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1855 to Nelson

The Queen Margaret, barque, 533 tons, of Sutherland (built 1853) arrived in Nelson on 18 October 1855 under the command of Captain James Spence with ten *cabin passengers and 48 in the steerage. James Spence Bryant was born on board off the Cape of Good Hope and was named after the captain. J.S. Bryant died in 1936 at the age of 81. There was a thank you letter in The Nelson Examiner signed by 22 of the passengers. This is a reconstruction of the passenger list. 67% complete. Reference: 'Papers Past' - a NZ National Library website.  Have 39 names out of 58. Let me know anymore clues to recreate the passenger list. Thanks. Crew. Mr Anderson was the Chief Officer.

Ashley 		Alfred T
Baker 		John
Bales 		Frances
Bassett 	David
Bassett 	Anne
Bassett 	Elizabeth (daughter) (m. John Udy)
Bassett 	Margaret (daughter) (m. Dixon)
Bassett 	son
Bassett 	son
Bason 		John
Bason 		Reuben
Bryant 		Anne Mary
Bryant 		Lewis
Bryant 		Lewis Robert (1849-1936)
Bryant 		Annie Elizabeth bc. 1851
Bryant 		Mary Townsend bc. 1853
Bryant 		James Spence b. 1855 (named after the Captain of the ship)
Gardiner 	Jesse
*Heath 		James
Hensen 		John, senior
Henson 		John, junior
Hodder 		Joseph
Jarvis 		Wiliam
*Kinsey 	Evelyn A
*Kinsey 	George E
*Murgatroyd 	Matilda
Newman 		Albert
Newman 		T.M.
*Old 		Joseph J
*Old 		James John
*Renner 	Frederick William Simmonds 
*Renner 	George
*Renner 	Janet [Mrs]
Smith 		John (1843 -1917)
*Stephenson 	Robert
Swan 		Charles
Walker 		John
Walker		Jane [Mrs] d. 19 Aug. 1897 at Aramoho. Married 14 Aug. 58? years ago. at Ripon Cathedral, Yorkshire

Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, 27 October 1855,
Arrived. October 19, barque Queen Margaret 533 tons, James Spence, 116 days from London ; general cargo. Passengers - Mr. J. Heath, Messrs. I. T. Old and J. Old, G. E. Kinzey, E. Kinzey, F. Remner, G. Remner, R. Stephenson, Matilda Murgatroyd, Janet Remner, and 48 passengers in the steerage.

Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, 27 October 1855, Page 2
IMPORTS. In the Queen Margaret, from London — Nelson cargo: 70 cases, 50 casks, 45 packages, 2 cases, 2 bales, 1 case, W. R. Nicholson and Co.
4 trunks, J. Sadd
50 casks, 51 packages, 11 packages, 7 cakes, 1 cask, 23 packages, Curtis, Brothers
3 cases, Limmer
1 case, C. Jennens
1 case, Lea
1 case, H. Young
8 cases, 70 casks, 15 trunks, 1 case, 288 packages, 40 bales hoop iron, 72 cart arms, 24 axles, 54 bundles iron, 672 bars iron, 36 pieces iron, 48 oven doors, 10 packages cast ditto, 6 grates, 48 grindstones, 200 bags salt, 50 tons coal, 15 packages, Morrison and Sclanders;
2 cases, 1 parcel, R. Richardson
1 case, Schroder
1 package, Richmond
1 package, Monro
1 case, Brook
1 parcel, Dashwood
1 cask, W. Adams
3 packages, Fell and Seymour
1 case, J. W. Taylor
10 packages, L. Bryant.
Wellington cargo .- 3 crates, TM
1 hhd., M
4 crates, D E
1 hhd., M
11 casks, W LM
16 cases, 1,596 bags coal, Worsley and Wilson
2 packages, Hart;
1 cask, Levin and Co.
2 cases, W. Bowler and Son
1 case, 32 packages, 7 hogsheads, 61 camp ovens, 3 bales, W. W. Taylor
1 case. Curl
8 packages, Inglis (he came out on the Sir Allan McNab)
19 packages, Levin
2 cases, P. M. Hervey
10 packages, Alsdorf
3 crates, Smith and Wilcox
1 box, C. D. de Castres
1 case, Baldwin
1 bundle, Healey
12 packages, Reaner [sic]

