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BDM's   1862

Only a few of the arriving and departing vessels are listed. Immigration increased during the Otago gold rush so the practice of publishing full passenger lists in newspapers was abandoned. 

Printed for the Proprietors by Daniel Campbell, at the office of the "Otago Witness" Princes-street, Dunedin, Otago, N.Z.

Otago Witness Feb. 21 1863 (also see Feb. 24th 1864) page 8 -
The Otago Port, Its Character, Trade and Capabilities. image below
(a) Anchored at Port Chalmers
(b) Anchored outside
(c) Ancored lower anchorage.
(*) Two voyages
(+) Three voyages.

Otago Witness Saturday 4th January 1862 page 3

Jan. 2 - s.s. Prince Alfred, 704 tons, Bowden, from Sydney, via Nelson and Lyttelton. Passengers per Prince Alfred: Chief cabin - Mr Thomson, Mr Sherlock, Capt. Herendeen, Messrs. Haywood, Howell, Dr Levy, Johnson, Mrs Johnson, Messrs. McPhee, Clough, Mr and Mrs Sheppard, Mrs Henson, Miss Husscok, R. Atkin, Capt. Johnson, Messrs. Faulkner, Ledger, Mrs Collet & 3 children; Mr Parker, Mr and Mrs Harthorpe, Mr Toner, Mr Browning and 67 in 2nd cabin. 

Simoon - This fine American clipper, of 1600 tons register, arrived yesterday from Clyde, after an usually smart passage of 72 days. She brings 1000 prime Leicester sheep, for Mr Holmes, and a large general cargo for Dalgety, Rattray and Co. of the sheep only five per cent died since leaving the Clyde;  
Outwards Coastwise .Jan. 16. Simoon, 1,307 tons, Langley, for the Bluff. 

On Jan. 2, arrived Mary Anne Wilson, Smith master, from Melbourne on 23rd. She brings 391 steerage passengers, and 6 in the saloon - viz., Mr Pincers, Mr Polkman, Mrs Best, Mrs Best, Mrs Kraft and family. Captain, agent.

At 5 pm. ship Hannah Moore, Murphy, from Melbourne on 22nd, with 3000 sheep and 22 horses. The sheep and horses belong to Mr Peck- consignees Young and McGlashan. 13 cabin passengers, 10 of which are for the Otago police.

Jan. 18 1862 page 4

Passengers Inward. 
Jan. 13 - Julia Ann, 18 tons, Swanson, Lyttelton Jan. 9. Passengers - Messrs Money, Coleman, Brunut, Denby, Labrun, Paterson, Hamilton, Simpson, Connelly, Thompson.
Jan. 13 - Rita, 192 tons, Firth, from Auckland, Dec. 3 12, Jno. Brook, agent. Passengers per Rita - Mr and Mrs Heron, Mr Price, Mr Douglas.
Jan. 13 - s. Gazelle, 79 tons, Gay, from Lyttelton Jan. 11. Passengers per Gazelle. Cabin: Rev. S.D. and Mrs Green, 2 children and servant. Steerage - Messrs Somsrton, Daniel, Horne, Forbes, Hamlet.
Passengers per Geelong. Cabin - William Burke, W. Dearsley, Mrs Russell, S. Fachs, Mr Cheslyn, A. and T. Frahern, and 32 in steerage.
Jan. 16 - Swordfish, 155 tons, Roberts, from Hobart Town. R.B. Martin and Co., agents. Saloon: Messrs. Ross, Creswell, Dean, and Clarke.

Outwards Coastwise
Jan. 11 - Wild Wave, 40 tons, Matheson, for Auckland, 15 tons coal, passengers: Messrs. Bray, Winton, Grosstree, Noule, Gallaher, Smith, Sullivan, Charty, Gimmer, Harris, Hicks, McGee. 
Jan. 14 - Wild Wave, 70 tons, Stevens, for Waikowaiti and Moeraki.

