The ship "Avalanche' to Taranki in1875

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Taranaki Herald,  23 January 1875, Page 2

Arrival - January 22 - Avalanche, ship, 1,160 tons, Thomas Bishop, from London, with 260 immigrants.
Departure - January 23 -Avalanche, fine iron clipper ship, for Wellington.

The ship 'Avalanche,' Captain Bishop, made the offing early yesterday morning, dropping anchor in the roadstead about 7 o'clock. This is the first immigrant ship that has visited the port for nearly twenty years, and the event is one of great importance to the Province. No sooner was the vessel signalled, than active preparations were made for landing the passengers. The Health Officer (Dr. O'Carroll) and Mr. Hulke, the Immigration Agent, went on board, and having inspected the immigrants, the single women were placed in the boats and brought ashore first, after which the remainder of the passengers were landed as fast as the boats could pass to and from the ship. By the time the first cargo boat reached the shore, a large number of persons had assembled on the beach, which had a lively appearance throughout the day. The passengers together with their luggage were landed carefully and expeditiously, and Messrs. Boswell & Co. deserve every credit for the manner they carried out the work.

The 'Avalanche' was built under the immediate superintendence of Captain Bishop, in the well known yards of Messrs. Alexander Hall & Co., of Aberdeen. Her length is 215 feet; beam, 30 feet, with a depth of hold, 21 feet; net tonnage, 1,100 tons, but she will carry nearly 2,500 tons, her registered measurement being 1,210 tons. She is an iron ship of the highest class; her. lower masts are tubular iron, being made out of boiler plate ; her fore and main yards and lower fore and main topsail yards are also iron. She is calculated to carry 350 adult immigrants. She has nine patent ventilators through her decks, besides hatchways and side lights. She is fitted according to " Lloyd's" specification in every respect and has on board a steam winch and steam windlass for weighing the anchors. She was built expressly to the order of Messrs. Shaw, Saville, & Co., and intended for the New Zealand trade.

The 'Avalanche' was christened by Mrs. Bishop, the captain's wife; and the name was suggested by Mr. Temple, of the Alpine Club, one of the partners of the firm of Shaw, Saville, and Co. She was launched on the 29th August last. Her saloons are admirably fitted; the side cabins are fitted with standing berths, under which are placed drawers for passengers, and all the conveniences which tend to mitigate the dreariness of a sea voyage. The walls are lined with polished bird's-eye maple, inlaid with teak ; the ceilings are pure white, with gold mouldings. The captain's cabin is very spacious, and furnished with polished walnut fittings. The chief saloon has no mast .running through it, and is very spacious. The side hand-rails are teak (polished), with electro-plated mounts. The partitions, &c, are all polished bird's-eye maple, inlaid with teak. At the entrance is a curved sideboard, of white marble; around which runs a handsome brass railing. A large looking-glass, surmounted by a clock, runs the length of this, and forms a handsome ornament to the saloon, which is well lighted' by a clerestory skylight, glazed with bent ornamental matted glass. The ceiling is painted pure white, and ornamented with gilt mouldings. On each side of the various passages leading to the cabins, arc small brackets gilt, picked out with blue and vermillion. The seats are provided with reversible backs padded, with velvet covers and carved ends. The general effect on entering the cabin, is that it is very light and cheerful, and the fittings resemble those of a yacht, more than of a trader. Evidently, Messrs. Shaw, Saville, and Co. have an eye to preserving their laurels, and prevent them being w rested from them by the New Zealand Shipping Company. Her decks are spacious; there are four deck-houses for the men, besides accommodation for twenty-seven more in the forecastle Adjoining the deck-houses is a well-arranged galley and cook-house; and next this the donkey engine, for working the steam winch and windlass. Between decks , she has seven feet of head-room ; and, although lumbered with the passengers' luggage, &c, appeared very spacious. The department for the single women is divided off, and inaccessible except from the poop, behind the saloon. No intermingling of the passengers has been allowed during the passage. The married people occupied the middle of the 'tween decks; while the single men were forward, and during the passage were not allowed further aft than the mainmast, and could communicate with the other ends of the vessel by signal only. In every respect she may be looked upon as a model for emigrant ships. The passengers, nem. con., express themselves very well pleased with the treatment received on board — with the one exception of being on short allowance of food, the scale not being sufficiently large to meet the demands of a healthy, sea appetite.

