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The Timaru Herald September 27th 1875

The immigrants from the Merope were landed on Friday morning. The landing was performed by the three services, the first load of passengers reaching the shore by 11 o'clock. The Captain was highly pleased with the dispatch which he received here, and stated that, owing to the completeness of the boating facilities, he should never hesitate to bring an immigrant ship to Timaru, unless the weather was very rough. The immigrants upon landing were conveyed to the barracks, where they had every opportunity to make themselves comfortable. The Merope sailed for Lyttelton during the afternoon of Friday. The following is the surgeon's report - To the New Zealand Immigration Commissioners. Gentlemen - In presenting to you my report of the voyage of the Merope, I have the honour to state that she left Plymouth on July 1st, with 264 immigrants on board, comprising :- Married couples, 48; single men, 81; single women, 31; children 66; in all equal to 225 adults. It gives me great pleasure to add that the health of the immigrants has been unusually good. This I attribute in a great measure to the superior system of ventilation adopted in this ship. A considerable amount of diarrhea prevailed amongst the children in the tropics, but fortunately not of a very severe type. Two births have taken place during the voyage. I have to record the death of three infants - one from tabes mesenterica, a second from diarrhea, and a third from premature birth. Of the behaviour and general conduct of the immigrants, I cannot speak too highly. Of course, among so large a body of people there have been some few to whom a reprimand was found necessary, but in no case has there been any flagrant breach of discipline. I have also to report favourably of the conduct and capabilities of the baker, cook, and others employed on behalf of the emigrants, who have done their work well and most willingly throughout the voyage. The fine quqlities of the Merope as an emigrant ship, and the present excellent working of the regulations laid down for the guidance of those on board, I am pleased to say, leave but a very small margin for any suggestions from me which would in any way enhance their value. I may mention that when the cooking is done entirely by steam, as in the Merope, the apparatus and condenser should not be dependent upon the same engine boiler for their supply of steam, as any accident or irregularity in its working involves a suspension of both processes.