Port Chalmers Arrivals.
Jan14 - s.s. Aldinga, McLean, master, from Melbourne, with 105 steerage passengers, 43 cabin, and general cargo.
Jan. 14 - Queen of India, 658 tons, Thornton, master, from Melbourne, with 18 passengers, sheep and general cargo.
Jan. 14 - Ship Silistria, John Mackay, Commander, from Glasgow, with 200 steerage passengers, 200 tons general cargo, and 120 tons coal.
List of assisted and other immigrants by the "Silistria" 
Jan. 15 - at 8 p.m., Oithona, 766 tons, Holmes, from Melbourne, 276 steerage [put in ship, Jan and 1862] and two cabin passengers - Mr and Mrs Brown.

Entered Inwards. Jan. 13. Nor'wester, 1,275 tons, Almy, from Melbourne, Jan. 2nd, 333 passengers. The Nor'wester, 2500 tons, one of the Telegraph line of packets to Otago, arrived at Port Chalmers at 11 o'clock on Saturday morning bringing 330 steerage passengers, and a large amount of general cargo. She has made the passage in 8� days from Port Phillips Heads. The passengers were all brought up by the steam tug Sampson in the course of the afternoon. She is consigned to Mr H. Houghton, of Walker-street, by whom she will be again despatched to Melbourne as soon as her cargo is discharged. The Nor'wester is the largest vessel that ever entered the harbour.

Passengers Outwards
Jan. 13 - Clutha,150 tons, Anderson for Auckland. Passengers: Cabin - William George, A. Edmunds, G. Rowl, Emily Rowl, and 52 steerage.
Jan. 14 - Julia Ann, 18 tons, Swanson, for Lyttelton, 17 passengers. Passengers:- W. Pannam, F. Rowdey, W. Packman, J. Smith, R. Davies wife and 7 children, Baxter(2), Dunkin, W. Spearney and wife, W. Gillie.
Passengers per s.s. City of Hobart, 363, tons, for Melbourne. Cabin - R. Bover, W. Gibson, M. Meyers, J. Dean, A. Learmonth, E. Ramsay, A. Ball, Mrs Kilgour, George Hudson, A. Pohlman, H. Lette, Cole, Mr Rutherford, Mr Peck, and 81 in steerage. 

Entered Outwards - Jan. 7 s.s. Aldinga, 280 tons, McLean, for Melbourne, with passengers and 14,830 ozs; 3dwt. 8 grs of gold. Dalgety, Rattray and Co., agents. Death. On the 30th ult., on board the Aldinga, on passage from Dunedin to Melbourne, Mr Robert Thomson, formerly of Glasgow, and late of Dunedin, Ironmonger.

Daily Southern Cross, 14 January 1862, Page 3 Cleared outwards  coastwise.
January. 10 Rebecca, 115 tons, W. Suter, for Otago, with 100,000 feet sawn timber and 20 cwt. cheese. Passengers John Sutton and Hugh Cadman.

Jan. 25 1862 page 5

Entered Inwards
January 18 - Commodore Perry, 2017 tons, Williams, from Melbourne. 
Jan. 20 - Asa Eldridge, 1178 tons, Colman, master, from Melbourne, Jan. 6, 527 passengers, H.A. Meinder, master.
Jan. 6 - Jane Lockhart, 80 tons, Clulow, master, from Sydney, 9th Jan., 33 passengers, H. Driver & Co., agents.
Jan. 21 - Genevieve, 271 tons, Turpie, from Mauritius, Cargill & Co., agents.
Jan. 21 - Omeo, s.s., McLachlan, from Melbourne, 112 passengers and general cargo.

Jan. 22 - 2 p.m., Alarm, brig, 195 tons, J. Mitchel, from Hobart Town, 9 days passage, with general cargo and 30 cases green fruit. Passengers - Cabin: Mrs Darwick and child, Mr R. Henry; 74 Steerage.
Jan. 23 - Lady Bird, s.s., J.T. Rolls commander, from Melbourne, 6� days passage - no cargo. Cabin passengers - Messrs Frazer, Clarke, Long, and Hays; and 89 in the Steerage.

