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Edwin Fox
Ship: 836 tons
Captain: John S Davies
Surgeon Superintendent: Dr Tighe
Sailed London December 23rd 1874 - arrived Wellington April 18th 1875

The Edwin Fox was a full-rigged ship of 836 tons, built to the order of the famous East India Company. In 1878 her rig was changed to a barque. About the year 1873 she was brought by the Shaw, Savill Company, and in that year she made her first tri to New Zealand, Lyttleton being her port of call. In 1874 the Edwin Fox sailed from London on December 23, and arrived at Wellington on April 18, 1875, bringing 259 immigrants. She originally left London on November 24, but during a gale at Deal lost her anchor and put back. The vessel was then in command of Captain Walpole. On resuming her voyage again she ran into and sank a collier schooner, the Edwin Fox drifting on to the rocks at Deal. She was towed off and docked, and finally left on December 23, in command of Captain Davis.
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Name Age County Occupation
Families & Children
Anderson James
Bale Philip
Booth William
Boulden George
Bowden Charles
Bradshaw Henry
Brosnan Thomas
Cameron James
James 21 months Died on board 20/02/1875
Pythisis Abominales
Male infant Born on board
Carter Frederick
Cheesman Henry
Claridge William
Close Stephen
Collins Michael
Cook Walter
Crowther Dixon
Dobbie Thomas
Doddy Jeremiah
Dooley Francis
Downey F
Feahen John
Gardener Charles
Gash George
Gavey James 35 Guernsey
Susan Elizabeth 32
Agnes (Aggie)
Albert 10
James 5
Alice 2
Greenhill Frederick
Hall Alfred
Harrison William
Haskell George
Ingram Jasper
Virtue Ann
Leah Mabel
Frances Elizabeth
Jessie Mary
Victor Emmanuel
Wilfred Beach
Irwin James
Jackson James
Kearney James
Keegan Patrick 36 Cork Master Baker
Kelbow James
Kendall George
Kershaw William Colonial Nominated
3 children
Kimber John
King Arthur
Kitson William
Knigges Hermann Heinrich
2 children
Famale infant Born on board 29/03/1875
Lapp Henry
Langley Walter
Leitch Elizabeth
LeNowry Francis Ellen Lowney?    Colonial Nominated
Lloyd John
Loxley William
Lyne Thomas
Lyng John
Mackie George
Maining William
Anne Elizabeth
John Fredrick
Elizabeth Susannah
William George
Edwin Fox Born on board 21/08/1875
Mahoney Daniel
Martin Thomas
Mills Henry 32 Dorsetshire
Mary Anne 26
Lillie (Lily Ann) 14 months Died on board 25/12/1874 Bronchitis
Munro James
Murphy Daniel
Oki John
Pellard William
Price David
Quarterman Leonard
Quirke Bartholomew
Reed Thomas
Roberts Morris
Robins William
William Burrell 9 months Died on board 27/12/1874 Convulsions
Rowland George
Salter Thomas
Sexton James
John 5 months Died on board 26/12/1874 Diffuse Bronchitis
Smith William
Stacey Joseph
Stratford Charles
Sullivan John
Teehan Jeremiah
Turner Michael
Walsh John
Ward George
Wealleavers James
Webber Joseph
Whenbaw William
Whyte Archibald
Wicks Thomas
Wicks Edwin
Male Infant Born on board 24/02/1875
Wiggins Joseph
Esther Priscilla Infant Born on board 18/03/1875
Wilcock George
Emma 2
Edwina Fox Infant Born on board 20/02/1875
Williams Jasper
Williams William
Wood George
Woodneet Arthur
Woodward Stephen
Woolford Charles
Single Men
Atkins Samuel Colonial Nominated
Bracelin James Colonial Nominated
Coffey Michael Colonial Nominated
Dunn John 67 Colonial Nominated
Died on board 28/03/1875
Irritative traumatic delirium, bed sores and general exhaustion as a sequence of fracture through the lower third of femur.
Hagan James Colonial Nominated
Kingerlee Thomas Colonial Nominated
Purcell Martin Colonial Nominated
Son of Bridget Purcell Senior
Kelliher Maurice Colonial Nominated
Kingerlee Thomas Colonial Nominated
Moorey Edward 26 Died on board 16/02/1875 Diarrhoea
Purcell Martin Colonial Nominated
Son of Bridget Purcell Snr
Single Women
Andrews Catherine
Bonnell Juliana
Brosnan Ellen
Brosnihan Margaret
Brown Eliza
Cameron Ann
Clarke Maria
Coleman Julia
Connor Honora
Cullen Mary
Downey Mary
Gould Jane
Grint Annie
Hemming Caroline
Hogan Mary
Kearney Mary
Keepron Ellen
Kelbow Lavinia
Moore Louisa
Murphy Honora
Nicolle Judith Mother of Susan Elizabeth Gavey
Power Kate Colonial Nominated
Purcell Bridget Colonial Nominated
Mother of Martin Purcell
Bridget Colonial Nominated
Sister of Martin Purcell
Reidy Mary
Shea Margaret Colonial Nominated
Warwick Margaret
Williams Jane
Woodneet Annie
INGRAM family:
The family of Jasper and Virtue Ingram arrived in New Zealand on board the Edwin Fox. Accompanying them were their children Leah Mabel,  Frances Elizabeth, Jessie Mary, Nellyn, Victor Emmanuel and Wilfred Beach Ingram. They had three more daughters Maggie, Rosena and  Virtue and three more sons Walter, Herbert Jasper and Dorcas, all born in Masterton. If you have a connection with this family or would like to know more please contact Warwick Brooks.

