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The New Zealand Spectator and Cook's Strait Guardian July 2nd 1864
The West Australian, Captain Luke, arrived yesterday from England, after a favourable passage of 100 days from the Downs. She has seven cabin passengers and eighty steerage, half the latter for this Province, the remainder for Napier, a large proportion of whom are single women. Thirty dozen of small birds were sent by her for this Province by Mr Morrison, consisting of larks, blackbirds, bullfinches, starlings, sparrows, linnets, yellowhammers and goldfinches, of which not more than thirty have survived the passage, of these we believe there are several blackbirds, 2 goldfinches, one sparrow and one lark. Two bulls and two cows were also shipped for Napier, but only one bull is alive, the others having died a fortnight before reaching port. The passengers speak in high terms of the ship, the captain and the surgeon. The vessel is consigned to Messrs Levin and Co.
The ship West Australian, one of Messrs Shaw, Saville & Co's line of Passenger Packets, arrived in port yesterday afternoon from London, after a fine and pleasant passage of 100 days from the Downs. She brings the following Cabin passengers, Mr and Mrs Smith, Miss Burrows, Miss Rose, Messrs Bradley, Binns, and Dr Thirsfield; and 80 fore-cabin passengers, one half for Wellington under Government regulations, and the remainder - principally single women - for Napier. The passengers have all arrived in good health, and speak in high terms of the ship, her captain, and surgeon. She is a smart looking iron ship, brings a good cargo and is consigned to Messrs Levin & Co.
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The Wellington Independent July 2nd 1864
The West Australian, Capt. Luke arrived in this harbour yesterday afternoon, after a very comfortable passage of one hundred day from the Downs. She brings as cabin passengers: Mr and Mrs Smith, Misses Burrows and Rose, Messrs Bradley, Binns, and Dr Thirsfield together with about eighty fore-cabin passengers, one half for Wellington under Government regulations, and the remainder principally single women for Napier. Out of two bulls and cows shipped for Napier only one bull has lived. The passengers have all arrived in good health, and speak well of the ship, her captain, and surgeon. There have been no births or deaths on board during the voyage. She brings a good cargo and is consigned to Messrs Levin & Co.
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Hawkes Bay Herald September 6th 1864
A three-masted vessel, supposed to be the West Australian from London via Wellington, was rounding the Bluff at sunset yesterday.