Arrived Port Chalmers
Jan. 18 - s.s. Lord Worsley, from Auckland, Kennedy, commander, 291 tons, cattle, sheep, and general cargo; 37 steerage passengers; Cabin passengers: Rev. J. Buler and son, Miss Millville, Messrs, Darling, Pharayar, Sladen, Kynet, Khon, Gamlyn, Rev. J. Thom, Dr. Black, Miss Black, Mr Studhole, Mr Shalders, Mr McDonald, Mr and Mrs Kinder, Hon. R. Wood, Mr Taylor, Mr Waterlow, Mr Marsh, Mr Brown and Ascoli.

The owners of the Omeo and Aldinga are now getting another powerful steamer - the Gottenburg. The Gottenburg is a first class clipper steamer of 700 tons. She should be fifty five days out.

Otago Witness 25 Jan 1862 page 5
Wreck of the Genevieve, 271 tons. On the 17th inst., about ten o'clock p.m. the barque Genevieve from the Mauritius, with a full cargo of sugar and coffee, went ashore outside the Heads, close to the spot where the Revival was wrecked. She was a hopeless wreck. Only eighty tons of cargo had been saved by nightfall. The captain, Turpie, was trying to enter the harbour without a pilot. The hull of the French barque Genevieve was purchased by Mr Kilgour for 210 pounds.

February 15 1862 page 5

Outwards Coastline.
Feb. 10 - Guiding Star, Fraser, for Invercargill. General cargo of ale, spirits, groceries, saddlery, &c., and 23 passengers. Cabin passengers - Mr and Mrs Wilson, Mr and Mrs McWilliams and child.

Entered Inwards. Feb. 14. The barque Hannah, 480 tons, Richards, from London, left the Downs on the 1st November last, and Land's End on the 12th of the same month with 31 passengers. On the 23rd December, one of the passengers, Mr William Doughty, died of inflammation of the bowels. Passengers per barque Hannah from London : James P. Baker, Esq., and Mrs Baker, and Mr Thomas Low, jun. R.B. Martin & Co. agents.

The ship "Young America," 1741 tons, Carlyle, from the Clyde, arrived in Oamaru, on Sunday morning, having on board 1,100 sheep, for M. Holmes, Esq. This is the first vessel direct from Europe, that ever went to Oamaru, and it is particularly unfortunate that scarcely had she dropped anchor in the roadstead when it came up a dreadful gale, and she was blown out again with the loss of an anchor and chain. She brought away Captain Sewell, beach-master. She came round to Dunedin Port, arriving on Wednesday. 4 passengers.

Saturday February 22 1862 page 5
An inquest was held at Port Chalmers on Tuesday on the body of James Fleming, the seaman who was drowned on the previous day, when attempting to swim ashore from the "Young American." A verdict of accidental drowning was returned.

Saturday March 5 1862 page 5
On Thursday, Fe. 21, the body of a man was found at the Heads, half buried in the sand, and a pair of boots tied to the belt round his waist. The Water Police had the corpse removed to the Port Chalmers Hotel. It was there identified by the Captain of the "Young American," as one of the missing seaman from his ship who attempted to escape at the same time as the man Fleming, who drowned while attempted to swim ashore with a bundle of corks attached to his back. It was known that the man who accompanied Fleming had tied his boots to his belt.
    The inquest was held the next day on the body of Alfred Harwood, a seamen belonging to the Young American. John Joyce disposed of finding the body. He brought the body to Port Chalmers. Alonzo Merchant, second officer of the America disposed that he knew the deceased. Shortly after the vessel had anchored at the heads, on the 12 inst., he missed some of the men, he had them mustered and found three missing, the deceased was one of the missing ones. Robert Watts said he was a seaman belonging to the ship "Young American." He saw the deceased step on the rail to jump overboard, deceased told him he was going to swim ashore. Deceased had a pair of boots, two shirts, and a pair of drawers fastened to the belt round his waist, he told the deceased he was afraid he would not reach the shore with that load, deceased replied "he could cut them adrift." 