Rabbit Island, Nov. 2011


Dominion, 23 July 1914, Page 2
Passing of a Pioneer. The late Mrs. John Udy, whose death was recorded on Tuesday, was, states a Wairarapa daily, a member of the Bassett family, well known early settlers in the Carterton district. She came to New Zealand with her parents and two brothers and a sister in the ship Queen Margaret in 1855. They landed in Wellington, and almost immediately left for the wilds of Wairarapa. There was only a track over the Rimutakas then, and the district gave little indication of the wonderful progress in store for it. The Bassets took upland first at Greytown, towards Woodside, and lived there ten years, undergoing all the hardships of pioneer life. The Waiohine river in 1858, brought down the heaviest flood known before or since, and the family had to take refuge for some time in the loft. The river became so troublesome that the family finally removed and settled in the bush, at Carterton, where they made a new home. Of the sisters, the elder married the late Mr. John Udy and the younger married Mr. Robert Dixon, now of Te Aroha. Of the sons, David died some two years ago. John, still lives in Carterton, hale and hearty.

Evening Post, 15 February 1888, Page 2
The hand of death (says the Observer of yesterday) has removed another of the pioneers of the Wairarapa from our midst, in the person of Mrs. Anne Bassett (wife of Mr. David Bassett, one of our oldest and most respected settlers), who breathed her last at the residence of her son-in-law, Mr. Robert Dixon, South Carterton, last night. The deceased lady arrived from Scotland in the ship Queen Margaret in the year 1855, and has resided in the Wairarapa ever since. She leaves two sons and two daughters, and a number of grandchildren to mourn her loss. About three years ago she had an attack of paralysis, from which she never recovered, and has continued in a very feeble condition to the time of her death, enduring her affliction with patience and resignation. 

Wakefield Quay, Nelson


Nelson Evening Mail, 6 October 1900, Page 2
Another of the early settlers, Mr Lewis Bryant, of Brightwater, died this morning at the advanced ago of 86 years. The deceased came to Nelson in the barque Queen Margaret in 1830, and had since resided at Hope, Appleby, Moutere, and for the last; 36 years at Brightwater. He formerly was engaged as a teacher, but he had to relinquish this occupation owing to failing health. Mr Bryant has left a family of eight.

Colonist, 25 October 1900, Page 1
Death of an Old Settler. — On Saturday at Brightwater, another old settler passed to his rest in the person of Mr Lewis Bryant. He was born at Bristol, England, three days after the battle of Waterloo, and began his business life in his father's establishment, a large wholesale grocer and merchant. He relinquished this after a time in order to accept an appointment with an English firm as a commercial traveller, the scene of his operations being Wales and the south of Ireland. In June, 1855, Mr Bryant with his wife and young family left London in the ship Queen Margaret, Captain Spence, for Nelson, New Zealand, where they arrived on October 15th, never having once sighted land on the voyage. One son was born on board, somewhere near the latitude of the Cape of Good Hope. On arrival Mr Bryant and family resided for a short time in Nelson, thence removing to Appleby to take charge of the school there, then under the Nelson School Society, and not a few of the settlers of the surrounding district received their education at the hands of the deceased gentleman. From Appleby he went to Waiwero, near Ngatimoti, where he had a farm which did not prove the success anticipated, and after losing much money and ruining his health, be removed to Brightwater about 1862. Here he brought up a family of eight; three sons and five daughters, all of whom are married. About two years ago they all assembled at the celebration of the golden wedding of the deceased. Notwithstanding that for the past six years he had been bedridden, he still kept in touch with a large circle of neighbors and friends, whose love and respect he had won by his upright consistent life among them for so long a period. We in common with the numerous friends above mentioned, extend to Mrs Bryant and the family our sincere sympathy with them in their loss. The funeral takes place this afternoon at St. Paul's Churchyard, Brightwater.

Marlborough Express, 7 June 1902, Page 2
Wedding Bells. A large number of friends gathered at St. Paul's Church, Brightwater, on Wednesday afternoon (says the Colonist), to witness the marriage of Mr R. G. Eric Simmons, a Lieutenant in the Blenheim Rifles, and Captain of the Cadet Corps, to Miss May Hildreth, a granddangher of one of our oldest residents, Mrs Lewis Bryant, of Brightwater. The pretty little church was decorated with flowers. The ceremony was performed by the Vicar, the Rev. W. G. Baker, and Mrs Baker presided at the organ. The bridesmaids were Miss Olive I. Hildreth, Misss Florence H. Hildreth, and Miss Frances K. Hildreth, sisters of the bride, who were each the happy recipients of a gold brooch, the gift of the bridegroom. The bridesmaids were dressed in white muslin, with colored sash and trimmings. The bride's dress was also of muslin, with the orthodox veil and orange blossoms, whilst her travelling dress was of navy serge, with black velvet hat. Mr James Spence Bryant, jun., cousin of the bride, acted as best man, the bride being given away by her elder brother, Mr James Hildreth, The organist played the Wedding March as the happy couple left the church. Afternoon tea was provided in the hall at the residence of the bride's uncle, Mr W. H. Bryant, and many friends attended to congratulate the newly married couple. The presents were numerous and handsome, as well as useful. The pair left the same evening en route to Blenheim, their future home.

