Southern Cross June 8th 1863