NEW ZEALAND PASSENGER LISTS
PORTSMOUTH TO AUCKLAND
03 JUNE 1842 - 24 OCTOBER 1842
On the 24 October 1842 the St George arrived in Auckland with 98 boys from Parkhurst Prison on the Isle of Wight. Quakers in England had arranged for the segregation of young offenders at the prison, and for them to be taught useful trades. They would be pardoned if they agreed to go to New Zealand to live and work, where directed.
However they were not well accepted upon their arrival. Newspaper articles of the time were scathing. The arrival of the ‘juvenile delinquents’ took the people of Auckland by surprise as it had been determined by the Colonial Office that ‘no colonists of such a description’ be accepted.
And from the New Zealand Colonist and Port Nicholson Advertiser, Volume I, Issue 70, 31 March 1843, Page 2 –“A Parkhurst Seedling. — Thursday, March 16.— This day, William Smith, aged 19, who came out in the St. George, was brought before Pelton Mathew, Esq., (having been remanded from the previous day), on a charge of having absconded from the service of Mr. Rooney, (to whom he had been apprenticed), since the 29th of January last. From the evidence of Mr. Crosbie, of Shortland Crescent, there was also strong suspicion that Smith had robbed his master of several dozens of blue twist, and gilt metal buttons. This, however, could not be brought home to him, as the buttons could not be clearly identified; and he was summarily committed, under the Police Magistrates' Ordinance, to three months' imprisonment, with hard labour. On this second examination, a singular discovery was made ; the prisoner having recently suffered amputation of the fore finger of the left hand, upon which there was a dressing, but which injury he had, hitherto, carefully concealed from observation. A paragraph under our head of " Domestic Intelligence," throws some light on the subject. The prisoner was genteelly dressed; having on a light blue surtout of fashionable cut, with velvet collar ; striped Kidderminster inexpressibles, a straw hat, and other habiliments of equal cost and quality. “
For more information see: - PARKHURST BOYS
These names are taken from "The First Fleet of Auckland" by Darry McCarthy 1978 ISBN 0-473-00010-5.
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