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The JURA departed the Clyde on 18 June, 1862 and arrived at Port Chalmers on 6 October, 1862, with Captain Chambers in command.





Transcribed from the Otago Daily Times, 7 October, 1862, Pg 4.



The ship Jura, from Glasgow, with 320 passen­gers, arrived at the Heads on Sunday night, and reached the port at eleven o'clock this (Monday) evening, in tow of the Samson. The Jura left Lamlash on the 30th June last, after some deten­tion in consequence of having to discharge a quan­tity of her pig iron ballast. She crossed the Line on the twenty-eighth day after leaving and throughout had a very favourable passage though battered for about a month off the Cape by a succession of S.E. winds. From the Cape to New Zealand, she made the passage in 27 days, experiencing some of her worst weather during the past week, when off the coast. When off the Tuscan, she lost both top gallant masts, and on the 20th of July carried away her jib boom and fore yard. Sighted only one vessel whose signal she could not distinguish, and saw no land. Except a simple case of measles when about a month out, no illness of an epidemic nature prevailed on board, and the passengers have through­out been exceedingly healthy. Out of the number, the married females suffered most, and one, Mrs McNeill, died on the passage.  She had been ill for some time, and, after the premature birth of an infant, who did not survive, rapidly sunk till the time of her death. That was the only death on board. There were other two births, both children surviving. The passengers, who include a number of young females, and the classes well suited for the colony, express themselves highly satisfied with Captain Chambers and his officers, whose efforts to render the passage as agreeable as possible, were considerably aided by the institution of a Debating Club, and other sources of entertainment. The lateness of the hour at which the vessel arrived, pre­vents our publication of the manifest, and ether details.






The Otago Daily Times, 7 October, 1862, Pg 4, made mention of these passengers -



Per Jura, from Glasgow:


Rev J. McNaughton,

Miss McNaughton,

Mr. McFarlane, C. E.;

Mrs. McFarlane,

Mrs. McFarlane,

Mr. and Mrs. McKimmell,

Mr. and Mrs. Donald and child,

Mr. Jopp and family,

Mr. J Vassie Smith,

Mr. J. S. Flemings,

Mr. Michaelson,

Mr. Keith Ramsay,

Mr. J. Davar,

Mr. Barr, C. E.,

Mr. J. Whinney,

Mr. J. Comlin.



Transcribed from the Otago Daily Times, 8 October, 1862, Pg 4.


Note some passengers names – in red

The ship Jura, already reported, discharged her passengers to-day into the Ruby, by which vessel they were conveyed to town—Mr Allen, immigration agent, being present, as usual, to receive those being assisted passengers, of whom there were a number—principally young females, and all of a very respectable class. A considerable proportion of the passengers are from the North of Scotland—many of them accustomed to pastoral pursuits, and others to a sea-coast and fishing life.  The list includes also a number of skilled mechanics. Among the other sources of enjoyment on board, the Debating Club was the most patronised, the meetings being held bi-weekly, and having an average attendance of 22 members, out of a roll of 32, of whom Mr. Barr was president, and Mr. J. V. Smith, vice-president, Mr. Bain and others filling the secretaryship and similar offices. Mrs. McNeill, whose death occurred on board, after a settled illness and a premature birth, was a native of Torneat, Haddingtonshire. The death formed the subject of a very affecting funeral sermon by the Rev. Mr. McNaughton, who was on board, and who, with Captain Chambers, Dr Adams, and others, took an active interest in the welfare of the passengers. Of the Cheviot, which left the Clyde before the Jura, there is as yet no appearance.


Transcribed from the Otago Daily Times, 10 October, 1862, Pg 4.


The passengers who arrived by the Jura from Glasgow, numbered altogether 284. The number shipped was 233, and this number was increased by three births but were diminished by the death of one of the passengers, and one of the infants, making the total on arrival 284, or equal to 272½ statute adults. The numbers previously given constituted the total list of persons on board, including officers and crew.


Another web page regarding this voyage can be found on “NZ Bound” by Olwyn Whitehouse.

Olwyn has put this page together as there does not appear to be an official passenger list available. In its place, she has compiled a list of passengers on this voyage from various sources.


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