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The Southern Cross 6 January 1866
ARRIVAL OF THE BARQUE BALLARAT
The British barque Ballarat, Captain Allan, arrived in harbour early yesterday morning from London, 103 days out, with a large cargo of general merchandise and 67 passengers, amongst whom are a number of agriculturists, farm servants and artizans. The Ballarat left London on the 20th September, and parted pilot three days afterwards. Lost sight of land the same day (23rd September) and experienced find light winds and beautiful weather. Sighted the coast of Madeira and the Canary Islands, and arrived at the meridian of the equator on the 45th day out, in long. 28° W. Ran down easting in 47° S and saw several icebergs, although escaping any danger to be feared through their proximity. The only vessel spoken during the passage was shortly before reaching Bass’s Straits, when she spoke the British ship Orwell, bound from London to Sydney. The Ballarat made the passage through Bass’s Straits and sighted the Three Kings on the 2nd instant, after experiencing a succession of fine light winds and calm weather throughout the voyage; high light variable winds along the coast, arriving in harbour early yesterday morning, after a pleasant passage of 104 days.
The Ballarat brings an addition to our population of 67 souls, which comprise a number of useful agriculturists, farm servants and skilled artizans. She also brings an old colonist in person of Mr John Finlay, who, accompanied by his wife and some members of his family, has been on a visit to England and returns after a brief absence. The immigrants have arrived in good health, in medical charge of Mr John Batteson, surgeon-superintendent on board.
On the 9th October a steerage passenger, named George Milnes, aged 46 years, died of heart disease, after a brief illness. There were no other deaths and no births, during the passage.
The Ballarat is one of the neatest and cleanest looking barques which has visited this port, and has made, considering the very light winds she encountered, a fair passage from London, beating the two previous arrivals by many days. The present is the first visit of the Ballarat to this port, her commander having formerly visited the colony in command of the well-known ship John Bunyan. The Ballarat last year visited Wellington, with passengers and cargo, and was originally intended to fill up for that port this year, when she was taken off the berth and placed on the Auckland trade. She will be laid on this port for London direct immediately upon discharge of inward cargo, and expects to be freighted with wool and gum.
We append a list of passengers and cargo by the Ballarat:-
Passengers [my count 70 souls] Saloon:- Ballacher William Benn Ensign Cashel Jane Ann, Richard, Grace and Elizabeth Codrington Rev. R Henderson Peter Langton James Loote Ensign Massey James Moses Anne Thatcher Mrs S Wallace William Second Cabin and Steerage:- Ash Thomas and Richard Burkett Daniel Chambers Henry Clarke Benjamin Cooper Ann Maria Cooper Elizabeth Cooper Samuel and Sarah Jane Cronin Timothy Dockrill Edward Doherty John Ellis Alfred Ellison Alexander B Farrant Wm Finlay John, Lizzie, Janet, Mary, Robert and Isabella Fleming Jane Fowler Mary and Emma Gandin Frederick Gilmer James B Goddard Holland Hall William and Fanny Halpin Bridget Kidd Sarah and Alfred McCrie Ann McDermich Janet, John and Isabella McGaughey John and Elizabeth McRobert Archibald Milver George, Esther, Nathan, Thomas, George, Sarah and Mary Ann Moore George Moore Jas Mountcashel Margaret Prosser George Robinson Henry, Martha, Harry and Wm Sheldon Letitia Stevens Joseph Wilson Samuel
New Zealanders have a deep affinity for their coastline and the sea.
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