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 Allan, 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 food.
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 Edward 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: (339) Ashton Sampson and wife Atkinson John wife and 5 children Beal Henry wife and 2 children Billens Robert wife and 5 children (Henry Billens was 13) 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 (Mary Ann Marsh) 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 Moody John wife and 3 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 Purcell 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 [Elizabeth Curregh] Stephenson William wife and child Stewart Edward and wife Tompkins John and wife Toppin Thomas and wife Triggs James wife and child Turner Charles wife and four children 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 (John) Single men Aldrich Edward Atkinson John Atkinson Henry Atkinson Richard Ballantyne James Bell James Billens Frederick Buillens Henry Cain Hanse Cain David Chapman James Chapman William Clark Wm Collett William Elmes William Evans Richard Griffiths John Horrell George Jaggar A. Hughes Jones Robert Johnston John Kibblewhite Edward Kibblewhite Henry 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 Thomas 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 (Milligan) 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 BaySealey [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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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)
4. Leaves from a lady's journal. We have two cows with us which belong to Mrs Cooper, but the milk is partly given to the children. There are plenty of poultry, pigs and sheep on board, but we get none of the fresh meat now. The oatmeal is Scotch, and is very good. We make a hoohpot full of gruel (sweetened) nearly every night, and drink it with water too. The water smells very bad now but they say it will be better again shortly. The lime-juice takes the disagreeable taste away, so you see that we are not without a remedy for that. The moat annoying things we have to put up with are the cockroaches. They crawl about in our beds as we lie down, and on us too, sometimes, but they are quite harmless. [She was travelling with Harry]
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
2 infants 8 months (twins)
MR J. C. ATKINSON.
Star 8 January 1900 Page 1
Mr J. C. Atkinson died yesterday morning, at his residence, Cashel Street, after a short illness. Mr Atkinson, who was one of the oldest residents of Christchurch, was sixty-three years of age, and came to the colony in the ship Clontarf, landing in Lyttelton in 1859. He entered the service of Messrs Miles and Co:, in which he remained for thirty-one years. He was the first mayor of Linwood when it was farmed into a borough, and occupied a seat on the Waimakariri River Board for many years. He was also secretary of the East Christchurch School Committee for some time." His death occurred on the forty-first anniversary of his landing in the colony.
MR. JOHN ATKINSON
Lyttelton Times 25 June 1910 Page 10
Mr John Atkinson, who died on Thursday at his residence in Christchurch at the age of ninety-eight years, -was one of the pioneers of Canterbury, who brought a large family, to the country with him. He arrived in 1859. on the ship Clontarf, with his wife and family of eight, four sons and: four daughters, one other child having been buried at sea on the voyage out. Mr Atkinson was born at Portsmouth on January 12. 1812, and removed to London in the year 1829. and was receiving master at the Stepney Post Office for twelve years prior to his leaving for New Zealand. He established himself in the boot business in Christchurch, and remained in it for many years. He was a life member of the Working Men's Club, and also a charier member, and he was a director of the Christchurch Land and Building Society for many years from its inception. His wife died in 1884. Two sons and two daughters are living.
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. [Mrs Agnes Woodhead obit.]
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.
Press 11 August 1897 Page 6
Another old settler from the Ellesmere district, Mr Christopher Clark, of Orton farm, Leeston, died on Saturday at the age of eighty-one years. The deceased arrived in the colony in the ship Clontarf in the year 1859. For some years he worked as a millwright in Christchurch, where in the sixties he fitted np several of the early mills, notably Wood's old flour mill. He worked for and in conjunction with the late Mr John Anderson. Some thirty years ago the deceased with his son, the late Mr William Clark, took up land in the Ellesmere district, and for a number of years followed farming pursuits.
