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Berar
Ship: 902 tons
Captain: Hight

Surgeon Superintendent: Dr C L Cunningham
Sailed London May 22nd 1873 - arrived Auckland September 3rd 1873

Under charter to the Shaw Savill Company, the ship Berar, 902 tons, made three trips to New Zealand, two to Wellington and one to Auckland. Leaving London on February 5, 1865, she reached Wellington on May 10, a passage of 93 days. Her next voyage was to Auckland. She left London on May 22, 1873, and reached Auckland after a passage of 103 days on September 3. On this occasion she brought out 308 immigrants, who arrived well, in spite of the fact that it was a large number for a ship of her size. There were 108 children on board, and of that number three died on the voyage - two babies and one little boy of five. Dr C L Cunningham was the ships medical officer. Mr Henry Shepherd, of Herne Bay, who came out in the ship on this trip, tells me that she brought out some, if not all, of the iron fluming for the Thames water-race. Among the passengers were also the Mills family, several members of which became so well known in cricketing circles, namely Messrs. George Mills, Isaac Mills, and William Mills. The third trip of the Berar was to Wellington. She left London on October 18, 1874, and made Wellington on January 22, 1875, a passage of 96 days. On this occasion there were twenty-one deaths from scarlet fever. Captain Hall commanded the Berar in 1865, and Captain Highho (sic) on the other two trips.
White Wings - Sir Henry Brett.

Her name is probably taken from the BERAR (also spelt BIRAR) district east-central Maharashtra state, western India which is famous for its cotton-growing.

Sordid Welcome To Newcomers - the arrival of the Berar

Our thanks to Lyn Dear for sending us this passenger list and for Judith Lattaway for the arrival write-up.

