The "Clontarf"  to Lyttelton, January 1859.

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The ship Clontarf, 1120 tons, (built in 1850 in Quebec, Canada she was made from oak, haekatack and elm), a Willis, Gann and Co., vessel under command of Captain John Allen, and under contract with the Canterbury Provincial Government left Gravesend 16 September 1858 and sailed from Plymouth 20 September 1858 and after a voyage of 105 days arrived Lyttelton 5th January 1859, with cabin passengers and 412 immigrants. It was a fair passage with a full ship of 470 soles on board, including the crew. The voyage was not distinguished by any remarkable incidents, a little cold and boisterous weather in the southern latitudes. There were 76 cases of measles without death and the epidemic passed before the ship had reached port. There were five births during the voyage, one boy and four girls. Eight deaths were “all cases of constitutional”. Fifty-four days from port at latitude 35° 10' 8 and longitude 4° 19' they met and spoke to the ship Tasmania bound for Melbourne. A stow-a-way was found on board when the ship had been at sea for 10 days. On landing at Lyttelton he was brought before the Magistrates and obliged to sign a promissory note for this passage, payable within a year. The Clontarf had cargo and passengers on bound for Wellington and Napier. Eleven people travelled in the chief cabin, 17 in the second cabin, 10 in steerage and 339 Government Immigrants. The Clontarf returned to Lyttelton in 1860. After she left the port she was never heard of again. White Wings

The "Clontarf" passenger list was published in the Lyttelton Times, 8 Jan. 1859, page 4,  three days after she reached Lyttelton. At that time most passenger lists were published in the newspaper and they included births and deaths on board. This short commentary, above, about the voyage, was in the Lyttelton Times along with a list of goods carried. The newspapers are on microfilm at the Christchurch Cities Central Library. The passenger list can be found in the NZ Achieves in Christchurch IM-CH4/13 and the Embarkation order created by the Dulieu Family 15 September 1858 and an information sheet about emigration to Canterbury (2 pages) is at the Canterbury Museum. The list below was transcribed as in the newspaper reports.

For Canterbury:
Chief Cabin: (Total: 11)
Acland		John Barton 
Bennett		Joseph Henry 
Blakely		Jane and George 
Burnell 	Edward 
Cooper		Georgina, Charlotte Sarah and Arthur Robert 
Jollie		Francis 
Lock		James Carnegy 
Riddell		Walter

Second Cabin: (Total: 17)
Badely 		Edw 
Brake		John 	wife and 4 children
Kinnibrook	David	wife and 4 children
Raddon		Lewis	wife and 2 children (from Somerset)
Steerage (Total: 10)
Murray		Sarah, Mary Ann and Elizabeth (Note: daughters of Mrs Raddon) (from Somerset)
Batt		Wm 
Granger		Thomas B. and George W. 
Grigg		Edward F
Hartnell	George W.
Phillips 	William Henry 
Voisin		John Phillip 

