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Empress
Ship: 1313 tons
Captain: Ellis
Surgeon Superintendent:
Sailed London February 3rd 1865 - arrived Auckland May 14th 1865

The Empress, a beautiful ship of 1313 tons, of the Houlder Brothers Line, made three successful voyages to Auckland. On her first appearance there  (1863) she sailed up Rangitoto Channel with a fresh north-east wind, on a dark night, and came to an anchor off the Queen Street wharf without a Pilot. The Empress came to Auckland again in 1865 under the same commander, making the run from the docks, which were left on February 3, in the good time of 98 days, not withstanding she was becalmed for 12 days between 15 deg. and 20 deg. south of the Equator. The vessel arrived on May 14th.
White Wings - Sir Henry Brett

This passenger list was kindly given to us by Pam Pakes and has been transcribed from the New Zealand Herald for May 15th 1865. Some names may have been spelt incorrectly as the copy was  very hard to read.

Name Age County Occupation
First Class Passengers
Bostock James William
Harriet E.
Robert Edward D
Edward
Brook Charles H.
Clarlson Ellen Elizabeth
Ellis Ellen
Eyre Robert A.
Robert Dudley
Graves Mary Ann
Greig David
Halliday Charles John
Masterson Henry
Ridley Mr
Mrs
Ripon Elizabeth Ann
Ross Donald
Saunders William
Margaret
Second Class Passengers
Baird Thomas N.
Batt William W.
Bennett Thomas
Bennett Emma
Marianne
Emma
John
Brassington George J.
Brooking Samuel
Elizabeth
Samuel
Fisher Robert
Greig Oliver
Letitia
Jones Ann
Amy Sarah
Kinross Robert
Lemprure Jane
Ann
McCanelless Emma
McLintock Elijah
Norton Matilda
Palm Barker John
William
Shilling Henry
Simons Amelia
Stoddart Charlotte
Taylor Thomas
Vaugan James
Emily
Wilson Ellen
Wolfe Arthur E.
Third Class Passengers
Anderson George
Ellen W.
John George
Anderson Archibald
Helen
Jessie
James
Jocobin
Barker William
Bell Warwick
Caroline
Rhoda
Jessie
Clara
Anna
Louisa
Frederick
John
Norman
Boyce Julie
Eliza Jane
Colson William
Jane
Sophia
Sarah Jane
Cook Samuel
Elizabeth
Davidson Mary Ann
Rachel
Derry Elias
Dixon Mary
Eades William Russell
Henry James
Fraser S. L.
Forrest Daniel
Hall Henry
Howard Samuel
Hudson Magdalen
Huges William
Letitia
William
Henry
Caroline
Alonzo
Albert
Hunstan John
Jones Richard
Thomas
Richard
Jones Joseph Henry
Hannah
Lewis George
Luck Thomas
May Edward
McIndoe William
Ella
William James
McKeown Nicholas
McNumee Anna
Miller George
Philips David
Philips Matthew
Sarah
John
Elizabeth
Emily
Ridout Robert
Sach Edward
Salmon John
Sloan John
Smith William Henry
Squires William
Stevens Charles
Stoddart William
Taylor Charles
Arthur
Emily Matilda
Herbert Henry
Walton Joseph
Mary Ann
Joseph Lerrey
Walton Thomas
Ruth
Waterworth William
William
Wright Henry
Assisted Passengers
Adam George
Ann
Isabella
Anderson Archibald
Helen
Jessie
James
Jacobins
Ashwell Edward
Joseph
Atkin James
Ann
Agnes
Mary
Sophia
Anna
William
Bassett Arthur
Beatty Martha
Bell Hugh
Boyce George
Julie
Eliza Jane
Boyd John
Margaret
Jeanie
Robert
Alexander
Brady Lawrence
Cain Henry
Callaghan Honora
Catherine
Cardie Margaret
Charnely Robert
Nicholas
John
Graham
James
Cook George
Corbatt Lucy
Sarah Jane
Coulter Mary
Cullivan Mary
Dickey Samuel
Nancy
Jane
Samuel
Nathaniel 14
James Spence
Robert
Dillon Ellen Jane
Doran James
Duffin Mary
Dunn Charles
Ebbett James
Egan Francis
Ellison Elizabeth
Glasgow Robert
Ann
William
Samuel
Sarah
Goodrum William
Gray Hugh
Halpin Thomas
Hamilton James
Mary Jane
John
David
John
Sarah
Haves Letitia
Hills Jane
Higgins Mary
Hogan Alice
Richard
Godfrey
Mary Ann
Howard Lemuel
Hunstan John
Hutchison William
Helen
George
Jane
Isabella
Thomas
Helen
William
Irone Thomas
William
Keiffes Patrick
Kelly Mary
Kenny Richard
Judith
Kerr Mary
Agnes
Elizabeth
Andrew
Larkins Hugh
Lewis Sarah
Sarah
Susannah
Eleanor
Eliza
Emma
Long John
Margaret
Mansfield Hannah
Marshall George
McArd Micheal
McConnisky John A.
McGunn Micheal
Margaret
McNuumee Anna
McTurney Joseph
Meeshaw Patrick
Mary
Micheal Samuel
Paul
Robert
Alexander
Mooney William
Moore Mary
Morrison John
Louisa
Murphy Honora
Catherine
John
Cornelina
Murphy Jane
Nareeney Grace
Cora
O'Brien John
O'Donnell James
Bridget
O'Donnell David
Frances
O'Meara Micheal
Catherine
Judith
Osborne Thomas
Porter Robert
Rapson Frederick
Reilly Patrick
Sloan John
Squirrel George
Taylor Mary
Watson John James
Westfold Sarah
Wright Samuel
Susan
William
Mary Ann
   