The 'Avalanche' has on board a silver cup for the Wellington Regatta, presented by Messrs. Shaw, Saville, & Co.

From the log we take the following extracts — "The 'Avalanche' left Gravesend on the 22nd October, 1874, and lost sight of the Lizard Point, on the 27th October ; sighted San Antonio, one of the Cape de Verd Islands on the 13th November; crossed the live on the 25th, thirty-four days after leaving Gravesend, but made too ninch westing, and got becalmed off the Brazilian Coast while crossing the S.E. trades. Sighted the Croizettes, Hog Island, and the Twelve Apostles commenced running eastwards about the 17th December. From this date to the 1 7 January, both days inclusive she made 7,636 nautical miles,-her quickest days work having been 300 miles, whilst her daily average during this time was 13½ knots an hour; for thirty-two days she averaged 238½ miles daily. During the voyage only two vessels were spoken, both bound for Melbourne,—the 'Benvovrick' and the 'Romanouff' (the family name of the Duchess of Edinburgh). This latter ship was built alongside the 'Avalanche' and was launched the day previous, and sailed from Gravesend two days after the 'Avalanche,' and was spoken on the 5th January, 1875, in longitude 46 °S. and 87ΊE. latitude. The first land sighted was Mount Egmont on the 21st instant, and anchored yesterday morning in the roadstead. On the whole she has had a very fair passage. At first she experienced head winds and calms, afterwards very fine, when she commenced her easting."

She brings 258 immigrants on this trip, equal to 320 souls and 8 cabin passengers. She carries on 59 immigrants to Wellington, including the crew she had 371 souls on board. She has room for 30 first-class cabin passengers. Three births have taken place during the voyage, and five deaths. This is her first trip, and Captain Bishop reports that owing to light winds he has not had a fair opportunity of trying what the ship could do, and had he not been becalmed would have made the passage in less than 80 days.


Captain Bishop (formerly of the 'Wild Duck' and 'Haloione') expressed very great surprise at the easiness with which though anchorage was approached, and still more at the rapid despatch with which the emigrants were landed. He says the roadstead, hag been very much traduced, and he would not hesitate to bring a much larger vessel into the roadstead. He thought Captain Holford was only chaffing him when he said the ' Avalanche' would be able to sail for Wellington the same night, but there is the fact accomplished; he has come in, landed his passengers, and sailed — all within twelve hours. The following testimonial was presented to Captain Bishop and Dr. Doyle, previous to the passengers leaving the vessel : —

Ship 'Avalanche,' January 22, 1875.
To Messrs. Bishop and Doyle, —
Gentlemen, — We the emigrants on hoard the 'Avalanche,' at the termination of our voyage of ninety-one days fifteen hours' duration, feel called on to express the high opinion we entertain of your professional skill, and to thank you for the courtesy and kindness you manifested iv your daily intercourse with us.
    The captain (Mr. Bishop) has always shown himself most watchful of our welfare, and in the discharge of his onerous duties has displayed such firmness tempered with kindness as to win the ready cooperation of all on board, and to make us feel we were under the guidance of a perfectly competent seaman and gentleman.
    Of the surgeon (Mr. Doyle) we can say he was most affable and courteous, whilst he always displayed the greatest anxiety and watchfulness not only over his patients, but also over all the passengers. He was ever ready, day and night, to hear our complaints and to minister to our wants ; and the absence of any serious or infectious disease, is, in a great measure, due to his attention and skill. To both gentlemen we tender our heartfelt gratitude for having landed us in safety, after such a long and perilous journey.
    We cannot let this opportunity pass without bearing witness to the great professional skill and untiring exertions displayed by the first and second officers (Messrs. Bolin and Woods), and to thank them also for the courtesy and kindness they showed to make us feel contented and happy. We trust in our separation that all will carry away with them grateful remembrances of the days spent on hoard the 'Avalanche,' and that the shortcomings of any offender may be forgotten, so that a bitter thought may not arise out of the voyage. To carry out this wish, if any have misbehaved or offended, we strongly recommend them not only to lenity but to mercy, for
"The quality of mercy is not strained,
It droppeth like the gentle rain from heaven on the place beneath
It is twice blessed, it blessed him that gives and him that takes,
It is mightiest in the mighty and becomes the throned monarch better than his crown."