February 15 1862

Telegraph Line of Packets
The clipper ship EUREKA, 1250 tons, register, 200 tons burthen, B.F. Cutler, Commander, now hourly expected from Port Phillip, will be again despatched for Melbourne, seven days after her arrival. 
Steerage  4 pounds 10s
Saloon   10 pounds 10s

H. Houghton, Agent Walker-street, Dunedin.

Saturday March 5 1862 page 5
Entered Outwards. Feb. 27. Eureka, 818 tons, Cutter for Melbourne. 259 passengers.

Saturday 21 February 1862

Breach of Passenger Act
William Brown, master of the "City of Melbourne," was charged with an offense similar to that recently brought against the captain of the "Mary E. Ray," viz: a breach of the 14th, 16th, 35th, and 73rd sections of the Passengers Act.
The defendant pleaded guilty to a contravention of the 14th section, relating to an excess of passengers, but pleaded not guilty to the charge of having a willfully false passenger list. The number of passengers he confessed to having in excess was nine. The number of passengers on the list was 80. Those on board were 89. Nine of whose names were not on the list received by the Immigration Officer. James Howe, Assistant Landing Waiter at Port Chalmers, mustered the passengers and found nine in excess - four in steerage and five the in cabin. The passengers made a complaint to him of the quality of the provisions they had received. William Kennedy, a passenger by the "City of Melbourne," from Sydney to Port Chalmers gave 5 pounds to one of his mates to pay a steerage passage for him by that vessel at Sydney, and received from him a receipt signed by the owners, which he gave up on going on board. Thomas Brown stated that he paid his passage at Sydney, and gave his ticket up with the rest of the passengers on boarding the vessel. William McFarlane paid to the owners 18 pounds, being 6 pounds for himself and two others and obtained receipts which he subsequently delivered up. It having proved that the manes of these witnesses were not on the list. William Kennedy said after being out five to six days, salt meat was served out for the first time. It had a very strong smell and when put in water by the cooks the maggots floated to the surface. Greater part of the salt meat was in the same condition. The voyage lasted 28 days. Mr Strode found the charge under section 14 proved and for the nine passengers in excess fined the defendant 12 pounds each or 108 pounds. Under the 16th section they fined him 50. Under the 35th, 50th, and under the 73rd, for wrong done to the passengers, they ordered the payment of 2 pounds to each passenger as compensation, the total amount being 386 pounds together with costs. The defendant stated he was not in any way prepared to pay the money, and, in default, he was committed for three months in each case.

Hugh Flannagan was charged on the information of Captain John Boyd, of the steamer "Geelong" with being a "stowaway" on board that vessel, from Oamaru to Waikouaiti. The defendant said he had come on board with a mate who promised to pay his passage for him, but who had gone on shore at Waikouaiti, and refused to do so. Capt. Boyd said, that the defendant when asked for the money at Waikouaiti had stated he paid it at Oamaru; and as such cases were now of frequent occurrence, he had considered it his duty to summon him. The defendant was fined 2 and costs, or in default of payment fourteen days imprisonment, with hard labor.

An action under the 48th section of the Passengers Act, for return of the passage money and subsistence money during the time the ship "Star of Tasmania" had been delayed after the advertised date of sailing. Alexander Calder produced a receipt for �30 for a passage to England by the "Star of Tasmania." He was told it would leave on the 10th inst. She was loading wool. The Captain said on the 12th she would not sail until the 19th. Witness then asked for the return of the passage money. Case dismissed as he was not entitled to claim the return of the passage money under the 84th clause of the "Passenger's Act." The plaintiff had never directly or indirectly offered to go on board or been refused permission to do so.

