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Nelson
Ship: 1247 tons
Captain: Leslie
Surgeon Superintendent:
Sailed Glasgow September 30th 1875 - arrived Otago December 26th 1875

The Nelson was one of six clipper ships built in 1874 by Robert Duncan for Patrick Henderson. She was specially built to carry passengers, and her accomodation was all that could be desired. At first she ran in opposition to the Shaw-Savill Company, but later, when the amalgamation took place, sailed under their flag. The nelson was a vessel of 1247 tons, and traded to the colony from 1874 until 1902. She was still afloat in 1917, sailing as a barque under the Chilean flag, and owned by Oelckers, of Valparaiso. As late as 1916 she was in Sydney Harbour.
White Wings Vol One - Sir Henry Brett
NB - Nelson made 23 voyages carrying immigrants

Name Age County Occupation
Families & Children
Arthur James 47 Renfrew Tailor
Mrs J 45
Helen 17 Renfrew Mill Worker
James 14 Renfrew Tailor
Mary 12
Jessie 9
Frederick 3
Ann 1
Arthur John 23 Renfrew Tailor
Ann 25
Mary 8 months
Baird David 29 Lanark Labourer
Mrs Isa 29
Catherine 6 months
Blaney James 42 Lanark Surfaceman
Jane 39
Jane 17
Catherine 15
Anne 12
Elizabeth 10
Bella 8
Bradley William 24 Lanark Gardener
Mrs 25
Elizabeth 6 months
Campbell William 31 Lanark Quarryman
Janet 30
Campbell Andrew 31 Lanark Carpet Weaver
Mrs 25
Campbell George 21 Lanark Cabinet Maker
Mary 25
Carlin John 24 Lanark Navvy
Sarah 23
Carruthers Andrew 25
Isabella 23 Linlithgow Farmer
Janet 1
Cook Robert 24 Ayr Iron Moulder
Janet 22
William 1
Craies William 28 Lanark House Carpenter
Mary 27
Mary 5
Janet 3
Davidson William 34 Serwick Ag Labourer/Fisherman
Margaret 32
Grace 6
Margaret 4
Andrina 2
Eccles William 32 Lancashire Farm Labourer
Catherine 32
Robert 11
Samuel 9
Finnie John 29 Lanark Gasfitter
Isa 30
John 4
Archibald 1
Fleming William 35 Lanark Labourer
Mrs 33
Margaret 5
Jane 3
Bella 1
Garren William 21 Ayr Iron Turner
Rebecca 22
Gilmour Alexander 24 Lanark Blacksmith
Rachel 20
Goodlet George 26 Forfar Engine Fitter
Mrs 26
Marjory 2
Margaret 2 months
Gordon Robert 25 Linlithgow Blacksmith
Mrs 25
Granger Henry 30 Northumberland Gas Fitter & Tinsmith
Eleanor 30
John 5
Mary Elizabeth 8 months Aberdeen Blacksmith
Hall David 32 Lanark Miner
Agnes 25
William 1
Hill John 22 Lanark Baker
Marion 19
Hollinger Joseph 27 Forfar General Labourer
Mrs A 26
Hunter James 21 Ayr Labourer
Mrs M 19
Margaret 8 months
Hutchenson Thomas 25
Barbara 23
John 2
Willimena 9 months
Hylands Morris 31 Lanark Labourer
Mrs E 26
John 5
Mary 3
Inglis William 33 Lanark Joiner
Janet 26
Janet 3
Richard 11 months
Johnstone John 28 Lancashire Joiner
Agnes 24
John 1
Johnstone Joseph 28 Forfar Farm Servant
Jane 28
Kennedy Barkley 24 Northumberland Coal Miner
Euphemia 25
John 3
Jane 1
Laurie James 37 Durham Rivetter
Elizabeth 32
Jane 11
Margaret 10
John William 8
Alexander 3
James Infant
Lawrence Mrs 44 Laundrymaid
Elizabeth 22 Dressmaker
Jane 19 Tailoress
Little Robert 25 Wigton Shepherd
Mrs M 23
Isabella H 4
Jane S 2
Lou Charles 37 Forfar Ploughman
Elizabeth 34
David 10
William 6
Charles 5
Jane 3
James 2
Elizabeth 6 months
McAuley William 36 Dumbarton Labourer
Marion 31
Christian (female) 10
Jane 4
Annie 2
McCallum John 29 Lanark Mechanic
Mrs E 26
Mary 7
Margaret 6
John 2
Robert 5 months
McConnell James 42 Ayr Bootmaker
Martha 41
Martha 21
Mary 18
Robert 15
John 13
Jane 12
Joseph 9
Margaret 7
Janet 4
McCulloch Archibald 27 Ayr Quarryman
Mrs 27
Margaret 7
Jessie 5
McEwan John 33 Ayr Miner
Mrs 28
Jane 7
William 4
Alexander 2
