The arrival of the "Strathallan" at Port Chalmers, Otago, New Zealand January 1858.

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Otago Witness Saturday January 16, 1858 page 4
Otago Witness 5 December 1857, Page 5

Arrived Strathallan, 651 tons, Todd, from Leith, with 2100 flooring boards  with 2100 pieces flooring boards, 32 boxes tobacco pipes, 1 trunk apparel, 8 bales bags, 2 ditto woolpacks, 1 package plough handles, 3 cases books, 1 bale twine, 1 case saddlery, 2 cases ploughs, 4 hhds whiskey, 4 qr. casks brandy, 12 � barrels herrings, 2 casks blacking, 239 bars, 32 bundles hoop iron, 1 ton holloware, 13 packages riddles, 3 crates earthenware, 5 bundles shovels and grapes, 1 iron grapnel, 1 anchor, 50 stove backs, 7 bags nails, 14 boxes, 18 bales, 24 cases, 13 casks, 16 bundles, and one package. Passengers  expected listed in the Otago Witness Nov. 6. 1857.  The "Strathallan" arrived in the Downs August 15, after a quick passage of about 80 days.

As reported in "The Otago Witness" Dunedin, Saturday, January 16,1858 page 5
We have to welcome the immigrants by the "Strathallan," which arrived in his Port on Friday last, bringing 289 passengers.
    She left Leith on Sunday the 4th October, and had a fine passage of 79 days from land to land, and landed her passengers on the 100th days from leaving the Leith docks.  The voyage was, we understand, a very agreeable one.  We have to regret the death of one adult and several children, lately being chiefly infants born on the voyage.  The ship was plentifully and well found, and the passengers were much indebted to Mr. Greene, the chief officer, to whose hands the management of the ship was chiefly devolved, for his considerate attention.  We regret to hear that the conduct of the Captain was not was not such as desired, but any deficiencies on his part were fully made up by the conduct of his subordinators.  It is satisfactory to know that the conduct of Mr. Greene, the chief officer, has met with its due reward, that gentleman having succeeded to the command of the vessel, the Captain having resigned his charge.
     The immigrants by this vessel are almost entirely assisted passengers under the Government regulations, and a very large portion of them are friends and relations of persons settled in Otago.  There are but two cabin passengers.  

Shipping News
The "Strathallan" arrived in the Downs August 15, after a quick passage of about 80 days. Passengers: Cabin: Rev. Mr. McNicol, Mr J.R. Johnston. Steerage.

