Passengers who arrived by the four ships "George Seymour," "Randolph," "Charlotte Jane," "Cressy."

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The Lyttelton Times

Vol. 1.  No.2.   SATURDAY,  JANUARY 18, 1851.   PRICE SIXPENCE

Vessel  tonnage  Masters  Cabin Intermediate Steerage  Total Dates of arrival 
Charlotte Jane  720 tons  Captain Alexander Lawrence  26 24 104  154 Dec. 16. 1850
 Randolph  761 tons  Captain Dale  34  15  161  210  Dec. 16. 1850
Sir George Seymour  850 tons  Captain Goodson  40  23  164  227  Dec. 17 1850
Cressy (barque)  720 tons  Captain Joseph Dennison Bell  27  23  105  155  Dec. 27 1850

Sir George Gray, Governor, of the colony, came down the coast in her Majesty's sloop of war Fly to welcome their arrival. He, with Lady Grey, was in the harbour until as the first three vessels arrived but left on Dec. 18 for the north. 

The four vessels carried in all 746 passengers. List of the chief and fore cabin passengers who arrived by the four ships complied from the Lyttelton Times January 18th 1851. Steerage passengers compiled from information obtained from Colin  Amodeo and used here with his permission. Resources used by Colin include the Immigration Agents and Surgeon Superintendent lists and the Barracks Registers in addition to other resources.  

The Christchurch Press First Four Ships Project

In December 1850 the first four Canterbury Association ships arrived at Lyttelton with 782 passengers onboard and a further 56 either deserted or took their discharged at Lyttelton.  These are the Canterbury Pilgrims. Twelve, names unknown deserted from the Randolph at Lyttelton. Who were those twelve? The Press in Christchurch commissioned research into the family histories of those featured in four group photographs (131 former passengers) taken in 1900 of the surviving passengers of the Charlotte Jane, Cressy, Sir George Seymour and Randolph and ran a special series, "The First Four Ships Project" from Monday January 2nd 2006 to Thursday 6th January 2006. These group photographs were published in the newspaper, with each individual named and labeled, and a snippet on the families. Some names have quite a bit written about them, others very little. Also a list of names of deserters  and the names of those who worked their passage and were discharged at their own request. |

Press, 9 March 1935, Page 17
Voyage Out. A Journal from the Charlotte Jane by Mr A.C. Barker  I & Mrs A.C. Barker I. III

List of names from the Charlotte Jane from the 1900 reunion photo in Christchurch "Press" Monday 2nd January 2006

  1/ Thomas WILSON (1850 - 1918)
  2/ John JEFFS (1839 - 1902)
  3/ Charles HILL
  4/ Jabez THORNTON (1817 - 1904)
  5/ Hon. C.E.BOWEN. (1830 - 1917)
  6/ Samuel HORRELL (1850 - 1923)
  7/ William Rising TAYLOR (1844 - 1913)
  8/ James Temple FISHER (1828 - 1905)
  9/ Mrs FREE seems she was Elizabeth Simpson
10/ Mrs J.S.THOMPSON - no information available
11/ Mrs S. KINGSBURY, nee Dixon
12/ James SAIL (1819 - 1908)
13/ Mrs Mary ANDERSON nee Dixon
14/ Rockwood Comport BISHOP (1847 - 1925)
15/ Samuel Delabere BARKER (1848 - 1901)
16/ Mrs BERGH nee Elizabeth Marley
18/ Mrs W. BUSS nee Mary Elizabeth Howard
19/ Mrs W. BLAKE nee Agnes Kate Bishop
20/ Mrs J.T. FISHER (Harriet) with husband James Temple Fisher
21/ Mrs WHITMORE nee Jean Grubb
22/ Mrs FIELD Louisa formerly Mrs Nippriss
23/ Mrs BARKER may be Ann nee Dixon
25/ Mrs CHICK Sarah nee Hill

Worked Passage as Crew on the Charlotte Jane 
Discharge at Lyttelton January 1851
Surname 	First Names 	Age Place of Birth Rank 	Register Ticket
Austin 		William 	18 Somerset 	Ord Seaman 	503 058
Griffith 	William J. 	33 Tipperary 	Ord Seaman 	 57 279
Tulloch 	Henry J 	17 Poole 	Cuddy servant 	503 220

List of names from the Cressy from the 1900 reunion photo in Christchurch "Press" Tuesday 3rd January 2006

  1/ Richard BAKER
  2/ Thomas PATRICK
  3/ Fred ALLEN
  4/ Michael Brennan HART (1843 - 1908)
  5/ Charles T. DUDLEY (1843 - 1929)
  6/ Edward DOBSON (1816 - 1908)
  7/ Edwin Coxhesd MOULDEY (1842 - 1925)
  8/ Moses MOULDEY
  9/ Jacob PARISH (1842 - 1907)
10/ George DUNFORD
11/ Isaac PARISH (1846 - 1921)
12/ John R. CHILDS
13/ James Frederick BAKER (1845 - 1916)
14/ John BENNETT
15/ Thomas KENT (1827 - 1915)
16/ George R. HART (1841 - 1911)
17/ George William PICKERING (1832 0 1913)
18/ Edward BAKER (1850- 1922) 13/ Baker family above
19/ Robert EVANS (1826 - 1911)
20/ Mrs CLARIDGE no information available
21/ Mrs COXHEAD nee Mouldey
22/ Mrs PATTEN nee Mouldey
23/ Mrs J.A.GRAHAM nee Whitmore
24/ Henry CLEAVER
25/ Thomas HEWITT (Hewett) (1825 - 1903)
26/ Joseph L. PATRICK
27/ Mrs R.M. CRESSWELL nee King
28/ Mrs FREE Mrs Maria Free nee Patrick
29/ Mrs WILLIS Elizabeth,
30/ Mrs PAWSEY no information available
31/ Mrs EVANS Sarah
32/ Mrs Mary Ellen VINCENT
33/ Mrs Sarah BAKER
34/ Mrs BUGG nee Baker,
35/ Mrs EDER no information available
36/ Mrs Antonia ZUPPERUCH nee Cleaver
37/ Mrs Emma HEWITT (Hewett)
38/ Miss F.F. DUDLEY may be Frances Dudley
39/ Mrs PRATT nee Duffell

Worked Passage as Crew on the Cressy
Discharge at Lyttelton January 1851
Surname 	First Name 	Age Place of Birth Rank 	Register Ticket
Beresford 	William 	22 Liverpool 	4th Officer 	392 012
Over 		John 		19 London 	Boy 		505 171
Stribling 	Thomas 		18 Cornwall 	Apprentice 	376 548
Wills 		William 	32 Southampton 	Emigrants' Cook 198 799

List of names from the Sir George Seymour from the 1900 reunion photo
 in Christchurch "Press" Wednesday 4th January 2006

1/ George Alexander WORNALL (1859-1927) ( this is the date in the article) think it should be 1849 as it says he was one.
2/ Joseph RICHARDS
3/ Benjamin CORLETT age 6
4/ George CRESSWELL (1847 - 1914) 4yrs old
5/ John HILL age 14
6/ Phillip LARAMAN (1837 - 1917) age 18
8/ John ANDERSON jnr (1849-1934) aged 1
9/ Rev. Frederick INWOOD infant
10/ Rev. Frederick George BRITTAN (1848-1945) aged 2
11/ James INWOOD (1840-1903) aged 10
12/ Edward WASHBOURN (1843-1935) age 10
13/ Henry R.R. LITTLE
14/ Robert M. CRESSWELL (1840- 1916) aged 10
15/ Richard James Strachan HARMAN (1826- 1902) aged 24
16/ James CLOTHIER infant
17/ John CHURCH aged 12
18/ C.J.W. COOKSON died 1912
19/ George Septimus PHILLIPS (1844-1920) aged 6
20/ Augustus INWOOD (1848-1915) aged 2
21/ William BRITTAN (1844-1916) aged 6
22/ Mrs BANKS Maria nee Washbourn aged 10
23/ Henry SALT (1837 - 1901) aged 13
24/ Mrs NEWTON no information available
25/ Mrs Ann DALTON age 23
26/ Mrs WRIGHT no information available
27/ Mrs G.A. WORNALL, Esther age 29
28/ Mrs C. COATES nee Brittan
29/ Mrs Eliza THACKER aged 30
30/ Mrs C. WITHELL
31/ Mrs Mary WASHBOURN
32/ Mrs CHESTERFIELD no information available
33/ Miss Fanny WASHBOURN aged 6

Worked Passage as Crew on the Sir George Seymour 
Discharge at Lyttelton January 1851
Surname 	First Names Age Place of Birth 	Rank 		Register Ticket merchant_navy_service_seamen1835to1857_officer1835to1844.pdf
AUSTIN 		Benjamin George 41 Essex 	Butcher's mate 		503 155 
BROWN 		Thomas 		18 Bailing? 	Cuddy Servant 		503 097
HOLDEN 		Charles 	18 London 	Ord., Seaman 		503 092
JONES 		William 	27 London 	Steward 		303 166
LITTLECOTT 	William 	25 Surrey 	Ord. Seaman 		393 218
MATTHEWS 	Joseph 		25 Surrey 	Ord. Seaman 		458 348
RITCHIE 	John 		32 Stepney 	Emigrant's Cook 	503 004

List of names from the Randolph from the 1900 reunion photo in Christchurch "Press" Thursday 5th January 2006

  1/ Charles BOURN (1829-1907)  [no e]
  3/ Randolph G. HARPER born on board ship
  4/ Elijah HARPER (1849-1933)
  5/ Enoch SMART (1844 - 1907)
  6/ Emon SMART (Enon)
  7/ Randolph CHANEY born on board
  8/ Joseph CHANEY (1848-1928)
  9/ George PHILPOTT aged 3
10/ Edwin G. PHILPOTT (1844 - 1922)
11/ John HARPER
12/ William. STORER aged 2
13/ Mrs HOWELL - nee Elizabeth Dale Waghorn born on voyage
14/ William PHILPOTT
15/ William Derisley WOOD
16/ Amos SMART died 1915
17/ Charles Hood WILLIAMS (1844-1912)
18/ Thomas Frederick PEEL (1824-1907)
19/ Mrs WINTER - nee Sarah Stokes a (1844-1930)
20/ William Ward STOKES
21/ Mrs RAPLEY - nee Sarah Elizabeth Woodford, marr. Joseph Jesse Rapley
22/ Mrs FRANKISH nee Mary Williams (1846- 1906)
23/ Mrs C.C. AIKMAN nee Isabella Williams m. Colin Campbell Aikman.
24/ Mrs E. HARPER
25/ Mrs HARPER - nee Mary Bennington,
26/ Mrs HUNTER - nee Mary Ann Waghorn
27/ Edmund SMART
28/ T. KERRIDGE, no further information available
29/ Mrs F. MONCRIEF nee Fanny Stokes born on Randolph
30/ Mrs MORRIS nee Elizabeth Stokes,
31/ MRS MOFFETT nee Abigail Rotheray (1831-1906)
32/ Mrs COCHRANE no information available
33/ Mrs RHODES nee Emma Suzannah Chaney (1832 - 1928)
34/ Mrs NEALE nee Charlotte Chaney (1842-1908)
35/ Mrs NEUGESCHWINDER nee Martha Brown,
36/ Mrs Wm BRYANT (Ann) (1828- 1904)
37/ Wm BRYANT (1818- 1901)
38/ Mrs WATSON no information available
39/ Mrs HOWSON nee Jane Free (1849-1918)
40/ Mrs BAYFIELD Matilda, (1807-1909) died aged 92 in Sumner (as in paper)
41/ Mrs STANLEY Mary (1830-1901) 

