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Daniel Rankin
Ship: 1047 tons

Captain: Alex Miller
Surgeon Superintendent:
Sailed Glasgow September 5th 1863  - arrived Dunedin December 5th 1863

It appears that no complete list for the Daniel Rankin exists. This is a partial list courtesy of Bob Matthews.
Our sincere thanks to him for allowing us to use it.

Arrival of the Daniel Rankin

Name Age County Occupation
Partial Passenger List
Blair William Newsham 25
David 26
Campbell Duncan c 27
Cassels Euphemia 43
Craig Robert c 53
Harris John c 28
Elizabeth 6 months
McArthur James c 28
Mary c 28
James c 23
McLeod Stuart c 34
Elizabeth c 28
Malcolm c 27
Peter George c 21
Muir Anna c 53
Murray Neil c 25
Catherine Jane c 24
Neilson Mary Hay c 28
Rule Mr
Robert Lawrence 12
Twaddle Archibald c 18
Wallace George 37
Robert 13
Catherine 12
Mary Law 10
James 8
William c 6
George 3
Thomas 1 month Born on board
Welsh Michael c 23

128 further passengers on board. If anyone has further information on a passenger list for this sailing we would be happy to hear from you.


William Newsham BLAIR: [Information taken from the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, Vol. 2]
William Blair was born August
10th 1841 at Kilmeny, Islay, Argyll, Scotland.  He was the son of David Blair and Mary Newsham.  At the time, David Blair was the miller at Ballygrant farm, Islay. William was educated at the parish school on Islay and then was indentured to a surveyor at Oban, Scotland and then to a civil engineer.  When he was twenty William went as an assistant to a civil engineer in Edinburgh but was laid off shortly thereafter. He returned to Islay but when he couldn’t find work there he emigrated to New Zealand, leaving Scotland on September 5th 1863. Before he left Scotland, William was engaged to Mary Kennedy of Kilmore and Kilbride, Argyll. They were married in New Zealand in 1867.  They had eight children, six sons and two daughters. Shortly after his arrival in New Zealand William was employed as a surveyor by Otago’s chief engineer of roads.  He was later involved in the construction of wharves and waterworks at Port Chalmers and in the surveying and planning for many of the Otago and Southland railways.  He then became chief engineer of railways followed by district engineer in the Public Works Department.  He was involved in a range of railway and bridge projects. William died on May 4th 1891 after a lengthy illness and was buried in Dunedin. If you have a connection with this family or would like to know more please contact Blair MacKenzie


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