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AUCKLAND WEEKLY NEWS
BOMBAY JUBILEE
MARCH 1915

These are extracts from the Auckland Weekly News - available on microfilm at the Auckland City Library. I do not personally have any more information than is shown here. Thanks to Jacqueline Walles for these.

BOMBAY’S JUBILEE - MARRED BY WEATHER [AWN 25.03.1915]

MEETING OF PIONEERS – EARLY HISTORY RECALLED P.19

The promoters of the Bombay Jubilee picnic and sports, which were held on Thursday in celebration of the jubilee of the arrival of the ship Bombay; laden with 400 immigrants, had good cause to complain of the weather. The rain at Bombay on Thursday was not by any means as heavy as in the city and elsewhere, but it was quite sufficient to prevent many of the old settlers from undertaking the journey. Instead of an attendance of 1000, only about 300 persons were present.

Almost every year since 1865, the Bombay pioneers have had some celebration, but on this occasion they prepared a more comprehensive programme, which, however, had to be considerably curtailed. The principal attraction was the sports and a large number of items were decided. An orchestra supplied the music. A strong committee, of which Mr H J Flay was president, and Mr R Cornthwaite secretary, was responsible for the arrangements, which were successfully carried out.

The Pioneers - Chief interest centred in those of the pioneers, who were able to be present at the celebration. Those in attendance numbered about 25, which is a little less than half of those still alive. The following contains the great majority of the survivors, with their places of residence:-

Living in Bombay are the following:

ALLISON, Mr & Mrs D
BALME, Mrs G
CAIE, Mr W
CARTER, Mr H
CORNTHWAITE, Mr & Mrs W K
CUTHBERT, Mrs
DONOVAN, Mr John
FAHEY, Mrs E
FERGUSON, Mrs S
FLAY, Mr H J
LANDON, Mrs W
McCLUNE, Mrs R
O’NEILL, Mrs T
ROKE, Mrs
SAWYER, Mr J N
STURGEON, John, James & Andrew
VINCE, Mr & Mrs W
WOOTTEN, C, G & R

Those residing elsewhere:
BILKEY, H., J., R. & E, Pukekohe
BOLLARDA, Mr F, Ramarama
BONNER, Mrs, New Plymouth
BUTTERMORE, Mrs, Auckland
COLLINGS, Mr C, Waikino
DALBETH, Mr, Rotorua
DAVEY, Mrs, Buckland
FENTON, Mrs, Auckland
GRIFFITH, Mrs, Auckland
HALL, Mr Sam, Swanson
HARRISON, Mr J H, Hamilton
JESSUP, Mr John, Auckland
JOHNSTON, Mr Thomas, Waihi
JONES, Mrs, Morrinsville
JONES, Mrs, Tuakau
JOYCE, Mrs, Devonport
KEARNS, Mrs G, Ramarama
MARTIN, Mrs, Hamilton
McKENZIE, Mrs D, Auckland
PARKER, Mr & Mrs J, Maungatawhiri Valley
PIGGOTT, Mr W, Auckland
PIGGOTT, Mrs W, Snr, Auckland
POWELL, Mrs, Waikato
RAU, Mrs C, Hauraki Plains
SAWYER, A & G, Gisborne
TREGOWITH, Mr R J, Mercer
WARIN, Mrs R, Auckland
WARIN, Mrs, Helensville
WARREN, Mrs J, Auckland
WAUGH, Mrs, Auckland
WORDEN, Mr Thomas, Auckland
WRIGHT, Mrs J H, Pukekohe

All through the day the pioneers and their descendants, who are legion, continued to arrive at Mr A French’s paddock where the celebration was held.

Maori War Echoes

Almost the first activity of the settlers on arrival in the colony was the formation of a volunteer corps, called the Razorback Rangers. The late Mr R PROUDE was captain, Mr JESSUP was lieutenant and drill instructor and Mr CORNTHWAITE was ensign and afterwards senior sergeant. Mr Jessup had been in the Royal Marines and had seen active service in HMS Arrogant, engaged in the suppression of the West African slave trade. The war was in progress when the immigrants arrived and before long they were ordered to Mercer to guard the ammunition. It was only playing at soldiers declared Mr Cornthwaite, because they had no ammunition themselves and had the Maoris come, they would have had to be met with the bayonet only. Soldiers were present from Wairoa and Pokeno and the Bombay contingent numbered between 60 and 70.