"Charlotte Jane"
Barker		Dr. Alfred Charles 	31	Surgeon-Superintendant of the "Charlotte Jane," d. 1873
Barker		Mrs Emma		30	d. 1878
Barker		Richard			 4
Barker		Samuel Delabere		 2	1848-1901
Barker		Arthur			 1	d. 1938
Bishop		Edward Brenchley	28	d. 1887
Bishop		Charles Wellington	26
Bishop		Mrs Ellen		30
Bishop		Vallance		 6
Bishop		Miss Agnes		 4	later Blake, 
Bishop		Rockwood Charles	 3	d. 1925
Bishop		Frederick Augustus	25			
Bishop		Miss Emma Kate		23			
Bowen		Charles			45 	(1804-1871)
Bowen		Mrs Georgina		40	
Bowen		Miss Letitia		10	
Bowen		Miss Anne		44	d. 1876 Aunt to children
Bowen		Charles Christopher	20	d. 1917
Bowen		Croisdale		18	[Croasdaile] (1831-1890)
Cholmondeley	Thomas			19
Cholmondeley	Charles			27 	d. 1891 plaque in ChCh Cathedral
Fisher		James Temple 
Fisher		Mrs Harriet		23 
Fisher		Stephen			30
Fitzgerald	James Fitzgerald	32	d. 1897
Fitzgerald	Mrs Frances		18 
Howard		Smith Snr.		 	d. 1893
Howard		George			10
Howard		Miss Lucy		
Howard		Miss Agnes		 8	later Mrs Hurse
Howard		Smith jnr.
Howard		Miss M.E.  			later Mrs Buss
Howard		Elizabeth		 6
?Hooper		Ann			16
Kingdon		The Rev. George T.B.	36	St Winows, Cornwall
Kingdon		Mrs Sophia		18
Mountfort	Benjamin W.		26	d. 1898
Mountfort	Mrs Emily		21	d. 1897 
Mountfort	Miss Susanna		22	later Mrs Luck
Mountfort	Charles Wheeler		24
Mountfort	Mrs C.W.(Mary)		21 
Pursglove	Mr				Schoolmaster
Pursglove	Mrs				?Pierglove
Shrimpton	John
Ward		Edward Robert		25	drowned 1851
Ward		Henry			19
Ward		Hamilton		16
Wortley		The Hon. James Sturat
Steerage Passengers
Abernathy	James		18	labourer
Abrahams	Thomas		42	stone mason d. 1878
Abrahams	Mrs Mary Ann	39	d. 1899
Abrahams	Marian		12	? Mary Ann
Adams		William		39	upholsterer
Allan 		George		45	labourer (Allan)
Allan		Mrs Ann		43	
Allan		Ann Elizabeth	 9	
Allen		William Glover
Allfrey		George		43	labourer (Alfrey)
Allfrey		Mrs Arabella	36
Allfrey		Alfred		 8
Allfrey		Miss Marian	19	nurse later Mrs James Anderson, Kaiapoi
Atkinson	Mr
Bassett		Jane		11
Caughey		Henry		22	labourer
Carlton		Edward		20	labourer ?Charlton d, 1900 Picton
Derry		H. William	22	whitesmith
Derry		Mrs Hannah	2
Dixon		Joseph		34	labourer d. 1890
Dixon		Mrs Mary	33
Dixon		James		 6
Dixon		Ann		 9	later Mrs Barker
Dixon		Mary		 8
Dixon		Elizabeth	 4
Dixon		Jane		 2
Dixon		Joseph			infant
Doutch		Maria		21	milliner
Dowling		Virginia	26	domestic servant, returned to England
Faucett		Thomas		31	shepherd (Fawcett)
Faucett		Mrs Mary	29
Ferguson	Margaret	26	domestic servant
Griffiths	William			d. 1884
Griffen		Nath. Edward	23	agent	d, 1884 (?Griffin)
Griffin		Mrs Mary	21
Geddes		Andrew		30	carpenter
Grubb		Mrs Mary	30	d. 1886 (John Grubb already working in Lyttelton as shipwright)
Grubb		Mary		 6	d. 1894 later Mrs Maude
Grubb		Jean		 4
Grubb		Jessie		 2	later Mrs Munro
Haffenden	Ann		29	servant d. 1853 ?Heffenden
Hill		Joseph		36	labourer
Hill		Ann Browning	34	Mrs
Hill		Charles O.	 7
Hill		Henry J.
Hill		Frances			infant
Hill		Ann B.		 5	d. 1882 later Mrs Brown
Hill		Sarah			later Mrs Chick
Horrell		John		28	ag. machinist
Horrell		Mrs Elizabeth	24
Hughes		Samuel		26	labourer
Hughes		Mrs Mary	26
Hughes		Mary			infant
Jeffs		Mrs Elizabeth
Jeffs		Albert			(Abbott)
Jeffs		Charles		24
Jeffs		Richard		 4
Jeffs		Benjamin	24
Jeffs		John		 1
Jeffs		Sarah	`		infant
Larkham		Philip		16	agriculturist
Lewis		Elizabeth	17	servant
Marley		William		34	carpenter c. 1897
Marley		Mary		37
Marley		Eliza		 3	later Mrs Bergh
Marley		Mary Ann		infant
Marriott	Benjamin Smith	28	smith
McCormack	William		27	labourer d. 1868 ?McCormick
McCormack	Mrs Jane	37	d. 1853
Newnham		William		36	schoolmaster
Newnham		Frederick	10
Nippriss	Henry		28	labourer d. 1851
Nippriss	Mrs Louisa Jane	22	
Padgen		Silas		19	labourer
Payton		Charles		26	servant
Payton		Mrs Emma	24
Shrimpton	John Ingram	17	printer
Shrimpton	Walter			(first printers of "Lyttelton Times")
Simpson		Joseph		22	whitesmith
Simpson		Mrs Harriett	27
Simpson		Elizabeth	 7	later Mrs Ritchie
Sloane		James		24	labourer 
Sloane		James		22
Stout		James B.		27	agriculturist
Stout		Mrs Jane	23	d. 1898 (?Jean)
Sail		James		31	labourer
Taylor		Joseph		45	stone mason d. 1863
Taylor		Charlotte	39
Taylor		Virginia	 7
Taylor		George		20
Taylor		William		 5
Thornton	Jabez		32	carpenter
Turnbull	John		26	d. 1890
Varyer		John		39	printer
Varyer		Mrs Jane	30
Varyer		Frances		13
Varyer		Eleanor		11
Varyer		John		 9
Walter		George		16	farm labourer
Wilson		Robert		35	labourer
Wilson		Samuel		 6
Wilson		Sarah		 4
Wilson		Thomas			infant
Winchester	Henry		19	printer

The above steerage passenger information courtesy of Colin  Amodeo. Posted 14 April 2000
"Whitesmith" one who files and polishes iron to a silvery surface. Iron will take on nearly as deep a polish as silver, but not as rich, and certainly much more work. On the other hand, iron costs about fifty cents a pound! A whitesmith indeed, works iron to a high finish. A tinsmith.

Bayfield	Arthur D.		d. 1861
Bayfield	Mrs Matilda		and child [Arthur D. Bayfield]
Beelby		Richard C.		[Bealby] returned to England 1851
Blanchard	H. Richard
Boly		E.			[could be Boby]
Bridge		C.J.			Mr
Butterfield	Joseph			(Batterfiled)
Duncan		Thomas
Duncan		Mrs T.S.		and child [Miss]
Earle		James W. 		Surgeon-Superintendant of the "Randolph."
Earle		Mrs J.W.
Earle		Ellen			13
Earle		Edward			 9
Earle		Katherine		 8
Earle		infant
Flemming	Richard John
Flemming	Emma Mary
Flemming	George Spencer		1
Flemming	Emily			4
Harrison	Thomas Haynes
Keele		Mr			[Peele, F.F.]
Parlby		Mr
Lee 		Parson			[Lee-Parsons]
Puckle		The Rev. Edward
Puckle		Mrs E.
Puckle		Edward			15
Puckle		Summers			12
Puckle		Sidney			10
Puckle		Mary			 6
Puckle		Murray			 3
Puckle		Keel			infant	
Ransom		Miss			Schoolmistress [Ranson]
Stoddart	Mr 			Schoolmaster left the colony 
Stoddart	Mrs			[Stoddard] left the colony 
Taylor		Miss W.R.		Schoolmistress [Frances Taylor]
Tullock		Mr.J.
Willock		The Rev. William W.
Willock		Mrs Willcock		[& 1 son?}
Williams	Theodore and Mrs 	and three children [Chas. Hood Williams, Daniel Theodore Williams] 
Wood		William Dearsley
[Williams]	Mr and Mrs John & (2 sons*)? John Williams, J.J. Struthers Williams]
[Chownes]	John 
[Howard]	Mr & Mrs
Steerage Passengers
Bailey		John		38	gardener
Bailey		Mrs Madeline	29
Bailey		Eliza		 3
Bailey		Madeline	 4
Bailey		Henry		 infant		
Bennington	John		38	ag. labourer (Bryenton)
Bennington	Mrs Ann		32
Bennington	John		12
Bennington	Ann		10
Bennington	James		 8
Bennington	Mary A.		 5
Bennington	William		 2
Bourn		C.J.			groom & ag. labourer
Brown		Charles		34	sawyer
Brown		Martha		37
Brown		Martha		 1
Bryant		William		29 (Bryan)
Bryant		Mrs Ann		22
Bryant		William		 1
Bryant		Sarah		infant
Campbell	John			ag. labourer & surveyor
Campbell	Mrs Frances	36
Campbell	Francis		 7
Campbell	Charles		 3
Campbell	Alfred		 1	
Chaney		William George	47
Chaney		Sarah		42
Chaney		John		11
Chaney		Charlotte	 4
Chaney		Elizabeth	 4
Chaney		Joseph		 2
Chaney		Randolph	 born aboard
Chaney		William		18	stone mason
Chaney		Emma		17	domestic servant
Coslins		Thomas		23	ag. labourer
Coslins		Mrs Eliza	26
Coslins		George		 1	
Crouch		Cherry		22	domestic servant
Cox		James George	18	storekeeper
Cox		Louisa		24
Cutting		David		21	miller	steerage paying
Fitch		Margaret	26	domestic servant
Foulkes		Thomas		35	house servant
Ferguson	Donald		40	lighterman
Free		John		35	labourer, embarked Plymouth d. 1866
Free		Mrs Mary	30	d. 1892
Free		Henry		15	labourer
Free		William		10	d. 1877
Free		Mary		10
Free		John A.S.	 8
Free		Robert Rhys	 6
Free		Elizabeth Emily	 4
Free		Jane		 1
Gosling		William		30	ag. blacksmith d. 1879
Gosling		Mrs Lucy	30	d. 1890
Gosling		Charles		 6
Gosling		Mary		 5
Gosling		William		 3	d. 1879
Gosling		Elizabeth	 2	
Harper		John		26	ag. labourer
Harper		Elizabeth	22
Harper		Elijah		
Harper		Randolph	born aboard
Jeffreys	John		24	ag. labourer steerage paying
Jenkins		Frederick	22	carpenter
Kerridge	Charles George	19	house servant
Lane		William		32	butcher	embarked Plymouth
Lang		James		23	labourer embarked Plymouth
Lang		Mrs Mary	26
Lang		Mary		infant
Luxford		James		35	builder steerage paying
Luxford		Mrs Sarah	34
Luxford		John		11
Luxford		William		 9
Luxford		Sally		 7
Luxford		Edward		 5
Luxford		Ann		 3
Luxford		Robert		 infant
Luxford		Jane		36	domestic servant
McLean		John		26	carpenter steerage paying
Neil		Elizabeth	23	domestic servant
Orchard		Wiliam		37
Orchard		Mary		25
Orchard		Hiram		12
Orchard		Sarah		10
Orchard		Caroline	 7
Orchard		Enoch		 4
Orchard		William		 2
Perry		Frederick	25	ag. labourer
Phillpot	John		34	ag. labourer
Phillpot	Mrs Lucy Jane	29
Phillpot	Frederick	 9
Phillpot	Edwin		 7
Phillpot	Adolphus	 5
Phillpot	George		 3
Phillpot	Olive		 infant
Phillpot	Isaac		36	gardener
Phillpot	Mrs Mary	32
Phillpot	Albert		 9
Phillpot	William		 7
Phillpot	Lydia		 4
Please		Hannah		23	domestic servant
Pye		John Thomas	21	ag. labourer
Shepard		Edward		30	carpenter
Shepard		Mrs Sarah	32	d, 1868
Shepard		Sarah		 4
Shepard		Emma		 1	d. 1883
Sleath		William		26	steerage paying
Soar		George		36	gardener
Soar		Mrs Sarah	32
Soar		William		 1
Smart		William		45	ag. labourer
Smart		Sarah		39
Smart		Orton		12
Smart		Eliza		10
Smart		Enos		 9
Smart		Enon		 8
Smart		Enoch		 6
Smart		Elijah		 5
Smart		Eli		 2
Smart		William		 infant
Smart		Amon		18	ag. labourer
Smart		Amos		17	ag. labourer
Smart		Amy		16	domestic servant
Smart		Edward		14	ag. labourer
Stanley		John		23	ag. labourer
Stanley		Mrs Mary	19
Steel		John		19	steerage paying
Stokes		William		32	ag. labourer (Stoke)
Stokes		Mrs Sarah	35
Stokes		Elizabeth	13
Stokes		Thomas		12
Stokes		John		10
Stokes		James		 9
Stokes		Sarah		 6
Stokes		William		 3
Stokes		Charles		 1
Stokes		Mary		15	domestic servant
Storer		Edward		26	ag. labourer
Storer		Mrs Ann		29
Storer		Thomas		 3
Storer		William		 2
Storer		Edward		 infant
Taylor		George		25	labourer steerage paying
Waghorn		Arthur		36	lighterman	from Kent
Waghorn		Louisa		32	[Dale]
Waghorn		Mary A.		 8
Waghorn		Louisa		 1
Wall		George		24	to Melbourne	
Wall		Sophia		21	to Melbourne
Williams	John		41	baker d. 1850
Williams	Isabella	42
Williams	Elizabeth	13
Williams	Marjory		10
Williams	Isabella	 7
Williams	Mary		 4
Williams	James J.	 2	[Struthers]
Williams	Emily		 infant
Williams	John		16
Williams	Theodore	38
Williams	Mrs T.		34
Williams	Catherine	11
Williams	Daniel Theodore	 9
Williams	Charles Hood	 7
Williams	Margaret	21	domestic servant
Woodford	Richard		39	ag. labourer
Woodford	Ann		38
Woodford	Richard		 3
Woodford	Elizabeth	 2
Woodford	Mary A.		 1
The above steerage passenger information courtesy of Colin  Amodeo. Posted 20 April 2000