In conclusion, we have only to wish the captain and officers a safe voyage home to the bosom of their families and friends, and to all and each a happy and prosperous future. Frances Dunne (schoolmaster on board); Henry Hollis (constable) ; John Hughes (constable) ; Edward Cooke, William Neal, Henry Florey, Charles Burnham, Charles Hodgkins, Raymond Smith, James Wallis, Thomas Sands, John Barrett, John Holmes, Stephen Billings, Robert Mathews, George Lewis, Thomas Bottin, James Miles, James Gill, John Clarke, George Startup, Herbert Waters, Ann Eliza Waters, Stephen Hughes, James Atkins, Fred G. Joiner, Henry McMillen, Thomas Christian, Frank Howes, Sarah Howes, Caroline Sands, Sarah Hughes, Edward Jeffrey, Catherine Barrett, Louisa Jeffrey, Edward Brophy, Ellen Brophy, Charlotte Joiner, Mary Jane Christian, Margaret M. Lewis, Eliza Hollis, James Lee, Fanny Neal, Thomas Simpson, Caroline Hodgkins, Mr. and Mrs. Surrey, Cecilia Wallis, Mrs. Florey, Patrick Neary, Betsy Fernie (matron), Margaret Dunne, Arabella Dunne, Mary Ann Josephine Dunne, Bridget F. Dunne, Mary Nash, Rose Nash, Mary Hogan, Caroline Turner, Sarah Drury, Kate Fennell, Ellen Mahoney, Ellen Barrett, Mary I. Barrett, Susan Barrett, Elizabeth Barrett, Mary Raven, Alice Raven, Eliza Pearson, Caroline Harvey, Jane Jeffrey, Mary Jane Mariu, Margaret Bartholomew, Jane Millgate, Emily M. Wetherell, Annie Pope, Sarah Smith, Ellen Fissenden, Kate Duffield, Louisa Busby, Kate Bottin, Ann Busby, Dan Tucker and wife, Mary Graham, Mary Burnham, Elizabeth Dunne, Elizabeth Clarke, Mary Ann Bourne, Johanna Dunne, Margaret Semarrk, Elizabeth Crawford, Henry Swoud, Mary Ann Stroud, William Jarvis, Henry Rattenbury, Samuel J. Clarke, James Hall, Joseph Busby, William Semark, Henry Clark, Charles Coombe, Stephen Whatson, Obadiah Douch, Francis Fernie, Alexander Fernie, W. Semark, jun., S. Haskill, F. Durtnell, James Hodges, Alfred Johnson, Frederick Cawell, George Bishop, John Laugridge, Henry Fown, Patrick Nash, George H. Box, E. Reeves, Alfred Pett, John Hodges, John Martin, W. Crooke, W. Bullock, William Bishop, Matthew Rowe, William Cole, Lewis Farley, Walter Laukstead, Joseph Cautell, Thomas Giles, Alfred Weller, H. Funge, Thomas Reece, F. Thome, Richard Bond, Enoch Bishop, James Gilchrist, Thomas Ellenn, H. Cummings, Thomas Jones, S. Burghe, E. Lepper, Stephen Hughes, E. Coulter, E. Jeffrey, William Miles, Patrick Joseph Dnnne, Edward Taylor, J. Harness, Emma Harvey, Peter Raven, Catherine Matthews, Henry Billinghurst, Maria Billinghurst, Sarah Ann Smith, Martha Knowles, Marian Holmes, Catherine McMillen, James C. Windsor, Kate Neill, Jane Miles, Rhoda Miles, David Graham, Henry Knowles, J. Fissenden, J. Hodges,