Government Immigrants:
Ashton		Sampson  	and wife
Atkinson	John		wife and 5 children
Beal		Henry		wife and 2 children
Billens		Robert 		wife and ? 5 children
Blythe 		William 	and wife
Bryan 		Isaac 		and wife
Broome 		Thomas 		wife and child
Brown		Frederick 	wife and child
Brown		John E. 	wife and child
Buckley 	Henry 		wife and four children
Cain 		John 		wife and three children
Chapman		Wm		wife and 4 children
Clark		Christopher  	and wife
Clark		Richard		wife and 2 children
Cole		John  		and wife
Dudson		William		wife and 4 children
Dulien 		Richard 	wife and child
Elliott 	Henry 		wife and child
Ellis 		Joseph 		wife and 2 children
Evans		Edward  	and wife
Fabian 		William 	and wife
Gapes		William		wife and 2 children
Gibson		Benjamin  	and wife
Gordon 		Henry 		wife and child
Gracey 		William 	wife and child
Greig 		Alexander 	and wife
Harkess		Thomas		wife and 5 children
Healy		John 		wife and 2 children
Hampton 	James 		wife and child
Horner 		Wm 		wife and 2 children
Howard		George  	and wife
Jennings 	Charles 	wife and 3 children
Johnston 	Samuel 		wife and child
Jones		Robert 		wife and 4 children
Joyce		Thomas		wife and child
Keetley 	Henry 		and wife
Lambert		Isaac		wife and 3 children
Lee		Samuel  	and wife
Lewis		Charles		wife and child
Lilly		Jonathan 	wife and 5 children
Lowe		Levi		wife and 3 children
Martin		Henry		wife and child
Martin		Philip		wife and child
Milligan 	Hugh 		wife and 4 children
Newsomes	Jeremiah	wife and four children
Nock		Richard		wife and 2 children
Painter		Joseph		wife and child
Pawsey		John R.		wife and 4 children (from Suffolk)
Piper		Wm 		wife and three children
Pratt		James 		wife and child
Power 		William 	and wife
Reeves 		Thomas 		wife and seven children
Robbins		George		wife and 2 children
Rogers 		Wm 		and wife
Saunders 	Charles 	wife and child
Slater 		Henry 		wife and child
Stephenson	William 	wife and child
Stewart		Edward  	and wife
Tompkins 	John 		and wife
Toppin		Thomas  	and wife
Triggs		James		wife and child
Watt 		Alexander 	wife and four children
Weastell	Anthony 	wife and child
Weeber 		Joseph 		wife and 4 children
Wilson 		Mary 		and child
Woodhead	Geo.		wife and child

Single men
Aldrich 	Edward
Atkinson 	John
Atkinson 	Henry
Atkinson 	Richard
Ballantyne 	James
Bell 		Jas
Billens 	Frederick
Buillens 	Henry
Cain 		Hanse
Cain 		David
Chapman 	James
Chapman 	William
Clark 		Wm
Collett 	William
Elmes 		William
Evans 		Richard
Griffiths 	John
Horrell 	George
Johnston 	John
Jaggar 		A. Hughes
Kibblewhite 	Edward
Kibblewhite 	Henry
Jones 		Robert
Lee 		Thomas
Lewin 		John J.
Lewis 		William
Lister 		John
Lowe 		Eli
Mather 		George
Milligan 	Hugh
Milligan 	James
Milligan 	Thomas
Mallinder 	James
Munro 		Robert
Nurse 		Martin
Pawsey 		John R
Piper 		Edward
Piper 		Henry
Reetz 		Hubertus
Reeves 		Thos
Rowell 		James
Rowle 		James
Skilling 	John
Stringer 	Richard
Swallow 	Joshua
Watt 		John
Weastell 	Marmaduke
Weastell 	George
Weeber 		Joseph
Wilder 		Edward 
Woodhead 	John
Woodhead 	George

Single Women
Atkinson	Margaret 
Bell		Elizabeth 
Callett 	Sarah
Cain		Mary 
Gapes		Esther 
Halstead 	Louisa
Jaggar		Susannah 
Lowe 		Mary Ann
Martin 		Sarah
Martin 		Emma
Martin 		Mary Ann
Martin 		Martha
Mulligan (sic)	Sarah, Elizabeth and Elizabeth 
Nurse 		Catherine
Parrott 	Catherine
Piper		Jane, Ellen and Mary 
Slater		Mary Ann 
Watt		Agnes, Sophia, Margaret and Isabella 
Woodhead 	Mary
Woodhead 	Ellen
Births on Board
Mrs James Pratt - son
Mrs Joseph Weeber - daughter
Mrs Joseph Ellis -daughter
Mrs S. Ashton - daughter (stillborn)
Mrs Charles Turner - daughter

Deaths on Board
Oct 28th Elisha George Clark, aged 18 months
Oct 29th Susannah Ellis, aged 18 days
Nov 24th Ann Evans, aged 23 years
Dec 1st John Lowe, aged 17 months
Dec 22nd Kate Atkinson, aged 14 months
Dec 29th Frederick William Painter, aged 3 years
Jan 2nd Joseph Newsam, aged 18 months

