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Martha Ridgway
Ship: 621 tons
Captain: Henry W. Webb
Surgeon Superintendent: John Henry Cooper
Sailed Liverpool 6th November 1841 - arrived Nelson 7th April 1842
* indicates person disembarked at Wellington.

Name Age Occupation
Chief Cabin Passengers
Brodie James 30 Farmer*
Campbell Alexander Le Grand 22 Gentleman
Campbell Frederick Hugh Pearson 18 Gentleman
Cooper John Henry Surgeon
McDonald Alexander 30 Banker
McDonald Mary 50 Mother of above
McDonald Jane 19
McCleod Harold 20 Gentlman *
Read Andrew 35 Nurseryman*
Seymour Henry 48 Commission Agent
Elizabeth 48
Fanny 20
Intermediate Passengers
King John 32 *
Taylor W 21 *
Steerage Passengers
Allen Benjamin Smart 38 Gardener
Elizabeth 35
Benjamin Smart Jnr 19 Gardener
Kezia 17 Sempstress
Avery George 21 Chairmaker/Gardener
Sarah 26
Bainbridge James 29 Carpenter/Joiner
Isabella 25
John 6
Sarah 4
Elizabeth 1
Bell Lachlan 25 Farm labourer
Blyth James 38 Joiner
Ann 22
David 7 mths
Bowman Samuel 33 Blacksmith
Jane 32
Jonathan 9
Ann 4
Brougham John 32 Labourer
Maria 31
James 7
John 3
Brown William 32 Carpenter
Sarah 34
John 9
Jemima 7
Mary 5
William Infant
Butterfield John 28 Agricultural Labourer
Elizabeth 26
Hannah 4
Asa 8 mths
Coffey Mary ann 22 Servant
Coleman Thomas 35 Baker
Rebecca 36
James 15 Baker
Thomas 14 Baker
Moses 11
William 7
George 1
Crapper Ely 28 Mason
Ellen 29
Mary Ann 3 mths
Egginton John 35 Gardener
Ann 35
Stephen 16 Gardener
Mary 12
William 11
John 7
George Thomas 27 Agricultural Labourer
Mary 21
Glenon John 32 Smith
Mary 34
John 4 mths
Glenon Catherine 22 Servant
Gormly Margaret 20 Servant
Greathead George 28 Smith & Horseshoer
Dorothy 30
William 3
George Henry 1
Handley John 30 Millwright
Martha 30
Thomas 8
William 6
Mary 2
John 2 mths
Harding William 38 Bootmaker
Mary 35
Thomas 12
Elizabeth 10
George 7
Mary 1
Harrison William 37 Smith
Mary 36
Ann 9
William 7
Mary 1
Hunt Edward 50 Gardener
Inkersoll Charles 30 Labourer
Sarah 32
Jackson Adam 24 Sawyer
Alice 25
Jennings Charles 32 Mechanic
Elizabeth 22
Francis 1
John 1 mth
Kearns Charles 23 Bricklayer
Mary 23
William 8 mths
Kent Thomas 28 Agricultural Labourer
Mary 23
William 4
John 3
Eliza 5 mths
Ladley James 36 Carpenter
Sarah 34
George 1
Leighton William 36 Carpenter
Sarah 34
Frederick 12
Elizabeth 7
McGee Alexander 34 Shoemaker
Catherine 33
Charles 15 Shoemaker
Henry 12
Ann 9
Elizabeth 7
David 8 mths
McIntosh Lilly 28 Husband in Colony
Duncan 12
John 9
William 7
Mary 1
Malcolm Andrew 38 Sawyer
Margaret 31
John 2
Maling Thomas 29 Agricultural Labourer
Mary 26
Elizabeth 3
William 9 mths
Moore Daniel 26 Carpenter
Moorhouse William 29 Smith
Alice 29
Thomas 5
Charlotte 2
Morgan Richard 37 Smith & Turner
Johanna 35
Joseph 18 Smith & Turner
George 15 Mechanic
Benjamin 14 Smith & Turner
Mary 12
Sarah 12
Hannah 10
Martha 7
Nichol Enoch 32 Mason
Sarah 32
Thomas 11
Elizabeth 3
Grace 3
Saunders 1
Page William 38 Bricklayer
Sarah 35
Mary 12
Joseph 5
William 2
Rebecca 7 mths
Parkes Benjamin 28 Sawyer
Elizabeth 26
Mary Ann 7
Elizabeth 5
Sarah Jane 2
Paterson Andrew 29 Joiner
Margaret 27
Henrietta 1
Paul Hugh 17 Farm Servant
Perrin Edmund 28 Brickmaker
Mary 26
Perrin James 36 Brickmaker
Hannah 35
Potts David 26 Joiner
Hannah 23
Martha 7 mths
Ratcliffe Thomas 24 Agricultural Labourer
Rowbottom James 20 Farmer
Elizabeth 20
Scott William 32 Baker
Catherine 27
Catherine 2
William 5 mths
Sigley Joshua 35 Carpenter
Sarah 38
John 12
John William 11
Thomas 9
Eliza 7
Deborah 11 mths
Smith Donald 28 Farm Labourer
Sullivan Thomas 40 Bricklayer
Margaret 34
Mary Ann 19 Servant
Jane 16 Servant
Edward 11
Eliza 8
William 2
Phoebe 9 mths
Thompson Ann 19 Servant
Thompson John 40 Shoemaker
Alice 28
John 7
Alice 5
Tully Michael 39 Gardener
Margaret 31
Patrick 7
Margaret 3
Mary 4 mths
Tyzack John 23 Maltster & Brewer
Mary Ann 22
Waldie Janet 25 Dressmaker
Waterhouse Thomas 42 Labourer
Sarah 39
John 18 Labourer
Rachael 11
Webster George 33 Sawyer
Maria 34
Joseph 4
Elizabeth 2
Woodhouse Cecilia 18 Sempstress
Woodhouse Thomas 17 Carpenter
Woolf Samuel 30 Agricultural Labourer
Lydia 29
Alice 9
Ann 7
Thomas 6
John 4
Yates John 33 Carpenter
Jane 31
Henry 9
Edward 2

