Barque: 513 tons
Captain: Forbes Michie
Surgeon Superintendent: C. William Gordon
Sailed Plymouth 11am December 4th 1842 - arrived Auckland March 31st 1843
Vessel owned by: Duncan Dunbar
Surgeons Report of Westminster
Arrival of the Westminster
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The Morgan family came from County Cork, Ireland but nothing is known of Ann's marriage or the death of her husband or the birth of her children. Mary Ann Morgan married John Beaton in St Patrick's Cathedral Auckland on 23 May 1843. John was a native of Isle of Mull, Scotland but no evidence has been found relating to his arrival in Auckland. As the wedding was only seven weeks after the arrival of the Westminster you might think that perhaps he was on the same ship (perhaps as crew) however it remains a mystery. John and Mary Ann had four children in Auckland (of whom the eldest died at 17 months). They then moved to New South Wales, Australia where they had a further four children following which they moved back to Auckland where another child was born. Mary Ann died in Auckland on 11 Feb 1890 and is buried in Waikumete cemetery. Margaret Morgan married Alexander McArthur on 22 Aug 1843, also in St Patrick's. They had four children in Auckland before moving to NSW where they had two more children. Margaret died in Sydney in 1866. Fanny Morgan married Dennis Trainor (Traynor) in St Patrick's on 2 Jul 1846 but no subsequent trace of either party nor any children has been found. The widow Ann Morgan married Samuel Dean, a widower, in St Patrick's on 23 Feb 1851. The date and location of her death has not been found. If you have a connection with this family or would like to know more please contact John Beaton.
John Scott and Isabella Coats were married in Barony Lanark on 16th May 1841 and arrived at Auckland on the
Westminster in 1843 with their infant daughter Mary. Their first born in New Zealand, John Scott who was born on 18th October 1844, married Janet Naysmith on April 25th 1872 at Victoria Quadrant Auckland. They were the Dundon Maternal grand parents. They had six boys and two girls. Chronological order is Christina b 16/7/1873, Frederick b 10/9/1874 he married Sally ?, Charles b 13/8/1876, David Anthony b 19/6/1879, Thomas b 27/1/1880, Janet Eveline b 3/12/1887, Henry (Bill) b 1/11/1891, and John Francis b 12/3/1892 married Elizabeth Seggers in England in 1917. Janet Eveline married Henry Kevin Dundon in Auckland in 1911, before moving to Australia. There were 8 surviving children from the marriage. If you have a connection with this family or are interested to learn more please contact Col Dundon.
Daniel and Jane (Walsh) LORRIGAN and their family of nine children aged between 25 and 9 years of age were from Ballyslough County Limerick in Ireland. When they settled in Auckland this family of eleven lived in a raupo 'house' with an earthen floor, crude furniture, beds of dry fern, and an open fire for cooking. The water came from a gully nearby, and town was over a mile away on a clay track through thick scrub. The Auckland newspaper 'Southern Cross' of 22 April 1843 reported that the Government of the day was callous in that it had left more than 200 passengers for four days after their arrival in cold comfortless houses after a voyage of "four or five months" and with "not a shilling of money". The Lorrigan family took an active part in the activities of the young town of Auckland. Patrick became a tavern keeper, and was granted a licence for the Crown and Anchor Inn in Queen Street West, John Lorrigan contributed his labour to help build the Auckland Temperance Hall in September 1843, and the men of this family were among the helpers who rolled stones from the quarry at Mount Eden down to the site where St Patrick's Cathedral was being built in 1846-1848. Daniel was an Auckland Timber Merchant in Queen Street in the 1850's. William and Laurence later owned their own farms. Mary and John married other passengers from the 'Westminster' - Mary m Hans Christopher, and John m Ann Lundon. Daniel Lorrigan senior later farmed at Paupaterie near One Tree Hill, and his death was reported in "The New Zealander" of 1 January 1853 as follows: "Died: In consequence of a fall from his horse on Tuesday 27th inst, in the 62nd year of his age, Mr Daniel Lorrigan of Auckland, and late of Ballyslough of County Limerick". His wife Jane died on 14 June 1864, and her death was reported in "The Daily Southern Cross" 15 June 1864 as ..."relict of the late D Lorigan of Auckland". If you are interested in this family please contact Moira Draper.
|Item of interest: Henry White, a passenger on the "Westminster" later built some of Auckland's more prestigious buildings, and the windmill which stood as a real landmark at the corner of Symonds Street and Karangahape Road for many years. Thanks to Moira Draper for this item.|
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