another list

The following is a corrected list of the passengers by the ship ' Avalanche' : —
Barrett, John, 40; Catherine, 40; Ellen, 19; Mary, 16; Susan, 14; Elizabeth, 13; Alfred John, 9; James, 7 Sarah, 3; Richard, 1.
Bennett, George, 38 ; Martha, 28 ; Frederick, 6 ; George, 5 ; Alfred, 2 ; Charles, 1I— Kent,
Billinghearst Henry, 37; Martha, 34 ; William, 9.
Bishop, William, 21 (single): George, 17 (single) ; Enoch, 14 (single).
Bond, Richard, 21 (single).
Bottin, Thomas, 43; Sarah, 43; Catherine. 19 ; Thomas, 9 ; Emma, 7 ; Peter, 5.
Box, George Henry, 20 (single).
Bourne, Mary Ann, 39 (single).
Bullock, Walter, 20 (single)
Buirghe, Samuel, 26 (single).
Burnham, Charles, 30; Mary, 31; Hannah, 13; Walter, 8; Charlotte, 5; Elizabeth, 2; Alfred, 1.
Bushy, Jason, 38 ; Sophia A., 38 ; Louisa, 17 ; Joseph, 14; Matilda, 11; Emma, 9; Henry, 7; Annie, i.
Coulter, Edward, 13 (single).
Campbell, Joseph, 16 (single)
Carvell, Fred J., 19 (single).
Christian, Thomas, 32; Mary, 23; Julia, 4; Alfred, 3 ; Thomas, 1.
Clark, .Samuel J., 32 (single).
Clark, John, 30; Elizabeth, 31 ; Henry, 11.
Coombes, Charles, 28 (single)
Cole, William, 22 (single)
Crook, William, 21 (single)
Cummings, Herbert, 20 (single)
Dunne, Francis, 40; Eliza, 89; Mary Ann, 18; Johanna, 16, Margaret Bridget, 15; Arabella, 14; Patrick, 12; Edmund, 10; Eliza, 7; Francis, 1
Daney, Sarah, 28 (single)
Douch, George, 25,Phillis, 21 ; Eleanor,
Duffield, Kate, 18 (single)
Durtnell, John, 37 (single)
Divitnell, John, 37.
Ellenn, Thomas, 36 (single)
Faubney, Lewis, 21 (single)
Fernie, Francis, 33; Alexander, 26; Betsie, 28 ; Cuthbert W., infant.
Florey, Henry, 32; Elizabeth, 30; Henry, 11 ; Edwin, 1.
Fiseenden, John, 25 (single) ; Ellen, 19 (single).
Funge, Henry, 2C (single).
Giles, Thomas, 19 (single).
Gilchrist, James, 21.
Hall, George H., 23 ; Margaret, 21.
Hall, James M., 21 (single).
Harding William, 27; Maria, 24.
Harrison, George, 20 (single)
Haskell, Samuel, 24 (single)
Hayhow, William, 27 ; Eliza, 26 ; Henry, 1 ; Martha, 4; William, 2; Eliza, 11.
Hewitt, Alfred, 22; Hannah, 27; Elizabeth, 2 ; Emma, 1.
Hodges, James, 19 (single).
Hodges, Jose, 24 (single).
Hodge, John, 23 (single).
Hodgkin, Charles, 30; Caroline. 29; Nunine, 6; Rose, 1.
Hogan, Mary, 19 (single).
