Ship: 460 tons
Captain: George Pyke
Surgeon Superintendent: Dr Philip Williams
Sailed London 16th June 1842 - arrived Wellington November 7th 1842
Nelson December 12th 1842
Note on passenger list:
"13th June 1842 - emigrants embarked at Deptford after breakfast"
|Buckland||Mr M||For Wellington|
|Christian||Eliza Sarah||For Wellington|
|Dillon||Hon. Constantine Augustus||29||Gentleman||For Nelson|
|Donald||Mr and Family|
|Fitzgerald||Thomas Henry||18||Surveyor||For Wellington|
|Four other children||For Nelson|
|William||Dr Philip||Surgeon on board|
|Coster||Charles||18||Farm Labourer||For Nelson|
|Daughter||Born on Board|
|Roberts||Rosa||12||Child by Mrs Jones first Husband|
|Ledgard||Robert||25||Agricultural Labourer||Assistant to Surgeon|
|Martin||Alice||18||Servant||Servant to Mrs Fox|
|Reynolds||Edward||32||Cabinet and Chairmaker|
|Son||Born on Board|
|Rhodes||Israel||27||Agricultural Labourer||Cook on board|
|Son||Born and died on board|
|JONES & ROBERTS:
For further information on Francis Jones and his wife Rosa and their children (incl the children from Rosa's former marriage) please email the Wilton Family History Team c/- Colin Watson.
For further information on William Fox please visit: http://www.myers.orcon.net.nz/wfox.html
Thomas Henry and Emily Fitzgerald were brother and sister to Dr John Patrick FITZGERALD the Colonial Surgeon at Wellington. On the same ship was Eliza Sarah CHRISTIAN from Dublin, Ireland who was to become the future Mrs John Patrick Fitzgerald. We cannot be sure but it can fairly be assumed that the Fitzgerald family were escorting the young Miss Christian to her intended wedding.
Israel Rhodes built a new house with timber, which he got from William Birdling, from whom came also the seeds of the gum trees that are still standing. In the early fifties he bought the homestead, with perhaps a small area of freehold and grazing rights of some 4,000 acres, paying the Rhodes brothers 250 pounds as compensation. In 1866 the license for the Flea Bay and Akaroa run, No. 30A, 7,000 acres was transferred to Israel Rhodes and Charles Haylock. Israel's sons worked the property until about twenty-five years ago, and members of his family are still living on the Peninsula. His son, Alfred, whose home is in Akaroa, told me that he is sure people were more happy in the old days. Everyone seemed honest then, agreements were made by word of mouth, and there were few papers to sign. The hills were covered with bush and it was wonderful to get up in the morning and hear the birds singing. Everyone worked hard but that did them no harm. "No man ever made a fortune for himself on the Peninsula who worked eight hours a day; you must work from daylight to dark."
At first the runs were stocked with cattle only, but sheep
soon began to appear. In 1843 the Deans brothers of Riccarton imported 43 from Sydney,
which were the first in the province. The following year the Greenwoods had about 400
running at Purau.....
|HARRIS & LEWER families:
Charles LEWER, labourer, farmer and sawyer, (baptised 2nd Feb 1821, Albury, Surrey), was the base born, (illegitimate), son of Charlotte SMITH who married James LEWER. Charles LEWERs wife Emma formerly HARRIS, (baptised 11th Dec 1825, Shere, Surrey), was the daughter of William and Sarah HARRIS. Charles and Emma LEWER were married for as little as eight days when they applied on the 14th May 1842, (application no. 5844), for a free passage to New Zealand. It was just two weeks earlier that Emmas brother David HARRIS, (application no. 5670) and his wife Caroline formerly COX, and son William aged two, had applied. Its believed that both the LEWER and HARRIS families, who sailed together to New Zealand on the George Fyfe, disembarked at Wellington on the 7th November 1842. An early record of St Pauls Church, Wellington shows a Henry HARRIS, born 18th Aug 1843, as being the son of David and Caroline HARRIS. The HARRIS family eventually settled at Pauatahanui. Two of David & Carolines nine children died in childhood. More than eleven years after Emma & Charles LEWER first arrived in Wellington, and while living at Porirua Road, they started their family of nine: (1) Emma, born 1854, who married Richard BARBER. (2) Henry born 1856, who married Mary Jane PRIER. Moving to Ohariu Valley the rest of their children were born: (3) Charles LEWER Jnr, born 1859, who firstly married Elizabeth PRIER and secondly Amy HAMILTON. (4) Jane LEWER, born 1860, who died young. (5) Lucy LEWER, born 1861 who married Thomas NEWLAND. (6) Mary LEWER born 1864 who firstly married Albert Thomas DORREEN and secondly John MANLEY. (7) Eliza LEWER born 1866. (8) Frederick LEWER born 1867 firstly married Emma PICKERING then Alziere MALCOLM. (9) Sarah Ann LEWER born 1869 married James Stephen SMITH a butcher of Wellington. If you have an interest in any of these families please contact Lesley Keil a descendant of Lucy LEWER.
Copyright Denise and Peter 1999 - 2003
Archives New Zealand NZC 34/2 p358