"Sir George Seymour" 
Beecham		Mr Alfred
Bilton		Mr John			Schoolmaster [Bilton, Mrs. nee Inwood]
Brittan		Mr Wm. Guise and Mrs. 	and four children [ Wm. Guise & Rev. Fred'k.]
Burke		Mr Michael
Cooke		Mr Leonard S.
Cookson		Mr C. J. Wentworth	[Cookson, Mrs. Wentworth (nee Macfarlane)]
Crompton	Mr Thomas
Davie		Mr Cyrus
Denton		Mr Arthur John and Mrs.	and three children
Dicken		Mr Joseph
Fendall		Mr Walpole C.
Harman		Mr Richard J. S.
Hill		Mr James		[and Hill, John]
Jacobs		The Rev. Henry		and Mrs. Jacobs
Lake		Mr Alfred
Macfarlane	Mr and Mrs. Dugald	and five children [Dugald, Norman Hugh, Miss Flora]
Macfarlene	Miss
Parker		Mr Horatio		[could be Parkes]
Philips		Mr. and Mrs. Henry	and six children [Charles, George S., William, Thomas, James, Frederick, John]
Philips		Mr Frederick
Rooke		Mr Leonard Home		[An Italian, educated in England married Miss Duffell settled in Temuka]
Richards	Mr and Mrs.		[Richards, Dr. H. & Mrs Richards][Richards, Leonard H.]
Richards	Mr Joseph
Walker		Mr Roger C. and Mrs. 
Ward		Mr Charles S.
Washbourne	Mr and Mrs. Henry	and four children [Henry and John Edward]
Watts-Russell	Mr and Mrs.
Wilkinson	Mr Frederick		Surgeon-Superintendant of the "Sir George Seymour."
Wright		Mr John T.
Steerage Passengers (incomplete)
Anderson	John		wife  and son John Andrew
Ashby		John		wife and two children
Austen		Thomas		wife and six children
Austin		Benj. Jones
Bevins		John		41	b. Colton- Staffordshire	 Ag Labr
Bevins		Harriett	28	b. Mavesyn Ridware-Staffordshire On the plaque in the square in ChCh spelt Bevans	
Bevins		William		 8 	b. Mavesyn Ridware-Staffordshire
Bevins		John		 6	b. Colton-Staffordshire
Bevins		Henry		 4	b. Colton-Staffordshire
Bevins		Elizabeth	 2	b. Colton-Staffordshire
Bevins 		Joseph		 1	b. Colton-Staffordshire		 Died on the voyage to NZ.
Bevins		Harriett	 6 mths b. Colton-Staffordshire
Bradley		Mrs
Brown		Thomas Malmesley
Caulfield	Rebecca
Church		Israel		wife    and three children
Corlett         Stephen         44	agricultural labourer
Corlett 	Jane            44 
Corlett         Eliza            8
Corlett         Benjamin         6
Corlett         Alfred           2
Corlett		John		16	agricultural labourer
Corlett		Mary Ann        20	servant  
Cresswell	Thomas		36	Carpenter
Cresswell	Jemma		29      and four children	wife to Thomas
Dalton		George		wife and child
Dillaway	John		wife and three children
Druton				wife and four children
Drury		George		wife and child
Durey		Elizabeth
Finch		Emma
Garlick		William		wife and child
Graham		Thomas		wife and three children
Holden 		Charles
Inwood		Daniel		47				b. 20 Jul 1803 St Dunstan London d. 16 Apr 1876 CHCH  
Inwood		Marianne 	41				b. 14 Jul 1809 ENG d. 26 Oct 1905 CHCH
Inwood		George Thomas	18				b.  8 May 1832 ENG d. 23 Jan 1886 CHCH
Inwood		William		17				b.  2 Apr 1833 ENG d.  5 Feb 1926 CHCH
Inwood		Elizabeth	13				b. 31 Dec 1837 Windlesham,Surrey d. 17 Dec 1900 Timaru
Inwood		James		10				b. 25 Oct 1840 Windlesham,Surrey d. 30 Jan 1903 CHCH
Inwood		Mary Ann	 8				b.  3 Mar 1842 Windlesham,Surrey d.  1 Sep 1930 CHCH
Inwood		Daniel Newman    4				b. 22 Jun 1846 Windlesham,Surrey d.  1 May 1905 Hokatika
Inwood		Augustus Robert  2				b.  7 May 1848 Windlesham,Surrey d. 23 Oct 1915CHCH
Inwood		Frederick Richard 1				b.  2 Sep 1849 ENG               d.  1 May 1939 CHCH
Lewis		Thomas		wife and child
Marks		Francis		wife
Matthews Joseph
Norman				wife
Phillips			family
Ritchie		John
Rossiter	Peter
Rossiter	Mary		wife
Rossiter	Elizabeth	daughter
Salt		Eli		wife and three children
Stubbs 		John 		30 quarryman 
Stubbs		Jane		wife 30
Stubbs		Arthur		infant
Thacker				wife
White		Charles		wife

Beard		Mr George C.			[died at Riccarton in 1863]
Birch		Mr John
Dobson		Mr Edward, age 33, and two children [George, Arthur] 
Dudley		The Rev. Benjamin Wooley 	44
Dudley		Mrs				40
Dudley		Fanny				10 (Frances)
Dudley 		Henry				 5	
Dudley		Charles T.			 7
Dudley		Edward
Gale		Mr Hamilton and Mrs.
Harvey		Mr W.
Jones		Mr H. and Mrs.
King		Mrs Martha 		
King		Miss Frances			b. 1834
King		Miss Jane
King		Miss Sarah Anne
King		Charles
Lawrence	Mr William		18
Peach		Mr Conyers
Pickering	Mr George W.		18 (1832-1913) Lived in Colombo St. for 46 yrs.
Porter		Mr David
Rankin		Mr George
Read		Mr W. H.
Toomath		Mr Edward		Schoolmaster [Toomak]
Townsend	Mr and Mrs.
Townsend	Mr James
Townsend	Mr Charles
Townsend	Mr William
Townsend	Mr Robert
Townsend	Miss Mary
Townsend	Miss Frances
Townsend	Miss Alicia
Townsend	Miss Priscilla
Townsend	Miss Maria
Townsend	Miss Margaret
Watkins		Dr. Daniel		Surgeon-Superintendant of the "Cressy"
Watkins		Mrs 
Watkins		Stephen			Child
Watkins		Laura			Child
Watkins		Alfred			Child
Watkins		William			Child
Welsh		Mr David
Wright		Mr Edward
Wyatt		Mr Benjamin
Steerage Passengers (incomplete)
Allan		Robert		wife and two children
Allwright			wife and five children
Baker		James		wife and six children
Barrell		Samuel
Bennett		John		age 3, Fredrick(infant), Margaret(12), Richard 11), Elizabeth(9), Stephen(5)		
Bennett		William 	(1832-1923) station hand, a contract carter, farmed at Pleasant Valley, moved to Kaiapo
Bennett		Margaret	40 wife of Joseph Bennett
Bennett		Joseph		b. 1810 a gardener, wife and eight children, family moved to Kaiapo
Childs		Joseph		wife and three children Charles
Cleaver		Henry		wife and four children
Clifford	Maria		Mouldey's sister
Duffell		William		38 	farm labourer [from Betchworth, Surrey]
Duffell		Jane Elizabeth	31	[nee Burrell] 
Duffell		John		 9
Duffell 	Emma		 8
Duffell 	Ellen		 6
Duffell 	George		 4
Duffell 	Emily		 3 
Duffell 	Elizabeth	 1
Dunford				wife and six children
Evans		Robert		24
Evans		Sarah		23  and two children Richard	
Frost				wife and three children
Ford		William Ambrose	39	carpenter [from Portsea in Hampshire]
Ford		Mary		39	[nee Hatherley]
Ford		Martha Anne	18
Ford		Emily		16
Ford		Rebecca		14
Ford		Sophia		12
Ford		Emma		10 	[married William Francis Chaney, a passenger on the Randolph]
Ford		Susannah	 6
Ford		William Ambrose  4
Ford		Henry		 1
Halliday	C.N.		wife
Higham				wife and two children
Harper				wife and two children
Harman		John
Hart		Michael	Brannan 35
Hart		Mary Ann	34	[nee Swan]
Hart		George Robert	 9	b. 1841 d. 1911 Joined the Canterbury Standard.
Hart		Michael Brannan  7	b. 1843 
Hewett		Thomas		wife and child	
Hewston		Charles
Kent		Joseph		17 brother to Thomas
Kent		Thomas		23 (1827-1915) carpenter, wife, Mary (24) and child, Edward (1848-1920) 
Moore		Christopher	16 House domestic servant
Mouldey		Moses 		38, (1810-1882) bricklayer, Eleanor 37, 7 kids Moses 12, Edwin 9, Mary Ann 6, Wm 3, Phoebe 1, Eleanor b 21.12.50
Mouldery	Henry 		(17), a bricklayer, and Sophia (14), relatives to Moses
Oakonfull	Henry		17 Agric. Laborer
Oakonfull	George		16 Agric. Laborer
Oldfield	William		38 Agric. Laborer *wife and three children (Charles 4, Wm 2,  Charlotte inf.)
Oldfield	Harriet*	35 
Parish		William		(list below :wife and five children)
Parish		Mrs W.M.
Parish		Jacob
Parish		Isaac
Parish		William
Parish		Isabella
Parish		Elizabeth
Parish		John			
Parish		Abraham
Patrick		Joseph		38 agricultural laborer wife Alice 30 & 7 kids Elizabeth 10, David 8, Maria 6, Smith 5, Thomas 3, Harriet 1, Joseph inft 
Porter		David		22	
Presley		Samnuel		wife and three children
Quaife		John Price	38	 Labourer
Quaife		Mary A.		33
Quaife		Mary A. 	child
Stace		Hugh		wife and three children
Whitmore			wife and three children

There was betting going on as regards to which ship would reach Canterbury first. Each vessel carried a surgeon, chaplain and schoolmaster. The cargo included several prefabricated fame houses in sections, a lithographic printing press, 2,000 books donated by Oxford University to start a library, and a church organ.

Press, 21 August 1899, Page 5 MRS ABRAHAMS
Another of the Canterbury pilgrims passed away last week in the person of Mrs Thomas Abrahams. The deceased lady was born at Norwich in 1810, and, with her husband, arrived in Lyttelton on the 16th December, 1850, in the Charlotte Jane, the first of the pioneer four ships to anchor in Port Lyttelton. Mr Abrahams, who was the founder in Canterbury of the Manchester Unity Order of Oddfellows, died some years ago. Mrs Abrahams resided in Lyttelton till the year 1864, when they removed to Christchurch. She was a very active woman, and retained I all her activity till a short time before her death. Both, her children pre-deceased her. She leaves five grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. The funeral took place on Thursday last, at the Church of England Cemetery, Barbadoes street, and was attended by several old colonists.

Hawera & Normanby Star, 21 August 1899, Page 2
Another Canterbury pilgrim, Mrs Thomas Abrahams, has passed away. He arrived at Lyttelton in 1850 in the first of the pioneer ships, the Charlotte Jane.

ALLAN. Arrived on the Cressy. In 1900 Fred was alive living at 9 Madras St., Chch.
Mrs Mary Ann Allen, was later Mrs Pye.

ALLWRIGHT, Harry died in Lyttelton. Came on the Cressy

Press, 1 September 1931, Page 2
MRS HELEN ANDERSON. At 94 Waimea street, Nelson, Mrs Helen Anderson died, last week, in her 94th year. She came to New Zealand by the Charlotte Jane, one of the first four ships, with her father, a printer, who was brought out by Mr J. E. Fitzgerald to assist in founding the "Lyttelton Times." With the exception, of a visit to Australia and one to her native city, Oxford, England, Mrs Anderson had been a resident of Nelson since 1873.

BARKER, Samuel Delabere, 1848-1901 came with his parents and family in the '"Charlotte Jane"  in 1850. He was educated at Christ's College and spent some time working at Ohapi, Orari before joining the National Bank in Timaru in August 1869. In 1870 he was sent to the West Coast and was engaged in buying gold for the bank at Waimea. In March 1871 he left the bank and returned to Ohapi for a time, where he worked with his brother, Dick. He later travelled extensively in Australia and America but returned to New Zealand in the 1880s. He was appointed Librarian to the Supreme Court in 1886. Barker had an interest in botany and specialised in native plants and shrubs. He was Secretary of the Domains Board for a time and a member of the committee of the Christchurch Beautifying Society.

