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ARRIVAL OF THE HALCIONE
The Wellington Independent July 29th 1872

It is pleasant once more to have to welcome the arrival of Captain Bishop with his good ship Halcione, and more especially so in these times, as he brings with him a large human freight, and shows a clean bill of health.

The Halcione landed her pilot at the Isle of Wight on Monday the 29th April, left the land (Start Point) on Wednesday, 1st may, and was telegraphed as passing Lizard Point on the 9th May. Experienced light variable winds and fair weather to the Equator, which was crossed on lon. 26 west on the 25th may. The meridian of the Cape of Good Hope was reached on the 18th June, and for three weeks subsequently had very unsettled weather; rounded Tasmania on the 16th July, sighting the South Cape. In latitide 40 south, lon. 105 east, a small iceberg was seen, the barometer being extremely low. From Tasmania experienced headwinds and calms; sighted New Zealand on the 26th, and Cape Farewell on Saturday last at 2am. Was taken in tow by the Wellington (bound South with the English mail), and arrived at anchor at 6pm on the 27th instant. The Halcione brings a large number of passengers, under medical superintendence of Dr Popham, LRCP, MRCSE, the names of which will be found above. There were four deaths (infants) and four births during the voyage, and no infectious disease. The ship was boarded by the Harbour Master, and the usual questions asked and answered satisfactorily. Captain Bishop brings his old officers, to shom with himself and Dr Popham the undernoted testimonials have been given. The Halcione has only been seven months and a half away from this port.

TESTIMONIAL TO THE CAPTAIN & OFFICERS OF THE HALCIONE
The Wellington Independent July 29th 1872

Testimonial presented to Captain Bishop and the officers of the ship Halcione by the passengers:- As our pleasant voyage is now drawing to a close, we, the undersigned, passengers by the ship Halcione, beg to thank you most heartily for your unremitting kind care of us. We deeply regret having lost the pleasure of Mrs Bishops society, especially as the deprivation was caused by illness, and we sincerely hope that your letters will convey to you the assurance of her complete convalescence. We must also beg to offer through you our very hearty thanks to Mr Wright and Mr Beck for the very hearty manner in which at all times seconded your efforts for our comfort. We hope Mr Wright may speedily obtain that promotion he so well deserves, feeling assured that the many excellent qualities which made him so popular amongst us will also ensure his being a favorite commander. [Here follows the signatures of the majority of the passengers].

Testimonial presented to Dr Popham by the passengers on board the ship Halcione:- We, the undersigned, passengers by the ship Halcione, beg you will accept our most hearty thanks for the unremitting kindness we have at all times received from you. We sincerely trust that the indefatigable attention to duty and the unfailing courtesy which you have at all time displayed, may receive their merited reward by every success in your professional career. We therefore beg to subscribe ourselves, yours very faithfully. [Here follow the signatures].

ARRIVAL OF THE HALCIONE
The Wellington Independent July 29th 1872

Amongst the passengers by the halcione are two sons of Mr Henderson, Messrs Brogden's engineer, and the wife of Mr Bell, railway surveyor. There are a number of skilled artificers in connection with railways and public works, besides a number of the regular navvy class.