Nelson Evening Mail Deaths
Tue - 07May 1867  BRYANT, 4 May, aged 15mths, Edith Eleanor, d/o Mr Lewis Bryant of River Terrace, Spring Grove.
Saturday 27 Feb. 1875 BRYANT, 26 Feb, Oliver Brodribb, 3½yrs, youngest s/o Lewis and Annie Bryant, River Terrace, Spring Grove.
Fri  04 Feb. 1875 BRYANT, 3 June, River Terrace, Spring Grove, Arthur Ernest, 5yrs, youngest surviving s/o Louis and Annie Bryant

Robert William Catley of Bristol. He and his wife Ann, nee Brodribb, had three children:
1.William Aubrey Catley who emigrated to Tasmania
2. James Thomas Catley who emigrated to Nelson, NZ in 1855
3. Anne Mary who married Lewis Bryant and emigrated in 1855 to NZ

Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, 9 May 1855,
Arrived 5, barque John Phillips, 500, Smithers, from London, with 2,000 packages merchandise. Passengers Rev. F. A. Bowden, wife and four children, Miss Treacher, Messrs. W. H. S. Roberts, J. J. Fletcher, J. M'Pharlin, H. Bennett, J. Watkins, Mr. J. Drew and wife, J. J. Tursel and wife, H. Buchanan, J. T. Catley, J. J. Walkan.


Some recollections of my life, and also some of the experiences of the Bryant family during the early years of the Colony. Family and personal history covering the period 1849-1923. The family left England on the "Queen Margaret" in 1855. Lewis Bryant lived mainly in the Nelson and Manawatu areas. Describes early life in England, voyage to NZ on the Queen Margaret in 1855, life in Waimea county, 1856-1876; contracting for bridge and road building in Palmerston North area, 1876-1903, and life in Kairanga county - including his term as chairman of the Drainage Board. Narrative is sparse from last-mentioned date. The family emigrated to Nelson in 1855 and later settled in the Manawatu at Bunnythorpe.
By: Bryant, Lewis Robert, 1849-1938.
Publisher: 1923. 27 p.
Year of first arrival in New Zealand: 1855.
A University of Waikato, Central Library
At Christchurch Cities Libraries Central Library ANZC Archives
Archives NZ: Transcript was lent for copying March 1969 by Mr F F Simmons, 96 Norton Park Grove, Waterloo, Wellington, N.Z.

NZ Botanists - BRYANT, William Henderson 

Port of Nelson, Nov. 2011

Manawatu Standard, 24 July 1914, Page 5
The late Mrs John Udy, whose death was recorded on Tuesday, wad a member of the Bassett family, well-known early settlers in the Carterton district. She came to New Zealand with her parents and two brothers and a sister in the ship Queen Margaret in 1855. They landed in Wellington, and almost immediately left for the wilds of Wairarapa. There was only a track over the Rimutaka then, and the district gave little indication of the wonderful progress in store for it. The Bassetts took up land first at Greytown, towards Woodside, and lived there ten years, undergoing all the hardships of pioneer life. The Waiohine river, in 1858, brought down the heaviest flood known before or since, and the family had to take refuge for some time in the loft. The. river became so troublesome that the family finally removed and settled in the bush at Carterton, where they made a new home.


Colonist, 12 February 1861, Page 1
JAMES HEATH, Esq., from Bednall, Staffordshire, arrived at Wellington in the ship Queen Margaret 1855. Most important news for you, which must not be neglected. Communicate immediately with Mr. Thomas Henby Cope, Little Collins street, Melbourne, or the Editor of this paper. Any person conveying intelligence of Mr. Heath, or his death will be handsomely rewarded.

Colonist, 8 February 1861, Page 3 Correspondence.
To the Editor of the Colonist. Thos. Henry Cope Esq. Sir— I beg to communicate with you in reference to an advertisement that appeared in the Colonist respecting Mr. James Heath. I knew him some time back in Poverty Bay, and lately when I left Auckland eight weeks ago, I heard he was at Mahurangi, near Auckland, sawing. I have communicated with Mr. Cope of Melbourne as directed and requested him to address to the post-office at Auckland, to Mr. Heath himself. If my information has been of any service perhaps you will communicate with me again. I am &c, FRANK V. BELL. Motueka, Nelson, New Zealand, January 81st, 1860. P.S.—There was a James Heath drowned I see by the papers, in the Hawkes Bay district, but I have every reason to believe it was not the one to whom I allude.  