Timaru Herald, 24 March 1873, Page 3
Many of our readers will learn with very considerable regret, the. death of Mr Barker, in Christchurch on Monday last. In speaking of the sad event, the Lyttelton Times Bays:  The immediate cause of the illness who attributed by Dr Barker to a sun stroke received a short time ago, whilst superintending the erection of the new library at the College, the plans for which were Mb own. There can be little doubt, however, that the actual cause is to be traced back to several accidents he met with m riding on horseback some fifteen years ago, and from which he sustained concussion of the spine. He certainly suffered at intervals for some time preceding his death from a species of paralysis, and had a difficulty m moving about. During the latter part of his illness the symptoms assumed a typhoid form, and, with the exception of a brief interval on Wednesday, he was unconscious for several days before death. Drs Parkerson and Prins were his medical attendants, and were most assiduous m their duties. All the members of his family, except one son (Mr S. D. Barker) who is at the Chatham Islands, were present when death supervened, but of this he was not sensible. Previous to coming to this province, M Barker was in practice at Rugby. He left England on the 7th August, 1850, m the Charlotte Jane, one of the memorable pioneer ships which sailed together, and the one which arrived first m Lyttelton harbour. He was accompanied by Mrs Barker and three sons, and he came out not only as an original purchaser of land, but as medical officer of the ship. Besides arriving in the first of the four ships, Dr Barker had the satisfaction of being taken ashore in the first boat, Messrs J. E. FitzGerald, C. C. Bowen, D. Ward (brother of the late Mr Crosbie Ward), and others being his companions. Immediately after clearing from the ship Dr Barker came over to Christchurch and pitched his tent on the cite of his late residence m Cathedral square.

Feilding Star, 9 June 1920, Page 2
The late Miss M. F. Barker, Principal of Nga Tawa School, who died suddenly at Marton on Monday, had been in charge of the school since 1892. She had a brilliant scholastic career, having gained her M.A. with honours at Canterbury College. She was a daughter of Mr S. D. Baker, of Christchurch, and a grand-daughter of Dr. A.C. Barker, who came out in the Charlotte Jane, one of the first four ships to come to Canterbury in 1850

BENNETT. William came to New Zealand in 1850 with his parents and brothers and sisters on board the ship "Cressy", sailing from Gravesend, London on 7 Sept. 1850 and arrived at Lyttelton on the 27 December 1850. The family moved to Kaiapoi and William worked as a station hand and then as a pit-sawyer in the Church Bush. In 1900 William was at Kaiapoi and John at Doyleston.
Joseph Bennett gardener, age 40
Margaret 40
William 13
Margaret, 12
Richard 11
Elizabeth 9
John 7
Stephen 5
James 3
Frederick infant

Timaru Herald
, 15 June 1894, Page 2
We regret to have to record the decease of an esteemed fellow townsman, well known both in Christchurch and Timaru, in the person of Mr John Bilton, a passenger by the Sir George Seymour, one of the four "pilgrim" ships. Mr Bilton was selected from the Battersea Training College (now extinct) as one of the teachers appointed by the Bishop designate (Jackson) to take charge of church schools in the newly founded Canterbury settlement, and was at the same time appointed organist to the pro-Cathedral Church of St Michael's. Many well known settlers, now of mature age, will remember the old church school in Tuam street, presided over by Mr Bilton, and perhaps more will remember, his services as organist at St. Michael's in the early days When, we believe, Christchurch was the proud possessor of the only organ in New Zealand, a very good little instrument, afterwards destroyed by the fire at the orphanage, Lyttelton. Mr Bilton subsequently became one of the masters at Christ's College, and a private tutor, in which capacity many well, known families, will remember him. About 1866 he became interested in business in Christchurch, and in consequence removed to Timaru, where he also took up music as a profession, and where his career is well known to our readers. The deceased gentleman, though of a quiet retiring disposition, was well known among his friends for the gentleness and amiability of his character, and we may safely say that they will hold his memory in love and respect.

Star 27 April 1887, Page 3
Mr Edward Brenchley Bishop, who has within the last week died at the ripe age of 76 years. Mr Bishop was born at Somerfield House, near Maidatose, Kent, and received his early educational training under the Rev Mr Lough, Curate of Sittingbourne. After a while the family went to Bruges, in Belgium, where he continued his education at the Athenee Royale ; subsequently he finished his studies at Duakerque, whence in due time he was sent to England to begin a commercial career. At the age of nineteen he received an appointment in the firm of Messrs Swaine and Co., distillers of London, with, whom be remained for upwards of twenty-one years. His health failing had to seek a milder climate, and selected Canterbury as his new sphere of action. With his family he arrived at Lyttelton on Dec. 16, 1850, in the Charlotte Jane. At Lyttelton he remained till his land, paid for in England at the rate of 3 pounds an acre, had been selected. From an autobiography kindly lent to us we cull the following particulars of Mr Bishop's career in Canterbury: Coming over the hills by the Bridle Path, his first view of the site of Christchurch was not encouraging ; as all he saw was tussock or high flax. This was being burnt off to enable the survey to be made. Not a single house was there, saving a small building amongst the flax used by the Canterbury Association for keeping stores and the surveyor's instruments in. After enduring hardships and discomfort innumerable, not unaccompanied with real or imaginary dangers, he erected in Christchurch the first imported house, which he conveyed (together with an English cart, a plough, harrows, and a piano) in a vessel chartered to sail from Lyttelton to Heathcote. He rapidly got his land into cultivation, though his workmen were some of them quite unaccustomed to agriculture. Many of these, however, afterwards did well for themselves and now own property. With an assistant he built a barn, stockyard, and shed, and manufactured by himself a double mould- board plough for earthing-up potatoes and such like. The iron work was made and fitted on by a clever man who commenced business at the " Bricks," and afterwards moved into Cashel street. He also made a dray, buying imported wheels. Making the roads passable was the occupation of himself and neighbours for a long time, as also making culverts and a bridge over the Heathcote. As to wages, he commenced farming, paying 4s a day, afterwards 4s 6d, and for reaping, 5 pounds a per acre, and beer. To get men to undertake this he had to go to Christchurch and beg them to come as a favour. There were no reaping and binding machines in those days, the modern farmers don't know the luxury of these implements. The price of corn was high  8s, 10s, and even 12s for wheat, and sometimes by keeping the oats till late in the reason, he used to get 10s per bushel for them. The working man insisted that it was an old rule for the price of a day's work to be the current price of a bushel of wheat. His introduction to the late Mr George Gordon, with whom he was subsequently closely associated in Borough and City Council affairs, was on the occasion of a horse bolting with him, near what is now called Windmill road. The lynch-pin came out, the wheels came off, and the body of the cart he was sitting in came to the ground. Mr Gordon was passing, and assisted him to put matters right. When the Farmers' Club, which afterwards developed into the Agricultural and Pastoral Association, was established, Mr Bishop became a member, and on the death of Mr W. Thompson, was appointed Hon Treasurer and Secretary, positions he held for several years. In the course of time he brought before the Committee the importance of taking in hand the management of the annual horse parade, and drew up rules to have it carried out in a systematic manner. The suggestion was approved, and the parade has continued to the present time. The Association showed their appreciation of his services by presenting him with a gold watch, and making him a life member. When the Rifle Association was formed, he took an active part in it, and was made Hon Treasurer, and in 1873 President. He was also Hon Treasurer to the No. 1 Company in the Volunteers. He next turned his attention to civic affairs, and was elected a member of the Borough Council of Christchurch, witnessing the troubles between the Council and the Ratepayers' Association. In 1866 he was elected Chairman, and in 1872 was chosen Mayor, the compliment being repeated the following year. At the' close of his second Mayoralty he was presented with a valuable service of plate, and an illuminated address. He was now a Justice of the Peace, and shortly afterwards became a member of the Board of Conservators. When Sir George Bowen, Governor of New Zealand, was on a visit here, Mr Bishop, at the Clarendon Hotel, entertained him and a goodly company, including the Superintendent, many of the clergy, and heads of Departments connected with the Provincial Government. Mr Bishop also became a member of the Central Board of Health, and in 1875 published a sanitary scheme for Christchurch, and the surrounding districts. He also was instrumental in having experiments made with a view to having all side channels made of concrete, advocating the use of broken metal instead of shingle with good cement. In 1875 he retired from the City Council, where he had always been very active in Committee work. The Council took the opportunity to present him with an illuminated copy of their resolution of thanks for his past services. For the Mechanics' Institute he acted as Hon Treasurer for a long period, and during one year was President. For the last decade Mr Bishop has retired altogether from public life, but his geniality endeared him to many private friends by whom he will be greatly missed.

The Star Wednesday 13 August 1884
Friday 15 August 1884 page 3
Obituary - Charles Wellington BISHOP - The death of Mr C.W. Bishop
Mr Bishop was a good type of the "Canterbury pilgrim" -- a man of Kent, born at Maidstone, on August 24 in 1815, the year of Waterloo, his name was a memorial of the "great victory" in his early years the family removed to the North of France, where he was educated returning to England at age 17 he was one of the first to set foot on the shores of Lyttelton being among the passengers of the Charlotte Jane, He with his Bros., Messrs E.B. and F.A. Bishop - a very long column.

BOWEN, Charles Christopher (Sir) 1831-1917 b. County Mayo, Ireland. Came to Canterbury on the "Charlotte Jane" at age twenty but return to the old country and received his law degree from Cambridge.  A lawyer and politician.  He was a private secretary to Godley, and was involved in the prosecution of James Mckenzie, the sheep stealer. Bowen's portrait is on Timeframes His parents and sister retired to Guilford, Surrey.

Hawera & Normanby Star, 5 April 1900, Page 2
Christchurch, April 2
Mrs Bradley, widow of the late stationmaster at Lyttelton, died unexpectedly last night; aged about 66 years. She came to Canterbury in the ship Cressy.

BURKE, Michael John received his education from Winchester College and Dublin University where he graduated as a barrister of law. He took up "Halswell Station" in 1855 and a station later named "Raincliff" in South Canterbury.  He would take on farm cadets. At Burkes Pass there is a memorial to him. A "Sir George Seymour" cabin passenger.

Evening Post, 17 June 1912, Page 7
Mr. C. J. W. Cookson, one of the pioneers of Canterbury, who died last week, was born in the South of England in 1826. After leaving a public school he was for some few years with a firm of civil engineers, but, being impressed with the idea of emigrating Canterbury, be purchased a block of land from the Canterbury Association, and sailed in the Sir George Seymour, arriving in Lyttelton in  December, 1850. He immediately selected his block, on the head waters of the Avon between the Avon Head and Ham Estates. About 1863 he sold the run, and selected a block of land four miles from Timaru, where he started a dairy farm. This venture not proving a success, he sold out and removed north, obtaining the post of surveyor to the Kowai Road Board. After holding that position for some years, he retired and settled in Lyttelton.

Evening Post, 29 November 1928, Page 11
An old resident of Rangiora, Mrs. Alfred Rhodes, who was in her 17th year, died on Monday last, having been one of the "Canterbury Pilgrims" who arrived by the ship Randolph, in the year 1850. Mrs. Rhodes was 17 years of age when with her father, Mr. Chaney (who gave the name to Chaney's Corner, well known near Christchurch), she arrived in New Zealand. Mr. Chaney had been for eighteen years foreman of the workmen employed about Canterbury Cathedral, Kent, England, and came out in connection with the proposed Christchurch Cathedral, for which, however, at the time, there was no money available. Mrs. Rhodes, or rather, Miss Emma Susanna Chaney, had employment given her at the rate of 10s a week, and thought her fortune was made, as she had received 2s 6d for the same work in England. While working at Mr. Manson farm she met her future husband, Mr. Rhodes, who arrived in New Zealand in 1845. They were married from Mr. Dean's place at Riccarton. Several years afterwards Mr. and. Mrs. Rhodes, took up land at Leithfield, and raised a family of fifteen children, there being twenty great grandchildren at the time of Mrs. Rhodes's death.

Star 9 March 1898, Page 4
Mrs Mary Dixon, widow of the late Mr Joseph Dixon, of Ashley Grove, Ashley, died yesterday afternoon. The deceased, with her husband and five children, came to New Zealand in the year 1850, in the Charlotte Jane, the first of the historical four ships to arrive in Lyttelton harbour. Mr Dixon had been engaged by the Canterbury Association as foreman in forming the main roads around Lyttelton and Christchurch, and the family lived in Lyttelton for fifteen months, sharing in the toils and discomforts of the early settlers. Afterwards they removed to the Ferry Road, where, at the suggestion of the Rev James Wilson (afterwards Archdeacon Wilson), Mrs Dixon, in 1854, opened the first school in that district, and taught for a time in a small V-shaped hut, where divine service was also held on Sundays. Later on Mrs Dixon taught school in her own private residence. She occupied the position of mistress for about twelve years, and gained the respect and esteem of her pupils and all who came in contact with her. Many of the old settlers will remember Mrs Dixon's kind hospitality and words of hopeful cheer on their first arrival in Canterbury. In 1865 Mr and Mrs Dixon, with their five daughters and two sons, removed to the Ashley district, where they successfully carried on the work of farming. Mr Dixon died in 1890, his two sons, James and William, surviving him. but a short time. For the last five years Mrs Dixon, being in declining health, has resided with her youngest daughter, Mrs Samuel Kingsbury, at Ashley Grove. She leaves five daughters and a number of grandchildren to mourn her death.

