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The Wellington Independent November 28th 1857

The ship Ashburton, one of Messrs Young & Co's line of New Zealand packets, arrived in this harbour on Thursday morning last, from London, after a pleasant voyage of 110 days. She sailed from Gravesend on the 7th August, and made the run from land to land in 98 days. She brings 7 cabin and 92 second cabin and intermediate passengers, the majority of whom are for this place. One birth occurred on board but no deaths, and the general health of the passengers has been good. There are 20 Government  immigrants among the steerage passengers. The passengers speak in high terms of Captain King and the surgeon of the ship for their kindness and attention during the voyage. The Ashburton is a splendid ship, very roomy 'tween decks, and 1000 tons burthen. She is to be followed by the ship Westminster, which was to sail early in September.