Port of Nelson, 2011

Captain William Frederick Simmonds Renner photo

Marlborough Express, 16 July 1906, Page 2
One of Wellington's oldest settlers, Mrs Renner, widow of the late Capt. Renner, celebrated her eightieth birthday last week, when she received numerous presents and congratulatory messages from relatives and friends, Mrs Renner, who is in fairly good health, except that she is unable to move about freely owing to the effects of an accident which befel her about twelve months-ago, arrived in Nelson by the ship Queen Margaret in 1855; Going to Wellington shortly afterwards she has resided there ever since.

Timaru Herald, 10 April 1883, Page 2
Wellington, April 9. A quantity of wreckage has been picked up in the bay near Terawhiti. It comprises a lifebuoy with "Hannah Barratt, Wellington," painted on it, part of a boat's fittings, two oars, and what appears to be the remains of a hatch. The schooner Hannah Barratt left here in-ballast on Monday last for Picton, to load timber, and as no word has arrived of her reaching her destination, it is feared that the little vessel has met with some disaster, as some very heavy southerly weather was experienced shortly after her leaving this port. The Hannah Barratt is a topsail schooner of 57 tons, and is owned and commanded by Captain Frederick Renner. Her crew were A. Carlson, P. Fish and Andrew Schloper. Captain Edie, of the Wanaka, reported on arrival here from Lyttelton last Wednesday, that on Tuesday night he passed a large floating object, which resembled either the back of a whale or a small vessel, bottom a upwards, but it was too dark to say positively what it was. Later. The schooner Hannah Barratt, which was reported as missing, is insured in the Victoria office for. No further information has been received about the vessel. Captain Renner was one of the oldest trading masters on the coast. For many years he was in the employ of the old New a Zealand Steam Shipping Company commanding at various times the Wellington, Rangatira and other steamers. He was well a known in Timaru. 

Manawatu Standard, 25 April 1883, Page 2
In Memoriam. THE LATE CAPTAIN RENNER. [Wanganui Paper] Now that the loss or the schooner Hannah Barratt, with all hands, is unfortunately placed beyond doubt, some few particulars about the skipper, Captain Renner, may prove interesting. It has already been mentioned in New Zealand journals how he did signal service m saving life when the Orpheus was wrecked at the Manakau Heads, and how on another occasion he took the crew off a ship that had turned turtle in mid ocean. Captain Renner was one of the first skippers who brought steamer up the Wanganui River, the old Wonga Wonga, which he commanded (and in which many Wanganui settlers made a pleasant trip), being one of our pioneer boats. In after days he had command of the Stormbird (in which Captain Doile served under him as mate), and of the Rangatira, and subsequently became manager ashore m Wellington for the now defunct New Zealand Steam Shipping Company. It is said that the first vessel he ever commanded in New Zealand waters was a schooner called the Lady Grey, and we believe that Captain Irvine, the present Pilot, formerly served before the mast m some craft in which Captain Renner was skipper. It is to be feared that he has now gone to his last account in the Hannah Barratt, but the memory of his high qualities, sound seamanship, and genial disposition will long be kept green m the hearts of those who knew him. He leaves behind him a grownup funnily, several of his sons occupying good positions in Wellington.

Evening Post, 23 October 1917, Page 2
We have received a letter from Mr. Geo. Renner, of Kaikoura, who writes as the eldest son of the late. Captain F. W. S. Renner (than whom, in his day, no one was held in higher esteem in maritime circles), kindly afford me space to vindicate the honour, and prove the patriotism and loyalty, as true Britishers, of a family held in derision (maybe worse) in some quarters through the conduct of a young man named George S. Renner. Mr. Renner states that his family is of old Devonshire origin, and his grandfather was in the British Navy and took part in the capture of, Curacao. Frederick Renner was born in Scheswig-Holstein when it was Danish territory (before the Prussians occupied it in 1864), and he himself was the son of. an Englishman, Henry Renner, a man of Devon. George Renner, who claims to be a German, is a son of Frederick Renner, and, further, was born in New Zealand. He is, then, a British subject by both parentage and birth. Mr. George Renner, in a letter to the editor on this subject, shows how he and his sons have offered themselves for military service. Of eight sons all have enlisted but two (both married men). Sons of his brother, William Renner, have gone to the front with New Zealand Forces, and the only son of another brother is in the American Army, and probably in France by this.

Seafarers Memorial, Nelson

Seafarers Memorial, Wakefield Quay, Nelson.