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Merope
Ship: 1950 tons
Captain: Sutherland
Surgeon Superintendent:
Sailed London May 1872 - arrived Lyttleton 10th August 1872

Built in 1870 for Shaw Savill & Co. Ltd, Merope was another regular traveller to New Zealand. A fine looking clipper ship of 1950 tons, she made 18 Antipodean voyages in all. The majority of these, twelve, were to Lyttelton, three to Wellington, two to Dunedin and one each to Auckland and Timaru. Merope was destined to spend all of her life sailing between London and her various New Zealand ports of arrival. During a return voyage to London in 1890 her cargo of wool, flax and tallow caught fire by spontaneous combustion. The fire took hold and soon destroyed this fine ship. No crew were lost and there were no passengers on board at the time.
White Wings - Sir Henry Brett

Name Age County Occupation
Families and Children
Childs James 43 Dorsetshire Blacksmith
Anna 41
Bessie 13 Trans to s/w
Selina 11
Tom 9
Simeon 7
Clara 5
Fred 3
Cook Charles 31 Derbyshire Labourer
Louisa 30
Caroline 5
Louisa 2
Efford John A. 28 Lincolnshire Wheelwright
Louisa 28
John A. 5
Mary S. 3
Flavell Alfred 30 Worcester Labourer
Lucy 32
Harry H. 10
Maurice 9
Felix 7
Dennis R. 5
Clara M. 4
Colin H. 2
Charles 7 months
Heaps William 31 Yorkshire Joiner
Ann E. 27
Jones John 53 Montgomeryshire Sawyer
Jane 51
Elizabeth 18 Trans to s/w
Sarah 15 Tran to s/w
Jones Willaim J. 36 Middlesex Carpenter
Hephizibah 35
William J. 13 Trans to s/m
Henry B. 11
Mary A. 9
Alice J. 7
Arthur J. 4
Kay John 45 Durham Farm Labourer
Ann 43
Mary 13 Trans to s/w
Henry W. 11
Mallett Thomas 23 Cornwall Farm Labourer
Jane 18
Martin Andrew 43 Down Farm Labourer
Margaret 38
Andrew 17 Trans to s/m
Martha 15 Trans to s/w
William 8
Margaret 5
Robert 3
Sarah 10 months
Mohr Philip 30 Germany Farm Labourer
Emily 25
Philip 4
Walter 2
Morrison James 24 Isle of Man Carpenter
Elizabeth 21
Oppenhiem Alfred 24 Middlesex Labourer
Jane 21
Paget John 32
Eliza 30
Arthur 11
Henry 9
Rosanna 7
Louisa 4
John 7 months
Bessie 7 months
Patton Thomas 33 Armagh Farm Labourer
Rachel 33
Ann 9
Robert 7
Elizabeth 5
Thomas 3
John 1
Petherick James 52 Somersetshire Painter
Fanny 39
Alice 17 Trans to s/w
Blanch 15 Trans to s/w
Edith 13 Trans to s/w
Mary 11
Everest 10
Herbert 1
Quigley George 27
Ellen 30
Frances 6 weeks
Reeve John 28 Norfolk Gardener
Margaret 32
Jane 7
Agnes Infant
Rouke Peter 36 Dublin Labourer
Winifred 34
Joseph 17 Trans to s/m
Peter 14
Anne 11
Christina 10
Thomas 4
Rowe James 37 Devonshire Farm Labourer
Fanny 33
Ellen 5
William 4
Sandercock Thomas 38
Fanny 36
William 18 Trans to s/m
Mary A. 16 Tran to s/w
Eliza 15 Trans to s/w
Ellen 11
John R. Trans to s/m
Charles 9
Elizabeth 7
Fanny 5
Annie 3
Semmens Harry 22 Cornwall Farm Labourer
Mary 24
Smyth John 42 Kildare Farm Labourer
Frances 32
Richard 9
Anne 8
Ellen 7
William 6
John 5
Eliza J. 3
Sutcliffe John 25
Catherine 24
Catherine E. 2
Thyne Robert 27 Forfarshire Carpenter
Margaret 26
Wise William 28 Surrey Labourer
Emma 21
William J. 5 months
Wood George 36 Bucks Carpenter
Jane 36
Mary 15 Trans to s/w
Sarah R. 4
Wood Charles 26 Staffordshire Engineer
Jane 24
Single Men
Angove John 22 Cornwall Farm Labourer
Barlow Horace 22 Hereford Coach Maker
Bassett John 22 Cornwall Farm Labourer
Brook Thomas M. 23 Lancashire Labourer
Button Edward 19 Suffolk Painter
Boyd George 25 Donegal Ploughman
Childs Charles 18 Dorsetshire Farm Labourer
Grigg Richard 22 Cornwall Farm Labourer
Hanson Thomas 32 Surrey Navvy
Hodge John 21 Cornwall Farm Labourer
Hollstein Henry 15 Salop
Jones William J 13 Middlesex
Kerwick Richard 25 Cornwall Farm Labourer