Press, 13 March 1906, Page 7
Another of the pioneer cottiers has passed away, in the person of Mrs Ann Barker, wife of Mr Joseph Barker, of Loburn. She came to Canterbury with har parents, Mr Joseph and Mrs Mary Dixon, of Ashley, in the ship Charlotte Jane, ia 1850, and was married in 1862. The late Mrs Barker was of a kind and retiring disposition, and was greatly esteemed. She leaves her husband and four sons and four daughters surviving her.

DOBSON, Arthur Dudley, b. 9 Sep. 1841 in London came to New Zealand aboard the "Cressy" with his father Edward, Provincial Civil Engineer, and his elder brother George (1840-1866). Edward (1816-1908) decided it was a bit rough for the boys and sent them off to another relation, Rev. Charles DOBSON, in Tasmania whence they returned on 8th July 1854.  Mary Ann Lough DOBSON, wife of Edward Dobson, arrived in Lyttelton on the 'Fatima' arriving 27 Dec. 1851 exactly one year after the 'Cressy' arrival with the rest of the kids and her brother-in-law Alfred Dobson. Edward built a sod cottage at the foot of Richmond Hill on 50 acres. George, became a surveying engineer,  named "Arthur’s Pass" as Arthur was the first European to cross the pass in March 1864. George was murdered by the Burgess gagng in 1866 after they had mistaken him for a gold courier.  Both Edward and Arthur worked on the Lyttelton Tunnel project. Arthur died in 1934.

DUDLEY, Archdeacon Benjamin Wooley, 44, born 1805 in Staffsordshire. Mrs DUDLEY 40, Benjamin 11, Frances 10, Charles 7, and Henry 5 years arrived on the "Cressy". Benjamin is buried at the Rangiora Cemetery.

FENDALL, Walpole Cheshyre, son of Rev. Henry Fendall. At age twenty he was sent out sent out on the "Sir George Seymour" to select a bare section in Christchurch, which his father, had bought from the Canterbury Association in England. Later he leased land at Avonhead and established a farm, he called Fendall Town near the Clyde Road-Fendalton Road intersection. His farm was surrounded by other farms: Ilam (Watts Russell), Bryndwr (Jeffreys), and Burnside (Boag), as well as Riccarton. For twelve years, during which time his father arrived from England, Fendall developed the farm by draining swamp, clearing bush and scrub, fencing, ploughing and sowing grass, and planted trees for shelter. His bride-to-be also arrived during this time. To provide an income the land was sub-divided and sub-divided by subsequent owners. The area, and the suburb of Christchurch became known as Fendalton. Lucy Swann had been only 18 when Fendall left England and her parents had refused her permission to marry and accompany him. In 1854 they were wed in St Michael's Church in Christchurch. Walpole and Lucy Fendall moved to North Canterbury. They had 12 children. Buried at St Paul's, Papanui. Reference: Christchurch Press 9 Dec. 2000.

Star 1 July 1897, Page 1
MR STEPHEN FISHER. Another of the rapidly diminishing band of Canterbury Pilgrims passed away yesterday in the person of Mr Stephen Fisher. Mr Fisher joined the Royal Navy at an early age, and was stationed principally on the Mediterranean. He subsequently visited New Zealand and Australia in H.M.S. Childers, and, obtaining leave on his return Home, he, accompanied by his brother, came out to New Zealand in the Charlotte Jane (one of the first four ships) in 1850. In 1854, at the outbreak of the Russian war, Mr Fisher was recalled to England, and served, in the Baltic and afterwards on shore as paymaster-in-chief. At the time of his death he must have been the oldest chief paymaster on the retired list. He returned to New Zealand in 1871, and turned his attention to sheep-farming, taking up Nenthorne Station, at the head waters of the Harper and Wilberforce Rivers. This station he afterwards sold, and he then retired to his original section in Colombo Street south, where he lived until his death yesterday at the advanced age of eighty years.

Wanganui Herald
, 3 August 1896, Page 2
Wellington, August 2, James Edward Fitzgerald, C.M.Q., Controller and Auditor-General, died at 4 30 this morning from bronchitis and congestion of the lungs. The deceased was born, at Bath in 1818,  [He was the youngest son of Gerald FitzGerald, landowner, of Kilminchy, Queen's County, Ireland] arrived at Lyttelton in 1850, when he started the Lyttelton Times, and edited it for two years. In 18S3 he was chosen as first Superintendent of Canterbury, a position he held until 1857, when he returned to England as agent for the province, In 1862 Mr Fitzgerald re-entered Parliament sitting for Akaroa, and in 1865 became Native Minister in Weld Administration. On his retiring from public life a year later, he was appointed Controllor-General, in 1872 Commissioner of Audit, and in 1877 Controller and Auditor-General, which position he held until his death. In 1850 he married Miss Draper, daughter of the late Mr George Draper, of London, who survives him. He leaves three sons (two of whom have taken holy orders namely  the Rev L. FitzGerald, of St. Matthew's, Auckland, and the Rev. Otho FitzGerald, who recently left Wellington on a trip to England) and three daughters (Mrs W. H. Levin and Mrs Brandon, of Palmerston North.) It is reported that Mr Kennedy Macdonald is likely to succeed Mr Fitzgerald as Auditor and Controller-General.

Star 7 August 1896, Page 5
Many know him best as the founder and editor of your contemporary, the Press. A strenuous magnificent writer, brilliant, well informed, genial, incisive, the best journalist New Zealand has seen, he was thought to be, and we are all content to have it so. There is an article from his pen, on the great fight of Orakau, the celebrated, occasion. of the Maori defiance, "Ake, ake, ake," which thrilled all who read it. For the rest, he was a statesman of great power, an orator of the form of Richard Brinsley Sheridan, his countryman, a man of incorruptible integrity, a scholar of many parts, a true friend and companion, and a genius in many ways. Peace to his ashes; honour to his memory.

Press, 3 August 1896, Page 5
Mr FitzGerald was born in 1818 at Bathe and received his education at Christ's College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A. in 1842. In the year 1848 he became, assistant in the Department of Antiquities of the British Museum � a post which he held until 1849, when he was appointed Under-Secretary to the British Museum. Early in the year 1850 he made the acquaintance of Messrs John Robert Godley, Gibbon Wakefield and others, who ware engaged in promoting the scheme for the promotion of the Canterbury Association, and became infected with the enthusiasm which to strongly animated the founders of the Canterbury settlement. He determined to throw in his lot with them, and accordingly sailed in the Charlotte Jane, one of the historical first four ships, and arrived in Lyttelton on December 16th, 1850. With the Canterbury from the earliest days of the settlement the name of James Edward FitzGerald is indissolubly connected, not alone in its political aspect, but also as the pioneer of journalism in respect to both the Press and the Lyttelton Times. It is also a remarkable coincidence, as will be seen later on, that not only was Mr FitzGerald the first Superintendent of Canterbury, but he also became the first Premier of New Zealand under responsible Government. The body of colonists who in 1850 left England for Canterbury in the fleet of fear ships brought with them everything necessary for the planting of new colony, including a press, type, compositors, &a. Mr Isaac Shrimpton, of Oxford, was the printer, and shortly after the arrival of the four ships the first number of the Lyttelton Times was published, with Mr FitzGerald as editor. He also acted up to 1855 as Inspector of Police and Immigration Agent  a curious combination of offices to hold in addition to journalistic work, although Mr FitzGerald apparently found nothing incompatible in the arrangement. In his leading articles, as he subsequently showed us his political career, he was an ardent advocate for the right of the people to govern themselves through their representatives, as opposed to Sir George Grey's system as then established of nominees of the Governor, and he fought this battle stoutly through the columns of the Lyttelton Times.

Timaru Herald, 3 August 1896, Page 2
Later on he started the Christchurch Press on his own account, and conducted it for some years. When he first came to Canterbury he, with two or three partners owned two cattle stations, The Springs, near Lincoln, and Longbeach, now the well-known agricultural property of Mr John Grigg. He was a member of a numerous family, and one of his brothers, Mr G. G. FitzGerald, is editor of this journal. [The latter, in response to an urgent telegram, left for Wellington on Saturday, unfortunately too late to see his brother before he died.]

Star 14 August 1896, Page 5
The Cathedral was crowded on Sunday morning, when a memorial service was held in honour of the late Mr James Edward Fitzgerald. Among the congregation were several of the survivors of those who were associated with Mr Fitzgerald during his connection with the Province of Canterbury. The Eight Rev the Bishop,' the Very Rev the Dean, the Revs Canons Knowles and Harper and the Rev Walter Dunkley were present. Beethoven's Funeral March was played as a voluntary before the service by the organist, Miss Rachel Ross. The service opened with the hymn, 0 God, our Help in Ages Past, sung as a processional...In the quadrangle of Christ's College there is an old schoolroom, not without some quaint beauty of its own, the first stone building wrought in Christchurch, lately restored. In Oxford such a building would be called the Fitzgerald, for it was designed by him, the first superintendent of the province, a simple building, and the memorial of a simple and whole-hearted man.

Mr Fitzgerald has said that as time goes on the ablest and wisest men in a community are not readily discoverable nay, that the wisest and ablest of men, gathered as they are from a highly educated class, are not .always the best fitted to govern, nor it is certain that they will exercise their powers in the best interests of every class. "Wisdom and ability of the highest kind are not always essential to government in an ordinary community. Nay, they are not always to be found; but one thing is essential, and that is character. Oh, will the time ever come when we in New Zealand, and in our colonies generally shall see to it that there shall be no place in parliament, or in any other place of responsibility or trust for the man who cannot be trusted Shall we ever see to it that no man shall be called to govern a great land who is a man of corrupt life or unwholesome character, for the dishonourable man can never bring honour to his country and the mere place hunter can never secure the welfare of his country. Good men and true, here and elsewhere, can never be found until we, the people of the land, have learned to vote, not for a class, but for the nation not for local interests, but for the land in which we dwell.

Press, 25 May 1911, Page 14
This was the tribute given by Sir Robert Stout to the man whose name we proudly associate with the early history of "The Press." Like two other great pioneers, John Robert Godley, and C. C. Bowen, he belonged to Ireland. James Edward FitzGerald was the youngest son of  Gerald Fitz- Gerald, of Kilminchy, in Queen's County, and of Catherine, daughter of Sir L. O'Brien, of Drumoland, County Clare. As a cadet of these two good Irish houses, he was justified in disregarding the fact that his place of birth happened to lie outside what he still claimed as his "native" land. "I am an Irishman, who was born in the town of Bath, England," was his own account of the case. Contemporaries remembered him as a brilliant boy, with special gifts in repartee. He was at Cambridge from 1839 to 1842, a student at Christ's College. Here he was marked as a man of promise, with an extraordinary capacity for obtaining a deep insight into all manner of subject at once. His own aim was the military profession, but a health breakdown, accompanied by eye trouble, interrupted work, and after taking his degree in 1842, a couple of years were spent in desultory employment with lien or pencil, and some happy walking tours, in Ireland during which he made filial acquaintance with the scenery and the people of his ancestral land. In .1844, he joined the staff of the British Museum, being first a clerk in the Antiquities Department, but before long gaining promotion to the post of Under-Secretary, and becoming esteemed as a scientific worker of rare ability, and a distinguished acquisition amongst a circle of London's distinguished men. A point that Canterbury has always rather' overlooked is the fact that several of her founders might easily have won a great place iv England's home history. When first "infected with the colonial microbe," FitzGerald was not only a brilliant member of the Museum staff. His powers as a writer and a speaker had brought him well to the front amongst London's coming men, and the young "Irishman born in Bath," was already marked for I an infinite capacity for taking pains, yoked with a refreshing capacity for making merry.

Out of the pre-settlement days, the turmoil pamphlets and politics, of constant speechmaking, of encouraging timid emigrants, and instructing the enterprising but ill-informed, Fitz- Gerald emerges for us, as emigration agent in charge, standing at the gate of the East India Docks as the ships went out and being struck with amazement not to say consternation, as he looked at their crowded decks, and asked himself, "What was to become of all those women and children?" No expedition ever sailed with so many of these hostages to fortune. In after days it was said that, their constraining; presence was the key to Canterbury's success. Wives and children on the spot imply that men are fairly bound to the task, of colonising; and FitzGerald himself believed that Australia's first goldfield news would have meant the end of Canterbury, "had it not been that we had cast so many anchors into the ground that we could not get them home, again." Any cold fits or anxiety, however, could not prevent his national light-heartedness from brightening the way All the voyage through, the Emigration Agent was the soul of the ship. "Extra heat, extra cold, confinement, and ennui," was then the epitome of every Australian voyage. But amongst the adventurers, and on board the Charlotte Jane particularly, the prevailing ingredients were good humour and hope. Fitzgerald, too, had married a wife, Miss Fanny Draper, daughter of Mr George Draper, a London merchant; and her fine musical powers assisted in excellent ship's concerts. There were epidemics of games, or of house-building  the passengers contesting keenly in plans and models for the most convenient "new settler's house." Then the journals of the voyage, "The Sea- Pie" and "The Cockroach," sparkled with good fun.