Hollis, Henry, 34 ; Eliza, 38 ; George, 8 ; Richard, 5 ; Mary, 3 ; Hannah, 2.
Holmes, John, 22; Maria, 22; Emily, 2; John, 1.
Hughes, Stephen, 36 ; Eliza, 32; Stephen, 13; Thomas, 9 ; John, 7 ; William, 4 ; George, 2.
Jeffery, Edward, 33 ; Louisa, 34 ; Jane, 16, Edward, 12; Alice, 10; Sarah, 8.
Johnston, Alfred, 22 (single)
Jones, Thomas, 40 (single).
King, Phillip, 31; Sarah, 30; Emily, 9; George, 7 ; Alice, 6 ; Rose, 5.
Knowler, Henry, 25 ; Martha, 20 ; Henry, 1 ; Richard, 1.
Lankstead, Walter, 18 (single).
Landgridge, John, 22 (single).
Lawrence, William, 29 ; Elizabeth, 26 ; Albert, 9 ; William, 7 ; Kate, 5 ; Walter, 2.
Lepper, Charles, 19, (single).
Marin, Mary J., 17 (single).
Martin, John, 28 (single).
Mathews, Robert, 25; Catherine, 30 ; George, 3.
Miller, Alfred, 18 (single).
Miles, James, 45 ; Jane, 38 ; James, 12
Miles, Rhoda, 17 (single).
Miles, William, 15 (single).
Millgate, Jane, 46 (single).
Neary, Patrick, 33 ; Margaret, 28 ; Mary, 5.
Neill, James, 36 ; Catherine, 21.
Pearson, Elizabeth, 16 (single).
Pett, Alfred, 22 (single).
Pope, Annie, 30 (single).
Radden, David, 23 (single).
Raven, John, 40; Charlotte, 30; Mary, 16; Alice, 13; Peter, 13; Elizabeth, 11, Hannah, 8 ; Emily, 6 ; Henry, 4 ; Florence, 1.
Rattenbury, Henry, 35 (single).
Recce, Thomas, 23 (single).
Reeves, Edward, 21 (single).
Roe, Matthew, 21 (single).
Sands, Thomas, 23; Caroline, 26; Sarah, 2; Ambrose, 1.
Seamark, Margaret, 15 (single).
Seamark, William, 39 (single) ; William, 15 (single).
Singerson, Thomas, 33 ; Sarah, 33.
Smith, Sarah 23 (single).
Smith, Raymond, 30 ; Sarah, 25 ; Charles, 5 ; James, 3 ; Emma, 1.
Stroud, Henry, 31 ; Mary Ann, 29 ; Henry, 7; John, 5.
Surrey, Isaac, 34; Mary, 26; Robert, 9; Alfred, 8 ; Percy, 6 ; Louisa, 3.
Swinerd. Humphrey, 36 ; Francis, 32 ; Humphrey, 13; Charles, 11; Fanny, 10; Arthur, 8; Martha, 6; Ellen, 4; Ebenezer, 21.
Taylor, William, 34 ; Emma, 33 ; John, 9 ; Walter, 6; Esther, 3; Eliza, 1.
Taylor, Edward, 19 (single).
Tepper, Charles, 19 (single).
Thornc, Frederick, 19 (single).
Tissenden, John, 25 (single).
Tissenden, Ellen, 19 (single).
Tucker, Dennis, 30 ; Jane, 24.
Weller, Alfred W., 18, (single).
Wallis, James, 22 ; Celia, 20.
Wheatson, Stephen, 28 (single).
Wealherell, Emily, 20 (single).
Wood, Joe, 26 ; Alice, 25.