Saturday March 1 1862 page 5

Feb. 22 - Chariot of Fame, 1640 tons, Robert A. Kerr, from Melbourne, with 160 passengers. Lloyd, Taggart, and Co.
Feb. 26 - Mary Scott, 588 tons, McHardy, from Melbourne. 170 passengers. G.M. McHardy, agent.
Feb. 27 - White Star, 2,340 tons, from Newcastle, with 11 passengers and live stock. Passengers - Mr J.C. Kerr, Miss Rees, Mr and Mrs J. Holmes, Masters Kerr, Masters Holmes, Misses Holmes.
Feb. 28 - Omeo, s.s., 665 tons, McLachlan, from Lyttelton. Passengers - Cabin: Messrs. Brind, Birdsy, Willis, Captain Cox, Mr O'Callaghan, Miss Moore, Mrs Moody, Mrs and Miss Moody(2), Mr and Mrs Delamin and servant. the Hon. Mr Crosbie Ward; and 10 in the steerage. 

A number of passengers per "Mary Scott," just arrived from Melbourne, had come up to Dunedin from Port Chalmers in the "Lady Barkly," steamer, and wee being conveyed from the steamer's side to the Jetty in small boast. One of the boats, loaded with passengers and their luggage, had only got a short distance from the "Lady Barkly," when she capsized, and all who were in her were thrown into the water. Boats were at hand to render assistance, and all who could be seen were picked up; but when the rescued people got on the pier, it was found that there was a hat picked up for which there was no owner among those saved. The boatmen could not be sure whether there were nine or eleven passengers in the boat when she upset, but the last person who got in was an elderly man, who had not since been seen. The police began to search, and after dragging for a considerable time, succeeded in recovering one body, H. Hull, a passenger per "Mary Scott." Inquest. Accidental Death. The jury added a rider, that it was highly desirable that effective measures should be adapted to prevent licensed watermen from taking more than a proper number of passengers in their boats.

Otago Police Gazette page no: 43 17 March 1862
HILL, Edward, about 40, carpenter, drowned while coming ashore from the ship "Mary Scott" on or before 25 ult. Native of Belfast Ireland; inquest 25 Feb 1862; District Coroner not named; verdict accidentally drowned, with rider that measures required to prevent watermen carrying unlimited passengers; wife and two children residing in York, Melbourne or Collingwood.

The mail per "Omeo," from Melbourne, consisted of 5045 letters and 864 newspapers. The mail despatched per the Aldinga, on Tuesday consisted of 8465 letters of which 493 were registered, and 3530 newspapers.

The rich stream of human strength and energy has flown, unbidden to Otago's shore's. Ship after ship has deposited its costly freight of strong handed, sturdy hearted immigrants' inured to many hardships inseparable from early settlement in a new country. Every one of those who remain is a source of wealth to the Province. he is worth to the full what it would cost to bring him out from the home country. True, taking him on his arrival, without guarantee of his remaining, he is worth less than an immigrant from Great Britain - for the simple reason that the land which he has accustomed himself to consider his home, being so near at hand, he is more easily induced to return to it than the immigrant who, having travelled 16,000 miles, feels himself tied to the place - the idea of returning never entering his head. To induce the Immigrants from Australia to stay, it is necessary to let them find out that it is for their material advantage they should do so... With nearly half the population of the whole Province within a few square miles on the goldfields, why is there not a land office there, where maps and particulars could be procured, and where constant sales should be held?...

Saturday 15 March 1862 pg 4 col.d

Entered Inwards
March 10 - Hope, 1,104 tons, King from Melbourne, with sheep and 15 passengers. W. Carr Young, agent.
March 10 - Louisa, 245 tons, D. Williams, from Mauritius, with general cargo and two passengers.
March 10 - Lady Bird, 220 tons, J.T. Rolls, from Melbourne, with 57 passengers.
March 11 - Ellen Simpson, 297 tons, John Poole, from Melbourne, with general cargo and 128 steerage passengers.
March 11 - Drover, 174 tons, John Patten, from Melbourne, with general cargo, nine cabin, passengers and 4 steerage do. Taggart and Co., agents.
March 11 - Almeda, 210 tons, George Pryde, from Melbourne, with general cargo, and fourteen passengers.
March 14 - Cosmopolite, 145 tons, Lewis, from Hobart Town, with general cargo. No passengers.
March 14 - Peeress, 777 tons, Rowland, from Melbourne, with sheep and one passenger. Thomas Norton & Co., agents.
March 14 - Aldinga, s.s., 268 tons, Mclean, from Melbourne, with general cargo.