Joseph Weeber, sen, took his passage, but did not come on board.
John Duff, wife and 2 children were landed at Plymouth on account of sickness

Passengers for other ports

Hawkes Bay

Sealey [Sealy]   Henry and Edward (brothers)
Charlton         Mary and 2 children (Total: 5)

Otago (Total: 8)

Hollinshead	Elizabeth Brock and 2 children
Bruce		Robert 
Neuzig		Helena 
Smith		Payson 
Weedon		Edward 
Mackie		John 

Otago Witness Saturday January 29 1859 page 4

Jan. 27. White Swan, s.s. from northern provinces. Transhipped ex Clontarf from London under bond, 25 pkgs. merchandise, 12 do. passengers' baggage, 3 horses, 1 case and 10 tons flour.  Passengers - Cabin: Dr. Hodgkinson, Dr. Buchanan; Messrs. Kenyon, Chapman, J. Aylmer, W. Aylmer, Captain Nicol. Per Clontarf from London - Mrs Hollinghead, 2 children and servant; steerage - Messrs. Bruce, Macil, and Smith.

Wellington (Total: 20)

Ackroyd     	John Edmund 
Backhouse	Joseph 		and Alfred 
Burmiston	Wm 
Cross		Donald  	and wife
Finlayson	Ann 
McLennan	Duncan 		and wife
Storey		Edward		wife and 2 children
Storey		Lewis		wife and 2 children
Wrigley		Henry		wife and child

Another Passenger List

Passenger List off site, 345 Government immigrants. Opens in another window.
Emigration to Canterbury : Shipping Lists 1856-1874

The "Clontarf" arrived in Lyttelton with the following goods:

3 cases mixed toys
3 cases haberdashery
Large assortment of mixed muslins, including every kind
A splendid assortment of ribbons to the tune of £300
5 packages saddlery, a small assortment of all kinds
4 packages stationery
A large assortment of hosiery
2 cases sample of Scotch boots
1 case fancy goods and gloves suited to the season
11 cases alpaca, coburg, ginghams, and other stuffs
7 cases white shirts, hoods, ladies' underclothing, &c
1 case stays, &c
1 weighing machine, 3cwt

Sickles, reaping hooks, nails of all kinds, hay knives, scythes, pack saddles, spades, shovels, gravel do., lanterns, and every kind of hollware (sic) to the tune of £700; chains, cables and all kinds of boat gear, to the tune of £40; carpenters' tools of all kinds, gold leaf, paint, and a variety of painters' goods, household tin furniture of every kind, locks and small ironmongery of every description, 25 cases Booth's gin, 60 cases Geneva, best brand, and a large variety of other goods.

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Local Intelligence (Lyttelton Times)
The arrival of the Clontarf on Thursday has filled our town with the bustle and crowd which we now look for regularly once a month. This ship brings in a larger number than usual of regular country-bred agricultural labourers, just in time, after the period required for settling down into their places, to lend their aid in the approaching harvest; which we wish, by-the-bye, was likely to show as great an increase over former years in abundance, as would be proportionate to the advance of the province in other respects. Though not a few of the arrivals by the Clontarf are "to order", or in other words, coming to friends already in the province, the number in all is so large, that not fewer than usual will be open for engagement generally.
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Four Diaries

1. Diary - pages 9 to 43. The "Clontarf" September 20 1858 left England written by J.B.A. ACLAND, cabin passenger, returning to Canterbury. On the Clontarf Acland came over with dogs:
"Nanny" died, threw her overboard
"Norna" - had a litter of puppies, 6 in number of which we killed 3
"Joe" has distemper
C. Cooper lost his dog - jumped or fell overboard
Jollie dogs out 2 hours
and Jock Bennett and Jim Chapman
and sheep, stock whip, Jersey, waistcoat, boots, seeds. etc.

The Acland papers also include a plan of accomodation for Clontarf at the University of Canterbury, McMillan Brown Library, Christchurch and include extracts from diary kept on board the Royal Stuart during the voyage from Plymouth to Canterbury by J.B.A. Acland Oct. 9 1854 to March 1855. In 1861 Enys accompanied the Canterbury runholder J. B. A. Acland, who had been visiting England, on his return voyage to New Zealand; they arrived at Lyttelton on the Chrysolite on 27 July 1861.

