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The Colonist December 30th 1859

The Golconda which arrived here last Saturday has bought with her some 108 statute adult passengers, all of whom with the exception of one, are for this port, amongst whom were some of our old fellow settlers, including Mr Saxton, Mrs Nicholson and children and the family of the Stratford's. She accomplished her passage in 110 days from the Downs. All the passengers express themselves highly pleased with the accommodation and treatment they received from the Captain and Surgeon. We regret to have to record three deaths, one a gentleman bound for New Plymouth,- his state of health was, however very bad when joining the ship, being then suffering from consumption. The others were Thomas Jones and his infant son who survived him some 2 months. We understand that a letter of thanks will be presented to the doctor of the vessel. This is the first visit to Nelson made by Captain Montgomery, but he is well remembered by the earlier settlers of Canterbury, having made the voyage in the Sir George Seymour, which bought out the first arrivals amongst the land purchasers of the old association, many of whom will no doubt be glad to hear of the safe arrival here of their old friend.