Saturday March 22 1862

Entered Inwards
March 15 - Nil
March 17 - Western, 225 tons, Lucas, from Melbourne, with general cargo, and 45 passengers. Lloyd, Taggart and Co., agents.
March 17 - Yarra, 120 tons, Hedstrom, from Melbourne, with general cargo and 11 passengers. Wm Smith, agent.
March 17 - Dunedin, 208 tons, Henry Ed. Weekes, from Melbourne, with general cargo and 10 passengers.
March 17 - Tyra, 277 tons, D. McLellen, from Wellington, with cattle and sheep, and nine passengers. R.S. Gibsons, agent.
March 18 - Albert Lawrence, 1,563 tons, M.F. Patterson, from Melbourne in ballast, with 41 passengers.
March 18 - Australia, 162 tons, J.W. Hughes, from Melbourne, with general cargo.
March 18 - Edward, 74 tons, P.B. Spence, from Melbourne, with general cargo.
March 18 - General Jessup, 192 tons, Hewuhorn, from Melbourne, with general cargo.
March 18 - Genii, 975 tons, W. Murray, from Melbourne, in ballast with 318 passengers.
march 19 - Arabia, 991 tons, Forrest, from Melbourne, with stock and 228 passengers.
March 20 - Nil
March 21 - India, 201 tons, E. Lucas, from Launceston with general cargo and 4 passengers.
March 20 - City of Hobart, 363 tons, A. Darby, from Melbourne, with general cargo.
March 21 - Isabella, 195 tons, R. Coping, from Hobart Town, with general cargo and 10 passengers.

Entered Outwards
March 15 - Dart, 129 tons, Sansom, for Hobart Town, with gold, and 24 steerage passengers.
March 15 - Indus, 368 tons, McKinnon, for Newcastle, with gold and 46 steerage passengers.
March 17 - Aldinga, 268 tons, McLean, for Melbourne, with 13,473 ozs dwts. gold and 108 passengers.
March 18 - Hope, 1.104 tons, King, for Guam, in ballast.
March 20 - Lady Young, 418 tons, Morrison,m, for Victoria, British Columbia, with 8 ounces of gold, and 49 passengers.
March 20 - Martha Ellen, 124 tons, E. Hill, for Guam, in ballast.
March 20 - Camilla, 261 tons, J.B. Sydserf, for Newcastle, NSW, in ballast.
March 21 - Peeress, 777 tons, Rowland, for Madras, in ballast.

March 29 1862

Entered Inwards.
March 26 - Dona Anita, 409 tons, Smith, from London, with General cargo. John Jones & Co. agents. 
March 27 - Vortogern, 910 tons, McIntyre, from Melbourne, with general cargo and 15 passengers. 
March 27 - Blue Jacket, 1443 tons, James White, from Melbourne, with general cargo and 34 cabin and 204 steerage passengers.

Saturday 5 April 1862

Entered Outwards
April 1 - Alice Thorndyke, 847 tons, Thondyke, for Victoria, Vancouver's Island, with general cargo and 104 passengers.

Upwards of 22,000 Victorians have left that golden land for Otago and nearly 17,000 of the number have remained here and sent to Melbourne 229,606 ounces of the precious metal, gold.

Wreck of the Lady Bird
The Lady Bird struck on a rock in the river Yarra, which knocked a hole in her bottom, and caused her to sink in shallow water. It was expected that she would be raised. 

Mr Ward has chartered two steamers to run fortnightly between Auckland and the Bluff, calling in at intermediate ports. The White Swan and the Queen are the two vessels he has secured. The arrangement will commence next month.