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.Educated at Timaru by a Mr Stanley who conducted a school. 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
Hawke's Bay Herald 26 February 1859 Page 2
Mr R. Hart had returned to the province by the " Clontarf." [not on passenger list]
Star 7 August 1905 Page 3
Another of the early Canterbury settlers died at Papanui last Friday morning, in the person of Mr William Homer, The deceased, accompanied by his wife, arrived in Lyttelton, in the ship Clontarf, in 1859, and settled in Papanui, where he resided up to the time of his death. For a number of years he was a member of the Avon Road Board. He was an enthusiastic sportsman, and was a a playing member of. the Christchurch Veterans' Cricket Club for some years. Mr and Mrs Homer celebrated their golden wedding last Christmas Day; Deceased leaves a widow, six sons and three daughters and thirty-two grandchildren.
New Zealand Times 11 June 1919 Page 9
Death has removed yet another of the early settlers, in the person of -Mrs Alary Horner, of Christchurch. Airs Horner was born at Patley Bridge, Yorkshire, eighty-three years ago, and came to New Zealand with her husband and two children in 1859; landing from the Clontarf at Lyttelton on Christmas Day. Her. husband worked at Lyttelton for some time and then moved to Papanui, whore Air and Airs Horner resided for the remainder of their lives. The deceased has left two married daughters (Mrs Thornley, of Sumner, and Mrs A. Pearce, of Papanui), also four sons, the majority of whom are now settled in Southland. Her descendants number twenty-three grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
Lyttelton Times 11 December 1906 Page 3 [not on passenger list]
MR STEPHEN HUNT. An old Peninsula settler, Mr Stephen Hunt, of French Farm," Akaroa, died yesterday morning after a long illness, at the advanced age of seventy-five. Deceased, who was , a native of Shropshire, came out with his brother, Mr J. Hunt, of Pigeon Bay, in the ship Clontarf in 1859 to Lyttelton. For some time the brothers worked pit-sawing in different parts of the Peninsula, afterwards taking up laud, Stephen at French Farm, where he acquired a great reputation for cheese-making and as an orchardist. He was twice married and had a family of twenty-eight. He was greatly esteemed and will be much missed in French Farm, where he has resided for many years.
Stratford Evening Post 16 June 1925 Page 8 Mrs JIM JENNINS. (not on passenger list)
Ashburton, June 15. The death has occurred of Mrs Jim Jennins in her 97th year. Mrs Jenniiis came to Canterbury in 1859 in the ship Clontarf. She was the first headmistress of the Church School, Papainui, Christchurch, a position she occupied for many years, and was headmistress of the Papanui State school for twenty years. Then for a quarter of a century she taught in a school conducted by her daughter, retiring to Tinwald 25 years ago. deceased leaves a son, two daughters, nine grand-children and sixteen great-grand-children. Her husband died shortly after arrival in New Zealand.
Mr and Mrs W. Judson and Sarah Ann Judson [Mrs JAMES PILBROW] not on passenger list.
Mrs Ayers born at Eastall, on the border of Lincolnshire and Leicestershire, came out with her parents Mr and Mrs W. Judson.
Otago Daily Times 8 August 1932 Page 8 MR JAMES JUDSON
The death of Air James Judson, of Woodend, occurred at his residence on Thursday morning after a short illness. Air Judson, who was born in Leicestershire, England, 86 years ago, came to Lyttelton by the ship Clontarf in 1800. Ten years, later he commenced farming on his own account at Woodend, where he resided until the time of his death. For a long period Air Judson was well known as an enthusiastic cricketer, and in more recent years as an ardent bowler. At the Canterbury Bowling Centre’s last veterans’ matches be was the oldest competitor. Mr Judson, who was twice married, is survived by his second wife and a grown-up family.