The ' Cospatrick.' — We notice that the wife of the late Captain Elmslie was on board the lost ship ' Cospatrick,' and was therefore drowned. We see from Sydney newspapers to hand, that the three survivors of the 'Cospatrick' were landed at Singapore, the steamer 'British Sceptre' by which the were picked up having been bound from Liverpool to the East.

Taranaki Herald, 27 January 1875, Page 2
The Immigrants by the 'Avalanche.' — Most of the immigrants that arrived by this vessel have found employment. Out of fifty seven single men who entered the depot, only twenty-one now remain. More than half that number have been engaged privately, at rates varying from six shillings to eight shillings per day — the greater number engaged by the day being at eight shillings. Fifteen families have been engaged by the Government. They will be employed in felling and clearing bush, about three chains wide, along the line of branch roads in front of the sections which will shortly be put up for sale. Three families started for the Moa Block yesterday morning, and twelve single men have agreed to go out too. Several of the single girls have been engaged, and there are a few heads of families left who prefer seeking employment in town.

Those who visited the 'Avalance' on Friday last, and made enquiries on the subject, were informed by Captain Bishop that he was unable to broach his Taranaki cargo, although it was lying immediately under the hatches, on the top of that destined for Wellington; as if he were to do so not only would his insurance be vitiated but he would be rendered liable to an action for undue detention on his arrival in Wellington, aud expressed his regret for having to carry on goods destined for this place, but he had no alternative. Owing to the condition of the roadstead having been so grossly misrepresented, shipowners are exceedingly chary of sending vessels to this place, and Captain Bishop assured our informant that it was only on Wednesday last that he finally made up his mind that he would try what the New Plymouth roadstead was, and see and judge for himself. He has done so ; his vessel, one of the largest in the New Zealand trade, has visited and anchored in the roadstead, and in the short space of six working hours landed 260 immigrants, together with their effects. So pleased was he with the despatch used in conveying the people ashore, that he said he should have no hesitation in coming here in any ordinary weather. We trust that Captain Bishop will give a faithful report of the transaction, and that it will receive the attention it deserves at the hands of those interested, coming, as it does, from an old and much respected trader to New Zealand, and one who is capable of judging of what dangers (?) exist in our roadstead. Many of these are imaginary, but those who are well acquainted with our shores, say that no weather that we have here could affect a ship as large as the 'Avalanche' when properly anchored, and that she could ride out in safety any of our north westerly gales. How well an anchor can hold off Now Plymouth was proved last winter, when, during a very severe gale the 'Eliza Mary,' a new vessel visiting this port for the first time, rode out the storm with only a single anchor. We trust our new Harbour Board will lose no time, but push on the works as rapidly as possible, so that the settlement may not suffer by our trade being interrupted in this manner. Storekeepers and merchants feel it very much that their goods arrive at their destination in safety, but owing to legal formalities they must see them depart, undergo further risks, incur fresh expense, and at length return after an indefinite period to be delivered to them. Unfortunately in the present case there is no remedy. We must patiently await the erection of the first portion of our harbour, and by that time the Waitara and Wanganui railway will, be complete and the facilities then offered for shipping wool and other produce direct from New Plymouth, will be sufficient inducement for vessels to enter boldly and trade with us. As much wool as would enable a vessel of moderate size to fill up with, can be furnished at the present time, were a ready means of transit from the southern end of the Province available our only hope for freedom from the annoyances consequent upon such a system as exists at present, lies in the speedy construction of the harbour and the less delay experienced in commencing the works the better for the whole Province.

26th January. The 'Avalanche' arrived off the Heads yesterday, but could not get in on account of unfavourable winds. The 'Phoebe' has now gone but to tow her in.
    The ship 'Humboldt' is signalled as outside the Heads, with about 400 immigrants. She made the passage the 100 days.
    Several cases of scarlatina amongst 'Berar's' passengers are of a very malignant type. Detention in quarantine is likely to be longer than originally expected.
    The ship 'Berar,' Captain High, has arrived from London with Government immigrants after a passage of eighty nine days from land to land. Scarlet fever broke out on the very next day after leaving port. There were three hundred and sixty immigrants. Twenty died on the passage, and twenty cases are still under treatment, several cases looking very suspicious.
    Captain Mitchell, who recently came from Otago, and took charge of the 'Jessie Readman,' died suddenly in his cabin this morning. He has been many years trading to New Zealand, and was well known.

January 23. Arrived yesterday, the 'Michael Angelo,' 91 days from the Downs, 292 immigrants, no disease. One adult and five infants died on the passage. Captain Luckie was found dead in his cabin last night from heart disease. A seaman named Will Henry fell overboard and was drowned. Weather fine all the way. The ship was beautifully clean.

The 'Waimate' has arrived at Lyttelton. She was 89 days out from Gravesend, and brings - 363 immigrants. There were three births and eight deaths. The single girls were landed on Monday.
    The 'Lady Jocelyn' has arrived and the immigrants have been landed. She has made the run in eighty days from Plymouth, and brings 559 immigrants and 38 saloon passengers. There were four births and 19 deaths, one being an adult.

