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Oriental
Barque: 506 tons
Captain: William Wilson
Surgeon Superintendent: Arthur Kemball
Sailed Plymouth June 22nd  1841 - arrived New Plymouth November 7th 1841

The Oriental, 506 tons, Captain William Wilson, the third of the barques chartered by the company, sailed from Plymouth on June 22, 1841, and arrived at New Plymouth on November 7, after having first called at Port Nicholson. There were only 90 emigrants aboard, and only one cabin passenger - Mr Charles Armitage Brown, the friend of Keats, the poet. Sixteen other cabin passengers had left the ship at Port Nicholson, as they did not like the reports they heard about Taranaki. The Oriental had a fine weather passage from the Old Land. As she had so few passangers and little cargo beyond the belongings of the passengers, she got quick discharge, but nevertheless she very nearly met the same fate as the Regina. Apparently there was some trouble with the crew, and in weighing anchor the orders of the Captain were not properly carried out. The barque was perilously near the shore, at one time being about half a cable's length off, but fortunately the anchors held when promptly dropped. Captain Liardet then went aboard and skilfully worked the vessel out of her difficult position. As it was she struck the bottom two or three times, but no serious damage was done.
White Wings - Sir Henry Brett

Our sincere thanks to John Offord for transcribing this list.

Name Age Occupation Comments
Cabin Passengers
Turner W D 25 Gentleman Disembarked at Wellington 27/10/1841
Mrs 20
Virtue G B 24 Gentleman Disembarked at Wellington 27/10/1841
Schroder G W 27 Gentleman Disembarked at Wellington 27/10/1841
Brown Charles Armitage 60 Gentleman
Knowles Henry S 47 Gentleman Disembarked at Wellington 27/10/1841
Mrs 34
Henry H 8
Francis W 7
Arthur 5
John 3
Walter 1
Kemball Arthur C 39 Surgeon on board
Beenlen Richard 35 Gentleman Disembarked at Wellington 27/10/1841
Distin John 38 Gentleman Disembarked at Wellington 27/10/1841
John S 13
Polhill Baker 50 Gentleman Disembarked at Wellington 27/10/1841
Steerage Passengers
Street Joseph 40 Carpenter
Mary 40
John 15
Ann 12
Richard 9
Joseph 7
Jacob 6
Romulus 1
Pattimore William 33 Labourer
Eliza 32
Elizabeth 7
Mary 5
Jacob 3
Joseph 11 months
Bishop John 34 Labourer
Charlotte 34
John 10
Walter 8
Benjamin 7
James 5
Emily 3
Thurza 11 months
Albert Infant Born at sea
Lander Richard 37 Labourer
Jane 31
Eliza Jane 9
Thomas 9
Fanny 6
John 4
Philp John 50 Builder
Margery 40
Elizabeth 21
Richard 18
Louisa 18
Frances 17
William Henry 11
Mary Jane 9
Jonas Matthew 39 Labourer
Elizabeth 37
John 13
Elizabeth 8
Mary 5
Matthew 4
Jane 2
Broadmore George 30 Sawyer
Alice 30
Lethbridge Richard 44 Labourer
Louisa 40
George 20
Thomas 18
Richard 15
Mary 13
Emily 10
Edith 2
Hunter William 19 Labourer
Hannah 21
Davies Thomas 33 Tailor From Helston in Cornwall
Ellen 30
Thomas 7
Pascoe 1
Hellier John 38 Lime Burner
Elizabeth 36
Thomas 15
William 13
Sarah 11
Elizabeth 9
Susan 7
Ann 5
John 2
Robinson George 44 Builder
Mary 35
Heale Thomas 28 Miner
Susan 27
Richard 8
William 7
Jane 3
Mary 1
Hancock John 25 Labourer
Elizabeth 21
John 11
Scutchings James 37 Gardener Disembarked at Wellington 27/10/1841
Jane 38
Jane 10
Charles 7
Benjamin 6
Ellen 2
George William 27 Blacksmith
Ann 26
Ann Bennett 7
Georgiana 5
William Henry 3
Thomas John 10 months
Cooper Samuel 40 Tailor Disembarked at Wellington 27/10/1841
Elizabeth 35
Charlotte 16
Thomas 14
Mary Ann 12
Betsy 9
James 5
Frederick 6 months
Wilton Robert 39 Disembarked at Wellington 27/10/1841
Elizabeth 36
Elijah 14
Charles 11
William 11
Thomas 9
Job 7
Frances 1
Williams William 30 Labourer Disembarked at Wellington 27/10/1841
Mary 30
William 12
Thomas 10
Amy 8
Daniel 5
Mary Ann 3
Infant
Hurlstone Christopher 45 Labourer
Maria 20
William 11
Mary Ann 9
Christopher 7
Watts William 45 Disembarked at Wellington 27/10/1841
Sophia 45 Labourer
Jane 21
Ann 19
Matilda 17
Edward 15
John 12
Elizabeth 10
Henry 8
Hannah 8
Daniel 5
Jesse 2
Smith James 28 Labourer Disembarked at Wellington 27/10/1841
Elizabeth 27
Sarah 7
Henry 3
John 1
Foreman Richard 43 Shoemaker
Susannah 47
David 18
Richard 17
James 17
Stephen 17
Henry 15
James 12
Thomas 13
Edward 11
Harriet 10
William 8
Ann 7
Eliza 5
Pote Ann 33 Servant
MaryAnn 10
Jemima 8
Henna John 27
Skinner Thomas 28
Vallack Jane 23
Sanders John 43 Labourer
William 42 Shipwright
William Henry 16 Wheelwright
Brett George 21 Lawyer
Coulls Daniel 50 Blacksmith
Eva Phillip 19 Mason
Stag Jane 21 Servant
Ashton Mary 56 Servant
Coulls Mary 20 Servant
Lumsden William 28 Gardener Disembarked at Wellington 27/10/1841
Emma 22
George William 50 Miner
Jane 49
Mary 26 Servant
Susan 21 Servant
Matilda 17 Servant
Shute Thomas William 27 Labourer

                  

WILTON family:
Robert and his Elizabeth Wilton and their family were bound for New Plymouth and arrived enroute at Wellington on the "Oriental" in 1841. It was here that the family disembarked because of the health of Elizabeth who had suffered badly during the voyage from England . Today the name Wilton is widely known throughout Wellington and the Wairarapa and it is probable that the descendants of Robert and Elizabeth form New Zealand's largest family. - A substantial project is underway to trace all the known descendants of Robert and Elizabeth and at the present time (March 2002) the database includes in excess of 11,000 individuals. Further information can be obtained from the family website http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Pines/1847 or by sending an email to the Team Leader of Wilton Family History Project, Jo Wilton at wiltonnz@hotmail.com or to the WFHP Communications Co-ordinator Colin Watson at colinwatson@xtra.co.nz

                  

DAVIES family:
Thomas DAVIES, a tailor from Helston, Cornwall, with his wife Ellen (nee CADDY) & sons Thomas and Pascoe arrived in New Plymouth aboard the ship Oriental. Children Louisa, James, Elizabeth & William were all born in New Plymouth. If you have a connection with this family or would like to learn more contact Pam Reynolds.

                  

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