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Mermaid
Ship: 1233 tons
Captain: J White
Surgeon Superintendent: Dr Thomas Aickin
Sailed Liverpool July 11th 1859 - arrived Auckland October 19th 1859

Built in Nova Scotia in 1853, Mermaid was originally chartered by the White Star Line to run to Australian ports as a mail packet. During this trade she had a remarkable race with Red Jacket which eventually managed to beat her by 5 days. In 1859 she was applied to the New Zealand trade, making 10 voyages. Three of these were to Auckland and the balance to Lyttelton. She never managed to make any "cracking" voyages. On the voyage in 1868, apart from having some hair-raising experiences avoiding thirty icebergs off Cape Leeuwin and weathering gales in the Southern Ocean, she brought out Blackbirds, Goldfinches, Starlings and Larks for the Acclimatisation Society.
White Wings - Sir Henry Brett

Voyage of the Mermaid - the diary of James Qualtrough

Name Age County Occupation
Cabin Passengers
Aickin Dr Thomas
Agnes
John
William
Casement
Agnes
Ellen
Thomas
Somerville
George
Bell Alexander
Cope M A
Gologhy Miss
Muir Mr
Mrs
Margaret
David
A
McMath David
Miss
Nesbitt Anne
Mary
Susan
Jane
Sanger Mr
Mrs
Steerage Passengers
Anderson Isabella
Anderson Robert
Charles
Robert
Emma
Esther
Alexander Andrew
Atkinson Thomas
John K A
Atkinson George
Flora
Mary Louisa
Frederick William
James Henry
Alfred
Austin Sarah
Sarah Jane
Baker Despard
Binns Joseph
Hannah
Martha
Ernest
Sarah
Binning Emma
Blackburn George
Blake William
Jane
William
Bowden Michael
Bradney Joseph
Emily
James Henry
William Thomas
Isabella
Braithwaite John
Bridson William
Thomas
Brown David C
Bruce Robert
Burke Charles
Margaret
Charlotte
Francis
Bury Mark
Butterworth Isaac
Emma
Cain John
Calder Arthur
Miss Margaret
Cantwell Joseph
Elizabeth
Eliza
Joseph
Chadwyck Hiram
Chapman Henry
Chisholm Alexander
Crichton Robert
Crichton John
Mrs
Christian John
Robert
Clifford robert
Jane
Robert
Mary
Richardson
Clifford Sarah
Jane
Robert Henry
Clinton John
Collins Zachariah
Corbett Mr
Mrs
Corkell William
Cowley Robert
Mrs
Robert H
George
Walter
Jane
William
John
Cousans Hannah
Mary
Johannah
Deane Alfred
Desigwater John
Dickinson Robert
Ditty Cambel
Donovan Simon
Dunford Robert
English Mr J
Eyre Charles
Mrs
Anne
Arthur
George
Thomas
Charles
Lucy
Maria
Falls Henry
Fell James
Mrs
John
Catherine
Jane
Robert
Eliza
Joseph
Thomas
Fewtrail William
Field William
Fisher Alexander
Miss Margaret
Fitzpatrick James
Gale Edward
Mrs
Edward
Ellen
Margaret
Garrows Andrew
George William
Gill Evan
Gladhill George
Grant David
Mrs
Agnes
Anne
margaret
Jane
Peter
Alexander
Gimrod Alexander
Grummeland Deidrick
Hampton Robert
Hart M H
Heldt John
Ann
Elizabeth
Jane
Amelia
Augustus
Frederick
Eva
Christina
Rudolph Died on board
Henderson Robert
Herd George
Hop Thomas
Joughin Robert
Ann
Robert
William
Andrew
Anne
Thomas
Eliza
Joyce Mr W G
Kakerty Caley
Mrs
Kavangh Joseph
Kelly Miss Julia
James
Kelly Thomas
Kershaw Alfred
Kingsley Mr
Mrs
Infant
Laver Samuel
Levin Robert
Marriott Thomas
Charlotte
Charlotte
Matchett Charlotte
Martin Miss Ellen
Martin Robert
Mrs
John
William
Thomas
James
Milne Alexander
Moss Mr
Mrs
Miss
Thomas
Robert
Mowatt James
Murray Jane
Mary
Isabella
Mylechrist John
Ellen
Frederick
McCartney William
McGaw George
Miss Wilhelmina
McKay Charles
Miss
McMuir Edward
McMullan James
McNab Alexander
Christian
Nesbitt William
Mary
William
John
George
Nesbitt George
William
Oldham Alfred
Elizabeth
Frank
William
Herbert
Ormond John
Pakmere Ralph
Palmer Alfred
Mr
Henry
Anna
Dora
Pemberton Arthur W
Power Edward
Preston John
Qualtrough James
Mrs
Eliza
William
Richard
Anne
Thomas
Sarah
Emily
Quayle William
Rabbitt Patrick J
Radcliffe James
Rankin Deidrick
Reed James
Mrs
Eliza
Reid Richard
Rhodes William
Anna
John A
Roberts John
Richard
Robertson David
Sanderson Mr
Seale Henry
Seddon Latham
Selean William
Shanon Ephraim
Shaw Frederick
Mrs
Frederick
Percy
Charles James
Sherwood John
Sloan James
Miss Mary
Smith Robert
Smith Mr
Mrs
Spencer Miss Anne
Springhall John
Mrs
Sidney
Starkey James
Stracken Charles
Swift John
Taylor John
Miss Mary
Taylor Richard
Rose Anne
Mary
Anne
Thompson Miss Margaret
Viellop William
Walpole Edward
Walpole Miss jane
Wells William
Whitmore Samuel T
Williams George
Williams James
Eliza
William
Williamson John
Wilkie Mr G
Wilson William
Wood Mr P H
Wood George
Wright Edward
Frederick
                                             