Taranaki Herald, 30 January 1875, Page 2
A Curious leak in the Crusader — A diver has found a curious leak in the ship Crusader, now lying in Lyttelton Harbour. The tap bolt at the bottom had fallen out and the hole had partly filled with seaweed.

Taranaki Herald, 3 February 1875, Page 3
AUCKLAND. Ship 'Inverno' arrived from London with 208 immigrants, all well, 90 days from Falmouth.

Another telegram, re 'Cospatrick,' says; — The fire broke out on the night of the 17th November. Two boats, containing thirty persons each got away, but remained alongside the ship until nine o'clock, when the vessel sank. They then steered for land together for two days, when a gale separated them. The boat picked up by the 'Sceptre,' at the time contained five persons. Two died before the vessel reached St. Helena.

West Coast Times, 17 September 1875, Page 2
Ships arrived Home from Lyttelton.—
Pleiades, sailed from Lyttelton, April 2, arrived at Gravesend July 13, being 97 days passage.
Waimate, sailed April 15, arrived in Channel on 10th and Gravesend July 11; 89 days passage.
Avalanche, sailed April 23, arrived in Channel on 24th and Gravesend July 26; 91 days passage.
Mallard, arrived June 30.
Langstone, July 2.

Daily Southern Cross, 24 April 1875, Page 2
Telegraphic — April 23.
Lyttelton. —Sailed : Avalanche, for London, with 2,770 bales wool, 9,322 sacks wheat value £65,000, and a passenger ; Mary King, for Nelson, with produce.

Otago Witness, 1 May 1875, Page 13
Lyttelton, April 23rd. The Avalanche has sailed for London with. 2779 bales of wool and 9322 bushels of wheat, valued at £65,000. She takes 21; passengers.

The Star 23 April 1875, Page 2
Sailed April 23 - passengers -
Mrs St. Hill, 4 children and servant
Mr and Mrs Barraud and 3 children
Miss Cassen
Miss Lucona
Mr Haines
Mr Lewis
Mr Jeffery
Mr Renall
Masters Izard (2)
Dr Kemp
Mrs Kemp and child
She will sail for London on the first fair wind. The vessel is in excellent trim, and will no doubt make a rapid passage home.

Wanganui Herald, 28 January 1876, Page 2
The Post understands that Mr W. Gibson, the well known ironmonger of Wellington, has disposed of his business, and intends going home with his family by the Avalanche.

Evening Post, 2 March 1876, Page 2
As Mr. and Mrs. W. Gibson are about to leave the colony in the Avalanche on a visit to Great Britain, a few of their friends propose entertaining them at a ball, to be held in the Odd Fellows' Hall on Monday evening, the 6th instant.

Evening Post, 24 November 1875, Page 2
The following is a list of the immigrants expected to arrive by the ship Avalanche : — Married couples without .children — 2 painters, 3 carpenters, 2 laborers, 1 farm laborer, 1 shoemaker, 1 platelayer, 1 gardener. Married couples with children — 3 laborers, 1 painter, 1 carver, 5 carpenters, 1 sawyer, 1 chairmaker, 9 farm laborers, 1 turner, 1 miller. ' Single Men— 8 laborers, 1 gardener, 1 painter, 3 carpenters, 1 cooper, 6 lads, 1 bricklayer, 3 draymen, 4 blacksmiths, 14 farm laborers, 1 woodman, 1 plasterer. 1 Single : Women : — 10 general servants, 3 nurses, 3 housemaids, 1 dairymaid, 1 cook, 6 young girls, 1 nursemaid.

Evening Post,  3 December 1875, Page 2
Port of Wellington Arrivals
December 3 - Avalanche, ship, 1,161 tons, Williams, from London.
Messrs. Shaw, Saville & Co.'s ship Avalanche, from London, was signalled this morning, and in the afternoon telegraphed all well. The Government steamer Lana went out about 2 o'clock to tow her in. She is 93 days out, and brings the following passengers :— Cabin — Miss S. S. Turrell, Miss H. Boweling. Doctor, and Matron; Government immigrants, equal to 180 adults. Messrs. Levin & Co. are her agents.