Saturday April 12 1862 page 4

Coastwise, Inwards
April 9, Geelong, steamer, 103 tons, Boyd, from Lyttelton, Timaru, Akaroa and Oamaru.

Page 6
Breach of Habor Regulations
William McGill, captain of the tug steamer Samson, was charged with contravening the regulations of the port, by removing the Samson from her anchorage on Sunday, the 6th instant. Sergeant Joyce, of the Water Police observed her moving about the harbor from a wharf to a ship in the Bay and went onboard and asked Captain McGill if he had obtained permission for doing so from Mr Thomson, the harbor master, and he said he had not. The Samson on this occasion was employed to discharge sheep from the British Trident, 1400 tons, Haddock. Case dismissed as the Captain had not been handed a compete set of the regulations.

April 19 1862

Entered Inwards
April 16 - Akbar, 734 tons, Hudson, from London, with general cargo and 78 passengers. John Jones and Co., agents. By the arrival of the ship Akbar, from London, we have the first installment of the rush from England to the Otago goldfields.

Entered Outwards
April 12 - Mariposa, 211 tons, Moore, for Guam, in ballast, and six passengers.
April 12 - Edward, 74 tons, Dodds, for Guan, in ballast.
April 15 - Warren Goddard, 203 tons, Rhul, for Guam, with part of original cargo from Melbourne.
April 15 - Annie Kimball, 884 tons, Marsh, for Victoria, Vancouver's Island, with gold.

April 26 1862 page 4

Entered Inwards
April 23 - Sea Nymph, 173 tons, Stephenson, from Corner Inlet, with timber. Master, agent.
April 23 - Lombard, 256 tons, Harding, from Melbourne, with a general cargo and 12 passengers. Henry Driver, agent.
April 23 - Boomerang, 105 tons, Questead, from Hobart Town, with general cargo and 29 passengers.
April 23 - Northern Light, 90 tons, Evans, from Hobart Town, with general cargo and 2 passengers. C.A. Ross, agent.
April 24 - Joshua Bates, 620 tons, Clarke, from Melbourne; with general cargo and 19 passengers. Henry Houghton & Co. agents.
April 24 - Ellen Lewis, 336 tons, Hilton, from Newcastle, with general cargo; Dalgety, Rattray and Co., agents.
April 24 - Mary E. Ray, 459 tons, Green, from Melbourne, with general cargo and 1841/2 steerage passengers. Dalgety, Rattray and Co., agents.

Entered Outwards
April 23 - City of Hobart, 363 tons, Darby, for Melbourne, with general cargo and 2,197ozs 17dwts. gold.
April 23 - Metaris, 224 tons, Buckley, for Newcastle, in ballast.
April 23 - William Watson, 384 tons, Pendleton, for Melbourne, with cargo and gold, and 127 passengers.
April 23 - Ceres, 861 tons, Cochane, for Melbourne, with gold and passengers.
April 24 - Eucalyptus, 174 tons, Thomson, for Hobart Town, with Cargo and 30oz 15dwt. of gold.

Departure from Clyde, 5th February 1862, for Otago. Zambia

Otago Witness, Saturday May 10th 1862

Entered Inwards
May 5th - Remark, 207 tons, Duncan, from Newcastle, NSW
May 7 - Lady Egidia, 1239 tons, Currie, from Glasgow, via Launceston.
May 7 - Jane Lockhart, 80 tons, Claton, from Sydney
May 8 - White Swan, s.s., 198 tons, A.A. Harper, from Melbourne, with passengers and general cargo.
may 8 -  Wild Wave, 180 tons, J. Fisher, from Hobart Town, with passengers and general cargo.
May 8 - St. Jean, 533 tons, P. Sergeant, from Melbourne, with passengers and general cargo.
May 9 - Ellen Simpson, 297 tons, John Poole, from Melbourne.
May 9 - Margaret Roesner, 429 tons, G.A. Hyde, from Newcastle.