Lyttelton Times 22 May 1902 Page 6
An old resident of Lincoln Road, Mrs Martha Glover, passed away on Tuesday evening. She was the fourth daughter of the late Philip and Mary Martin, well known in connection with the Black Horse Hotel. She arrived at Lyttelton on Jan. 7, 1859, in the ship Clontarf, forty-three years ago,, and has resided at Spreydon ever since. Her health has been failing for the last four years, and she passed peacefully away, leaving a family of four sons and seven daughters. [sister Mrs. Sarah Lister] Henry Martin
Otago Daily Times 24 May 1927 Page 7
The death occurred at Monck’s Bay, Canterbury, a few days ago, of Mrs Sarah Lister, relict of the late Mr John Lister, and mother of Mr Peter Lister, of Otekaike, North Otago, and of Mr N. J. Lister of Dunedin The deceased came to New Zealand in the ship Clontarf in 1859 and was married to Mr John Lister in July 1861. Mr Lister was farming at Balcairn, North Canterbury, for many years; and at his decease Mrs Lister went to live with her daughter at Monck’s Bay. She was in her ninety-fourth year at the time of her death, and is survived by two sons and three daughters. She leaves 26 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
Lyttelton Times 30 September 1909 Page 7
The late Mr Joseph Pawsey, whose funeral took place at the Horsley Downs cemetery on Tuesday, was born in Suffolk in 1850, and came to New Zealand with his parents in the ship Clontarf in 1859. His parents remained in Christchurch for a time and then went to reside at Balcairn, where they followed farming successfully for a number ,of years. The farm was carried on by the sons after the death of their father, and a few years ago Mr Pawsey purchased Rocklea and also a part of the Virginia Country, where he resided. Mr Pawsey married a daughter of Air John M’Gowan, farmer, of Softon, and leaves a widow and three children.
MR J. R. PAWSEY
Lyttelton Times 28 March 1904 Page 5
Mr J. R. Pawsey, whose death occurred on Wednesday, at Balcairn, was one of the earliest settlers in the district. He was a native of Haughley, Suffolk, and came to tho colony in 1859 in the ship Clontarf. He entered the service of Mr W. D. Wood, of Christ-church, with whom he stayed for four years, and then entered into partnership for a short time with Mr Leith, after whom Leithfield is named. In 1865 Mr Pawsey bought Oak Farm, Balcairn, and resided there up to the time of his death. In the early days he served on the Road Board. He leaves a family of five grown-up sons. His funeral, which took place yesterday, was largely attended.
RAWLE (not on passenger list)
South Canterbury Times 12 November 1900 Page 2
Mr W. T. Chapman, of Alford Forest, writes to the “Ashburton Mail”: —“I , notice that my old friend, James Rawle, has passed away. We sailed from London together in the ship Clontarf, and landed in Lyttelton on January 5th, 1859, and our first residence in the colony was at Mount Possession, where we went with the first flock of sheep that was ever in the Ashburton Gorge. We remained there nearly three years until it was sold by Messrs Acland and Tripp, about three years after, when Rawle went to Mount Peel. At the end of four years he left, and we met again on Alford Station, where he lived one year. He then went to Mount Peel again, until he married in 1866, when he went to reside on his farm by the Ashburton river. With two exceptions he was the oldest resident in the county.
Henry SIDON not on passenger list.
SKILLING, John b.1838 from Killinchy, Co. Down came to Lyttelton on the Clontarf in 1859 and settled in Doyleston, Canterbury
Lyttelton Times 11 September 1911 Page 8
Mrs Margaret Smith, who died at Springston on Thursday, and was buried at Rangiora yesterday afternoon, was a resident of the Rangiora district for over fifty years. She came to Canterbury in the year 1859 by the ship Clontarf.
Press 6 February 1914 Page 9
The death is announced of Mr William Stephenson, an old colonist, who died at tho residence of his daughter, Mrs L. R. Bryant, of Fitzherbert East, on Monday, at the ripe age of 91 years. He was born at Barton, near Darlington (England), in 1-23. After serving his apprenticeship at the building trade he took up his residence in Leeds, and was there during the. Chartist agitation and subsequent riots. Many young men with whom he was acquainted suffered transportation to Australia for their connexion with these riots. In 1850 he moved to London, and while there became associated with the late Douglas Jerrold, Charles Kingsley, and others, in their formation of the first Trades Union in England—unionism which was more on co-operative lines than the form of unionism with which we are familiar to-day. In 1854 ho visited Australia, but subsequently returned to London, finally leaving for New Zealand in the ship Clontarf. He arrived at Lyttelton in 1859, and spent some years in Christchurch and Nelson, in both places being engaged in the building trade. Eventually he settled on a farm with his son at Shannon, from which he retired a few years ago, and has since resided in Palmerston and Fitzherbert.