Great friendships also were inaugurated, or drawn close. Here began FitzGerald's close bond with a much younger emigrant, Mr C. C. Bowen now Sir Charles' a bond unbroken through the years, until, in 1896, the survivor was left with only the memory of a lovable, as well as an accomplished and scholarly, companion and friend. And here began a lively fraternisation with Dr Barker, surgeon superintendant of the ship, and a practical joker after FitzGerald's own heart, as well as a good physician and a man of many artistic gifts. Some say it was over Dr. Barker's back that FitzGerald leap-frogged, in order to be the first on shore, when the long voyage of 99 days was over, and Godley was found waiting to receive them: although Mr Guise Brittan, whose interesting reminiscences we publish to-day, tells us that it was Mr C. J. Mountfort, pioneer architect of the settlement, who was thus outwitted. A passage in one of Godley's speeches describes the historic arrival. Mr FitzGerald was the first who landed in Canterbury after the settlement was formed, and shall never forget the emotion with which I threw myself into his arms when he landed. Both of us, I feel sure, will look back on that moment as one of the most affecting and memorable of our lives." Both the leap-frog and the subsequent emotions were truly characteristic of the man who, after shaking with fear over his responsibilities towards expatriated families, proceeded to amuse them on the road to exile by editing the ''Sea-Pie."

Auckland Star
, 7 June 1924, Page 11
CANTERBURY PIONEER. MR. G. D. DRAPER. A very early colonist and one of the "Canterbury Pilgrims," Mr. George Dye Draper, died in Auckland at the advanced age of 86 years. Mr. Draper arrived in New Zealand 73 years ago in the ship Charlotte Jane, one of the first four ships which brought the pioneer settlers from England to Canterbury. Another passenger by the same ship was Mr. Draper's brother-in-law, Mr. James Edward Fitzgerald, one of the founders of Canterbury, and afterwards Premier of New Zealand. Mr. Draper joined Mr. Fitzgerald, Mr. Percy Cox, and Mr. Charles Hunter Brown in the well known Springs Estate. This is where the town of Lincoln, is now located. Mr. Draper was at Chatham Islands when Te Kooti was a prisoner there. Later, Mr. Draper entered the Government service from which he retired on superannuation some fifteen years ago. Deceased was an old boy of Christ's College. He married the widow of Major Hunter, who was killed in the war at Taranaki. Mr. Draper is survived by one son and two daughters.

, 2 May 1908, Page 2
Mrs L. J. Field, of Christchurch, has passed away. She arrived in the Charlotte Jane, one of the first four ships of the Canterbury Pilgrims, in December 16th, 1850.

Wairarapa Daily Times, 1 May 1908, Page 5
One of the pioneer settlers of Christchurch, Mrs Louisa Jane Field, died on Monday morning. Mrs Field was born in Wiltshire in 1827, and arrived in the Charlotte Jane, one of the first four ships of the Canterbury Pilgrims, on 16th December, 1850.

Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, 30 May 1902, Page 2
Golden Wedding. Mr and Mrs G. Field, of Port Levy, celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their wedding on Saturday. Mr Field, says the " Times" arrived in the colony in December, 1845, and took part in the Maori War in the North Island. Mrs Field arrived on December 16, 1850, in one of the first four ships, the Charlotte Jane. They were married by Archdeacon Dudley on May 24, 1852. About a year after their marriage they settled in Port Levy, and have resided there ever since. A very pleasing feature of the gathering on Saturday was the meeting of the whole of the members of the family, after being separated in different pans of the colony for come time. After the health of the " Bride and Bridegroom " had been drunk, the sons and daughters presented their mother and father with a handsome gig, and also a set of harness.

Otago Daily Times
23 January 1905, Page 1
Mr James Temple Fisher, who died at his residence at Heathcote, at the age of 76, came to Lyttelton in one of the first four ships (the Charlotte Jane), in 1850. He took an active interest in farming matters, and, leaves a family of seven sons and one daughter, all of whom are married.

Press, 1 February 1910, Page 7
The death is announced of Mr H. W. Free, one of the very early Canterbury pioneers. Mr Free arrived in this country by the Randolph, one of the historic first four ships, and was 4 years of age at the time of his death. He was for many years a resident of Cust, but his death occurred at Christchurch.

Press, 16 May 1914, Page 12 MR G. H. HIGHAM
A very highly and respected resident of the Styx passed away recently in the person of Mr George Skeen Higham, at the age of 67 years. He came out with his parents in the Cressy, and resided at Christchurch for several years, going through many of the hardships of the early" days.' His father bought a farm at Papanui, which was then surrounded by swamp, flax and niggerheads, and very different from the rich cultivated lands of the present day. He married the only daughter of the late Mr T. Claridge, and then settled down on his farm at the Styx, where he resided until the time of his death. He was a keen sportsman, and was a member of the Styx Gun Club. He was also one of the oldest members of Court Papanui, A.O.F. He leaves a widow and family of nine daughters and two sons to mourn their loss.

Press, 27 June 1883, Page 2
Death of an Old Settles. Another old settler, although a comparatively young man, has joined the great majority Mr William Higham, of Papanui. He came into the colony thirty three years ago in the Crecy [sic]. Mr Higham was a colonist of the right stamp ; for he earned the respect of his neighbors during life and has left a grown up family of nine behind him.

Press, 12 November 1920, Page 1
CHICK  On November 11th, 1920, at 21 Huxley street, Sydenham, Sarah Browning, dearly beloved wife of Peter Chick late of Fendalton; in her 51st year. Lyttelton with her parents in the ship Charlotte Jane, 1850. Her end was peace.

Press, 16 November 1920, Page 2
Another old Canterbury pilgrim passed away last week in the person of Mrs Sarah Browning Chick. The deceased lady was born at Stroud, Gloucester, January 21st, 1850. She arrived with her parents, and five brothers and sister at Lyttelton in the ship Charlotte Jane, on December 16th of the same year. She was the second daughter of Mr Joseph Hill, late of Avonhead Farm, Riccarton. Deceased and her husband (Mr P. Chick) resided at Burnside React, Fendalton, for over 45 years. Mrs Chick was greatly loved and esteemed by all who knew her. She is survived by her husband, four daughters, six sons, and ten grandchildren. The funeral took place last Saturday, Canon Hamilton officiating, and deceased was borne to her last resting place by her six sons.

, 23 July 1917, Page 2
MRS M. E. BUSS. The many friends in North Canterbury of Mrs Mary Elizabeth Buss, widow of the late Mr William Buss, of Rangiora, will regret to learn of her death, which took place on Friday night. Mrs Buss was a native of Appledore, Kent, and arrived in Canterbury by the Charlotte Jane, one of the first of the Canterbury Association's vessels, which reached Lyttelton on December 26th, 1850. She was married [in 1867] to her late husband by the Ven. Archdeacon Dudley at Rangiora, and was one of the most interested members of the Church of England in that town for over fifty years, and always ready to assist in any movement for its advancement. She leaves a family.

Press, 18 May 1893, Page 4 Thursday
On Wednesday aftercoon another of the early pioneers of Canterbury passed away, in the person of Mr Smith Howard, who was one of the oldest settlers in the Rangiora district. He was born at Petersfield, in Hants, to the year 1808, and was consequently eighty five years of age. Having lost wife, he emigrated to the colony with his family of five children in 1850, coming out in the Charlotte Jane. He lived for a short time Hoon Hay, but removed to Rangiora about the year 1854, where he bought a farm on which he has resided ever since. The deceased gentleman did not take much interest in public matters, being of a retiring disposition, but he acted for some years as Treasurer to the local branch or Bible Society. The members of his with one exception, predeceased him, two of them dying in one week. The daughter is the wife of Mr william Buss, the well known auctioneer of Rangiora. The funeral will take place on Friday.

INWOOD: Daniel  arrived in the "Sir George Seymour" bringing machinery to start a flour mill. Daniel purchased land between Fendalton Road and the Waimairi River and the mill was built and ready for operation of the harvest of 1853.

Otago Witness
8 April 1903, Page 47
JEFFS  On the 26th March, at Christchurch (result of an accident), Benjamin Jeffs ; aged 77 years. Arrived at Lyttelton in the ship Charlotte Jane, December, 1850.

Jeffs, Charles b. 18 June 1825 and his wife Mary Button b. 1824 arrived on Charlotte Jane 1850. Mary passed away not long after their arrival and and he remarried Mary Gaskill. Charles had at least fifteen 15 children.  Mary Gaskill died 2 May 1922 in Christchurch. Charles parents were George Jeffs and Ann Waldin.  George's parents were John & Sarah Jeffs.

KING, Martha came to Canterbury on the "Cressy" as a widow with her children Hannah Rebecca Frances (b. 1834 Warwickshire, d. 1897 Christchurch), Martha, Jane, Sarah Ann and Charles George King. She ran a boarding house in Christchurch. Hannah Rebecca Frances married John Scott Caverhill in 1855.
Ahere (nee King) Mrs. A. died around 1900.

, 26 December 1902, Page 9
MRS S. KYNGDON. Intelligence has been received from England of the death of Mrs Sophia Kyngdon, wife of Rev. G. T. B. Kyngdon. Tie Rev. and Mrs Kyngdon were passengers by the Charlotte Jane, one of the first four pioneer ships, the vessel entering Lyttetton Heads on the 16th December, 1850. Mr Kyngdon was one of the very early clergymen, in charge of the church of St. Michael and AH Angels.

Press, 28 October 1905, Page 10 MRS D. INWOOD. On Thursday there passed away Mrs D. Inwood, probably the oldest of the pioneer baud who arrived in 1850. Mrs Inwood, with her husband and family of eight, came out in the Sir George Seymour, which anchored in Lyttelton on December 17th, 1850, one day behind, the Charlotte Jane and the Randolph. After a very brief stay in Lyttelton, Mr and Mrs Inwood faced the journey to the Plains, with such of their portable property as could be fixed to willing or unwilling shoulders, and passing through the swamp near Wilson's; bridge, on the Gasworks road, they and similarly-minded pilgrims seeking a new country, pitched their tent at the "Bricks," near the present Barbadoes street bridge. There, in more or less discomfort, they had the opportunity of testing the weather-resisting qualities of canvas as against green timber. But, if the discomforts were great, their courage was highland gradually more settled times brought greater ease and more abundant privileges. ' Mrs Inwood has long survived her husband and four of her children, but, at the time of her decease at Fendalton 6he~had three eons and one daughter and over forty grandchildren.

Press, 8 November 1915, Page 8
An old resident of Napier died last week at Port Ahuriri, in the person of Mrs Janet Bell Munro. Born it Dundee, Scotland, in October, 1847. Mrs Munro arrived at Lyttelton by one of the first four ships, the Charlotte Jane, on December 16th. 1850. She married Captain Munro in 1866, and leaves a grown-up family of sever daughters and four sons.

Evening Post, 23 April 1918, Page 8
The death occurred at Napier last week of Mr. Chas. W. Mountfort, at the advanced age of 91 years. He came to New Zealand in 1850 in the Charlotte Jane, the first of the four historical ships to reach Lyttelton, on 16th December of that year.

Wairarapa Daily Times, 23 April 1918, Page 5
Charles Wheeler Mount fort, who was born at Ashton, near Birmingham, 92 years ago. He went to London in 1843 to serve his time as a civil engineer. In 1847 he travelled for some time on the Continent, and in 1848 was in Paris, when the revolution instigated by the party known as the Red Republicans broke out ,and saw the barriers thrown up, and much bloody street fighting. Deciding to emigrate, he left Plymouth on September 7th, 1850 in the Charlotte Jane.. In 1875 he removed to the North Island, taking pair in the development of the Manawatu and Wairarapa. In 1878 he accepted an appointment in the Lands and Survey Department in Gisborne, which position he retained until 1883, when he retired, and shortly after settled in Napier. His wife predeceased him 12 years ago. The following family survive to mourn the loss of a good father and a sterling colonist: Messrs C. Adam Mountfort (district surveyor, Feilding), A. J. Mountfort (district surveyor, Canterbury), E. Plumer Mountfort (manager Bank of New South Wales, Gisborne, and formerly of Masterton), JH. B. Mountfort (merchant, Otorohanga), and three daughters (Mrs Mitford Taylor, Mrs W. B. Retemoyer, and Miss Mountfort, of Napier). H.B. Herald.

