"Rajah" 1853 to Otago and Wellington, NZ

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George Millar: from his memoirs

The Rajah, 654 tons, Robb, master, from London direct 16 Jan. 1853 and arrived Port Chalmers, Otago, New Zealand 6 October 1853, experienced severe weather.
All passengers went to Otago unless marked otherwise

CLARK, Mr (Returned to England)
McGLASHAN, Mr and Mrs John
McGLASHAN, Jane, Mary, Isabella, Amelia, Elizabeth, Agnes, Alexander and Margaret (+ Nurse)

BENNETT, Mr (Nelson)
BRUGH, Mr and Mrs
BRUGH, Mr James
DALRYMPLE,  Learmonth, Isabella, Annie and John
DAWSON, Mr and Mrs Benjamin and 2 children
HARE, Mr and Mrs Francis
PEACOCK, Mr (Auckland )

Enclosed Berths
BELL, Mr and Mrs (Wellington)
BINNIE, Miss Mary
BROWN, James
FLEMING, Miss Sarah
HECKLER, William
GREER, Mr and Mrs (Wellington)
GREER,  Isabella, Mary, Samuel and Eleanor    (Wellington)
JOHNSTON, Mr and Mrs James and son Thomas
LEAFLETER, Mr (Wellington) [Leaflater]
McKAY, Mr and Mrs
McKAY Flora and Ann
McKAY,  George, James, Eliza, John, James, Alexander, Clementina and Henry
MILLAR, Mr David b. 28 Mar. 1798 Cannonmills Edinburgh d. 3 Jan. 1878 Dunedin
                Catharine Marshall (wife) b. 1803 Dalmeny Edinburgh d. 16 Jan. 1884 Dunedin
                Margaret b. 4 Apr. 1829 Midlothian Edinburgh d. 19 Aug. 1912 Dunedin (dau)
                Marion b. 1800 Edinburgh d. 19 Apr. 1883 Dunedin (David’s daughter)
PARKINSON, Mr and Mrs (Wellington)
PARKINSON, Miss E. (Wellington)
RUNCIMAN, Richard, James, John, Jane, Barbara and Isabella
RHOADES, Mr and Mrs     (Canterbury)
TORRANCE, Miss Catherine
WATSON, George     (Wellington)
WILLIAMS, Mr and Mrs (Wellington)
WILLIAMS, Emily, Georgina, James and Eliza     (Wellington)

BELL, Thomas
CAMERON, Alexander
DUNN, David
GREER, Hugh and Francis
McKAY, Findlay and George
MILLAR, Robert               b. 15 Aug. 1828 Edinburgh d. 29 Nov. 1911 Invercargill
MILLAR, William Young b.12 Sep. 1874 Edinburgh d.7  May 1914 Invercargill
MILLAR, George               b.  1 Oct. 1836 Dean Path Edinburgh d. 13 Jun. 1904
MILLAR,  John Hogg       b. 1838 Edinburgh d.18 Nov. 1895 Dunedin (all sons of David Millar above except John Hogg Millar who is a nephew of David’s)
MERRILEES, Alexander
SUTHERLAND, Robert and Adam

George Millar's reminiscences above appear more accurate and complete than the newspaper extract below.

Extract from the newspaper The Otago Witness

The Otago Witness 8 October 1853  Arrived Oct 6 - The Rajah, 654 tons. ROBB, master from London

McGLASHAN, Mr and Mrs , Jane, Mary, Isabella, Amelia, Elizabeth, Agnes, Alexander and Margaret

Intermediate & Steerage
BELL, Mr and Mrs
BRUGH, Mr and Mrs
DALRYMPLE, Mr Learmonth, Isabella, Annie and John DALRYMPLE
DAWSON, Mr and Mrs and 2 children
GREER, Mr and Mrs, Isabella, Mary, Francis, Samuel and Eleanor GREER
GREER, Messrs John and Hugh
HEALY, James
JOHNSTON, Mr and Mrs and son
MacKAY, Mr and Mrs
MacKAY, Misses Flora and Ann
McKAY, George, Eliza, John, James, Alexander, Clementina and Henry
MacKAY, Mr
MILLER, Messrs Robert, William, John and George
MILLER, Mr and Mrs, Margaret and Marion MILLER
RHOADES, Mr and Mrs
RUNCIMAN, Richard, James John, Jane, Barbara and Isabella
SUTHERLAND, Messrs Robert and Adam
WATSON, George
WILLIAMS, Mr and Mrs Emily, Georgina, James and Eliza WILLIAMS

Information courtesy of  Mr Alex Gill. Please contact Mr Gill if you have any further information on the 'Rajah'. This page may be freely linked to but not duplicated in any fashion for any purpose other than personal use without consent from Alex Gill and Olwyn.  � 1998- 2010 Alex Gill.  Posted 16 October, 1998.


