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The Press, May 23rd 1863

The ship Sebastopol, Captain D Taylor, arrived in Lyttelton harbour, from London, on Thursday evening about
5 p.m., after a protracted passage of over 100 days. She left Gravesend on the 17th January, and did not clear the land until the 9th February, experiencing heavy gales all the time. Her passenger list includes 17 in the 1st, and 27 in the 2nd cabin, besides 205 assisted Government emigrants. The passengers speak highly of the Captain, surgeon, and officers, and a few days before arrival presented them with testimonials, the one given to the Captain consisting of a purse of sovereigns and an address containing 230 signatures. This ship has been exceedingly free from sickness, no deaths having occurred during the voyage, but 3 births and one marriage. During the early part of the passage she spoke several ships bound to India and China.

Items from The Press, May 22nd 1863

May 14th, at High-Street, Christchurch, the Wife of Mr C Swinbourne, of a son.
May 21st, at Christchurch, the Wife of Mr T Mann, of a son.

May 19th, at High-Street, Christchurch, Elizabeth Mary Ann, daughter of the late James Purvis, surveyor, of Christchurch aged 3 years and 6 months

Items from The Press, May 23rd 1863

April 8, at Rookwood, by the Venerable the Archdeacon of Akaroa, John Physick, eldest son of Henry Phillips Esq., to Louisa, daughter of Nathaniel Smith Esq., of Horsham Court, Worcestershire