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Woodlark
Ship: 867 tons
Captain: George Largie
Surgeon Superintendent: Dr Meadows
Sailed London December 12th 1873 - arrived Wellington March 24th 1874

When a comparitively new ship, the Woodlark was chartered by the Shaw Savill Co for three voyages to New Zealand. She was a fine clipper of 867 tons, built in 1870, and owned by A Stephens and Son, Dundee. She came out to Auckland under Captain T Wood, in 1873, with 125 Government immigrants, arriving in port on the 31st May. During a storm on the 2nd May, a boy named Goodman, while leaning over the bulwarks, lost his balance and fell overboard. Life buoys were thrown and the ship's lifeboat manned and lowered, but after an unavailing search for an hour returned. The boat had great difficulty in getting alongside the ship, as a high and confused sea was running. The following year the Woodlark, in command of Captain Largie, visited Wellington, and when she entered port was flying the yellow flag, scarlet fever having broken out on 24th December. She sailed from London on December 14, 1873, having on board 256 Government immigrants, and arrived on the 24th March, 1874. On Christmas Eve, ten days after leaving England, scarlet fever broke out, and from this date until the 12th March, the doctor treated no less than 39 cases, 18 of which proved fatal. There were also ten deaths from other causes. On the arrival of the ship at Wellington she was placed in quarantine. In 1875 the Woodlark made a smart passage to Otago. She sailed on the 2nd May with a small complement of passengers, under Captain Largie. Otago Heads were reached on the 3rd August, and port made the same day - 85 days land to land.
White Wings - Sir Henry Brett