BRADNEY family:
If you have a connection with this family or would like to know more please contact Graham Bould or visit his Bradney Website.

                                             

Dr Thomas AICKIN:
Dr Thomas Aickin of Somerville, Dundrum, Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin (by 1851), and later of Auckland, New Zealand He was born at Trim, County Meath, on September 14th 1816 and died at Auckland on May 1st 1897. He is buried in Avondale Cemetery. Thomas was educated at Drogheda between 1826 and 1831 and the following details his medical qualifications and activities; 1) TCD 1838 June 4 "age 23". LRCSI (midwifery) 1839. 2) Studied in Belfast and Vienna. 3) MD Berlin 1842. 4) FRCSI January 1st 1844. 5) Practising in Marlborough Street, Dublin, 1848-49. 6) Lecturer in medicine at Apothecaries' Hall, Dublin. 7) Published "A thesis on gout" and wrote medical articles.  He is assumed to be the Thomas Aickin who published "Observations upon the nature and treatment of Cholera" in 1854. Thomas and his family emigrated to New Zealand on July 11th 1859 as medical officer on the clipper Mermaid, arriving in Auckland on October 19th 1859.  Thomas farmed and practised medicine at Avondale in Auckland. He was appointed the Medical Officer of Auckland the Provincial Lunatic Asylum on November 23rd 1869 at a salary of 250 p.a. and was listed as a licensed medical practitioner, New Zealand in 1870 and a Superintendent of Asylum by 1886.  Thomas was married to Agnes Casement at Holywood in County   Down on December 11th 1845. Agnes was the eldest daughter of Hugh Casement, a ship- owner and  merchant of The Moat House, Holywood, and his first wife Agnes.  Agnes Aickin died in Auckland in 1881 or 1896 June 12th. Thomas Aickin was a grandson of Dr. James Patten, the Surgeon on Cook's second voyage on the "Resolution" and anecdote has it that Patten's glowing account of the NZ climate influenced Aickin's decision to emigrate. If you have a connection with this family or would like to know more please contact Hugh Speechly.

                                             

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Reference:
Archives New Zealand MSL 22 (Miscellaneous Shipping Lists)