Letter Signed 'J Barton A Acland' to Sir Richard Owen (1804-92).
15 June 1858; Killerton, Exeter, England. Two pages. Further to Owen's offer at their meeting 'some months ago' at the British Museum, asks for 'any information [...] relating to the Moa or Dinorius of New Zealand'. He is hoping to return to New Zealand in a couple of months, 'and shall very likely be exploring some of the unknown country towards the West coast of the Island', and is 'very anxious to ascertain whether any of the above named birds still exist and [...] where they are likely to be found', either 'in the open and swampy ground near the seacoast or near rivers or in the more elevated and wooded districts inland'. Is certain Owen 'must feel a great interest in the discovery of any specimen of this bird if alive or of more perfect remains if extinct'. One of Owen's early triumphs was his verification of the existence of the moa bird.

This morning a new passenger came on board and kept out of sight.

Names mentioned in Acland's diary:
Captain J. Allen, Dr Vicary, Messrs J.B.A. Acland, Baddeley, Bennett, J. Burnell,  Jim Chapman, Mrs Chapman, Mrs Carlton, Mrs Charlton, C. Cooper, Miss C. Cooper, Mrs Cooper, Lock, Grainger, Gray, Gregory, Mrs B.H., Hartnell, Mrs Hollinghead, Rawle and child, Sainthill, Storey, Sealy, Treherne, Wansey, Weedon.

William and Anne (nee Taylor) Chapman arrive on the Contraf in 1859 having left Plymouth on 20th Sept. 1858. William was employed on the Mount Peel Station by Acland and Tripp as a game keeper and farm labourer. Daughter Betsy  married James Peperell Radford on 29th March 1869.

2. Diary written by Edwin BURNELL(1835-1881) 
Photocopy of diary including voyage on 'Clontarf' to Lyttelton arriving 5 January 1859 at the Canterbury Museum ARC 1900.110

3. Diary written by Henry John SEALY at the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, MS Sea 1858-59. He published "Are we to Stay Here?" a pamphlet. A paper on the New Zealand public works policy of 1870, considered specially with reference to the question of the settlement of the crown lands, and the incidence of taxation. 1881  He died 30 Oct. 1903. He with Hewlings laid out the township of Waimate.  A surveyor in Canterbury and Auckland. An artist.

SEALY, Edward Percy (23 Aug. 1839 - 30 Oct. 1903) born in England and educated at Clifton College, a surveyor, photographer and a keen naturalist, came to Lyttelton in the Clontarf in 1859. After some experience on sheep stations he entered the Provincial Survey Department in Hawkes Bay in 1862 and three years later went to Canterbury as a surveyor on the Provincial staff. In 1869 he was associated with Julius von Haast on the latters last expedition in the Mount Cook region. On retiring he farmed at Southern Downs, near Timaru.  To perpetuate his memory - Mt Sealy (2557 metres, 8389 feet)

Timaru Herald Wednesday 4 January 1899 pg 2
Marriage PETER - SEALY - On the 21st December 1989 at St Mary's, Timaru, by Rev. P.J. Cocks, O.J. Peter, son of the late W.S. Peter of Anama, to Violet, eldest daughter of E. P. Sealy, Esq of Southerndown, Timaru.

BIRTH - On the 3rd January, 1875 at Southern down, Timaru, the wife of Edward P. Sealy, of a daughter
BIRTH - On the 10th November, at Southerndown, Timaru, the wife of Edward P. Sealy, of a daughter.

Timaru Herald 29th March 1876 page 3 Birth -
SEALY- March 28, at Heathcliff, near Timaru, the wife of H.J. Sealy, of a daughter.