Name Age County Occupation
Families & Children
Adams Henry 34 Warwickshire Labourer
Elizabeth 31
Annie 5
Rose 1
Bennett James 23 Waterford Shoemaker
Mary 22
Butcher John 27 Dorsetshire Labourer
Eliza 27
George 4
John 3 months
Campbell William 37 Lancashire Gasfitter
Maranda 36
Hannah 3
Mary 1
Chambers John 30 Armagh Farm Labourer
Ellen 30
Elizabeth 11
Adam J 8
Anne J 6
William J 4
Thomas George 2 Died on board - 26/02/1874
Enteritis
Collinson Mark 31 Warwickshire Iron Moulder
Margaret 28
Maria 6
Hannah/Harriet 4
Mark 3 months
Connery Patrick 40 Kilkenny Farm Servant
Catherine 27
Richard 11
Mary 7
William 5
Thomas 3
Patrick 3 months
Curtis Frederick 42 Middlesex Shepherd
Annie 32
Frederick 8 Died on board - 13/01/1874
Dropsy
Ernest 2
Dalton Edward 40 Waterford General Labourer
Mary 30
James 11
Catherine 8
Mary 4 Died on board - 20/02/1874
Convulsions
John 3
Ellen 2
Peter 3 months Died on board - 06/03/1874
Bronchitis
Dormer John J 22 Middlesex Carpenter
Margaret A 22
Joseph 3 months Died on board - 26/01/1874
Reed Alice Travelled with Dormer
Galligan James 48 Tipperary Agricultural Labourer
Susan 33
Mary J 1
Charles J 3 months
Grunow Thomas 37 Guernsey Painter
Fanny 26
Alfred 3 months
Harris James 21 Kent Bootmaker
Hannah 22
Rosa E 1
Harwood Edward 21 Warwickshire Labourer
Ann 22
Henderson W 35 Scotland Carpenter
Sarah 33
Elizabeth
Emerline
Charles 11
William 9
Arthur 7
Clara 5
Florence 3
Alfred 3 months
Herbert John 30 Tipperary
Catherine 22
Jeffries Frank 30 Gloucestershire
Clara 31
Ruth 5
Thirza 3 Died on board - 27/01/1874
Relapse after scarlet fever
Thomas 3 months
Kearny John 29 Waterford Shoemaker
Catherine 26
Mary 3
Ellen 3 months
Malin Charles 36 Northamptonshire
Patience 28
William 8
Harry 6
Agnes E 3 months
Malone James 28
Margaret 27
Mary 6
Hugh 4
Johanna 2
Catherine Woodlark Born on board
McLachlan John 38 Lancashire Labourer
Elizabeth 32
Lucy
Thomas 9
John 6 Died on board - 23/03/1874
Dropsy
Walter 3 Died on board - 24/12/1873
Scarlet fever
Andrew 3 months
Mills Robert 35 Berkshire Bricklayer
Harriet 34
Palmer Charles 20 Warwickshire Labourer
Sarah A 19
Palmer Thomas 23 Warwickshire
Jane 24
William 3 months Died on board - 23/03/1874
Phthisis
Robinson Anthony 43 Westmorland Labourer
Sarah 42
John W
Agnes A
Mary J
Robert 9
Richard 6
Joseph 2 Died on board - 28/02/1874
Physemia
Trott William 32 Warwickshire Iron Moulder
Elizabeth 31
Margaret 7
John 5
Emma 3 Died on board - 11/01/1874
Encephalitis
Ada 3 months
Winchester James 36 Down Farm Labourer
Sarah H 35
Mary J 8
Hamilton
Henry 6
Sarah A 4 Died on board - 21/12/1873
Convulsions from worms
James 3 Died on board - 16/01/1874
Strenuous disease of glands
Families & Children under the Emigrant & Colonial Aid Corporation
Clark George 31 Middlesex Labourer
Mary 32
Sophia 10
Harry 8
George 4
Anna 1
Evans Thomas 27 Brecon Platelayer
Mary 37
Gunnifreda 1 Died on board - 07/03/1874  ?????
Pert?
Howell William 43 Surrey Labourer
Fanny 35
Sarah
Elizabeth 8
Humphrey Charles 36 Bedfordshire Farm Labourer
Catherine 34
Sarah
Catherine 10
Charles 5
Thomas 3 Died on board - 23/03/1874
William 1
Lankshear Robert 27 Middlesex
Martha J 25
James 1
Looney Thomas 35 Lanark Labourer
Ellen 31
? 11
Bridget 9
Sarah 7
Patrick 5
Mary 3 Died on board - 02/01/1874
Scarlet fever
Luke Ward 32 Bedfordshire Labourer
Harriet 30
Harriet
Edwin 5
Emily 3
Mackie Robert 39 Kincardine Farmer
Elizabeth 30
Christian R 6
Edward M 3
George P 1 Died on board - 12/01/1874
Scarlet fever
McAllister Henry 41 Antrim Farm Labourer
Martha 37
Sarah 10
Harry 8
John 6
Sidney 5
Alice 3
Helen 1
Newell Charles 30 Hampshire
Mary 30
Charles 11
Frederick 9
Harriet 6
Esther 4
James 1
Noble John 28 Middlesex Labourer
Emily 26
Sarah 6
John 6
Page William 27 Middlesex Labourer
Eliza 25
William 7
Eliza 6
George 4
Amelia 2
Thomas 3 months
Smith William 34 Buckinghamshire Farm Labourer
Elizabeth 36
Louisa
George 10
Alice 8
Henry 6
