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The Midlothian, bark, 414 tons, sailed from the Downs, England 22nd June and arrived Lyttelton 8 October, 1851 with 128 passengers, then sailed for Nelson arriving their on 7 November 1851.
From the "Lyttelton Times," October 11, 1851
October 8, barque Midlothian, 414 tons, Gibson, from Gravesend, 21 June. Passengers: Rev. R. B. Paul, Mrs Paul and five children, Mr and Mrs G.W. Lee, Mr J. Back and Mrs Back, Mr I. Brown, Mrs Brown and three children, Captain Wilkinson, Mr Conway L. Rose, Mrs Rose and three children, Miss Roche, Mr Beauchamp, Mr Beeston, Mrs Beeston and nine children, Mr Laws, Miss Laws, Miss Stanford, and eighty-one in steerage.
The barque Midlothian, 530 tons, new measurement, chartered by the Canterbury Association, and commanded by Captain Joseph Gibson, sailed from the Downs on Sunday, June 22, having on board 31 cuddy, 20 intermediate, and 77 steerage passengers, in all 128 souls; of this number 53 were children under fourteen years of age.
She beat down the Channel with a westerly wind, and on Wednesday evening was off the Start Point, the last land seen between the British Channel and the Cape of Good Hope. Passed to the westerly of Madeira on Wednesday, July 6, and to the westward of Cape Verde Islands on the 15th. The passage through the tropics was usually pleasant, the thermometer was never raising above 81 degrees, and that only for a few hours on one day. On July 24 she fell in with the S.E. Trade and crossed the Line on the evening of the same day. On the July 28 the moon was eclipsed, and and the ship encountered some heavy squalls, during one of which she lost her main topsail yard. The furthest western longitude reached was 29.30. On Sunday, August 24, made the Cape land. Wind then shifted to the south, and on the 26th veered round to the north. On September 1, the ship being in lat. 40.30 S. and long. 40 E., the weather became very unsettled, strong winds blowing alternatively from N.N. to S.W. and heavy gales at times. On September 8 she encountered a very heavy gale which became a hurricane on the morning of the 9th, when the ship was hove to, her close-reefed fore-top-sail, under which she was scudding, having been blown to ribbons. The gale having moderated she bore up again, and after a succession of strong winds from N.W. to S.W. made Stewart Island on Friday, October 3 (103 days from the Downs), and passed on a fine moonlight night inside The Traps. The extreme southern latitude reached before nearing the coast of New Holland was 40.41, which was gradually increased until she rounded Stewart Island. Light and variable winds on the three following days when the ship stood within three miles of the coast. On Tuesday, October 7, being then off Banks' Peninsula, and within a few hours' sail of Port Lyttelton, a purse containing 15 pounds 12s 6d was presented to Captain Gibson by the cuddy and intermediate passengers, with a request that on return to England he would purchase a piece of plate as a memorial of their gratitude for his unvarying kindness during the voyage. At the same time the following letter was placed in Captain Gibson's hands, signed by the whole of the chief cabin and intermediate passengers.
Barque Midlothan, off Port Lyttelton, New Zealand, October 7, 1851.
Dear Sir,- We, the undersigned passengers from London to Port Lyttelton in the barque Midlothian, cannot separate without offering you the expression of warmest thanks for the kindness which we have uniformly experienced at your hands during the voyage.
Should it be the will of Providence that you ever revisit Port Lyttelton we need hardly say that sincere pleasure it will give us to renew an acquaintance, under such happy auspices. Meanwhile, it is now our earnest prayer that He who has preserved you through the varied perils of a seaman's life. will grant you a safe return to England, and a happy meeting with those who are most dear to you. -We remain, dear Sir, your faithful and obliged servants.
To Joseph Gibson, Esq. Commander of the barque Midlothian.
A List of Persons whom the Canterbury Association have authorized to embark for Canterbury, New Zealand, as Passengers per ship Midlothian. Joseph Gibson, Commander. Dr. Back, Surgeon-Superintendant, Frederick Young, Manger of Shipping. 18 June 1851. Chief cabin 31 souls, 25�, second cabin 20 souls.
