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The Wellington Independent December 31st 1861

The ship Wild Duck, Captain Bishop, sailed from the Downs for Wellington on the 15th October [had left London on September 9th]. This is the third time that this vessel has been despatched by Messrs Shaw Saville & Co to Wellington, and we have no doubt that she will on this, as on the two former occasions, be chartered to convey a return cargo of wool. She brings a considerable quantity of cargo, and about forty passengers.

........many of our readers will recognise the names of old returning colonists in the list of the passengers by the Wild Duck.