The opening of the Thames goldfield gave a fillip to Bombay. Many worked in the mines and invested their earnings on their holdings. A few years later cocksfoot came and when a man secured £25 for the product of five acres he was considered to be the possessor of a small fortune. Many went in for cows, one of which was sold by Mr John MARTIN to Mr W PIGGOTT for £20. The settlers churned their butter, for which they received 1s.2d. in winter and about 5d. in summer. Eggs fetched 7d per dozen in summer. The development of the dairying industry in later years really made Bombay, which is now the centre of an extremely prosperous district.

ARRIVAL OF THE BOMBAY - TOWED IN BY WARSHIP

The ‘Herald’ of March 20, 1865, contains the following account of the arrival of the Bombay:

‘Considerable excitement prevailed in the town during the morning of Saturday, in consequence of the report which had been current that the Curacao had been signaled in sight with a ship dismasted in tow. On arrival in harbour the ship proved to be the Bombay, Captain SELLARS. The ship had been out 111 days from the Downs, with 400 passengers and general cargo. The Bombay had fallen in with the terrific gale which had been experienced along the coast of New Zealand. Much anxiety had been felt as to the condition of the ship and passengers. We are happy to say the passengers were in the best health and spirits and that the ship was a model of cleanliness, evincing the greatest care and attention on the part of her commander and officers. When the condition of the ship is considered, knocked about as she must have been in the gale of two days’ duration, terrific seas running, and freighted with passengers, who had never before been so situated, calm and presence of mind and other sailor-like high qualities were necessary to preserve discipline and prevent anything like disturbance, which in such circumstances might have been fatal. The passengers speak in the very highest terms of their captain.