Poverty Bay Herald, 19 April 1918, Page 4
News was received this morning by Mr. E. P. Mountfort of the death of his father, Mr. C. W. Mountfort, which occurred at Napier East this morning. The late Mr. Mountfort had a long and most interesting career, in the course of which he was at one time resident in Gisborne, having resided here from 1878 to 1884, being then a member staff of the Lands and Survey Department. In the latter year he retired and settled in Napier, where he has lived ever since. His death marks the departure of the last of the Canterbury Pilgrims, he having been the sole surviving member of the passengers by the Charlotte Jane, the first ship to bring colonists to Canterbury.

Evening Post
, 28 April 1899, Page 5
Mr. Charles J. Payton, 76 years of age, was found dead in his bed at the home of his son in Herbert-street last night. As Dr. Rawson will give a certificate of death from natural causes, no inquest will be held. Mr. Payton was a resident of this city for about 46 years. He arrived in the colony by the ship Charlotte Jane, landing at Lyttelton on the 16th December, 1850.

PHILPOTT. On April 2nd, at his residence, St Albans, Isaac William Philpott, in his eighty- third year, beloved father of Mrs F. Smith, Timaru, deeply regretted. Arrived on one of the first four ships "Randolph". Timaru Herald April 1896

Isaac William was baptised in Hernhill Kent on 28/11/1813 the son of Isaac and Mary (Parish record transcripts). He married Mary Ann Miles at Hernhill in 1840.  Isaac and Mary had four children under 10 on board the ship Randolph (baby Harriett was born and died on the voyage). He remarried in 1855 to Jane Passmore after Mary's death.

Star 4 April 1896, Page 6
The ranks of the historical "first four shippers " were still further reduced by the death of Mr Isaac William Philpott, which took place at his residence, St Albans, on Thursday morning, at the age of eighty three. Mr Philpott, with his first wife and the elder members of his family, arrived at Lyttelton in  on Dec. 16, 1851. He shortly afterwards came on to the plains, being compelled to "swag " all his belongings over the Port Hills, as there were then neither roads nor bridges. With the late Mr Woodford, of Kaiapoi, he started the first sawpit in the Riccarton Bush. It may be mentioned here that the timber of the room in which he died, and in which he had slept for over forty-four years, came from the Riccarton Bush, and was carried by him on his shoulders from there to St Albans. He afterwards removed to Papanui, and upon, the bush there being cut out he took to carting with bullocks, remaining at this, occupation until 1854. In that, year he bought from Mr Spencer Perceval the first horse-power threshing machine imported into Canterbury, and travelled with that regularly for many years until the advent of the steam threshing-machine. In regard, to church matters, he was always a staunch Wesleyan and a leading member of that body. The first sermon preached by a minister of that denomination in this district was delivered, in his house in Hagley. Park. He was one of the promoters of the original Wesleyan Chapel, in Christchurch, which stood on the site now occupied by Messrs Kenneth Matheson and Co.'s premises in High Street. He was the first superintendent of the Sunday school held there, and for many years held a like position in connection with the St Albans Church. His first wife died in 1854 and her remains were interred in the first grave opened in the Wesleyan Cemetery, Barbadoes Street. Mr Philpott had lived a somewhat retired life of late years, and his end was not altogether unexpected. He leaves a widow and seven sons and five daughters, as well as fifty-three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. One of his daughter is Mrs F. Smith, Timaru.

WEST BRITON (Cornwall newspaper)- 12 June 1850.
"THE CANTERBURY SETTLEMENT - The four vessels that sailed In September last for this new establishment arrived safe at their destination, and it is somewhat singular that three out of the four reached their port, within twelve hours of each other, on the 16th of December. The fourth, the "CRESSY," was eleven days after the others. They had a most prosperous voyage. The REV. E . PUCKLE sailed in the "RANDOLPH," and the passengers and crew of that vessel sent a deputation, unknown to Mr. Puckle, to wait on the REV. DR. SELWYN, the Bishop of New Zealand, to express their great affection for, and admiration of, the reverend gentleman's Zeal and christian like demeanour to the whole of the numerous ship's company, that he had preserved harmony and peace throughout the voyage, and promoted the comfort and happiness of all.

The Bishop in reply said he was delighted to receive this testimony to Mr. Puckle's merits, he had heard of the unity that had prevailed on board of the "Randolph," and he was highly pleased that the reverend gentleman had been able to carry out, his, the bishop's, views, stated in one of his lordship's letters to England, and the "he had so knit all hearts as to have brought his flock with him." The bishop subsequently gave Mr. Puckle a most cordial and flattering reception, and we have no doubt that he will prove one of the most efficient and useful persons in the construction of this new colony. The circumstances which led to Mr. Puckle's removal from St. Mawes, have thus, as we are glad to learn, indirectly contributed to his own benefit, and to the general advantage of an interesting community.

PYE, John Thomas, b. at Stoke Doyle, Northamptonshire, ENG 1833, second son of John and Mary Ann Pye.  John T. Pye and Mary Ann Corlett were married by the Rev. O. Mathias at St. Michaels Church of England, Christchurch on 20th December 1852.   Shortly after their marriage, Mary and John Pye left for Australia. Mary Ann died 2 August, 1872 near Hendon leaving behind nine children aged between two and nineteen years. John T. Pye Snr. died at 76 in  Taringa, on 18 Feb. 1910. Mary Ann was the second born child of Stephen and Jane Corlett nee Lawson, born 17 March 1830 and baptised at South Ramsey, Isle of Man.  She left the island at the age of fourteen. After spending six years in Cheshire, the Corlett family emigrated to New Zealand leaving on the "Sir George Seymour".  In a brief memo at the end of the shipping list it stated that the undermentioned emigrants had been transferred by Mr. Bowler, from the ship "Sir George Seymour". John Pye, Embarkation Order 69 and Number 130 in the Application Register, became one of the 161 passengers who travelled steerage on the "Randolph" and not the "Seymour" as first planned. Source: website

The Christchurch Star Monday 18 May 1891 page 2 Death -
PYE - May 17th at her residence 9 Madras Street, suddenly, Mary Anne Pye, aged 76.
Death of a Pioneer - Mrs PYE -
Mrs Pye, one of the pilgrims who arrived here under the auspices of the Canterbury Association, in the Cressy in 1850 died rather suddenly at her residence, Madras St, yesterday. She brought with her a family who have since settled in Canterbury. Mrs Pye formerly Mrs Allen has resided in Madras St for over 30 years, and owned considerable property
there. Her 2nd husband Mr Pye, gasfitter and plumber, died some years ago.

'Star' Christchurch Monday 16 February 1891 Page 3 Obituary -
QUAIFE - Late on Saturday night Mr John Price Quaife died at his residence, St Albans, at the advanced age of 79.  Mr Quaife was a native of Canterbury in Kent, where his ancestors had been yeomen for many generations. He arrived in Lyttelton aboard the ship Cressy, on the morning of Dec. 17th 1850, and followed agricultural pursuits for many years. Thereby securing a competency. During the past two years he has been an invalid. He leaves a widow; his only daughter was the victim of a drowning accident in the Avon in 1852.

ROSSITER, Peter Pillar was baptised 21 June 1825 St. Andrews, Stokeinteignhead, Devon. He was the second son of William ROSSITER and Elizabeth PILLAR. He married Mary Ann WHITE 18 July 1847 at Devonport Devon. Their first born was Elizabeth Ann Pillar Shapland ROSSITER was born 20 July 1848 at 27 Portland Place, Plymouth, Devon. Peter, Mary and Elizabeth were listed in "Uncertain Embarkation Orders", issued by Mr J.W. Fitzgerald and were transferred by Mr Bourke to the ship "Sir George Seymour"., Embarkation Order No.75., application number 153. In another list they are listed as steerage passengers and Peter is incorrectly shown as Phillip ROSSITER.
On the 4th Sep 1850, the "Sir George Seymour" departed from Gravesend calling in at Plymouth to take on late embarkations which included Peter, Mary and Elizabeth and several other passengers.
    The family eventually settled in Oxford where they were timber millers. Later they moved to Dannevirke in Hawkes Bay. Elizabeth A.P.S. ROSSITER married Matthew HENDERSON 09 Mar. 1876. On the 30th Jan 1851 Peter and Mary's second child William Henry ROSSITER was born., "the first European boy to be born in Canterbury after the arrival of the Pilgrims." Peter Pillar ROSSITER died 08 Mar 1899 and was buried at the George Street Cemetery Dannevirke. His wife Mary Ann died 26 July 1904 and was also buried at George street. The first four ships were sent to Lyttelton by the Canterbury Association which was sponsored by the Church of England. Free passage was offered. Edward ROSSITER a brother of Peter ROSSITER  arrived NZ a few years later and settled in Rangiora. Rossiter Road in Rangiora is named after Edward. Information courtesy of Merv Rossiter. Posted 3 Dec. 2000.

SOAR/KEATS - Seeking information on both these families. Julia Soar b. 1859 Oxford NZ married Richard Henry Keats in 1879 Oxford NZ. They had a daughter Hetty Evelyn Keats b. 25.12.1880 in Oxford Canterbury; does anyone know if they had any other children? Julia's parents'  George and Sarah SOAR (b. 1814 & 1812 UK) came out on the Randolph Ship 1850 with their infant, William (b. 1848 UK). Does anyone know where they came from originally? Submitted by Maria. Posted August 12 2002.

Press, 3 March 1931, Page 2
MRS E. MORRISS, WAIKUKU. Link with early Canterbury
Mrs Elizabeth Morriss, 92 years of age, the oldest inhabitant of Waikuku, died at a late hour, on Sunday night, her death severing an interesting link with Canterbury's early history. Born in the village of Branston, Leicestershire, England, on October 29th, 1836, Mrs Morriss was one of the eleven children of Mr William
Stokes, who with his wife and family came out to New Zealand from the Old Country in 1851 by the Randolph, one of the First Four Ships, to land with those who were among the earliest of the settlers of the Canterbury province. The father, on landing at Lyttelton, was first of all engaged as a sawyer in the felling of what was then known as the Papanui Bush. He afterwards took up farming in the Harewood road. Three years after the arrival of the Stokes family in New Zealand, Elizabeth being then a girl of 18, they were left motherless, and it fell to her lot to "mother" the younger children, including twin babies. Four years later she married Mr William Morriss, and went to live at Waikuku. That was in 1858 when the countryside was practically virgin bush, tussock, and flax. The bride's first home was a rudely constructed hut, replaced as soon as possible with a "cob" house, of which she was co-builder with her husband. In the day time, while the latter followed his occupation as a road-maker, his young wife, herself chopped out the tussock in preparation bf the site for the new home, and also with her own hands mixed the clay that was to form the principal material for house-building. Then in the the husband would set about building the walls of their future residence. In this dwelling, altered and improved to some extent in the course of the years, and the oldest house in the village, Mrs Morriss continued to live almost uninterruptedly to the day of her death. To her family and visitors Mrs Morriss would sometimes relate bow in those days, when her, children were young, she was quite accustomed to trudging through the bush tracks to Kaiapoi and back 'a distance of about l4 miles in all ' to procure the household stores, carrying on one arm her baby, while upon the other she bore a bundle of potatoes, or a bag of flour. The flax surrounding her home at that time was so dense that on occasions, when engaged on some task that took her a little way into the thick growth, she was lost for a time. When at length she emerged from the flax, it was to find herself at a fairly considerable distance from home, on a track that was part of what is now known as the Waikuku-Beach road. Almost to her last year of life, Mrs Morriss, who was familiarly known to the villagers and others as "Granny,' had enjoyed excellent health. Except during two or three recent severe sicknesses, she had maintained a very active existence, and it was only with in the last year that she had with reluctance been compelled, by failing sight and the development of neuralgic trouble in the face, to desist from employing her leisure in sewing, and knitting for, or writing to, the different members of her numerous family of children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Of her 11 children, six survive her,  five sons and one daughter, all married. They are Messrs James, Charles, and Fred Morriss (Waikuku), Mr Ben Morriss (Eketahuna), and Mr, Arthur Morriss (Matamata): Most of the sons are engaged in farming. Mr B Morriss is a Justice of the Peace for Eketahuna, and Mr A. Morriss a member of the Matamata County Council. The surviving daughter is Mrs W. Heald, Kaiapoi. There are 20 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. Mr W. Morriss died some 15 years ago. There is understood to be now only one surviving member of Mrs Morriss' own family, the Stokes Household. This is Mrs Connell, who it is supposed, is still living, at the advanced age of 96, in Australia. To many a villager in trouble and difficulty Mrs Morriss proved an unfailing counsellor and friend; Almost to the-end, though unable latterly to attend the Sunday services, she was keenly interested in the activities the Methodist Church of which she was an early member, first in Woodend. and afterwards at Waikuku. Radiating cheerfulness and kindliness, an interesting personality, she will be greatly missed very many people. The funeral takes place tomorrow afternoon at the Woodend Methodist Cemetery.