Poverty Bay Herald, 31 October 1903, Page 1
Timaru, last night. E. P. Sealey, a Canterbury pioneer, died this evening, aged 64. He was a surveyor under the Provincial Government in the early days, and had a penchant for natural history and alpine exploration. He was the first man to visit Mount Cook, and ascended Hochstetter Dome and Hooker Glacier with a 60 1b camera, etc., and obtained the first photographs of that region. He was one of the founders and continuous directors of the Farmers' Cooperative Association till a few months ago.

Otago Witness 21 January 1903, Page 54
Some Canterbury Rivers. Fishing in the Opihi. Mr E. P. Sealey had the pleasure of landing a 101b fish.

4. Diary written by Henry MARTIN on board 'Clontarf' to Lyttelton, 15 September 1858-7 January 1859, 15p, a photocopy held at the Canterbury Museum 307/83. Along with a photocopy of newspaper cutting, 'Christchurch Star' 16 August 1919.  Extract 3 October 1858 - 30 October 1858, 3p. Sarah Martin (1832-1901)

Archives NZ Christchurch:

"Clontarf" (ship) - 15 September 1858 - 5 January 1859 [Use copy available in the reading room, Wellington]
Catherine Parrott to Provincial Secretary - claims gratuity as matron of the Clontarf - 12/01/1859
Fitzgerald (Emigration) to Superintendent - gratuities of the Clontarf - 24/01/1859

Googled Clontarf 1859. 

Page 6 of the passenger list includes
ATKINSON John , age 46, from, London, bootmaker.
Margaret (wife) 43
John (son) 20
Margaret 18
Henry 16
Richard 13
Francis  9
Eliza  7
Kendall  4
2 infants  8 months (twins)

James BELL (aged 14) and b. abt 1845 and Elizabeth BELL aged 17) b. abt 1842.  They emigrated from Scotland with their Uncle and Aunt - Alexander and Sophia WATT and settled in Rangiora (Fernside).  The Canterbury Provincial Council paid £187 for the voyage and the family and the paid £93.10 as their contribution.

WATT		Alexander  age 53, from Scotland, Agricultural Labourer 
		Sophia F. (wife) 
		Agnes  (daug.) 	21  (1836 - 1907)
		Sophia 		19
		Margaret 	17
		John 		15
		Isabella 	13
		Mary 		 9
		Eliza 		 6
		Robina 		 4
		Jessie 		 2?

BILLENS, William E. on the Sebastopol 21 May 1863 arrival in Lyttelton. He arrived in Canterbury NZ to be with his brother Robert Billens who arrived on the ship Clontarf January 1859. He may not have married and he died in the early 1900's in South Canterbury (not confirmed by death.)

BRAKE, John , born in Buckland Newton, Dorset, England in 1816. In 1845 he married Lucy Slade (nee Peach), a widow and daughter of Simon Peach at Sherborne, Dorset, England. Lucy was born around 1811 in Sherborne, Dorset and died in Riccarton, Christchurch, New Zealand in 1889. John Brake, a cooper by trade, died in 1898 in Christchurch, New Zealand.
The Brake family arrived in Lyttelton on the ship Clontarf.

They had four children:
Henry Peach Brake (b.1847)
Harriott Georgina Brake (b.1850)
Robert Brake (b.1852)
Mary Charlotte Brake (b.12 Oct 1857-1859).
Mary was scolded to death as the ship arrived in Lyttelton. She was buried in Lyttelton Cemetery. The three surviving children married and raised families.

Thomas BROOME married Hannah WILLIAMS, in the parish church in the parish of Kingswinford, Staffordshire, England, on 12 May, 1856 and after their son was born in 1857 they came to Canterbury on the ship Clontarf.  

CAIN, Samuel, Farmer, "Laurel Grove," Seadown. Mr Cain is a County Down man, and was born in 1849.  He left Ireland for the Colony with his parents in 1859 by the ship "Clontarf." His father farmed at Milford near Temuka, where the subject under notice was bought up to farm life.  He purchased a farm of 187 acres, and started on his own account in 1868, subsequently building his present residence in 1891.  Mr. Cain owns another farm of 212 acres on the Seadown block. He is an active member of the Presbyterian Church, and has been chairman of the Seadown School committee since 1893.  Mr Cain has been twice married, first to Miss Eagle, who died in 1880, leaving eleven children, and secondly to his first wife's sister, by whom he has three children.

