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Sir Ralph Abercrombie
Ship: 744 tons
Captain: J Anderson

Surgeon Superintendent:
Sailed London May 31st 1866 - arrived Lyttleton September 4th 1866

Sir Ralph Abercrombie, 744 tons, made two voyages to New Zealand in the 1860's. In 1863, in command of Captain Gilbert, she called at Lyttleton (with 40 passengers) and Port Chalmers and in 1866 she again called at Lyttleton with 34 immigrants.
Taken from White Wings - Sir Henry Brett

Arrival of the Sir Ralph Abercrombie

Name Age County Occupation
Cabin Passengers
Bailey Mr E A
Bosvilleplace Mr
Campbell Mr W S
Harrison Mr A
Pockhard Miss
Meinsersagen Mr F H
Whitcombe Mrs H
4 children
Second Cabin Passengers
Blockhead Mr J H
Caldwell Thomas
Elizabeth Aitken
Dickens Mr
Finley Mr
Mrs
8 children
Fountain Mr
Gingley Mr
Hindall Mr M A
Holmes Mr
Lambert Mr
Pitcairn Mr
Spink Mr
Stalval Mr
Young Mr

                                   

CALDWELL family:
Thomas Caldwell, was born in Prestwick, Ayrshire in 1839. In 1866 he married Elizabeth Aitken Caldwell, born in Londonderry  1846 after which they sailed immediately for New Zealand on board the Sir Ralph Abercrombie. They died in Gisborne in 1927 and 1933 respectively. They were first cousins, to the children of two Orr sisters who were both born in Annandale in 1807 and 1810 respectively. Jean Orr married David Caldwell while her sister Elizabeth Orr was marrried first to John Hay and secondly to William Aitken. Jean and Elizabeth Orr's parents were Thomas Orr and Hannah Longmuir Orr who were married in Stewarton in 1803 and were farmers at Annandale, near Kilmarnock, Ayrshire.
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Copyright Denise & Peter 2000, 2001

Reference:
Christchurch Press September 4th 1866

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