McKenzie David 28 Edinburgh Farm Servant
Isa 30
Alexander 5
David 3
Anabella 9 months
Moffat John 33 Lancashire Stonemason
Sarah 24
William 5
John 4
James 1
Morrison Hugh 28 Lanark Labourer
Mrs 25
William 6
John 4
Ellen 3
James 6 months
Nicholson Thomas 36 Shetland Carpenter
Jane 37
Nicol William 32 Forfar Watchmaker
Jane 29
William 5
Alexander 3
Catherine 1
Nicoll David 32 Forfar Labourer
Betsy 33
Elizabeth 7
Adelaide 5
Isa 3
Jemima 1
Norrie John 46 Aberdeen Blacksmith
Isabella 43
Maggie 17
Paton Thomas 20 Lanark Agricultural Labourer
Mrs C 23
Peterson John 24 Lanark Painter
Christine 22
John J 6 months
Porteous George Robert 43 Lanark Engine Driver
Barbara 42
Janet 19
Elizabeth 17
George 13
Barbara 11
Ramsay William 31 Linlithgow Miner & Farm Servant
Mrs J 29
Thomas 12
Elizabeth 10
Janet 8
James 6
Ann 5
William 4
Helen 2
Alexander 4 months
Wilson John 17 Linlithgow Farm Servant - Came with Ramsay
Ravie George 35 Renfrew Carter
Mrs J 25
Jane G 3
George 1
Reid James 22 Lanark Agricultural Labourer
Agnes 25
Margaret 2
Riddell John 43 Renfrew Sawyer
Jane 42
Thomas 24
Agnes 4
John 2
Robinson JB 27 Northumberland Miner
Mrs MA 24
MA (female) 3
John 1
Robison Thomas 34 Lanark Joiner
Margaret 28
Elizabeth 4
Jessie 4
Russell Stephen 28 Lanark Labourer
Jane 28
Margaret 3
Stephen 2
Shaw John 39 Lanark Labourer
Jane 38
Sim Alexander 37 Lanark Joiner
Janet 37
Alexander 15 Lanark Apprentice Joiner
Robert 13
William 11
John 7
Harold 3
Simpson William 27 Fife Miner
Janet 28
Thomas 1
Margaret Infant
Smith William 29 Forfar General Labourer
Susan 27
Margaret 5
Isabella 3
Joseph 1
Smith Oliver 49 Shetland Fisherman
Janet 54
Jane 19
Smith Thomas 32 Ayr Ploughman
Janet 30
Elizabeth 9
Margaret 7
James 3
Sneddon Samuel 27 Lanark Agricultural Labourer
Mary 27
Catherine 6
David 4
Isabella 11 months
Sneddon James 24 Lanark Agricultural Labourer
Mrs C 25
David 11 months
Suter David 36 Lanark Agricultural Labourer
Ann 37
Sutherland Robert 34 Shetland Agricultural Labourer
Grace 34
Lawrence 2
Swanson Sinclair 38 Sutherland Blacksmith
Margaret 34
St Clair 11
Alexander 11
George 9
Alexandrina 7
John 6
Helen 5
James 3
Daniel 4 months
Thomson Samuel 32 Serwick Agricultural Labourer
Agnes 43
Samuel 5
Mary 2 months
Watson William 33 Linlithgow Farmer
Mrs H 29
David H 6
Hellen 3
Marion 1
Wight William 44 Lancashire Miner
Elizabeth 21
James 1
Will Lewis 44 Aberdeen Agricultural Labourer
Mrs 44
Isabella 18
Alexander 11
Alexandra Jane 9
James 7
Will John 21 Aberdeen Shoemaker
Elizabeth 24
Wilson Thomas 25 Edinburgh Labourer
Isa 25
Joan R 4
Yarr William 24 Ayr Farm Servant
Margaret 21
Single Men
Andersen William 29 Edinburgh Baker
Bell Robert 24 Lanark Brass Finisher
Bellaney Charles 21 Edinburgh Gardener
Brown Thomas 22 Dumfries Draper
John 21 Dumfries Saddler
Robert 20 Dumfries Draper
Cameron Donald 25 Inverness Farm Labourer
Colquhoun John 23 Inverness Shepherd
Cook Finlay 24 Lanark Joiner
Cowe William 28 Berwick Cooper
Craig John 25 Lanark Joiner
Crichton Lawson 21 Lanark Labourer
Cumnock Allan 24 Renfrew Iron Ship Builder
Davidson Thomas 22 Edinburgh Labourer
Dick John 20 Kirkudbright General Labourer
Dougherty Thomas 22 Northumberland Ploughman
Drummond Peter 21 Fife Labourer
Edwards William 15 Forfar Grocer
Fleming Thomas 20 Forfar General Black Smith
Fowler William 23 Northumberland Joiner
Gillies Murdock 25 Lanark Agricultural Labourer
Gordon Robert 21 Sutherland Boot & Shoemaker
Hargreaves Alanson 30 Yorkshire Weaver
Hodge Peter 20 Fife Sawyer
Holmes James 27 Yorkshire Gardener
Inkster Andrew 40 Shetland Labourer
Isbister James 22 Shetland Farm Servant