Otago Witness Saturday October 8 1853
To Ship Carpenters
Estimates wanted immediately for executing sundry Repairs upon the Ship "Rajah."
Apply to the Captain on board or to the Agents, J. Macandrew & Co.


Voyage account

Otago Witness October 15 1853. 
The ship left the Downs on the 20th June, and had a most prosperous and pleasant voyage up to the 31st August, when she was off the Cape, after which the weather became very variable, with heavy gales of wind. On the 25th September, in lat. 48 deg.36 min., long. 155 deg. cast, the ship was struck by a heavy sea, which broke over the taffrail rail, strained the poop all over, carrying away all the boats, cookhouse, bulwarks, stancheons, and, in short, entirely sweeping the decks. At daylight the pumps were got to work, when it was found that the hull of the ship was quite tight.

Captain Robb expresses great satisfaction with the conduct of the passengers, the whole of whom exhibited great readiness and alacrity in assisting to clear away the wreck. 

A survey has been held on the vessel, but is not yet complete. We understand that she is to be repaired here, and that in all probability it will be five or six weeks before she can be ready for sea.


Mr John McGlashan

Amongst the passengers by the "Rajah," who are a welcome and satisfactory addition to our numbers, we have particulary to notice Mr John McGlashan, has been from the commencement of the settlement the zealous and effective Secretary to our Association.



Otago Witness Saturday October 8 1853
Whereas, by virtue of several Acts of Parliament, the aiding the crew of any ship, barque, or other vessel to desert from their service, and the in any way harbouring or assisting any such crew after they have so deserted, is highly criminal and severely punishable; Notice is hereby given, by Messrs James Macandrew & Co., Merchants, Dunedin, agents for the Barque "Rajah," at present lying in Otago Harbour, that if any person or persons shall in any way aid or assist any of the crew of the said vessel who shall desert their said service, every such person will be prosecuted to the utmost rigour of law. And further, the said James Macandrew & Co. hereby offer a reward of �10 to any person who shall give such information as shall lead to the conviction of any person guilty of any of the above illegal acts.

James Macandrew & Co.
Dunedin, 7th October, 1853

Otago Witness Saturday November 19 1853
It is expected that the "RAJAH" will be ready for Sea on Tuesday the 29th instant, by which date Passengers are requested to be on board. 
J. Macandrew.

Otago Witness November 19 1853
Notice is hereby given, that the Master will not be responsible for any Debts contracted by the Crew of the Ship "Rajah."


Otago Witness Saturday 17th December 1853
Sailed. Dec. 11, the Rajah, 651 tons, Robb, master, for Wellington, J, Macandrew & Co., agents. Passengers:-

Barr		 John
Bell		 Mr and Mrs
Bell		 Thomas
Bennett		 Mr
Brugh		 Mr
Dalrymple	 Mr and family
Fisher		 Mr James
Fraser		 Mr
Greer		 Mr and Mrs and family
Greer		 Hugh
Greer		 John
Hastie		 Robert
Kay		 Mr D & J
Kirkland	 J.
Lieflater	 Alfred
Logan		 J
McInnes		 Mr
Parkinson	 Mr and Mrs and child
Peacock		 Mr
Reynolds	 Mr
Rhodes		 Mr and Mrs
Sinclair	 D.
Thompson	 A.
Thorburn	 Mrs and child
Tyser		 Mr and Mrs
Watson		 George
Wain		 J. senr.
Wain		 J. jun.
Williams	 Mr and Mrs and family


New Zealand Bound

Notes: Log of Logs  by Ian Nicholson mentions the vessel departed London 16 January 1853 and arrived Dunedin with 98 passengers.  Journal by Jane McGlashan and a diary by James Brugh are at the Otago Settlers Museum, Dunedin.

A brief account of the voyage appears in White Wings Volume 2 by Sir Henry Brett describing the gale off the Tasmanian coast.  She was refitted at Dunedin and arrived at Wellington 14 Dec. 1853.

