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Departed from London on 20th September, 1865 and arrived in Auckland on 5th January 1866,
with Captain Joseph Allan in command.

Transcribed from the Daily Southern Cross, 6 January 1866, Page 4


The British barque Ballarat, Captain Allan, arrived in barbour early yesterday morning from London, 103 days out, with a large cargo of general merchandise, and 67 passengers, amongst whom are a number of agriculturists, farm servants, and artizans. The Ballarat left London on the 20th of September, and parted pilot three days afterwards. Lost sight of land the same day (23rd September), and experienced fine light winds and beautiful weather. Sighted the coast of Madeira and the Canary Islands, and arrived at the meridian of the equator on the 45th day out, in long. 28 W. Ran down easting in 47' S., and saw several icebergs, although escaping any danger to be feared through their proximity. The only vessel spoken during the passage was shortly before reaching Bass's Straits, when she spoke the British ship Orwell, bound from London to Sydney. The Ballarat made the passage through Bass's Straits, and sighted the Three Kings on the 2nd instant, after experiencing a succession of fine light winds and calm weather throughout the voyage; high light variable winds along the coast, arriving in harbour early yesterday morning, after a pleant passage of 104 days.

The Ballarat brings an addition to our population of 67 souls, which comprise a number of useful agriculturists, farm servants, and skilled artisans. She also brings an old colonist in the person of Mr John Finlay, who, accompanied by his wife and some members of his family, has been on a visit to England, and returns after a brief absence. The immigrants have arrived in good health, in medical charge Mr. John Batteson, surgeon-superintendent on board.

On the 9th October a steerage passenger, named George Milnes, aged 46 years, died of heart disease, after a brief illness. There were no other deaths, and no births, during the passage.

The Ballarat is one of the neatest and cleanest looking barques which has visited this port, and has made, considering the very light winds she encountered, a fair passage from London, beating the two previous arrivals by many days. The present is the first visit of the Ballarat to this port, her commander having formerly visited the colony in command of the well-known ship John Bunyan. The Ballarat last year visited Wellington, with passengers and cargo, and was originally intended to fill up for that port this year, when she was taken off the berth and plaed on the Auckland trade. She will be laid on this port for London direct immediately upon discharge of inward cargo, and expects to be freighted with wool and gum.

We append a list of passengers and cargo by the Ballarat:- 



Loote Ensign

Codrington Rev. A

Ballachier William

Henderson Peter

Moses Anne

Benn Ensign

Cashel Jane Ann, Richard, Grace, and Elizabeth

Langton James

Wallace William

Thatcher Mrs S

Massey  James

Second Cabin and Steerage

Gandin Frederick

Fowler Mary and Emma

Goddard Holland

Findlay John, Lizzie, Janet, Mary Robert, and Isabella

Dockrill Edward

Clarke Benjaman

Prosser George

Gilmer James B

Hall William and Fanny

Ellis Alfred

Burkett Daniel

McCrie Ann

Milver George, Esther, Nathan, Thomas, George, Sarah, and Mary Ann
Cooper  Elizabeth

Ellison Alexander B

Cronin Timothy

Wilson Samuel

Chambers Henry

Sheldon Letitia

Stevens Joseph

Ash Thomas and Richard

Doherty John

McRobert Archibald

Moore George

Robinson Henry, Martha, Harry, and Wm

McDermich Janet, John, and Isabella

Farrant Wm

Kidd Sarah and Alfred

Mountcashel Margaret

Halpin Bridget

McGaughey John and Elizabeth

Fleming Jane

Moore Jas.

Cooper  Ann Maria

Cooper  Samuel, and Sarah Jane

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