Aitken		William  wife, Jessie Threadgold, and 2 children Jean Melville, William, carpenter, Edinburgh
Archibald 	Agnes
Armit		Janet, servant 
Adams		George, wife Jane McCrae, and 2 children David and Jane, carpenter, Leith
Aitken		T 
Brydon		Jane 
Burns		Richard,  by Peebles, Elizabeth, wife and 3 children Agnes, James and Richard
Buttars		Jas., wife Agnes Foulis and 3 children - Cecilia, Margaret and May, carpenter, Cupar Fife,
Blackwood	Jas. Ferguson [F.T.], wife Elizabeth and 3 children Jane, Harriet and Jas. , labourer, Edinr.
Bruce		Henry, ploughman 
Cherry		James, ploughman, Torphichen 
Cossar		George, tanner, John, William, blacksmith and Mary, servant, Edinburgh 
Campbell	Jessie, servant, Edinburgh 
Campbell	William, gardener, Roslin, Edinburgh, wife, Elizabeth, and grandson [Wm. Scott] (Peter Campbell paid �68 passage money Sept. 1 1861 to the Provincial Government of Otago)
Campbell	Harriet, Anne and William 
Couston		Mrs, widow, and William and Edward, tinsmiths 
Christie	David, flour miller, and wife, Jane and 2 children James and Hugh
Cameron		Kenneth, labourer, Edinburgh, wife Margaret McLeod and 2 children, and Margaret Cameron
Currie		Archibald  wife and 5 children 
Dawson		William, 
Deans		Margaret
Donaldson	Mrs, widow, Edinburgh 
Darling		John, labourer, wife and 4 children Jane, James, Elizabeth Park, Robert Park, Mary Park, and Mrs Jane Darling
Douglas		Charles, gardener, Edinburgh, wife Catherine, Catherine C. servant and William Kent 
Forsyth		David, shepherd, Montrose and Ann, dressmaker
Falconer	Alexander and Adam, ploughmen, Leith 
Gray		William, labourer, wife Margaret and 5 children, David and William ploughman, Elizabeth, Robert, John, James and Thomas; Margaret Duff, niece, servant
Duff		Margaret
Fadzakerly	Henry  wife and 4 children
Fadzakerly	Margaret 
Finlay		John 
Gardener	Mary Bond, servant, Innerleithen 
Gillies		John, ploughman, Glasgow wife Catherine and 4 children Mary, Murdoch, John and Mary Ann
Haig		Alexander, carpenter, Leith, wife Cecilia Elizabeth and 1 child
Haldane		Andrew, blacksmith, Innerleithen, wife Betsy, and 6 children, Catherine, Helen, Margaret, James, Elizabeth and Annie
Hastie		Janet and Ann, Glasgow 
Henderson	Alexander, gardener, Edinburgh, wife  Christina, and 4 children, David, Ann, servant, Christina, Alexr., Jas., John and Arthur
Henderson	D 
Henderson	William  wife and 3 children
Hood		James R.  wife and 4 children and
Hood		James and Jane 
Hynd		Christina, servant 
Hawley		Agnes 
Hutton		William, shepherd, Dunfermline, wife Eliza, and 4 children, Isabella, David, James, and Thomas
Illingworth	A 
Inglis		Thomas, shepherd, Janet, Jane, William, Thomas, and James 
Johnstone	William, shepherd, Moffatt, wife Agnes, and 4 children, William, Margt., John, Adam, Elizabeth and Jane, servants
Johnston	Elizabeth and Jane 
Kae		John, Innerleithen,  wife, Agnes and 3 children, Agnes, servant, Wm., Elizabeth, Isabella and Margaret.
Lawson		William, ploughman, Edinburgh 
Lothian		Peter, labourer, Edinburgh and Helen, Margaret.  Lochhead, servant 
McDonald	Alexander, shepherd, Edinburgh
McCulloch	Alexander, rope and sailmaker, Innerkeithing 
McGregor	Christina
McIntosh	Hugh, labourer, Edinburgh 
McKean		Jessie, servant 
McLen		William, shepherd, Glasgow and wife Elizabeth and 3 children, Elizabeth, Wm., and George
McPherson	Mary 
Macdonald	Colin 
Machardy	William  wife and 2 children
Mackerchar	Donald, by Dunkeld, shepherd, wife Isabella, and 2 children
Mackerchar	Donald, Christina, James, and John  and Mary McPherson, servant
Marr		Janet, servant, Edinburgh 
Matheson	George, labourer, Lybster
Mercer		Robert, labourer, Dunfermine 
Millar		Robert  wife and 2 children
Muirhead	J  wife and 3 children
Noble		John, ploughman, wife, Janet, and 3 children William, John and Janet
Paterson	John, labourer, Glasgow,  wife, Jane, and 2 children Wm., Jane and Mary
Paton		George Lindsay, veterinary surgeon, Portobello 
Rankin		William, tailor, Moffat 
Renwick		Arthur  wife and 3 children
Riddle		George 
Riddle 		James, ploughman, Glasgow wife Mary,  and child Ann by Pebbles.
Robertson	Thomas, ploughman, Cramond, wife and 3 children Jas., Wm., and Thomas
Scott		Mathew (Matt.) gardener, Edinburgh, Mary, servant, Matthew G., Lillias and John  (?and Jean Coats )
Simpson		Walter, baker, Edinburgh, wife, Jessie Bertram, and 6 children, Jane, Elizabeth, Agnes, Isabella, John, James
Sandeman	David, carpenter, Kirkaldy, wife, Ellen, and 2 children John and David
Shepherd	C or Borrie, Cecilia, Aberdeen
Simpson		Andrew  [Walter Simpson was a passenger -he wrote a letter to the Editor of the OW 2nd March 1858]
Smaill		Andrew, shepherd, wife Christina, and 6 children Agnes, servant, Andrew, James, Wm., Robert, John, Agnes Archibald
Smaill		Fanny 
Smaill		Charles, shepherd, Corstorphine, Edinburgh, Mrs Smaill, wife and 4 children
Smaill		Isabel, servant, William, gardener, Charles, grocer,  and Samuel, Andrew, Alex. John and Agnes	
Wallace		Elizabeth 
Wilson		Agnes
Wilson		Alexander, butcher, Edinburgh, wife Jane, and 6 children, Euphemia, Thomas, John, Jane, Alex., Joanna, Helen, James, John Dickerson (nephew) blacksmith
Wilson		Thomas and Euphemia 