Evening Post, 4 December 1875, Page 2
The fine ship Avalanche arrived lost evening from London, making a good passage of 89 days. She experienced very light winds until after leaving the S.E. trades, when she encountered several heavy gale 3 from N.W. and S.W., with high seas, and lost her starboard lifeboat. Made Cape Farewell Light on Thursday evening, and arrived at the Heads at 10 a.m. yesterday. Spoke the ship Cape Wealth, from Glasgow bound to Ceylon, on 21st October, and was in company with her for three weeks. Sighted a brig-rigged steamer standing to northward on 22nd October. Passed an iceberg in latitude 46deg. 46min. S, and longitude & 32deg. 5min. East. The Avalanche brings Government immigrants, numbering 180 adults. The health has-been excellent. Only two deaths occurred — both of infants. There were no births. The ship is remarkably clean, and the system of management during the voyage appears to have been most admirable, especially the arrangements in the event of fire.

Evening Post, 15 December 1876, Page 2
Last evening Captain Williams, of the Avalanche, was presented by the saloon passengers with a very handsome silver waiter, which was purchased from Mr. B. Cohen, of Willis-street. The presentation was made by one of the passengers on behalf of the others in, an appropriate speech. Captain Williams made a suitable reply, expressing- his gratification at receiving such a token of their esteem.

The passengers by the Avalanche, determined to let their Wellington friends see what pleasant evenings they spent during their recent voyage to this port, issued a few invitations for last evening to the " Avalanche Private Theatricals," when two of the pieces, which were written on board, were played. They were (1) "Love v. Money," a comedy in one act. by Dr. Claridge, the ship's doctor, and (2) "Beating to Windward, or how to keep your luff (love)," a farce by Captain Williams, the commander of the Avalanche. Both pieces were exceedingly creditable to amateurs, both in construction and execution. The authors and performers were loudly and deservedly applauded. The saloon was most tastefully decorated with evergreens, &c, and skilfully arranged for the performance, a stage being cleverly extemporized, with appropriate scenery. The entertainment over, refreshments were served, and the affair concluded with three cheers for Captain Williams, who seems to have made himself a marvellous favorite with all on board. It is easy to imagine that the voyage must have been exceptionally enjoyable.

Tuapeka Times, 25 March 1891, Page 6
The following notions are from 'Lloyd's Weekly' of January 25:—
Sarah, wife of Thomas Simpson, on September 20, 1875, left the East India Docks, Poplar, on the Avalanche, for New Zealand, and her sister Charlotte has not heard of her since.

Elizabeth Harvey (nee O'Reilly) Matron on board the ship, Avalanche, accompanied by her six youngest children. The family settled in Wellington with the head of the household William Harvey, a baker (he was not on the ship as a passenger).
Mary E Age 19
Sarah Age 17
Margaret Age 15
Alfred Age 11
Arthur Age 9
Jessie Age 4

Evening Post, 24 October 1904, Page 5
The death of Mr. C. B. Izard, which' took place yesterday, removes from among us one who has been a colonist since the 'sixties, and an eminent colonist, not only in his profession of law, but in educational matters and public life. In May, 1860, he arrived in Auckland in the ship Avalanche, but was soon, within the same year, attracted to Wellington, owing to this city's central position. Here a successful legal career opened up to him.

Evening Post, 8 February 1877, Page 2
The Regatta Committee have resolved upon doing an appropriate act of courtesy and gratitude by presenting to Mr. Matthew Gibson, chief officer of the Jessie Headman, a handsome album, with an inscribed address expressing acknowledgement of his conduct and that of those who were with him when he rescued men belonging to steamer Agnes and ship Avalanche. Similar gifts have been made to those who were with him, accompanied by a delicately dictated letter from the secretary, Mr. Ellaby.