The following is the list of passengers:-
ABBOTT, Alfred & Harriett
ADAMS, Josiah
ALLISON, Edward & Ellen
ANDERTON, W L Charles
ANDREWS, Alfred
BALLARD, Luke, Elizabeth, Matthew & Leah
BARNS, Mary, Henry, Henry & Chas
BASS, John, Harriett, Sarah & James
BENSLEY, James & Jane
BIRD, Walter, Elizabeth, Elizabeth & William
BLAIR, Wm, Agnes & Thos
BOOR, Robt & Jane
BOSWORTH, Joseph
BOYLE, Daniel
BREACH, Samuel
BROOKE, Thomas, Sarah & Emily
BUKEY, Harry & John
BULKEY, Robt, Jane, Edwin, Robt & Mary
BULLOCK, Wm Richard, Thomas
BURTIMORE, Wm, Ann, Ann & Fanny
BUTTRESS, Saml & Sarah
CANDER, Henry, Mary & Eliza
CANTELL, Henry, Susannah & Charles
CASE, Wm, Jessie & Ellen
CHRISTY, Thos
CHURCH, George & Jane
CLARK, Edwin, Maria & Edwin
CLARK, Wm
COLLINGS, Chas
CONNELL, James
CONNELLY, Patk
COOPER, Wm & Mrs
CORNTHWAITE, Wm
COWEN, John, Catherine & John
CRAMB, Duncan
CURRIE, Thos, Elizabeth, Elizabeth & Hedley
CURRY, Matthew & Thomas
CURRY, Robt
CURRY, Sarah & Hannah
CUTHBERT, Wm, Jean & Beatrice
DALBETH, John, Harriett, Mary & Harriett
DAY, Herbert, Sophie & Sophie
DENHAM, John H
DONOVAN, John, Alice, Ann & Elizabeth
DUDLEY, Thos A
EAVES, Thos, Ann, Ann & M
ECOB, Wm R & Eleanor
EDWARDS, Thos & Jemima
ELDER, David
EVANS, Henry, Harriett & Harry
EVANS, James, Elizabeth, Emma & James
FAHY, Edward & Ellen
FEARNLEY, John
FLAG, Charles, Mary Elizabeth & James
FREESH, John C & Ann
FUNNELL, Thomas
GILLARD, Jane & Mary
GILLARD, John Wm
GILLARD, John, Susan, Arthur, Chas, Tom & Emily
GOLDING, Henry
GOODFELLOW, W
GOUGE, Fredk & George
GREEN, Thomas
HALL, Edward & Margt
HALL, Jane Mary Ellen & Rebecca
HALL, Joseph & Jane
HALL, Thos & Samuel
HARDWICK, Thomas & Sarah
HARRISON, Joseph, Eliza & Harriett
HENNESSY, James, Bridget, Michael & Margt
HIGGINS, Maria
HIGGINSTON, Martha
HOWE, Alfred, Mary, Ann, Agnes & Alfred
HOWE, Susan & Mary
HUGHES, John
JAMIESON, Robt & Julia
JESSUP, John & Sarah
JOHNSTON, George
JOHNSTON, Thos Robt
JOHNSTON, Wm, Mary & Andrew
JONES, Elizabeth
JONES, Thomas, Ann, Alfred & Sarah
JONES, Thos
JONES, William & Amelia
JONES, Wm, Margt, James & Wm
LANDEN, Wm
LANGHAM, Thos, Catherine, Mary Ann & Thos
Le BRUN, Mary
Le BRUN, Thomas, Mary & Thomas
LOCK, Julia
LUCAS, Theodore, Elizabeth & Edwin
MANN, Hugh
MARSDEN, Richard, Elizabeth, Wm, Thomas & Julia
MARSHALL, Emily & Jane
MARSHALL, George & Maria
MARTEN, Robert & Elizabeth
MARTIN, George, Catherine & George
MATSON, Fairy
MAYS, Joseph & Eliza
McMUTTON, George
McSKEIN, Andrew & Mary
MELLBURN, James
MILBOURNE, Edward, Catherine & Edward
MOSES, Rachael & Leah
MOULD, John
NICHOLLS, Mary
ORD, Ann
PARKER, George
PARKER, John
PARKER, John & Elizabeth
PARKER, Mary & Catherine
PARTRIDGE, W
PATTESON, Walter
PEARSON, Chas W
PEGOTT, W., C., Elizabeth, Wm & Elizabeth
PERRY, Thomas
PIERCY, Fredk, Rhoda & Sarah
PRIOR, Jane
RANDALL, John & Jane
REED, Wm, Mary & Geo
ROBINSON, James, Ann & Jessie
ROBINSON, Margt & Sarah
ROOKE, George & Esther
SAUNDERS, George
SAWYER, Charles John & Wm
SAWYER, Wm, Mary, Ann Elizabeth, Ellen, Arthur & Augustus
SHARP, George
SMITH, Fred.
STOCKMAN, Carl
STOCKMAN, Solomon, Esther & Mary
STURGEON, Andrew, Ellen, Elizabeth, Margaret & Andrew
STURGEON, John & James
STURGEON, Mary
STURGESS, Wm
SURNBANK, Wm
SWINBANK, John & Margt
TABB, John B & Jane
TAYLOR, Thomas & Esther
THOMAS, Hugh & Margt
TREGOWETH, Richard, Christina, Emmeline & Mary
TREGOWETH, Wm
TURPIN, Wm & Ann
VINCE, W
WARDEN, Alice & Elizabeth
WARDEN, Richard
WARING, Thos, Ann, Mary, Rose & Benedict
WEBBER, J
WHITE, Michael, Ellen & Amelia
WHITWORTH, Joseph & Emma
WILKINSON, John & Fanny
WILLIAMS, Ann
WILLIAMS, John
WILLIAMS, Joseph, Sarah, R., Mary & J
WILLS, Thomas
WILSON, John, Sarah, Margt & John
WINTER, Geo, Susan, Peter & Ann
WOFF, Christopher, Esther & George
WOODERSON, Joseph, Emma & Catherine
WOODERSON, Phoebe
WOODERSON, Robt
WOOSTEN, Harriett
WOOTEN, Charles
WOOTON, Joseph, Coney, Joseph, George & Henry
WREFORD, Drucilla
WREFORD, Frank & Matthew
WREFORD, Geo, Harriett, Geo.Wm, Sarah & Augusta
WRIGHT, Jacob, Jane, Henry & Rebecca
WYKES, Elizabeth & Sarah
WYKES, Read, Sarah, Mary Ann & Fredk
YOUNGER, Sarah
YOUNGER, Thos, Isabella, Isabella & Eliz’th

Walter Graham, agent


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