For Wellington - Dugald, Euphemia, Jane, and Mary Gilhrist.

Must see: Otago Witness, 5 December 1857, Page 5
LIST OF PASSENGERS EXPECTED TO SAIL BY THE " STRATHALLAN" FROM LEITH FOR OTAGO. Otago Emigration Office, 20, St. Andrew Square, Edinburgh, 18th Aug. 1857".  includes occupation and location in Scotland, children and wife's maiden name and names of passengers missing off the arrival list. 

 The "Strathallan"

A reproduction from a painting by Walter Gomm, held by the Otago Settlers Museum, Dunedin. 

Another voyage - The "Strathallan" Timaru 1959

Taken from "New Zealand Shipwrecks and Tragedies"
When the Strathallan arrived in Otago in 1858, after a voyage on which her master, Captain John Todd, spent most of his time rip-roaring drunk, the whole crew struck and was imprisoned for its common sense.  It was not unknown for migrants, aware of the incompetence of some early masters, to feed and house seamen taking 'French leave' from the colonial gaols.

January 23 1858 page 5 Otago Witness
Resident Magistrate's Court.
(Before Dr. Purdie, C. Logie, and R. Chapman, Esqa. J.P.)
    John Todd, master of the ship Strathallan, was charged by 18 seamen of the said ship with neglecting to serve out line-juice, &c. to the complainants in terms of Merchant Shipping Act. The Charge was denied. It appeared in evidence that the complainants had not got lime-juice for 49 days- that it had not been asked for during that period-that when it was asked for the defendant supplied. The defendant asserted that it was always on deck in charge of one of the officers, and that the men might have had it when they pleased. A bottle containing a sample was exhibited in Court to show that it was bad and unfit for use, but this not having been charged in the information, the specimen was not tested.
    The case was dismissed and the parties were addressed by the presiding magistrate, Dr. Purdie, as to rule of conduct to be followed by them in their professional career, and warned against the indulgence in spirituous liquors.

January 23 1858 page 5 Otago Witness
    Monday Jan. 18. All the crew of the Strathallan were brought up at the instance of Mr Grieve, the newly appointed master of the ship, on charge of being absent from the ship without leave. It would appear that the former master of the ship, John Todd, had behaved so ill on the voyage out that the men were determined not to return in the vessel unless he resigned his command, and engaged not to return in the vessel. This had been conceded by Todd and hence the appointment of chief mate, Mr Grieve.  Mr Macandrew, the second mate, and nine of the crew agreed to go on board and resume their duties, and seven who were refractory were sentenced to 10 weeks imprisonment with hard labour, and were adjudged to forfeit from their waged the sums as would be incurred in hiring substitutes.