DICKEY family:
Samuel and Nancy (nee Spence) Dickey and their children Jane, Samuel, Nathaniel (Wayne's Great Grandfather), James Spence and Robert arrived on board the ship Empress. The Herald lists the family as Hickey rather than Dickey and did not list Jane who was also on board (corrected on this list). They came from the Townland of Ballybeg in the Ahoghill Parish, County Antrim, Northern Ireland and followed John and Samuel Dickey who were cousins of my Great Grandfather, Nathaniel. John and Samuel Dickey arrived in Auckland on the Annie Wilson in September 1863. Two of Samuel and Nancy's daughters, Nancy who married Alexander Knox and Rose Ann who married William John Rodgers, stayed in Northern Ireland. The eldest son of Samuel and Nancy, John, arrived in New Zealand at a later date but unfortunately was incinerated when his Raupo Whare burnt down at Browns Bay in 1908. The following is an article published in the Cyclopedia of New Zealand, 2nd Edition, 1902:

Dickey, Nathaniel: Settler and Contractor, Mount Pleasant, Paeroa. Mr Dickey is a native of Ireland, and was born in 1850. He came to New Zealand with his parents in 1864, landing at Auckland, and was on his father's farm at Waitakerei. In 1874, Mr Dickey went to the Thames, and after six years of mining decided to settle at Paeroa. He was one of the first to settle at the town, and was for many years engaged in conveying machinery to the various mines in the district. Mr Dickey took all the machinery to the Waitekauri Mine before the roads were finished, and when it was necessary to employ as many as eight horses to haul a fair load over the rough country. The batteries for the Waihi and Crown mines were also conveyed by him. Mr Dickey takes a great interest in racing and several well known horses have come from his stables, amongst them Recruit, Tetford, Libeller, Try Fluke and the stallion Brookly, etc. He has on his farm at Otumatia (Otumoetai) Brookly, Swiftsure, Lady Sterling, Boadicea, Cap-tivity, Victor and several others. Mr Dickey has several horses in training and is well known throughout the colony for his thoroughbred stock. He has always taken a great interest in the welfare of his district; he is the owner of the racecourse at Paeroa, and he gave the Paeroa Volunteers a fifle range, for which they made him an honorary life member. For nine years Mr Dickey was a member of the Ohinemuri Licensing Bench before it was merged into the Bay of Plenty District, and he has since held a seat for several years.
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Mr Nathaniel Dickey
If you have a connection with this family or would like to know more please contact Wayne Dickey.

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Reference:
New Zealand Herald May 15th 1865