Star 18 July 1911 Page 1 Mr Richard Stringer, who died suddenly at Ashley on Saturday morning, was a native of County Wicklow, Ireland, and came to Canterbury by the ship Clontarf in 1859. He spent about six years in the neighbourhood of Christchurch, chiefly in the employment of Mr Von Haast, surveying. He married Miss Dobson in 1864, and a year later bought land at Ashley, where he farmed to the time of his death. In the earlier period of his residence in the Ashley district lie took an active interest in church and school matters, and was much esteemed by his neighbours. He leaves a widow and family of three sons and six daughters.
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.
Lyttelton Times 8 August 1917 Page 9
CHARLES TURNER. Mr Charles Turner, who was an old Canterbury settler, passed away at his residence, 21, Webb Street, Christchurch, recently, in his ninety-fifth year. Mr Turner was a native of Wakefield, Yorkshire, and with his wife and family came to Canterbury in the ship Clontarf in 1859. He acquired land at Harewood, Papanui, 'where ho resided for many years. About forty years ago he met with a severe accident, and from that time lived in comparative retirement. Mrs Turner predeceased him nine years, and lie leaves a son, who is in Sydney, and four daughters, one of whom is Mrs E. G. Philpott, of Loburn.
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.
Temuka Leader 15 August 1903 Page 2
The late Mr Geo. Woodhead, senr., whose death at the ripe old age of 92 years was recorded in our last issue, was one of that rapidly diminishing band of sturdy pioneer’s who came to this colony in the days when it was young. He was born in Nottinghamshire, England, in 1811, and in 1859 brought out his wife and family to New Zealand in the ship Clontarf. For about two years he was engaged with Mr John Studholme at the Rakaia Gorge and the Selwyn, and then, went to Cashmere, near Christchurch, and took up a farm, which he kept for three years. In 1866 he leased a farm near Temuka from the late Mr Hayhurst, and worked it for 21 years. On the expiration of the lease he bought a farm at Milford, where ho remained until his death on Tuesday night last. Although of such a great ago, Mr Woodhead was, until about a year ago, active and healthy, and though of late years he was unable to take but little active part in the farming of his property, he was a living example of the fact that hard work docs not kill. Ho leaves a family of two sons and one daughter, 28 grandchildren and 13 great-grand-children.
Press 4 September 1914 Page 5
In the late Mr George Blanchard Woodhead, who died on his 70th birthday, tho district, has lost another of its old identities. Mr Woodhead came out to New Zealand in the Clontarf, in 1859, and was until recently a wellknown farmer at Milford. He leaves a wife, but no children.
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.
Lyttelton Times 12 January 1859 Page 5
RESIDENT MAGISTRATE'S COURT.
Lyttelton. Friday,; Jan.; 7, 1859. (Before J. W. Hamilton; Esq.,R. M.)
Immigration Agent V. GEORGE PHILLIPS.
Phillips was a stow-away the ship Clontarf, having concealed himself for the purpose of obtaining a passage out. The prisoner, who stated that he was a cooper by trade and had worked his passage out, requested Captain Allan to allow him to work home again. To this the master/who gave prisoner a good character, demurred, on the ground of his not being a seaman. It was finally arranged that Phillips should give a promissory note to pay the Provincial Government for his passage, and that he should be allowed 12 months to repay; unless any intention of his leaving the Colony should be manifested. A penalty of 24 hours imprisonment with hard labour was inflicted.
Saturday, January 8. (Before Crosbie Ward, Esq. J.P.) John Griffiths was brought, up on the charge of being drunk, and creating a disturbance in the Immigration Barracks. The prisoner, who had been locked up by the police, is one of the newly arrived immigrants-by the Clontarf. Fined five shillings and cautioned.
Jan. 11th John Voisin, a newly arrived immigrant per Clontarf, was convicted of being drunk and disorderly in the Immigration barracks on Monday evening. Fined five shillings and cautioned.
Mrs W.U. Slack -Charlotte