Chief CabinBack Mr 40 M Y Surgeon Back Mrs 35 F Y Brown Alfred 7 M Brown Edward 6 M Brown Emily 9 F Brown Henry 3 M Brown Mr 36 M Y 4 Brown Mrs 36 F Y 4 Lee G.W.H 36 M Paul Fanny 16 F Paul Frederick 16 M Paul Hannah M. 18 F Paul Margaret 22 F Paul Mrs 43 F Y 5 Paul R.B. 50 M Y 5 Chaplain Paul Rose Ann 17 F Roche Miss 20 F Rose Conwray L. 33 M Y 2 Rose Henry inf M Rose John 2 M Rose Mrs 31 F Y 2 Wilkinson Captain 40 M Westenra Arthur 9 M Westenra Captain 42 M Y 7 Westenra Esther 13 F Westenra Fanny 15 F Westenra Isabella 1 F Westenra Mrs 42 F Y 7 Westenra Parkes 14 M Westenra Richard 16 M Westenra Warren 11 M
Second CabinBeauchamp W.J. 22 M Beetson Arthur 6 M Beetson Charles 4 M Beetson David 8 M Beetson Emma 13 F Beetson Jno James 10 M Beetson Maria 15 F Beetson Maria 41 F Y 9 Beetson Robert 12 M Beetson Walter 2 M Beetson William 18 M Beetson William 43 M Y 9 for Nelson Louison Ann 25 F Captain Westenra's nurse Irwin Elizabeth 30 F Irwin Maria 13 F Laws Hill 21 M Laws Miss 22 F Stanford Emma 22 F Yagnes? Elizabeth 24 F Servant to Mr Rose
SteerageBathurst Frances 23 F married T. Fowler on board Batterbee Eliza 29 F Y Batterbee Jonathan 28 M Y Mr Black Bayley Arthur 13 M Betts Joseph 30 M Y Bricklayer Betts Susannah 33 F Y Bond George 23 M Y Laborer Bond Mary Ann 24 F Y Bryan Ann 36 F Y 1 Bryan Henry 11 M Bryan John 34 M Y 1 Agr. Laborer Butcher Mary 21 M Y Butcher Thomas 23 F Y Brickmaker Cox Alice 37 F Y 6 Cox Elizabeth 0 F Cox George 12 M Cox Jacob 4 M Cox Marianna 2 F Cox Samuel 41 M Y 6 Shepherd Mr. Rose Cox Samuel 9 M Cox Sarah 15 F Domestic Servant Cox William 7 M Dorsett Eliza 2 F Dorsett Isaac 6 M Dorsett Sarah 37 F Y 4 Mr. Rose Dorsett Sarah 10 F Dorsett William 8 M Dorsett William 29 M Y 4 Genral laborer Fowler Thomas 39 M Seaman married F. Bathurst on board Gallop Abel 1 M Gallop Charles 38 M Y 6 Agr. Laborer Gallop Charles 4 M Gallop Charlotte 8 F Gallop Charlotte 32 F Y 6 Gallop Jane 6 F Gallop Mary 12 F Gallop Susan 14 F Domestic Servant Gallop Urira? 9 F Goodwin Joseph 32 M Y Goodwin Mary 34 F Y Grumbridge William 18 M Agr. Laborer Hart Frances 47 F Y Hart James 44 M Y Agr. Laborer Hill Hardy 22 M Agr. Laborer Hills Alfred 4 M Hills George 11 M Hills George 35 M Y 4 Carpenter Mr. Rose Hills Henry 2 M Hills Maria 37 F Y 4 Hills Thomas 6 M Hysted Elizabeth 4 F Hysted Jno 34 M Y 5 Agr. Laborer Hysted John 6 M Hysted Mary 26 F Y 5 Hysted Sarah inf F died on voyage Hysted Susanna 11 F Hysted William 2 M Kissel George 4 M Kissel Jacob 6 M Kissel Magdalina 29 M Y 3 Kissel Magdalina 8 F Kissel William 33 M Y 3 Captain Westenra Loritz Henry 19 M Agr. Laborer Parker Richard 21 M Wheelwright Porter Emma 14 F Domestic Servant Shalder Thomas 19 M Agr. Laborer Short Andrew 25 M Sheperd Strachan William 19 M Gardener Smith William 23 M Agr. Laborer Tayler Alexander 9 M Tayler Margaret 17 F Domestic Servant Tish Christiana 32 F Y 4 Tish Henry 4 M Tish Magdalina inf F Tish Philip 31 M Y 4 Shepherd Tish Susan 1 F Tish William 6 M
Y = spouse
# = children
Reference: Canterbury Association Shipping Office (London, England) Lyttelton Shipping List Published: Salt Lake City, Utah : Genealogical Society of Salt Lake City, 1973. Copy of passenger lists of some Canterbury Association emigrant ships held in the Canterbury Museum, Christchurch, NZ. Available on microfilm at Family History Centres worldwide through their loan programme. Item #1066515
Spelling on the embarkation lists differs from the Canterbury Jubilee Celebrations, published 1900 by Old Colonists Committee e.g.
