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ARRIVAL OF THE ARETHUSA
Evening Post December 7th 1879

The fine ship Arethusa, under command of Captain J. H Stiven, and chartered by the N.Z. Shipping Company, arrived in harbour with the change of wind last night. Captains Rose and Holliday, with Dr. Johnston and Mr. Redwood, went on board, and, after examination, reported the passengers all well. The captain reports leaving Plymouth on third September, and had fine weather till crossing the line on 8th October; the Cape was passed on 3rd November, and Tasmania, on the 29th; Farewell Lighthouse was made on the 6th, and she anchored at the Heads on Sunday morning till the wind changed last night, when she was brought in by Pilot Holmes. The passage was particularly fine throughout. The health of the passengers was very good. Four deaths occurred during the first seven weeks - one adult and three infants. There were also four births, one of which was stillborn, and twins prematurely. All the immigrants excepting about 70 are nominated ; about 50 go to Wanganui by the Btormbird to-night, aud the Manawatu takes a like number to oxton to-morrow. Those for Wellington will be landed by the Moa to-morrow morning.

PASSENGERS BY THE ARETHUSA DELIVERED TO FOXTON & WANGANUI
Evening Post December 8th 1879

The Arethusa, which arrived from Plymouth last night, under charter to the N.Z.S. Co., brings 375 immigrants, all of them nominated with the exception of about 70. About 50 of them leave by the s.s. Stormbird for Wanganui to-night, and 50 by the p.s. Manawatu for Foxton to-morrow. The majority of the Wellington immigrants will be landed by the s.s. Moa to-morrow.

 

PASSENGERS BY THE ARETHUSA DELIVERED TO FOXTON
Evening Post December 9th 1879

Manawata, ps, 103 tons. Scoones, for Foxton and Wanganui. Passengers - Miss Ward, Messrs Graham, Deckson, and Mason; 60 immigrants ex Arethusa.

PASSENGERS BY THE ARETHUSA
Evening Post December 9th 1879

About 50 of the immigrants from the Arethusa were despatched by the p.s. Manawatu to Foxton to-day. The Wellington contingent were landed by the s.s. Moa this morning, and taken to the barracks. They appeared to be a strong, healthy looking lot of men and girls.

PASSENGERS BY THE ARETHUSA DELIVERED TO TARANAKI
Evening Post December 11th 1879

A batch of 34 immigrants from the ship Arethusa left in the steamer Waitaki to-day for Taranaki.

A DARK MAN AND A DARK ACTION
Evening Post December 15th 1879

Thomas Wisdom, alias Murray, a man of color, was charged with the larceny of two sovereigns, one 5 note, and 7s in silver from Robert Richardson, on board the ship Arethusa, at Wellington, on the 13th December, 1879. The prosecntor, who is also a darkie, deposed that he was cook on board the ship Arethusa. Prisoner was a seaman on board, and had his bunk a few yards from prosecutor's. On Friday, the 12th, on going to bed he had in his trousers pocket the 5 note, two sovereigns, and some silver. He placed his trousers underneath his bunk. When he arose on Saturday he went on shore without noticing that the money was gone. He found it out when he returned five minutes afterwards. He suspected the prisoner, and accused him of having stolen his money. He called in a policeman, and had him searched, but no money was found on him. Mary Ann France, a married woman, residing at the Mount Cook Barracks, deposed that she had been a passenger by the Arethusa. She knew the prisoner. She saw him early on Saturday morning at the barracks. She saw him carry a piece of old wood or flooring to a place outside her bedroom window. She afterwards met him and had a conversation with him. He told her that the little cook had lost his money and had accused him of it. Something induced her afterwards to go and see what it was the prisoner had been doing with the piece of wood. She found it, and underneath it she discovered that the sod had been disturbed. On scratching the earth away she found a piece of a handkerchief, containing exactly the money lost by the prosecutor. She and her husband took it to the captain, by whose instructions they handed it over to the police. Constable Christie deposed to arresting the prisoner, and also finding under the mattrass in his bunk a piece of a handkerchief corresponding to that in which the money had been found. Edmund Edwards, the second mate of the, Arethusa, corroborated the constable's evidence as to finding the handkerchief. The prisoner, who pleaded not guilty, was committed for trial.

THE ARETHUSA AT LYTTELTON
The Star January 9th 1880

Jan,8 - Arethusa, ship, 1845 tons, Steven, from Wellington. New Zealand Shipping Company, agents.

The New Zealand Shipping Companys chartered ship Arethusa, Captain Steven arrived from Wellington last night. She loads here for London, following the Hurunui.