Name Age County Occupation
Families & Children
Andrews Richard 42 Cornwall Engineer
Mary 38
Lavinia 9
Katie 7
Louisa 5
Georgina 3
Eliza J 2
Richard A 6 months
Bailey Edward 39 Wiltshire Carpenter
Georgina 36
William 1
Barber William 29 Lancashire Painter
Annie 29
Lucy 6
Barry David 50 Cork Labourer
Julia 37
Patrick 10
John 7
Beets William George 24 Kent Bricklayer
Clara 22
William Henry 3
Emily Alice 5 months
Blistow William 31 Wiltshire Labourer
Jane 26
A W 3
William O 1
Boles Thomas 44 Derry
Catherine 40
George 11
Anne J 9
Brambly William 32 Hamptonshire Labourer
Sarah 22
Martha 8
William C 6
James 1
Brocklebank George 33 Cumberland Labourer
Mary J 30
George 8
William 18 months
Bruce Albert 25 Sussex
Ann 36
Butler Fred 30 Middlesex
Emma 28
Fred W 6
William 2
Collins William 40 Suffolk Labourer
Eliza 30
Mary Ann 6
William 4
Charles 1
Cox James 25 Oxfordshire
Maria 25
William George 8
James E 2
Cox George 26 Lincolnshire
Sarah 23
George 1
Crook George 31 Oxfordshire Labourer
Alice 24
George 6
Alice 5
William James 2
Ada 3 months
Firth Nathan 43 Yorkshire Engineer
Jane 38
Rowland 9
Joseph 6
Ellen 2
Oceana Berar Cunningham Infant Born on board
Gillson Nicholas 25 Lanark Labourer
Helen 20
Hanford (Stanford) William 30 Kent Carpenter
Emma 28
Charles 9
Annie 7
Herion? James 37 Kilkenny
May 30
Thomas 3
Catherine 1
Hughes James 33 Hampshire Labourer
Jane 33
Alice 8
Ellen 6
James 4
Frederick 17 months
Hyds Henry 23 Middlesex
Sarah 23
Harry 2
Esther E 1
Lock William 32 Hampshire Labourer
Jane 34
Lowe William 32 Lancashire
Wife 40
Elizabeth 10
Thomas 8
Mary E 5
May 3
Joseph 1
May George 28 Huntingdon Labourer
Ann 28
Mills Joseph 32 Worchestershire Gardener
Sarah 32
Joseph 4
Mary 2
Mills John 42 Kent Brickmaker
Emma 37
Edgar J 10
Thomas 8
George 6
Isaac 4
Harriet 2
Elizabeth 3 months
Mills Henry 38 Staffordshire Blacksmith
Betsy 36
Mitchell Richard 25 Buckinghamshire
Sarah M 27
William 2
Sarah 3 months
John Thomas 3 months
Moore Patrick 30 Kilkenny
Ellen 28
Mary 3
Julia 2
Movissey Michael 39 Kilkenny
Anne 34
John 10
Martin 7
Paterson Robert 30 Lanark Mason
Helen 27
Marion 3
Agnes 1
Potterton Charles 29 Yorkshire Joiner
Sarah 31
Charles W 6
May E 4
Preston George 26 Kent
Annie 30
Price William Charles 30 Middlesex Labourer
Janet 30
Seyeant Henry 38 Middlesex
Janet 35
Edmund 11
Janet 9
Eliza 7
Alfred 4
Herbert 2
Caroline 6 months
Shepherd Henry 36 Shepherd
Susannah 32
Henry W 7
Skudder Charles 38 Surrey
Harriet 40
Charles H 1
Smith Thomas 30 Surrey Labourer
Olivier 29
William 8
Earnest 6
Caroline 3
Walter 1
Smith John 27 Cavan Labourer
Rebecca 22 Sister of Margaret Fannin
Margaret A 1
Strahan George 40 Kent
Julia 39
Margaret 11
Alice 9
Verran James Cornwall
Helena
James 10
Emily 9
Elizabeth 7
Thomas 6
John 5
William 3
Walding John 40 Hertfordshire Bailiff
Mana 38
Whitford John 29 Cornwall Navvy
Mary Ann 23
William John 36 Cornwall Blacksmith
Fanny 36
William 9
Ellen 7
Harry 6
Hannah 4
John 1
Williams John 52 Monmouth Bailiff
Temperance 52
Willoughby Henry 48 Wexford Dairyman
Jane 42
Susan 10
Henry 9
Mary J 5
Willoughby William 18 Wexford Dairyman
Elizabeth 18
Wright Thomas 29 Middlesex Carpenter
Elizabeth 34
Esther 2
Charles 6 months
Single Men
Bagley James Cornwall Cooper
Barrow William Devon Labourer
Biggs George 24 Down Farmer
Boles James 27 Derry Carpenter
Thomas 13 Derry
Chapman Charles 22 Cambridgeshire Labourer
Clarke William James 16 Monaghan Labourer
Cunningham 23 Cork
Fitzpatrick Patrick 21 Limerick Farmer
Gay George 20 Middlesex Gardener
Harvey George 24 Berkshire Painter
Howes William 21 Cornwall Labourer
Johns Thomas A 21 Cornwall Labourer
Lowe Abraham Lancashire
Matthews John 15 Cornwall
Mills John H 17 Kent Labourer
James 14 Labourer
Moore William 13 Kilkenny
Patrick 12
Nankivell Samuel 27 Nottinghamshire Signalman
Nisbet Thomas 21 Middlesex Carpenter
Page Thomas 16 Hampshire Labourer
Paull William John 22 Cornwall Carpenter
Rice Peter 22 Louth Farmer
Edward 20
Ryan Thomas 21 Donegal Farmer
Seyeant Henry 16 Middlesex Butcher
Frederick 14 Middlesex
Smith Charles Cornwall Cooper
Vash James 45 Middlesex Labourer
Richard 20 Middlesex
Charles 14 Middlesex
Albert 10 Middlesex
Walding John 18 Buckinghamshire Labourer
George 17 Buckinghamshire Labourer
Walter Earnest 20 Lanark Labourer
Williams William 20 Glamorgan Shepherd
Austin 16 Glamorgan Shepherd
Willoughby John 13 Wexford
Wright Charles John 24 Middlesex Carpenter
Colonial Nominated Single Men
Barry William 15 Cork Labourer
Michael 13 Cork
Bearsley William 21 Warwickshire Mechanic
Casey John 18 Cork Labourer
Edwin Enoch 21 Norfolk Labourer
William 19 Norfolk
Leyden Edward 17 Durham Bricklayer
Thompson William 18 Londonderry Labourer
Single Women
Andrews Elizabeth 14 Cornwall
Mary 13 Cornwall
Boles Charlotte 23 Derry Servant
Eliza 18 Derry
Sarah 14 Derry
Brinnston Martha 19 Hampshire Servant
Burton Mary A 22 Gloucestershire
Clarke Margaret 56 Monaghan Dairywoman
Mary 14 Monaghan
Jane 5 Monaghan
Cronin Mary 18 Cork Servant
Cupps (Gupps?) Fanny 23 Lincolnshire
Doherty Margaret Limmerick
Donnelly Mary 27 Limmerick Servant
Fannin Margaret A 16 Cavan Servant - Sister of Rebecca Smith
Firth Eliza A 14 Middlesex
Giles Emily 20 Middlesex Housemaid
Gow Isabella 24 Cailhuefs Servant
Grar Margaret 26 Devonshire Servant
Harding Elizabeth 27 Lincolnshire
Martin George 8 Lancashire Travelling with Elizabeth Harding
Havanagh Bridget Middlesex
Hawkins M 50
Herbert Jane 38 Kent
Sydney 1
Jnoly Mary 26 Limmerick
Jones Mary M 23 Denbeigh Cook
Kaull Elizabeth 24 Cornwall Servant
Kearns Ann 35 Monaghan Housekeeper
Lowe Alice 14 Lancashire
Matthews Grace 35 Cornwall Washerwoman
Mary 19 Servant
Ellen 17 Servant
Maxwell Catherine 19 Cavan
May Eliza 18 Middlesex Nurse
McCarthy Mary 24 Cork Servant
Mills Emily 19 Kent Servant
Sarah A 12
Mills Fanny 17 Staffordshire Housemaid
Mitchell Mary 22 Cornwall
Mitchelson Eliza 22 Durham Servant
Monrath Julie 54 Germany
Clementine 23
Odena 3
Carl 6 months
Montague Catherine 18 Tyrone Servant
Murphy Eliza 20
Nisbett Catherine 19 Middlesex
Patient Alice 19 Middlesex
Rees Emma 26 Dublin Housemaid
Rogers Sarah 22 Herefordshire Laundress
Spaight Charlotte 17 Dublin
Stanford Louisa 21 Kent Cook
Taylor Ann 29 Oxfordshire
Walding Eliza 16 Buckinghamshire Servant
Williams Mary 14 Middlesex
Monica 18 Middlesex
Willoughby Sarah 15 Wexford Servant

                 

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