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Birman
Ship: 544 tons
Captain: John Cleland
Surgeon Superintendent: James Motherwell
Sailed London 13th October 1841 - arrived Wellington 1st March 1842

Arrival of the Birman

Name Age Occupation Comments
Agaga Thomas 19 A New Zealander
Allen Eli 20 Blacksmith
Bell Ann 15 Sempstress
Bell John 34 Agricultural Labourer
Jane 39
Elizabeth 12
John 10
Thomas 7
Jane 4
Bell William 39 Joiner
Hannah 39
Mary 13
Sarah Jane 12
George 10
Sarah 7
Bradshaw John Edward 28 Basket maker
Mary Ann 22
Briggs Martha 38 House Servant Widow
Buck George Green 23 Smith & Labourer
Mary Ann 24
Alexandrina 9 months
Buck Henry Gregory 33 Smith & Miner
Elizabeth 36
Eli 9
Leah 7
Levi 3
Burford Robert 18 Servant
Carpenter Robert Holt 23 Carpenter
Harriet 23
Cayley Thomas 38 Shipwright Ships Constable
Mary Ann 37
Rebecca 13
Thomas 11
Celia 9
William 7
Joseph 5
Alexander Infant
Chapman Henry 22 Mason
Sarah 27
Sarah 9 months Died at sea 03/01/1842
Chronic Hydrocephaly
Chapple James 30 Cabinet Maker
Maria 28
James 7
Edward 1 Died at sea 24/11/1841
Diarrhoea etc
Clapham Ellen 16 Servant
Clapham George 18
Clapham Joseph 38 Labourer & Carpenter
Sarah 37
Thomas 12
Elizabeth 5
Joseph 3
Clapham Sarah 20 Servant
Clapham William 14 Labourer
Collis Charles 30 Agricultural Labourer
Ann 31
Harriet 9
Charles 2
Cronin Matthew 16 Agricultural Labourer
Cronin Patrick 38 Agricultural Labourer
Mary 36
Timothy 11
Mary 9
Morris 6
Crowther Samuel 20 Mason
Eliza 18
Jane 1 Died at sea 02/12/1841
Diarrhoea & Hydrocephaly
Davey Emma 14 Servant
Davey William 37 Slater & Plasterer
Elizabeth 35
Eliza 12
Susan 10
Amelia 5
John 11 months
Day Robert 26 Agricultural Labourer
Sarah 20
Duck John 23 Carpenter & Cabinet Maker
Eliza 21
Louiza Elizabeth 4 months Died at sea 28/12/1841
Acute bronchitis
Dunn Susanna Martha 14 Sempstress
Dunn William 38 Labourer Ships Constable
Mary Ann 37
William Thomas 11
Anna 7
Walter 5
John 9 months
Ferguson Mary 30 Servant
Furniss John 14 Labourer
Furniss Smith 17 Joiner
Furniss William 28 Joiner & Cabinet Maker
Sarah 27
Gillespie Andrew Haggarty 36 Joiner
Christian 36
Charles Haggarty 9
Andrew 7
Janet 6
Haigh George 33 Gardener & Agricultural Labourer
Elizabeth 35
Abraham 9
George 7
Agnes Bell 2
Harding John 21 Carpenter & Turner
Emma 20
Harvey Ann 11
Harvey Jane 13 Servant
Hill James H. 26 Farmer
Hobbs Charles 30 Carpenter
Sarah 31
George 7
Child
Domingo Infant
Hodges Charles 20 Sawyer
Louiza Jane 19
Hodges William 24 Sawyer
Elizabeth 21
Joseph Epex 7 weeks
Hunt George Prior 32 Bricklayer
Ann Sophia 26
Hurley Joseph 26 Carpenter
Winifred 30
Sarah Ann 5
Ladbroke William 23 Shepherd & Ploughman
Eliza 22
Levi Elizabeth 20 Servant
Lewis Evan 39 Gardener
Ann 32
Edward 10
David 8
Mary Ann 2
Joseph 6 weeks
Lismore George 24 Gardener
Mary Ann 22
Lowndes Lewis 28 Carpenter
Mary Ann 25
Ludwell William 36 Plasterer & Painter
Harriet 35
Maxton Samuel 26 Baker
Henrietta 20
Mellor James 28 Smith
Mary 24
Mary Ellen 11 months
Mills Charles 38 Carpenter
Elizabeth Sophia 40
Edward 12
Henry 10
Alfred 6
Elizabeth Mary 3
Robert 1 Died at sea 23/01/1842
Chronic Hydrocephaly
Mills Thomas 14 Clerk
Milson Daniel 30 Carpenter
Elizabeth 31
Monk John 32 Agricultural Labourer & Gardener
Phoebe 32
Ellen 10
Emma 8
Lucy 7
Julia 5
William 3
Frances Sophia Infant
Morgan Thomas 32 Brickmaker
Mary Ann 34
John 8
William 6
Thomas 1
Child Born & died at sea 20/11/1841 overlaid by Mother
Nott William 26 Agricultural Labourer
Ann 32
Parry Mary 21 Sempstress
Parry Thomas 28 Carpenter
Patterson Mary 18 Housemaid
Patterson Robert 39 Gardener
Ellen 39
Jane 13
Patterson William 15 Painter
Penfold Stephen 31 Carpenter
Harriett 32
Hannah 5
Harriet 4
Ellen Elanor 2
Henrietta Esther 1 Died at sea 08/12/1841
Tabes mesenterica
Perkins George 23 Baker
Sarah 22
Phillips John 34 Sawyer
Hannah 34 Died at sea 11/12/1841
Phthisis
George 13
Mary 10
Ann Eliza 7
Emma 3 Died at sea 30/01/1842
Phthisis
Read John 35 Agricultural Labourer
Prudence 38
Richards James 22 Plaster & Tailor
Sarah 23
Charles 2 Died at sea 16/01/1842
Infection of lungs after measles
Sargent Henry 25 Agricultural Labourer Ships Constable
Louiza Catherine 24
Henry 4
George John 6 months Died at sea 19/01/1842
Infection of lungs after measles
Solomon Esther 18 Servant
Sparks Jordan 28 Painter & Glazier
Mary Ann 22
Sarah 5
Startup Robert 23 Labourer
Sophia 19
George 2
Stewart Charles 16 Labourer
Stewart Lewis 18 Labourer
Stewart Richard 39 Labourer
Mary 38
Ferdinand 13
Alexander 10
Agnes 8
Richard 4
Ellen Infant
Taylor George 38 Agricultural Labourer
Sarah 27
Isabella 4
Elizabeth 11 months
Tonks William 35 Brickmaker & Miner
Jane 36
Sarah Ann 13
George 11
Rose Hannah 8
William 5
Enoch 2
Janet 3 months Died at sea 08/01/1842
Infection of lungs
Torr Joseph 27 Carpenter
Julia 29
William Henry 4
Thomas 2
John 10 months
Vaughan James 37 Plumber & Glazier
Jane 37
Augustus 13
Waters George 30 Plumber & Agricultural Labourer       Constable
Susan 28
Louiza Ann 5
Susan Jane 4 months
Waters Thomas 16 Plumber & Agricultural Labourer