May 29 1858

Cleared Out. May 22, Strathallan, 551 tons, Grieve, for London, with 756 bales, and 51 half-bales, 1 box samples, 1 ditto stationery. Passengers - Chief Cabin: Captain Todd and Mr Clapcott. Second cabin: Mr and Mrs T, Birch, Mrs W. Davidson, and 3 children, Mr and Mrs J. Stewart, Messrs. W, Gillies and D. Wallace.

Birth at Sea: James Strathallan BUTTARS (BUTTERS) was born 24th December 1857 on the Strathallan. The family left Leith the 4th October 1857 and arrived at Port Chalmers 16th January 1858. Strathallan was a second name through this family line  and the same family built and owned the first maternity nursing home in Opotiki (Bay of Plenty) and this facility was named Strathallan. Information courtesy of Lyn Jones. Posted April 19 2000.

Star 22 May 1907, Page 1
An old identity, Mr John Duff, died at his daughter's residence, St Asaph Street, on Friday. Mr Duff arrived in the colony in the early fifties in the ship Strathallan, and on arrival he went to live at the Port Hills, Duff's Gully being named after him. After experiencing the many ups and downs of early colonial life, he bought a farm at Sefton, which he recently sold. He leaves three sons and one daughter.

Otago Witness, November 24 1883 pg 27
Historical Otago
Part XXXI - Various
Produce available for export had, in 1858, increased so considerably as to induce the laying on of a ship for London direct. Hitherto immigrant vessels had to go elsewhere to look for return freight. Messrs Macandrew and Co. chartered the ship "Strathallan" for London, est. cargo 750 bales of wool valued at 19,010 direct, and early May sailed with  contributed mainly by the characters (499 bales), the remainder by Messrs W.C. Young and J. Jones. A few passengers also went with her, among whom was the late Mr Thomas Birch. A few months later another of the passenger ships was laid on for Melbourne direct, by the same enterprising firm, taking three thousand bags of oats and a few bales of wool. The direct export trade was now initiated , and developed rapidly.

Otago Witness, 20 December 1879, Page 12
The Late Rev. John M'Nicol. Many of our readers will learn with deep regret the death of the Rev. John M'Nicol, which took place at his residence, Waihola, very suddenly on "Wednesday, the 10th inst. Mr M'Nicol was the fourth Presbyterian minister sent out to the Province, arriving by the ship Strathallan in January, 1858, being selected with the view primarily or preaching to the Highlanders in the settlement. The scattered location of the settlers prevented this idea being carried out and he was placed at Waihola soon after his arrival, and where for many years he laboured with great acceptance. Since his retirement from official life he has resided in the same district, occasionally officiating in the absence of the resident minister. Sincere, unfeigned regret is felt for his loss, and unaffected sympathy with his widow and her infant son in their heavy calamity was shown by the large number attending his funeral, which took place on Saturday- The cause of death was apoplexy, which struck him without premonition while at work in his garden, and appears to have been instantaneous in its result, as he evidently died without a struggle.

Otago Witness, 13 August 1881, Page 19
August 8th. The golden wedding of Thomas and Janet Inglis was celebrated on the 2nd of this month, they having been married on the 1st of August, 1831. A goodly number of their relatives and friends met together on the auspicious occasion, a few only of their relatives in the Colony being absent on account of the distance they would have had to travel. The ages of Mr and Mrs Inglis, taken conjointly, make a total of 148 years, and they can count no fewer than sixteen great grandchildren alive, the eldest being thirteen years of age. Mr and Mrs Inglis landed in Otago in January, 1858, having sailed from Glasgow in the emigrant ship Strathallan, and have been residents on the Peninsula during the twenty-three years which have intervened.

Otago Witness, 28 June 1900, Page 32 OBITUARY.
Mrs A. Smaill, who died at her residence, Mayfield, Inchclutha, on the 13th inst., was one of the oldest residents in the district. She, with her husband, the late Mr Andrew Smaill, and young family, arrived at the Otago Heads on January 8, 1858, by the ship Strathallan from Leith. They settled on Inchclutha, where they resided until their deaths. That she won the esteem and respect of all who knew her was evinced by the large and representative gathering which attended her funeral. She leaves one daughter and six sons, one of whom is a missionary in Epi, New Hebrides.