Timaru Herald, 7 July 1896, Page 2 Marriage
Lank— Cain -On July 2nd, 1896, at Laurel Grove, Seadown, by the Rev. J. Dickson, William P. Lane, eldest son of J. Lane, Timaru, to Elizabeth, second daughter of S. Cain, Seadown.

Timaru Herald 25/11/2008
MORE than 200 members of the Cain family will gather in Timaru in the New Year as part of the family's 150th celebrations. The reunion celebrates the arrival of John and Sarah Cain aboard the ship Clontarf in Lyttelton on January 5, 1859. They arrived with six of their children, but earlier two of their other children arrived in 1852 and 1856 and settled in South Canterbury. At the family's 125th reunion nearly 500 turned out. With registrations to close at the end of the month, nearly 200 have so decided to come to Timaru for the 150th anniversary.

Timaru Herald 02/01/2009 Cain's celebrate 150 years
After months of planning, hundreds of letters and a huge number of phone calls, the Cain family's 150th reunion kicked into gear last night. More than 100 descendants of John and Sarah Cain, who docked in Lyttelton harbour on January 5, 1859, turned out to the Grey Way Lounge at Phar Lap Raceway to mark the start of the celebrations. They came from all around New Zealand and overseas in the family's biggest reunion since 1983. The Cain's and their six children came to Lyttelton on the Clontarf and the eight generations descended from that family have made their way around the country and the world. Co-organiser Gavin Cain said it was heartening to see a large number of the family, about 260, come to mark the milestone. Organising the reunion hadn't been an easy task, he said. Take, for instance, the 25 pages of names and addresses of family members from the 125th reunion. Most of the people on the list had shifted at least once, meaning there were many phone calls, letters and emails to be made to try to track them down. By the end of it, Mr Cain's wife told him he had spent about 2000 minutes a month on the phone and on top of that, 650 registration letters had been sent out. Paul Cain, who organised the 125th reunion and was co-organiser of this one, said it had been a lot of work, though not all that stressful. And the effort was worthwhile, he said. At the end of the day, he said, it's a great time to catch up and also to meet people. "You know they're all family, you know they're all friends. You can walk up and talk to them." The celebrations continue throughout the weekend and include the unveiling and blessing of a memorial plaque at the Temuka cemetery tomorrow and a tree planting. On Monday, the family will gather in Lyttelton, at the site where the early settlers landed.


DUDSON, William, from Birmingham, born 1826 married a Margaret Donald or O'Donnell left for New Zealand on the ship Clontarf which arrived in NZ on 5th Jan. 1859

ELLIS, Joseph b. 1829, and his wife came out on the Clontarf in 1859. Married 23 Feb. 1852. He was a brickmaker in Timaru, a carter and contractor. Proprietor of the Old Bank. Farmer at Springfield, Kinsdown. Member of the first Timaru Town Board. His son Joseph was born in Timaru in 1860.  Son b. 1868. Had six sons and four daughters and 33 grandchildren.

ELLIS, Godfrey Wentworth , farmer, Holly Farm, Gleniti. Mr Ellis works 160 acres of leased land. He was born at Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England, in 1853, and arrived at Lyttelton with his parents in the ship "Clontarf" on 6th January 1859. His father settled in Timaru, where he established an extensive carrying trade. Carley, Adrienne Rae. A brief history of the family of Joseph and Martha Wentworth (Goodall) Ellis, pioneer settlers to New Zealand in 1859. 1994. 90pp

SKILLING, John b.1838 from Killinchy, Co. Down came to Lyttelton on the Clontarf in 1859 and settled in Doyleston, Canterbury

TURNER, Charles arrived in New Zealand on the Clontarf in 1859. With him was his wife Mary Ann Park Swithin and his 4 children. On the passenger details it lists his place as Yorkshire and him as a gardener and brickmaker.