                            

CROWTHER:
Samuel and Eliza Crowther of Halifax, England and their infant daughter Jane, left from London on board this sailing of BIRMAN bound for Port Nicholson. A month and a half into the voyage young Jane died having been unwell since around November 19th. Mr Bruce Crowther of Te Awamutu has compiled an excellent record of the ship, the voyage and life on board. Copies of this book are available from it's author at elcid@xtra.co.nz

                            

MAXTON family
Samuel MAXTON was born in 1814 to Peter and Anne (nee Hemmings). Samuel married Henrietta BURROWS and together they had four children before Henrietta died in child birth in 1848. Samuel later re-married Susannah DUNNE and they had a further seven children. Samuel ran a bakery in Greytown, in the Wairarapa and died there in 1884. One of Samuels children, Annie born 1855, married William Francis ROYDHOUSE whose family had newspapers in Gretown and Masterton. One of their children, Francis William born 1887, married Muriel Crawley and one of their issue, William John ROYDHOUSE, married Millicent ADAMS whose parents arrived on the Lancashire Witch. If you are interested to learn more of have a connection to this family please contact Cathy Dale.

                            

WATERS  Thomas
Thomas, aged 16 was a painter and tiler. Originally from Bath, England he arrived at Wellington ob board the Birman in 1842. In 1851 he married Elizabeth Habgood LUXFORD, who had arrived on the ‘Adelaide’ in March of 1840. Children included: Edward Jabez [born 1855], Fanny Maria Wheatland [born c.1858], Walter Charles Luxford [born 1859], Frank Robert [born c.1862], and Charles Henry Jasper [born 1863]. The family settled in Wellington, where Thomas died in 1864 and was buried in the Bolton Street Cemetery. Elizabeth then married Thomas GILCHRIST in Wellington in 1872. Elizabeth died in 1917 and was buried in the Bolton Street Cemetery.
If you have a connection to this family or wish to know more please contact Michael Butler

                            

PENFOLD Family:
Stephen Penfold [born 1805], occupation agricultural labourer and carpenter, wife Harriett Penfold, née MANSELL. Children: Hannah [born 1835], Harriett [born 1837], Ellen Eleanor [born 1839], Henrietta Esther [born 1840]. An unnamed male child who died in infancy [born 1845], Edward [born 1848], and Emily [born 1851], were all born in New Zealand after their arrival. The family originally came from Godalming, Surrey, England. The family originally settled in Wellington, then in 1846, moved to New Plymouth. Stephen Penfold worked as a miller in New Plymouth until his death of consumption, aged 45 years, on 11 August 1851. He was buried in St. Mary’s Churchyard, New Plymouth. Soon afterwards, the family moved to Wanganui. Harriett subsequently married Charles ASKEW in 1858. She died in Wanganui in 1884 and is buried in the Heads Road Cemetery.
If you have a connection to this family or wish to know more please contact Michael Butler

                            

Copyright Denise & Peter 1999 - 2007

Reference:
Archives New Zealand NZC 34/2 page 199