Batterby (not Batterbee)
Dorset (not Dorsett)
Highstead (not Hysted)
Tisch (not Tish)
Kissel - William whereas was actually Wilhelm
TISCH & KISSEL families:
Philipp and Christina (nee Vogt) TISCH came to New Zealand from Bavaria, Germany with their four children ( 2 boys & 2 girls ) on the 'Midlothian' in 1851. Also on board was Philipp's sister Magdalena and her husband Wilhelm KISSEL and their children. Both of Philipp and Christina's daughters died soon after arrival but they went on to have a further 8 children and settled in the Belfast area of Christchurch. Philipp kept buying farm land until he had an area of about 700 acres. Seeing the great demand for sawn timber he started a sawmill in Christchurch and as demand for timber increased he purchased a large tract of forest land at Alford Forest and erected a sawmill. To meet the requirements of the increasing population in the district he built the Alford Forest Hotel and also the Spread Eagle Hotel midway between Ashburton and Alford Forest.
One of the principal members of the German community in Christchurch he took a large part in raising money to build the German Church. Active in the community and business generally, Philipp was chairman of the Avon Road Board, a vestryman of St Pauls, Papanui and a director of the Brewing, Malting and Distilling Co. He was chairman of the Belfast School committee from 1869-1874 and he donated the land for the new school that was opened in 1878.
In 1878 they were in Taranaki buying another farm and hotel. They returned to Christchurch in 1882 where Christina died in September of that year. Philipp remarried in 1884 to Anne Williams Kerr, a widow, and settled into retirement until his death in 1892. Information courtesy of Sandra Worthington. Please contact Sandra, gr-gr-gr grandaughter of Philipp Tisch, if you would like more information or have information to share on these families.
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New Zealand - The Britain of the South
Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, 2 February 1859, Page 2
The barque Midlothian, Captain Grant, arrived from London on Saturday last, after a rather quick passage, having left the Downs on the 17th October. The Midlothian is bound to Wellington, but about thirty of the passengers (including some old colonists) are for this port. The passengers speak in favourable terms of the comfort they enjoyed on board; the sight of several icebergs was the only event that varied the monotony of the voyage. Captain Grant reports that the Duchess of Leinster sailed from the Downs for Nelson on 16th October.
ARRIVED. January 29, barque Midlothian, 393, Grant, from London.
Passengers first cabin
Mr. and Mrs. Mason and two children
Miss G. Robinson
Dr. Turnell, surgeon
Henry and Elizabeth Bailey
Robert and Ann Burns
James W. Gower
Mr. and Mrs. John Hewitt
Mrs. Jane Hope and son
Charles and Elizabeth Moore
Charles W., James, Henry, and Edward Moore
Henry H. Sharp
Star 6 February 1888, Page 3
Mr John Thomas Brown. At an early hour yesterday morning died one of the oldest and best of Canterbury's settlers, Mr John Thomas Brown. For several years he had been living in retirement but his name was well known as that of one of the ablest and most energetic and honourable of the men who have made the Province what it is. Mr Brown was advanced in years, having been born in 1816 at Norwich. He was the second son of the Mr James Brown, Canon of Norwich Cathedral. He was educated as a surveyor, and for some years practised that profession in England. He also engaged in farming, and acquired an amount of practical, knowledge which stood him in good stead when he came to try his fortune in Canterbury. He arrived at Lyttelton in the ship Midlothian in November, 1851, and settled in Christchurch, residing first near the Bricks Wharf, the site of the present Barbadoes street bridge. Afterwards he built a cottage in Gloucester street, opposite the office of the Lyttelton Times. Here he resided for some years. He will be remembered by old settlers as having, together with Mr J. C. Boys, made the first metalled road in the Province a portion of the Ferry road from Christchurch to the old wharf on the Heathcote known as Christchurch Quay. The metal used in this work was taken from a gravel pit on the site of the old Post Office in Market square. Shortly afterwards Mr Brown took up the Mount Thomas Run, which tor some years he. worked from Christchurch. He afterwards removed to the b station, where he lived for a number of years. Recently he purchased the residence known as Abberley, on the Springfield road, and resided there till his death. Mr Brown was one of the principal members of the Agricultural and Pastoral Association, and took an active part in prompting the shows held by that body in years long past. Sport found in him one o� its earliest patrons, and for several p years he held the position of President of the Canterbury Jockey Club. Though he took no active part in political life, he always manifested an intelligent interest in public matters, and in early days he was frequently called upon to act as arbitrator in various affairs, which his practical knowledge and integrity well qualified him to settle. The funeral will take place at the Church of England cemetery, Barbadoes street, at 3 p.m., to-morrow.