Edward was born in Warwickshire, England in 1824. He married Ann DAY in Aston Juxta Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, 6th July 1845. Edward died 13th November 1900 in Kaiapoi, New Zealand, at 76 years of age. He was buried in Kaiapoi, New Zealand. Edward, Ann, and three sons (William, Thomas and Edward) sailed from Plymouth, England on the 7th September 1850 aboard
"Randolph" and arrived in Canterbury, New Zealand on the 16th December, 1850.
STORER - on 13 November 1900 at his residence, Ohoka Road, Kaiapoi, Edward Storer, in his 77th year.

Photo taken June 2006.
At a Kaiapoi cemetery  "St. Bartholomew's Historic Cemetery" there is a headstone of Thomas Storer 

Poverty Bay Herald, 13 March 1917, Page 8
A large party of them set out, and it was while they were camped at what was known as the "bricks," near Christchurch, that the first immigrant child was born in that district, the mother being Mrs. Thacker.

Timaru Herald
Tuesday 24 December 1889 pg2
The Press of yesterday states: - The many friends of Mrs W.J.W. Hamilton will learn with regret of her death, which took place on Friday evening. The deceased lady was one of the Canterbury Pilgrims, arriving here with her family in the Cressy, one of the first ships. She was the eldest daughter of the late Mr James Townsend, and sister of Mrs Doctor Donald, and had won for herself by many acts of unobtrusive kindness the love and esteem of a very wide circle of friends. She was the widow of the late Mr W.J. W. Hamilton, for many years Collector of Customs in Lyttelton. Her decease, though she was somewhat of an invalid, was unexpected.

Press, 26 November 1894, Page 3
Mr James Townsend, who arrived by the Cressy, one of the first four ships, 1850, died on the 16th inst. He had lived in Christchurch for many years. He had a great love of astronomy, and some years ago presented a large telescope to Canterbury College.

Star 22 July 1889, Page 3
The late Mr Tregear. In addition to the particulars already published respecting the late Mr Tregear, it may be interesting to many to know that he arrived here in December, 1850, in the Sir George Seymour, in the capacity of boatswain, not in 1859, as we were previously informed. Obtaining his discharge on arrival, Mr Tregear entered the service of Messrs Cookson, Bowler and Co., then the only merchants carrying on business in Lyttelton. He remained in the employ of that firm till 1856, when he accepted the post of head storeman to Messrs Miles, Kington and Co., since altered to Miles and Co., so that his term of employ under that firm was thirty-three years, not thirty as previously stated.

15 September 1897, Page 3
The death occurred this morning, at the age of sixty-four, of Mrs Elizabeth Turnbull, one of the earliest settlers of this province. Mrs Turnbull arrived in the Charlotte Jane on Sept. 7, 1850, that vessel being the first of the historic four ships. The deceased had the distinction of being the first woman in the band of pilgrims who set foot on Canterbury soil. Mrs. Turnbull came out with Lady Wynn, who was on a visit to Mrs J. E. Godley, and has since then resided in Christchurch, where she was known and respected by all the early settlers.

Dominion, 8 December 1914, Page 5
News from Home by last mail announces the death, at the age of 80, of Mr. John Hamilton Ward. The deceased gentleman arrived in Lyttelton in 1850 by the Charlotte Jane, and, was well known in Canterbury as the founder of the big brewing firm which still bears his name. A brother of the late Mr. Crosbie Ward, at one time Postmaster-General, and also of Mr. Thos. L. Ward, who is well known in Wellington.

WASHBOURN - St Peters Church, Church Corner, Riccarton, Christchurch Maria BANKS eldest daughter of the late H J WASHBOURN d 2 July 1929 in her 89th year 'A Canterbury Pilgrim' also Edward WASHBOURN d 4 Jan 1935 in his 93rd year 'A Canterbury Pilgrim.' They arrived on the Sir George Seymour.

Hawera & Normanby Star, 22 November 1882, Page 2 DEATH OF AN OLD COLONIST.
CHRISTCHURCH, This Day. Dr. Watkins, a very old and well known colonist, especially to visitors and residents on the Peninsula, died at Akaroa yesterday morning, at the age of 91. The deceased gentleman who had been in feeble health some time past, was the oldest member of the College of Surgeons, and likewise the oldest medical practitioner in the colony. He was one of the original Canterbury" pilgrims," having arrived here in the barque
Cressy, the last comer of the famous first four ships, bringing immigrants to Canterbury.

29 June 1918, Page 6
There died in Christchurch recently another old colonist: in the person of Mr. Thomas Wilson of Wandle Downs, Waiau. The late Mr. Wilson was born in County Down, Ireland, in 1850, and came out to New Zealand with his parents, arriving in, Lyttelton by the Charlotte Jane. For many years Mr. Wilson was a member of the South Waimakariri River Board, and the North Avon Road-Board. He was also a member of the New Brighton Trotting Club, and held the position of starter at many meetings. When the Highfield Estate was cut up about fourteen years ago, Mr. Wilson acquired a block of that estate, where he took up sheep farming, and resided till the time of his lost illness. He leaves a widow and a grownup family.

Christchurch Mill.  Buried in the Linwood cemetary, former suffolk flourmiller William Dearsley Wood from the Randolph erected an imported English mill in Antigua Street. Few know that in 1854 Wood Brothers' seven-storey white windmill stood in Windmill Road, now Antigua Street, Christchurch. It was a distinctive landmark for distant travellers slogging their way through the swamp and tussock that surrounded the town, rather like the cathedral spire used to be before the city lost its "English" flavour. About 1861 the mill was removed by a 26-horse, 32-bullock trolley to Leithfield. There it perched on the ridge near the hotel for about 17 years until nor'westers reduced it to a dangerous condition and it 'was dismantled. Here too, it stood out like a beacon, not only for land travellers but for seamen making the passage from Motunau to Lyttelton on a relatively featureless Pegasus Bay coastline.

Press, 22 April 1886, Page 2
Mr Richard Woodford, Father of Forestry in Canterbury, died yesterday, aged seventy-eight years. He passed away quietly, ending his life in a peaceful sleep. For several months the deceased gentleman had suffered from failing health, and had been confined to his house for some weeks. He came to the colony in the prime of life in the ship Randolph, in 1860, The vessel, which brought out about 217 passengers, who have all proved good colonists, although the second of the first four pioneer ships, came into Lyttelton on the same day (December 16th, 1850), as that on which the Charlotte Jane the first to sail arrived. The deceased was a miller by trade, and. an experienced millwright. With his partner, Mr Stevens, he erected the first flour mill, namely, the old Avon mill at Christchureh, at. a time when flour was 30 pounds  a ton. He also erected the first flour mill at the Ohoka and another at Kaiapoi. About 1854 Mr Woodford was a member of the Provincial Council in the times when our provincial land laws ware framed, and the present price of 2 pounds per acre was decided on. He was one of the founders of Court Star of Canterbury, A.O.F., and remained a moat consistent member throughout. At all times liberal in his views, he maintained a strict adherence to principles of right, and to his advice the lodges have been greatly indebted. He assisted in starting a Court at Kaiapoi many years ago, which, however, fell through, but in later years Mr Woodford founded the lodge of Court Woodford, now one of the best conducted branches of any friendly society in the colony. During many years he was a member of the Borough Council, and held several honorary offices in the; town connected with other institutions. He persisted for years in advocating, as an old ringer, the establishment of a peal of bells in Christchurch, and for over a score of years he was a frequent contributor to the correspondence column of the Press newspaper, with usually some pithy useful suggestions. He leaves a widow and family, one of the members of which is the wife of Mr B. Moore, the .present Mayor of Kaiapoi.

Now, while I am convinced that society in such a colony as New Zealand must daily Americanize, I am also persuaded that the New Zealander will retain more of the Briton than any other colonist.  Thomas Cholmondeley, Ultima Thule, 1854. Cholmondeley, Thomas, b. 1823? Ultima Thule : or, thoughts suggested by a residence in New Zealand.  Published: London : John Chapman, 1854. New Zealand Anecdotes. 344 p. Cholmondeley's arrived at Lyttelton in 1850 in the Charlotte Jane, Tasmasnia in 1852, Royal Stuart in 1855 and the Evening Star in 1863. Thomas Cholmondeley did return to England.

Press, 24 December 1895, Page 5 The First Canterbury Christmas.
It is interesting to note that in the person of the Very Reverend the Dean of Christchurch we have still amongst us the clergyman who conducted the Church Service at Lyttelton on Christmas Day, 1850, the first Christmas spent by the pioneers of this province on New Zealand soil. Three of the first four ships had arrived little more than a week previously, and the infant settlement was still in the state of excitement which ensued on the landing of the pilgrims in their adopted country. They took things very much in the rough in those days, and enjoyed themselves probably quite as much as do their descendants to-day. The Christmas Day Service was held in the loft in the Canterbury Association's store, access to which was obtained by means of a ladder. The seats were made of planks placed across barrels. All the clergy who had arrived were present except, perhaps, Mr Kingdon, the first incumbent of Christchurch, who, the Dean thinks, had gone across the hills to visit his future charge. One thing which struck the preacher of that day as curious was the bright colours of the ladies' dresses, which seemed so incongruous to those who had been used to the more sombre hues of the dresses in English churches at Christmas time. In the evening of the first Christmas Day the pilgrims made Christmas cheer in the Barracks, and in spite of the narrowness of their quarters they managed to enjoy themselves. The roll of those who were present on this occasion contains the names of many who helped to make the province what it is to-day, and whose sons and grand sons keep their honoured names green in our memories. Some of the ship's passengers, says the Dean, were still living in tents at this time in and around Lyttelton, and one particular locality was known as "Charlotte Jane square," from the number of passengers by the Charlotte Jane who had taken up their temporary abode there. He recalls how, on one occasion, a great squall of wind came up, and blew some of these tents away, but the occupants, tired out after their long day's hard work, slept on peacefully.

Star 30 October 1900, Page 1 WHEN CANTERBURY WAS YOUNG.
Mrs Bowen, who lives with her ferried daughter in the Windmill Road, is a woman who might fill a book with interesting reminiscences of the olden days. She was a seasoned colonial of ten years' experience when the pioneers in the first four ships arrived at Lyttelton, and she laughs as she thinks what ''duffers" the emigrants looked when the came ashore from the Charlotte Jane and sister ships of the early fleet. "Not that they were foolish to come to New Zealand," she explained yesterday to a representative of the ," Star," " hut they didn't look like colonials, yon know.". Mrs Bowen landed in Wellington from the ship ' Martha Ridgeway" in 1840, when she was only five years. old. Hence, she  counts herself an early Wellingtonian although she has spent most of her life in Canterbury. Life at Go-ashore (near Akaroa) was very unconventional. The traveller had no need of introductions to ensure a welcome, for the residents were glad to see a stranger. As soon as they descried anyone "coming over the hill " the order was at once given to "put the kettle on." If the new-comer was a swagger, so much the more reason for treating him kindly. Here the old lady produced an engraving showing Lyttelton when the emigrants from the "first four ships were landing. "There's the little tin shanty in which, your-paper used to be published,"  she said, pointing to a building in- the picture. . "There's the church. I was married in." The matrimonial ceremony took place when she was nineteen. Young ladies were too scarce in those days to be kept waiting long for husbands." Since then Mrs.Bowen has enriched  the State with twelve children-. " I had enough to do to bring them up properly," You can easily think what Christchurch was when I first came here," said Mrs Bowen. "Go up on the hills, and imagine there is no town there." It is rather a strain on the imagination of one who has always been accustomed to the sight of a fair-sized town, but Mrs Bowen's description of the swamp which shook for hundreds of yards around when you jumped on to a projecting sod, gives some idea of the original foundation on which this city is built. When she came to it, there was not a sign, of a house, but she was especially interested in its growth, for her husband was employed in laying out its streets. "Do you know where the centre of Christchurch is?" she asked. " Most people think it is Cathedral Square, but it is the old Council yard which has just been dismantled. There were two posts put in there; exactly a chain apart, and the road-makers used to measure their chains between, them to make sure they were the right length." "But I do not care a bit about my past experiences," "We had rough times but we were never used to anything else, and we enjoyed life. I suppose advancement must come, but I often wish I could get away to some new country where you would not always be meeting people."

 Press, 4 January 1901, Page 6
An extract from the register of births, deaths, and marriages, sent from the Registrar-General's Department, gives the names of the first two male children and the first two female children born after the arrival of the settlers. The first of the boys registered is
C. C. C. Duncan, son of Mr T. S. Duncan, born at Decanter Bay, 12th January, 1851
and the second E. C. Polhill, born 25th February, 1851 at Lyttelton.
Of the girls,
Marion Alport, born 17th February, 1851, at Lyttelton, was first
and Sarah Elizabeth Barker, now Mrs Joseph Haudon, born March 15th, 1851, at Christchurch, was the second.

Poverty Bay Herald, 13 March 1917, Page 8
A large party of them set out, and it was while they were camped at what was known as the "bricks," near Christchurch, that the first immigrant child was born in that district, the mother being Mrs. Thacker.

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