Lang Henry 21 Cornwall Farm Labourer
Luntley Thomas 20 Herefordshire Tailor
Martin Andrew 17 Down Ploughman
Morrison Thomas 19 Isle of Man Farm Labourer
Nixon Richard 18 Down Ploughman
O'Neill Christopher 21 Armagh Ploughman
Owen David 21 Mongomeryshire Farm Labourer
Rourke Joseph 17 Dublin Labourer
Peter 14 Dublin
Sandercock William 18 Cornwall Farm Labourer
John 12 Cornwall
Smith David 19 Norfolk Shepherd
Telford William 54 Aberdeen Labourer
Telford George 28 Aberdeen Navvy
Telford John 26 Aberdeen Blacksmith
Vrey William 22 Cornwall Farm Labourer
Warrington George 20 Derbyshire Labourer
Single Women
Agar Margaret
Bayman Jane 23 Harts
Bowden Janet 27 Staffordshire Cook
Boyd Eliza 23 Donagal General Servant
Boyd Margaret J. 22 Donagal General Servant
Casterol Madelina 28 France General Servant
Chesney Jane 21 Norfolk Dairymaid
Childs Bessie 13
Crage Mary 29 Cornwall Dairymaid
Crage Ellen 24 Cornwall Dairymaid
Clyde Isabella 21 Tyrone General Servant
Doe Mary 22 Oxfordshire General Servant
Doherty Catherine 21 Donegal General Servant
Grigg Harriet 20 Cornwall General Servant
Hickey Catherine 34 Cork Cook
Higman Mary A. 20 Cornwall General Servant
Howell Mary A. 26 Somersetshire General Servant
Howell Elizabeth 17 Somersetshire General Servant
Jones Emily 18 Devonshire General Servant
Jones Elizabeth 18 Montgomeryshire General Seervant
Jones Sarah 15 Montgomeryshire Nurse
Kay Mary 13 Durham
King Charlotte J. 18 Surrey Dairymaid
Martin Martha 15 Down General Servant
McFarland Margaret 24 Tyrone General Servant
McGachie Jane 24 Fifeshire Dairymaid
McGregor Mary J. 25 Down Dairymaid
McGregor Elizabeth 21 Down Dairymaid
Murphy Mary 26 Londonderry Housemaid
Mullowney Ellen 22 Galway Dairymaid
Noy Emma 27 Cornwall Cook
O'Neill Ann 22 Armagh General Servant
O'Neill Alice 24 Armagh General Servant
Oppenheim Ada 15 Middlesex General Servant
Oppenheim Alice 12 Middlesex General Servant
O'Reilly Bridget 28 Dublin Housemaid
Orme Annie 16 Gloucester General Servant
Palmer Rhoda 15 Somersetshire General Servant
Payn Mary A. 30 Sligo General Servant
Regan Kate 18 Galway Dairymaid
Petherick Edith 13 Somersetshire General Servant
Petherick Alice 17 Somersetshire General Servant
Petherick Blanch 15 Somersetshire General Servant
Roberts Elizabeth 46 Cornwall Housekeeper
Sandercock Mary M. 16 Cornwall General Servant
Sandercock Eliza 15 Cornwall General Servant
Scanlan Margaret 9 Donegal
Scanlan Robert 9 Donegal
Sheenan Margaret 25 Kildare Housemaid
Sparrow Amelia 27 Suffolk Cook
Speedie Margaret 21 Perthshire General Servant
Somerville Mary 21 Tyrone General Servnat
Telford Elizabeth 30 Aberdeen General Servant
Telford Mary 7
Thompson Margaret 28 Monagham General Servant
Thompson Lucy E. 21 Monagham General Servant
Warrington Mary 18 Derbyshire General Servant
Warrington Harnel or Hamel A. 13 Derbyshire General Servant
Waterson Agnes 23 Forfarshire General Servant
White Elizabeth 34 Cornwall Dairymaid
Wood Mary 15 Bucks Housemaid
                                    
SANDERCOCK family:
Thomas and Fanny were from Cornwall and were married in the Liskeard registry office. In 1872 they came out to New Zealand with their nine children in the Merope and settled in Christchurch. Eliza married Horace Rowlett and had two children, that we know of. After Horace died she married Frank Grange and had two sons. Eliza died in 1920. If you have a connection to this family or would like to know more please contact Lynn & Kevin

Copyright Denise & Peter 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002

Reference:
Archives New Zealand

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