                                        

GEORGE family:
Thomas George, the son of Thomas George who came out to NZ on the Martha Ridgeway, married Elizabeth YULE the daughter of Alexander and Elizabeth YULE who arrived on the Bengal Merchant and lived in the Wairarapa. The wedding took place on December 7th, 1866.  If you have an interest in this family or would like to know more please contact Mathew Dowdell McPherson at henryknox@start.com.au or visit his great web site at http://www.angelfire.com/bc/henryknox/
                                        
GEORGE family:
Thomas GEORGE, Agricultural Labourer, born 4th March 1810, (son of Thomas GEORGE and Elizabeth MAIR), and his wife
Mary WALL, born Wales 23rd August 1819, (daughter of George WALL and Mary HALL), were newlyweds married on the 26th October 1841 at the Cheltenham Parish Church in the County of Gloucestershire, just 10 days before departing Liverpool for Nelson, New Zealand, on the Martha Ridgway. Thomas GEORGE was four years later listed as entry no. 294 on the 1845 Nelson Census, Grove Street, as a Labourer and Squatter. The first two of Thomas and Mary’s eleven children are thought to have been born in Nelson.  (1) Thomas GEORGE Jnr born 1844, who married Elizabeth YULE.   (2) Mary Ann GEORGE born 1846, who married Charles SLIGHT.  By the time their third child (3) Emma GEORGE born 1st January 1848, who married George Petoni CARTER, was baptised on 21st September 1848, the family had travelled on the cutter Johnnie Walker to Wellington where they permanently settled. The family lived in Willis Street and then a short time later at Tinakori Road, opposite where the present botanical gardens are. Thomas was the Turnkey at the Terrace Gaol for 22 years. Mary ran a Tea Garden called "The Cream Horn Garden".  (4) William GEORGE born 1850, firstly married Mary Ann SAYERS, then Marion Josephine HOOPER and Ellen BOYCE.  (5) Elizabeth GEORGE born 1853 married Henry KILMINSTER.  (6) John GEORGE born 1855 married Sarah Ellen GILLARD.   (7) James GEORGE born 1856 married Mary Amelia SKIPPER.   (8) George Frederick GEORGE born 1858 married twice, firstly Catherine Mary STANTON then Melena GOSS.  (9) Robert GEORGE born 1859 married Elizabeth CAMPBELL.   (10) Henry GEORGE born 1861 married Mary McDONALD.   (11) Rebecca GEORGE born 1863 married Joseph Japhet COTTLE.   Please make contact with Lesley Keil, (a descendant of Rebecca GEORGE), if you are interested in researching this family.
MALING family:
Christopher Louis MALING was born in Nelson in 1843 a few months after his father Thomas, a Chief Constable in Nelson was killed in the Wairau affray. He rose to the rank of Major and later worked in Japan before settling in England where he died in February 1917.

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