GAVEY family:
James GAVEY (1841-1923) married Susan Elizabeth NICOLLE (1842-1935) on 23 March 1865 in Guernsey. Susan's family can be traced back to the early 1600's in Guernsey. James and Susan had 7 children; Ada (1879-1911), Alice Jane (1873-?), Susan (1880-1967), Jessie Cissie (1882-1963), James (1870-1925), Albert (1864-1888), and Agnes (?-?). James worked for the New Zealand Railways department for around thirty years. It is remembered by both my grandmother and her sister that they spoke French, especially when they didn't want the children to hear what they were saying! They are both buried in Terrace End Cemetery in Palmerston North. If you have a connection with this family or would like to know more please contact Bruce McNiven.


KEEGAN family:
Spanning one hundred years, through the reign of five monarchs, two world wars, earthquakes, epidemics, and a world wide depression, this is the Story of Patrick Keegan and Annie Sinnott. Their lives were a series of chapters. The struggles and pain during 55 yrs of marriage, were overshadowed by the huge bright bursts of laughter. Their love trained and strengthened the bond between them and their children .The children, there were eleven of them, grew up in a warm, close knit, very Irish Family. Though essentially different, there was a solidarity, loyalty and a tenacity to overcome obstacles imbued in each member of the family. Through all the triumphs and disasters they maintained their ever-present sense of humour and irrepressible optimism. Oh, what it is to be IRISH! Through-out Ireland in the 19th century there existed what was known as the hedge schools. Forbidden by law, they were conducted behind hedges and attended by ragged children eager to appease the appetite for learning, officially denied to them. Made extremely poor by the process, they invariably became hungry and very undernourished, to attend classes taught by scholars who risked death if caught. John Keegan of Connaught was one of the bright lights who graduated from the hedge. Poet and Patriot, he was born 1809, married to Catherine Brien, and died 1849, IRE. Their children were Patrick, born 1839, in Connaught and Ellen, born 1847, Gorey, County Wexford. Patrick was only a very young lad when the Family shifted to County Cork. He was later apprenticed to a baker, and was a Master Baker when he married Annie Sinnott in 1862/3. His Sister Ellen, married John Connor in Dublin 1867. Patrick was 36, and had seven children, when his doctor advised a long sea voyage for his wife, due to her ill health. So, having swiftly made a decision, and after selling up, they took a coach to Dublin, a ship to Bristol, and travelled by rail to London. There they boarded the clipper the Edwin Fox, 25th November 1874, bound from the River Thames, London, to Wellington, New Zealand. In London,after the family had boarded the clipper, it caught fire so all the passengers were put ashore again. The next attempt to sail also nearly ended in disaster. On Saturday the 28th the passengers re-embarked but, as there was thick fog , the ship could not be moved to Gravesend until Monday 30th for the pre-voyage inspections. Finally, by Tuesday the 1st December the ship had been made ready and on  the 2nd she set sail.Unfortunately they had to return to Gravesend on the 13th, owing to the stress of the weather. They had been driven back into the Downs, and  dropped anchor to near the Deal Sand bar where the ship ran aground as the tide fell, bumping heavily, and taking on water. The ship was towed to dry dock and the passengers disembarked and billeted once again, to enable a full inspection on the vessel. By now it was the 19th of December. One could imagine what was going through Patrick and Annie’s mind, should we just give up and go back home? But oh no! This is not the finish of the Edwin Fox’s troubles. The frustrations and delays must have been a nightmare, not to mention a severe drain on the resources, but must have been a godsend to the children, to do things they would have never been able to do before. On the 22nd re-embarkation took place yet again, but once again fog delayed sailing. The next day while being towed down the Thames, she ran foul of a coal-carrying schooner carrying away the Edwin Fox's jib. The schooner promptly sank. That’s when things really started to fall apart. It was said the Captain was “three sheets to the wind most of the time”, so was removed. He showed his disapproval by taking the sailing instructions with him, so a new set had to be obtained, and the ships Surgeon had had enough at this stage, too, and left. While all this was being sorted out, the ship had a new boom fitted, and by noon on Christmas day was finally towed out to the Chops of the Channel, and the voyage actually started. Their is plenty of family history re the voyage, but too numerous to recall here, and so, 114 days after leaving the  Channel, the little ship finally sailed into Wellington Harbour, YAAY! Patrick’s sister, Ellen, who married John Connor (who were also our Cousins) had already sailed on the clipper Douglas, arriving in Wellington 14th June 1873. It was them who rowed out to meet the ship and one could image the joy that this brought them. Unfortunately their were more delays instore, as there was a period of quarantine required on Somes Island. I was here that Mary-Ann Keegan was born on 18th April 1875. The family next stayed with the Connors to, as they say, sort themselves out, and prepare for the shift to Wanganui. As Annie had been a lace maker and had used her considerable talents making vestments at Wexford Castle, it is safe to say that any material that had presented itself to meet there imminent clothing needs would have had the most beautiful decorations on them, as all their clothes were hand made. From Wellington they travelled by boat to Wanganui, obviously making it over the notorious bar. It was here that John Keegan was born on 10th September 1876. The main families in this scenario, the O'Donnell’s, O'Shannessey’s, and Keegan’s have all had a long association with Wanganui, while our cousins the Conner’s were Wellington and then Christchurch based. The O'Donnell’s were Christchurch based first, whereas the O'Shannessey’s came south to Hokitika later on. The history of the families goes on from 1800 in Ireland to the present day, which brings in a lot more families not mentioned here, but where the Keegan link to the other families comes in is:
- Michael Keegan married Bridget O'Shannessey,
10th June 1886 at Wanganui  