Otago Witness, 20 September 1905, Page 29
The late Mr Smaill was a native of Peebles, and he came to the colony with his parents, four brothers and three sisters, in the ship Strathallan in 1858, the family settling on the Peninsula. A few months after his arrival the deceased gentleman entered the service of the Provincial Government under Mr J. T. Thomson. He was appointed inspector of roads, and the first work under his charge was the cutting through Bell Hill, in Princes street. Dunedin. Mr Smaill supervised most of the road contracts between Dunedin and the Taieri, and afterwards, as district inspector, he extended the roads right to the Mataura. On the abolition of the provinces Mr Smaill took up the position of engineer to the Tuapeka County Council, and in that capacity he put through many important works � notably to designing and supervising the erection of substantial bridges across the Molyneux River between Beaumont and Roxburgh. On returning from his position as engineer to the Tuapeka County Council, Mr Smaill took up his residence on the Peninsula ; but about 14 years ago he purchased the Summerhill property at Kaitangata from Mr T. A. Sutton, and resided there until the time of his death. In 1877 the deceased gentleman married Miss Magdalene Stewart, daughter of Mr Wm. Stewart, Tomahawk," and his widow, three sons, and three daughters survive him. The deceased was upright in character, and was highly esteemed by all who knew him. Mr Smaill suffered from an affection which confined him to his house for some time. Prior to his death the deceased expressed a strong desire that his remains should be interred in the Anderson's Bay Cemetery.

Otago Witness, 15 March 1905, Page 52
Golden Wedding. HAIG � BATCHELOR.� At Cupar, Fife, Scotland, on the 8th March, 1855, by the Rev. P. W. Grant, Baptist minister, Alexander Haig, to Cecilia Batchelor. Arrived at Port Chalmers by ship Strathallan on 8th and Dunedin on the 12th January, 1858, where they have resided over 47 years.

Evening Post, 21 September 1907, Page 7
By the death of Mr. Edward Jesson, of Harewood-road, Papanui, Canterbury has lost another of its early pioneers. Mr. Jesson was born in Eaton, Leicestershire, England, in 1835, and in 1858 came out to New Zealand in the Strathallan.

Otago Witness, 4 December 1907, Page 31
One more of the old identities has passed away, in the person of the late Mrs Wm. Robertson, who died at her residence, Oteramika road, Invercargill, after a short illness. Mrs Robertson was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England, coming to New Zealand in the ship Strathallan. She arrived in Dunedin in January, 1858, and after a residence there of four years, she removed to Invercargill with her late husband, and she had lived there up to the time of her death.

Otago Witness, 26 February 1908, Page 51
HENDERSON� On February 24, at her son's residence, Upper Kew, Ann Fenwick, the beloved wife of William Henderson, Tomahawk, in her 84th year.� Arrived by the ship Strathallan, January 8, 1858.

Otago Witness, 31 March 1898, Page 11
Biographical Notes of Settlers of the First Decade.

Aitken, Mrs James, arrived Simla 1851 ; now residing Mosgiel. Aitken, William, born Edinburgh May, 1855 ; arrived Strathallan 1858 ; has been engaged farming, blacksmithing. contracting, and cropping in Oamaru and Timaru districts ; some years past binder expert. Family, five sons, four daughters.

Fazakerley. Henry, born Liverpool 1811 ; arrived Strathallan 1858 ; gardener at Fern Cottage, Pelichet Bay, some years ; died February, 1874 ; Mrs Fazakerley died 1878. Family, four daughters, one son ; two daughters living (one Mrs J. Gibson, Roslyn).

Forsyth, David, born Laurencekirk, Kincardineshire, November 20, 1833; arrived Strathallan, January, 185S ; carried on business as builder in Dunedin ; erected many of the well-known premises o� the early days ; was on the goldfields in 1862. Family, two sons.