WOODHEAD, George Junior, Farmer, Manor Farm, near Temuka. Mr. G. Woodhead was born in Nottingshire, England, in 1844, and accompanied his parents in the ship "Clontarf," in 1859, to New Zealand, He is a member of the St George's Lodge of Freemasons, Temuka and has been a member of the Alexandrovna Lodge of Oddfellows, American order. In 1892, he married Miss Longson, of Glossop, Derbyshire, England; they have no family. Mrs Woodhead was a passenger in the ship "Wanganui," which arrived in 1878.

Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, 1 January 1859, Page 2
The Clontarf also embarked her passengers in the East India Docks on September 15, and sailed from Gravesend the following day with 20 chief cabin and 396 intermediate and steerage passengers for Canterbury.

Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, 4 December 1858, Page 2
The Clontarf will take out a further party of first-class labourers and their families in September. Thus, under the active management of Mr. Fitzgerald, the late superintendent of the province, who is now in England directing this measure of "Assisted Emigration," a body of picked mechanics and labourers, with their families, amounting to nearly 1,000 individuals, will be introduced into Canterbury in the course of the next few months. — Home News, August 16.

Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, 9 February 1859, Page 3
Lyttelton Times, January 5. The arrival of the Clontarf on Thursday has filled our town with the bustle and crowd which we now look for regularly once a month. This ship brings in a larger number than usual of regular country-bred agricultural labourers, just in time, after the period required for settling down into their places, to lend their aid in the approaching harvest ; which we wish, by-the-by, was likely to show as great an increase over former years in abundance, as would be proportionate to the advance of the province in other respects. Though not a few of the arrivals by the Clontarf are " to order," or, in other words, coming to friends already in the province, the number in all is so large, that not fewer than usual will be open for engagement generally.

Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, 12 February 1859, Page 3
We have been pleased to see among the importations of the Clontarf several specimens of English singing birds. We regret to hear, however, that the attempt to introduce these feathered songsters of our native land has been but very partially successful. The failure, however, it is satisfactory to know, has arisen from causes that may easily be obviated, on another occasion, viz., the want of accommodation, and a suitable house for them on board. This, it seems, was promised for them ; but owing, we suppose, to the very crowded state of the vessel, was not provided at the lust moment of sailing. We understand that a beautiful collection of nearly 100 birds was put on board, in suitable cages, and well found in everything for the voyage. The list included blackbirds, larks, thrushes, starlings, linnets, chaffinches, &c. ; of these, however, only twenty-two were landed alive, and some of these have since died. The survivors are now comfortably lodged in a very commodious aviary, built for them in his garden by Mr. W. G. Brittan, and we heartily hope that they will thrive and multiply, and their descendants will, at some future day, help to make vocal with some of the melody of our native groves the hedgerows, gardens, orchards, and plantations, which are now rapidly springing up about us in all directions. We sincerely hope that this will not be the only attempt made to introduce these beautiful ornaments of our native land among us. — Standard, Jan. 13.

Otago Witness, 18 June 1859, Page 3 Wellington
The Clontarf sailed on the 26th ult. for London direct. The estimated value of her cargo is £25,844, which, added to that of the other vessels which have sailed, makes a grand total of £119,267 10s. 10d., exported in direct ships this season. A portion of the wool by the Clontarf has been taken home at of a penny per lb.


Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, 7 April 1860, Page 2
The Clontarf arrived at Canterbury, on March 17th, with 346 passengers, 294 of whom were Government immigrants : 4 births and 33 deaths occurred during the voyage.

Otago Witness, 7 April 1860, Page 4
The Clontarf, from London, arrived at Canterbury on the 16th ult., after a passage of 107 days, throughout which she experienced a good deal of bad weather. She left London with 346 souls ; but a considerable number of deaths occurred during the voyage. The list of deaths includes five adults, one of whom was a midshipman of the vessel. Of the 28 children almost all perished from the consequences of measles and whooping cough, which unhappily prevailed at during our hot dry weather both the Ambrosine and Clontarf have reported gales of wind, accompanied by drenching rain as ha mg been experienced almost up to the coast. The Clontarf has a quantity of cargo for Otago. Lyttelton Times -March 17.