Robert 21 Shetland Farm Servant
Jenkins John 22 Limerick Ploughman
Kilpatrick Robert 22 Rebfrew Carpenter
Knox Thomas 19 Lanark Tinsmith
Lauder David 25 Lanark Flour Miller
Loftus John 23 Lanark Quarryman
Lunn William 17 Linlithgow Joiner
Lawson Alex 23 Clackmannon Painter
Madill William 18 Lanark Labourer
Mackay John A 18 Sutherland Fitter & Turner
McArthur James 24 Lanark Engineer
McColl Donald 23 Lanark Ploughman
McConnachie John 26 Lanark Railway Porter
McCreedy Robert 21 Lanark Ploughman
McFie Archibald 18 Lanark Tinsmith
McKay Thomas 24 Edinburgh Ploughman
McKenzie Alexander 20 Fife Sawyer
McKenzie John C 24 Inverness Agricultural Labourer
McLaren James 16 Lanark Mechanic
Miller Thomas 24 Edinburgh Turner & Fitter
Mullin John 22 Durham Ploughman
Munro Thomas 28 Lanark Pointsman
Murray Samuel 18 Forfar Moulder
Neil James 31 Lanark Labourer
Nicol Alexander 35 Aberdeen Agricultural Labourer
Priestly Joseph 30 Lanark Mechanic
Ramsay James 56 Linlithgow Farm Servant
Reid James 23 Moray Blacksmith
Rock Thomas 21 Galway Labourer
Robertson Angus 20 Edinburgh Miller
Ross Kenneth 22 Lanark Painter
Scott Adam 21 Antrim Farm Labourer
Shand John 23 Fife Farm Labourer
Simpson John 18 Fife Miner
Smith Hugh 25 Lanark Telegraph Line Man
Splitt John 20 Fife Labourer
Stewart Thomas 32 Renfrew Carpenter
Stewart Charles 18 Forfar Farm Servant
Stirling Robert 20 Renfrew Engineer
Tait John 27 Lanark Stableman
Taylor Jacob 26 Renfrew Carpenter
Wood Michael 31 Ayr Labourer
Single Women
Anderson Emily 26 Perth Dressmaker
Anderson Sally 21 Sutherland Domestic Servant
Brodie Agnes 19 Lanark Machinist
Cameron Johanna 29 Inverness Farm Servant
Clark Margaret 16 Edinburgh House Servant
Corrie Jane 28 Lancashire Housemaid
Cumming Jean M 16 Clackmannon General Servant
Cunningham Elizabeth 17 Lanark Domestic Worker
Davidson Grace 63 Shetland
Elspeth 34 Shetland Domestic Servant
Edwards Jane 36 Forfar Dressmaker
Forbes Isabella 30 Edinburgh Domestic Servant
Fraser Louisa 40 Sutherland Seamstress
Gordon Isabella 22 Sutherland Domestic Servant
Harper Mary 23 Edinburgh Domestic Servant
Inkster Barbara 29 Shetland General Servant
Agnes 8 Shetland Domestic Servant
Johnson Margaret 21 Shetland Domestic Worker
Johnson Harriet 16 Lanark Domestic Servant
Johnstone Margaret 20 Shetland Shetland
Knox Ann 18 Lanark Domestic Servant
Lachlan Jane 23 Lanark Domestic Servant
McAnergny Ruth 22 Antrim House Servant
McNaught Agnes 23 Lanark Hat Trimmer
Jane 20 Lanark Machinist
Morine Amelia 19 Moray General Servant
Petrie Janet 19 Fife Domestic Servant
Reid Helen 22 Moray Domestic Servant
Rosk Bridget 18 Galway Domestic Servant
Stott Mary 40 Lanark Nurse
Thomson Margaret 23 Lanark Domestic Servant
West Mary 18 Lanark Servant
                      

George Robert PORTEOUS:
George Robert Porteous born 1822 in Holytown Lks Scotland and his wife nee Barbara Brown had a family of 11 children of which the four youngest came on The Nelson with their parents to Oamaru. The eldest children either stayed in the UK or went to the USA and Australia to marry and raise families. Barbara Porteous was 11 when she arrived in NZ and married James Webb in 1884. James having arrived from Shropshire England around 1879. James and Barbara lived in Oamaru and had 8 children. James drove one of the first hansom Cabs in Oamaru. Needless to our New Zealand line is now well scattered up and down the country and overseas. I would love to hear from anyone who has any connections. Paddy Merrill

                      

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