Henderson, Alexander, arrived Strathallan 1858 ; farming Tomahawk till death some years ago. Family, three daughters, four sons ; all arrived with parents.

Henderson, Arthur, arrived Strathallan 1858 ; farming Tomahawk. Henderson, David, arrived Strathallan 1858 ; well-known artist, Melbourne.

Henderson, James, arrived Strathallan 1858 ; coal merchant | dead number years.

Henderson, William, born Dollar, near Edinburgh 1820 ; arrived Strathallan 1858 ; farming at Tomahawk"; member Road Board. S 1 amily, 4 sons, three daughters.

Hutton, William, born Dunfermline, Scotland, July 3, 1822 ; damask weaver ; came in Strathallan 1858 ; first engaged surveying, following various occupations subsequently ; has been chairman North East Valley School Committee and Chairman Road Board. Family, two sons.

Inglis, Thomas, sen., born Glasgow in 1810 ; arrived Strathallan January 8, 1858 ; farming on Peninsula till death. Family, six. Died 1889.

Inglis, Thomas, jun., born Glasgow ; arrived Strathallan 1858 ; farming, but for many years engine driver Oamaru breakwater ; was well-known, highly respected in Oamaru and Otago Peninsula. Died November, 1896.

Inglis, William, born Glasgow October 14, 1837; arrived Strathallan 1858; mason, various occupations ; was in party that took first sheep to Dunstan for Mr Watson Shennan. Family, five living.

M'Kercher, James, arrived Strathallan 1858 ; farming at Woodlands, Southland.

Macdonald, Christina {nee Henderson), arrived Strathallan 1858 ; now resides Northeast Valley.

Scott, Matthew Gardiner, born Uddingone, Lanarkshire, November 2, 1838, arrived Strathallan January 8, 1838 ; various occupations. Family, 5 sons, one daughter.

Shanks, Wm., Mataura ; arrived by Kelso in 1 849. Mrs Shanks arrived by Strathallan in 1858.

Smaill, Alexander, was born Corstorphine, December, 1849 ; came Otago with parents Strathallan which arrived January, 1858 ; is farmer at Tomahawk, Peninsula ; has been member of Road Board and School Committee. Family, five sons and two daughters.

Smaill, Charles, born Berwickshire October 20, 1809; arrived Strathallan 1858; farmer, Tomahawk ; dead many years. Family, six sons, three daughters.

Smaill, William, born Manor Parish, Peeblesshire, March 12, 1839; arrived lived by Strathallan January, 1858 ; overseer roads and works Water of Leith to Taieri 1858-62 ; inspector roads Clutha district ; district road engineer districts south of Dunedin, till abolition ; county engineer Tuapeka County 1878-85 ; served on School Committee, now farming Summerhill, near Kaitangata. Family, three sons, three daughters.

Small, Charles, born Midlothian August 21, 1840 ; arrived Strathallan January 8, 1858 ; engaged farming, Clutha. Family, one son, two daughters.

Wilson, Alexander ; arrived by Strathallan in January, 1858. Family, five sons, four daughters. Mr Wilson died in 1881, but Mrs Wilson survives, and resides at Upper Kaikorai.

Sandeman, David Yule, born Fifeshire ; arrived Strathallan 1858 ; carried on business as builder for many years ; died December, 1896.

The wool of Otago was shipped Home in different directions � some via Sydney, some by vessels returning via China; � but the merchants of Otago at the beginning of the year 1858 decided that it would be a good plan to ship direct. The Strathallan was the first vessel to ship wool direct to London � an important event.

1858. Accordingly Messrs Macandrew and Co. chartered the ship "Strathallan" for London, est. cargo of 750 bales of wool valued at �19,010, direct, and early in May she sailed with the mod contributed mainly by the charterers (499 bales), the remainder by Messrs W. C. Young and J. Jones. A few passengers also went with her, among whom was the late Mr Thomas Birch.

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