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THE ROYAL NEW ZEALAND FENCIBLES


The Royal New Zealand Fencibles, a corp of retired soldiers of good character, under 48 years of age (it was later lowered to 41), at least 5ft 5 inches in height and with a minimum of 15 years service, from Britain and Ireland. They arrived in Auckland, New Zealand between 1847-1852 and formed the defence force which protected the early settlers of Auckland. 2500 men and their families arrived aboard the following vessels and settled in Otahuhu, Onehunga, Howick and Panmure. Each were enrolled to serve seven years and were offered free passage for themselves and their families, with pay ranging from 6 pence to 1 shilling and 3 pence a day, in addition to their pensions, an acre of ground and a cottage.

SHIP PORT OF DEPARTURE DATE OF DEPARTURE
DATE OF ARRIVAL
PASSENGER LIST





Ann
Gravesend
5 October 1847
16 May 1848
Yes
Berhampore
London
7 March 1849
16 June 1849
Yes
Berwick Castle
Gravesend
13 June 1852
13 December 1852
Yes
Clifton
Gravesend
18 August 1847
23 January 1848
Yes
Inchinnan
Gravesend
14 January 1852
27 May 1852
Yes
Minerva
Gravesend
1 July 1847
8 October 1847
Yes
Oriental Queen
London
16 May 1849
18 September 1849
Yes
Ramillies
London
14 April 1847
5 August 1847
Yes
Sir George Seymour Gravesend
12 August 1847
26 November 1847
Yes
Sir Robert Sale
Gravesend
13 July 1847
11 October 1847
Yes

For more information see the New Zealand Fencible Society Incorporated web site.

 

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