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Arrival of the Waipa

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at Lyttelton in 1883

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Arrival of the WAIPA

Star 17 May 1883, Page 2
The New Zealand Shipping Company's immigrant ship Waipa, 1017 tone, Captain J. M. Baxter, arrived off Lyttelton yesterday, and was towed in by the tug Lyttelton to a berth off Ripa Island. She bring 221 immigrants, principally nominated by their friends, and they arrived in splendid health and spirits under the charge of Dr Gibson, who is an adept at the business. The voyage was a long one of 109 days. The Waipa left the dock on Jan. 28, and with the exception of a nine days' gale at the commencement of the voyage, the passage has been a pleasant one. The immigrants will be landed to-day, and the ship will probably be berthed to-morrow.  The Waipa left London for Lyttelton on Jan. 28, and passed Deal on Jan. 30.


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Passenger list - immigrants for the Canterbury province transcribed PDF 385k 

Arrival of Immigrants 

Star 17 May 1883, Page 2

Timaru Herald, 19 May 1883, Page 2
Lists of passengers by the WAIPA and BRITISH QUEEN at Lyttelton.

Timaru Herald 21 May 1883, Page 3
By Saturday's Express come seventy immigrants arrived from Christchurch, ex the British Queen and Waipa. The whole of the latter's passengers, with one or two exceptions went direct to their friends, being nominated in the colony. The remainder were conducted from the station to the depot by the depot master (Mr D. Sabiston), where comfortable quarters awaited them. They seemed to be in very good health, and none the worse for the voyage. There are about twelve single girls and two single men open for engagement to-day. It may be well perhaps to mention that the depot has lately undergone a thorough overhaul, the Government going to considerable expense to make the place as comfortable as possible in the shape of extra drainage, ventilation, etc. This is in a great measure due to Mr March, the immigration officer at Christchurch, under whose charge falls this and other depots. We anticipate there will be many enquiries for domestic servants, and no difficulty in finding some very comfortable homes for the new arrivals. The following are the names of the immigrants
Ex British Queen
Robert and Emma Cooper, Jas. Higgins, Richard and Frances Bich, Hugh Gallen, Wm. Cronin, Sam McCullough, John, Dan, and William Shea, Maggie Shea and family, Mary Shea, Ann and Sarah Bergin, Alice Blake, Esther Bond, Alice Booth, Eliz Burgess, Emily Clarke, Emily and Eliza Cooper, Honora Cronin, Mary Davis, Margaret and Mary Dower, Ellen Hill, Marian Jackson, Jane Osborne, Jane Tathill, Mary Sullivan.
Ex Waipa
John Dillon, Maurice and Chas. Conner, Wm. Donoghue, John Reilly, J. Loughman, D. Young, James Scott, Julia Connor (2), Ann Dillon, Hannah Donnelly, Mary and Ann Loughman, Mary Brophy, Jane Yeatman, Add, Sarah, and Ellen Fogerty, Mary Reilly, Margaret Hynes, Mary Ruane, Mary Collins, Julia Carrell, Mary and Margaret Leary, Richard Talbot.  

No cabin passengers are listed

Timaru Herald, 21 May 1883, Page 2 & Star 18 May 1883, Page 3
Return of Mr Woollcombe. Mr Belfield Woollcombe, who has been on a visit to the Old Country and returned to Lyttelton in the Waipa last week, arrived m Timaru by the Express on Saturday. He was met on the platform by a number of his old friends, who expressed their pleasure at seeing him back in hearty cheers. Mr Woollcombe looked extremely well, the trip on his old element having evidently agreed with him.

Captain Woollcombe, an old Canterbury settler, who for years acted as Resident Magistrate at Timaru, arrived from London yesterday by the Waipa. He went Home in the Waimea about nine months ago, and after spending two months in the Old Country, returns in good health and spirits.  


Star 23 June 1883, Page 2
The New Shipping Co. ship Waipa was towed to sea at 7 o'clock this morning.

Nelson Evening Mail, 17 December 1883, Page 4
Writing per Tongariro under date London, "October 26, the Post's correspondent says :
London, October 26. Two or three things have happened since the Suez mail went out, on Tuesday last. In the first place, several ships arrived from New Zealand at the beginning of the week, all of which report experiencing terrific weather off Cape Horn in August. The Waipa, Captain Baxter, was nearly lost in southern latitudes. It seems she left Port Nicholson [sic] on the 23rd June, and despite several fearful hurricanes, doubled the Horn successfully on the 20th July. On the 7th August, however, the vessel was caught in a sudden squall, and heeled over in such an alarming manner that the maintopsail had to be cut away before she righted. The captain and crew felt somewhat anxious for a few minutes, fearing the cargo had shifted, but this was not the case, and after crossing the equator on the 5th September, the vessel sighted the English coast on the 15th October, and docked safely at Blackwall three days later, having completed the passage home in 114 days.  

The Waipa at Port Chalmers. Picture Collection State Library of Victoria, David De Maus photographer.

 WAIPA - 1,057 gross tons, length 204.1ft x beam 34.2ft, iron hull, three masted, full rigged ship, accommodation for 300-emigrant class passengers. Built by Palmer's Co., Newcastle, she was delivered to New Zealand Shipping Co. in Oct.1875 and made nearly 20 voyages to New Zealand for the company, the fastest being in 1875 to Port Chalmers when she accomplished a land to land time of 82 days. In 1894 the WAIPA was sold to Brodrene Bjornstad, Norway, resold in 1895 to H. Hansen, Lilles and renamed MUNTER and re-rigged as a barque. In Dec.1911 she went missing at sea. [Sea Breezes Magazine, Feb.1969] [Merchant Fleets, vol.7 by Duncan Haws]


Date of death: Sunday, 5 June 1898
Date of burial: Wednesday, 8 June 1898 Sydenham Cemetery
Block number: 24B Plot number: 73
Age: 59
Address: Aynsley Street
Occupation: Labourer
Place of birth: England
Years in New Zealand: unknown
Wanganui Chronicle, 6 June 1898, Page 2
William Woodhouse, a married man, a laborer, aged 59, died suddenly at the Sydenham Working Men's Club on Saturday afternoon.