Annie 4 Died on board - 23/03/1874
Scarelt fever
William 1 Died on board - 19/03/1874
Phthisis
Stringer John 25
Ellen 25
John 5
Joseph 3 months Died on board - 26/12/1873
Scarlet fever
Turner Edward 33 Buckinghamshire Farm Labourer
Jane 27
Honor 3
Walter 2
Single Men
Adams Charles 24
Adams J 23 Essex Plumber
Bourgois E 40 ? Gardener
Bourke William 19 Tipperary Prommisory note No. 253
Bransden Philip 25 Middlesex Painter
Brewster William 21 Middlesex Farm Servant
Briscoe Albert W 21 Warwickshire Moulder
Brooks John 18 Sussex Labourer
Buckeridge Thomas 22 Tipperary Iron Founder
James W 19 Tipperary Compositor
Cavey George 21 Cornwall Blacksmith
Clifford James R 18 Essex Labourer
Collins Alfred 20 Kent Printer
Cotter Francis 18 ? ?
English Walter 20 Norfolk Bootmaker
Gohan James 18 Waterford Farm Labourer
Hamilton Henry 22 Down Farm Labourer
Harris Edward 16 Middlesex Gasfitter
Hicks George 22 Oxfordshire Baker
Higgins W 18 Waterford Farm Labourer
Hobson J W 18 Armagh Farm Labourer
Hullard W A 19 Essex Carpenter
Hutchins John 24 Middlesex Farm Labourer
Hyde Richard 22 Warwickshire Labourer
Inam Joseph 20 Warwickshire Labourer
Jardin Albert 29 France Labourer
Jones Edward J 20 ? Smith
Walter D 18 Warwickshire Turner
Kendrick John 21 Essex
Lee Henry 19 Berkshire Farm Labourer
McCormack James 21 Armagh
Murray John 18 Waterford Farm Servant
O'Neill Master 26 ? ?
Power William 20 Waterford Farm Labourer
Poynter Thomas 22 Middlesex Navvy
Ranci Thomas 26 Southampton Labourer
Henry 20 Southampton Labourer
Robinson John W 16 Westmorland Joiner
Russell John 23 Renfrew Woodturner
Sheehan John 27 ? ?
Smith Frederick 15 Warwickshire
Mark 13 Warwickshire
Suling William 34 Middlesex Labourer
Sullivan John 20 Waterford Butcher
Suran David 15 Scotland Blacksmith
Welsh Michael 24 Waterford Farm Servant
Wood James E 21 Middlesex Labourer
Wright William 35 Bedfordshire Carpenter
Single Women
A? Anastasia 22 Kilkenny Dairymaid
Adams Charlotte 40 Cork
Branders Mary 17
Brophy E 20 Kilkenny Housemaid
Margaret 18 Kilkenny Housemaid
Bryar Mary 18
Ellen 34
Clifford Mary 20
Ellen 18
Cotter ? 18 Waterford
Corbett Ellen 17 Waterford Servant
Bridget 16 Waterford Servant
Margaret 21 Waterford Servant
Crotty Jane 18
Dalton Bridget 40
Dalton Johanna 14 Waterford Servant
Dalton Catherine 30 Waterford Servant
Dalton Ellen 24 Kilkenny Dairymaid
Dennison Ellen 19 Waterford
Donaghue M 18 Tipperary Dairymaid
Faithful Emily 19 Surrey Servant
Feiny Bridget 19 Kilkenny Housemaid
Fitzgerald Catherine 18 Waterford
Fu? Ellen 18
Harley Bridget 23
Harley Emma 21 Sussex Servant
Harty Catherine 28
Hawes Mary A 25
Higgins Bridget 22
Kennedy Johanna 28
Kenny Maria 21
Knox Mary 18 Waterford
McCarthy ? 20 Waterford Servant Prommisory note 242
McGrath Ellen 29
Michael 4
Mary 2
McNamara Mary A 18
Montgomery Elizabeth 34 Waterford Servant
Nash Bridget 24 Kilkenny Servant
Phelan Ann 16
Mary 25
Raynes Matilda 19 Servant
Regan Catherine 25
Ryan Bridget 25
Sullivan Annie 22
Sutton Marie 20
Tobin Johanna 18
Ward Mary 17
Welsh Margaret 18 Waterford Servant
Single Women under the Emigrant & Colonial Aid Corporation
Howell Sarah 13
Humphrys Sarah 13
Smith Louisa 12
Ward Harriet 12
                             

NOBLE family:
John Noble (c1838-1891) & Emily Noble (c1843-1926) and children Sarah & John (probably twins, born c1868) emigrated to New Zealand on this sailing of the Woodlark under the Emigrants' and Colonists' Aid Corporation scheme headed for the Manchester Block in Feilding. They had at least one other child (Eliza Jane, born Feilding 12 October 1877). John and Emily are buried in Feilding cemetery. Eliza Jane had a child (George) born in Wellington in April 1895. If you have any connection to the Noble family and particularly if you can shed some light on what happened to Eliza Jane, please contact Margaret.

                             

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