- Elizabeth Keegan married Thomas O'Shannessey, 14th February 1888 at Wanganui
My Mother was an O'Shannessey and brought in that side. All these families originated from County Galway, Connaught Province, Eire. In closing, Patrick finally hung up his coat on, 20th April 1912, aged 73, after 38 yrs in New Zealand and is buried at Wanganui. His wife Annie did the same on 8th July 1914, aged 75, after 40 yrs in New Zealand and is also buried at Wanganui. Patrick Keegan is my 2nd Great Grandfather. If you have a connection with this family or would like to know more please contact AJ O'Donnell.

MILLS family:
Henry Mills was born about 1842 to William and Elizabeth at Lyme Regis, Dorset, England. His wife, Mary Ann Gould was born in 1848 to Isaac and Marie (nee Le Tissier), St Peter Port, Guernsey and died in 1883 in Wellington, New Zealand. Henry and Mary Ann were married in August 1869 at St Peter Port. Children born in St Peter Port were; Eliza Ada in 1871and Lily Ann on October 15th 1873. Lily Ann died on the Edwin Fox on the voyage out to New Zealand on December 25th 1874 aged 14 months. Subsequent children born in Wellington, New Zealand were; Joseph Henry in 1876; Lily Isabel in 1878, who married James Robert Lowe in Dunedin 1901 and died in 1960 in Dunedin, New Zealand - she is buried in the Anderson's Bay Cemetery, Dunedin - this is my Great Grandmother - Granma Lowe - and Charles J. born in 1880 or 1881. Little is known of Henry Mills after the death of his wife but it is thought that he went to Pahiatua and died there either 1910 or 1911. The older daughter, Ada, came to New Zealand some months after the death of her mother. The younger three children were in various schools in Dunedin between 1885 and 1891. Lily appears to have lived with William and Susanna Pickett for a number of years including 1891 but trace is lost of the boys after their last school entry in 1897. If you have a connection with this family or can provide any further information please contact Shona Paton.

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