Other Voyages:
RAJAH - Le Havre, France to New York 25 Nov 1847
RAJAH - Liverpool to New York 1852

William Heckler was born at Knasborough, Yorkshire, 1830 arrival in in Port Chambers (Dunedin), Otago , New Zealand in 1853 on aboard the "Rajah" was a descendant of the Heckler family from Kirk Hammerton and later Pudsey/ Calverly just outside Leeds. Some of this family also moved to Hay Park, Knaresborough, Yorkshire, England. Their mother was Mary THACKERAY (THACKWRAY) (died 12 Feb. 1834 aged 32 at Hay Park Knaresborough).
James b .8 Sep 1822, d. 9 April 1842
Francis b. 11 Feb 1824
Hannah b.18 May 1825 married Edward MEEK (Fred MEEK b. 9 Feb 1862 at Dalston, Thirsk)
William b. 1 March 1830, farmer at Waikouaiti, Otago, NZ d. 1901
Jane b. 2 Nov 1832 married Thomas Baxter (farmer) 28 Dec 28 1853 at Staveley

William Heckler m. Susan Robins at Waikouaiti, Otago in 1856. Waikouaiti is 96 miles SW of Dunedin. Susan died 1903. William died 1901. Managed Cherry Farm at Waikouaiti for Mr Jones for seven years. Roads were bad, and benighted travellers were always treated well. Mr Jones' instructions being that they should be given the best of everything. Eventually took up land in the district, retiring a few years ago (pre 1898), and leaving his sons to manage; member local Road Board, and has taken a keen interest in agricultural affairs; one of the founders of the Palmerston and Waikouaiti A. and P. Association, and president; judge at various shows throughout the island, shorthorn cattle and Leicester sheep being his specialty. Nine sons and four daughters.
Children of Mary were as follows:-
"Harry" Henry Thackeray Heckler b. 1861 at Waikouaiti was the third son of William Heckler, a farmer, who had came out to N.Z on the Rajah
 Captain "Harry" Heckler died in Timaru Hospital in April 1915 of blood poisoning.
Elizabeth Jane Heckler d. 1865
Louisa Ann Heckler b. 1866 Waikouaiti
Arthur Heckler b: 1868 Waikouaiti

June 12 1858 Otago Witness
Seaton v Heckler
James Seaton of Portobello Bay, sought to recover from William Heckler, overseer, at Cherry Farm, Waikouaiti, 100 as damages for the wrong and injury done by the defendant to the plaintiff by unlawfully causing him, whilst on his way from Oamaru to Dunedin, on the 23rd day of February last, to be taken into custody and detained on a charge of felony, and compelled to travel back out of his way 12 miles to the house of Frederick Jones, at Cherry Farm, Waikouaiti. The Jury in this case found a verdict for the defendant.

Otago Witness 15 Sept. 1909 pg 25
We have to record the death of another old identity - Mr H.W. Dawson - who arrived a mere boy, with his parents, in the ship Rajah, in the early fifties. For a number of years Mr Dawson was connected with the public service. Of late years he has identified himself with the mining industry in the North Island. Mr Dawson was of a very quiet and retiring disposition but very much respected by his friends and those he came in contact and those who no doubt will regret to hear of his unexpected death.

The Emigrants

Farewell to thee, England! Oh, land of our birth
The pride and the glory and the queen of the earth!
We sailed with sad hearts to a land far away,
In search of the bread that may fail if we stay:
New faces glow bright in the blaze of our fires,
The stranger sits down in the halls of our sires:
Farewell! oh, farewell to thy beautiful shore!
England: dear England: Farewell ever more!

We’ve courage to lead us:- There’s strength in our hands,
There’s wealth to be won in the far and distant lands:
For us and our children are acres to spare,
And the name of our fathers forbids to dispair;
There are homes in the world for the honest and free,
And kingdoms and empires to found o’er the sea:
We quit not in anger thy beautiful shore,
‘Tis with tears we bid thee farewell for evermore!

Farewell! oh, farewell in the land where we go
Our heart’s deep affection will lighten our wo:
Thy manners, thy language, thy faith, and thy fame,
Shall follow our footsteps, and flourish the same;
The virtues shall live in the song that we sing,
And the tales we tell to thy glory shall cling.
Farewell! oh, farewell to thy time-hallow’d shore!
England! dear England! farewell evermore!

Music published as a supplement to the Illustrated London News, June 1852.