Intered Inwards - Coastwise
May 5th - S.S. Omeo, 665 tons, McLachlan from Lyttelton

Otago Witness Town Edition May 10 1862 page 4
Entered Inwards
May 7 - Lady Egidia, 1239 tons, Currie, from Glasgow via Launceston. Dalgety and Co. agents. She brought about 300 passengers, but the great majority were bound emigrants for Launceston. To Otago she brings 83 passengers, 17 in the cabin, and 66 in the steerage, in addition to whom a few joined the vessel in Launceston. She sailed from the Clyde on the 12th January. Only two deaths occurred, and these were infants.

Entered Outwards
May 9 - Clutha, 150 tons, W.J. Anderson, for Auckland, N.Z. R.B. Martin and Co., agents.  Passengers - D. Brunett, James Barnet, D. Latter, D. Barker, J. Robertson, J. Fold, S. Barker.

June 7 1862 page 4

Entered Inwards
June 2 - Zambia, 1,604 tons, R.M. Millar, emigrant ship from Glasgow, with general cargo. Dalgety, Rattray, & Co. The ship Zambia, from Clyde, arrived at the Heads on Friday morning, and in the afternoon was towed up to Port Chalmers by the Samson. The Zambia left Greenock on the 3rd February, and Larnlah on the 6th of that month. The only vessel she spoke to was the ship Alaria, 39 days from Sunderland, bound for Bombay, which she exchanged signals at the Line on the 18th March. She brings a general cargo, and only twenty passengers.  Per Zambia, from Glasgow: Cabin: Mr J. Hume. Intermediate: James Coaston, J. McKean, Matthew Forsyth, Robert Campbell, William McKirdy, Margaret McKirdy, (2) Ann McKirdy, Marion McKirdy, William McKirdy, Robert Reid, Alice Reid, David Reid, Ralph Darling, A.C. Wylie, W. Young, J. Campbell, G. McDonald, George Hughan, John Brown, Robert Stevenson.
June 5 - Omeo, s.s. McLachlan, from Lyttelton, general cargo, and passengers. Royse, Mudie and Co., agents.
June 5 - Black Swan, ship, 976 tons, King, from London, general cargo, 104 passengers the majority of whom are from Scotland. J. Jones, and Co., agents. A protracted passage of 107 days from Plymouth. Her passenger list comprises 12 in the saloon, 9 in the second cabin, and 83 in the steerage; and Capt. King is accompanied by his lady and child. Amongst the amusements the passengers had, was a series of highly instructive and entertaining lectures, on the Steam Engine, which was delivered by C.S. Wood, Esq., F.G.S. one of the saloon passengers. Another gentleman gave three lectures on Astronomy. The lectures were for the most part delivered on the poop deck, under the awning, but as the weather became colder the saloon had to be resorted to. Divine service was always most creditably attended, and conducted by Dr Wood, the surgeon.  The most noticeable circumstance on the voyage was the occurrence of an earthquake, which was most distinctly felt on board.  It occurred on Friday the 23rd of May, the ship being at the time in lat. 48.59 S. and long. 127.05 E. For several days the barometer had been very low, varying from 28 to 30, and early on the morning of the 23rd ult., the ship shook violently and a peculiar sound was heard, as if the vessel were grating over the bottom, the tremor and the sound being so distinct, as to wake the watch below. 
June 5 - Colchester, brig, 135 tons, Prescott, from Adelaide, 1720 bags flour, 237 bags bran. J. Darwent and Co., agents.
June 5 - Picard, schooner, 165 tons, Grigg from Hobart Town, timber. Master, agent. General cargo Geo. S. Brodrick, agent.
June 6 - Warren Goddard, 203 tons, from Melbourne, via Norfolk Island, cattle (from Norfolk Is.). Henry Driver and Co. agents.
June 6 - Abbot Lawrence, ship, 1563 tons, Patterson, from the Bluff, in ballast; 8 passengers. Master, agent.

June 14 1862 page 2
The subject of testing Anchors and Chains has, since the loss of the Royal Charter, caused no little discussion in England. New regulations have been approved by the "Committee of Lloyd's Register of Shipping," according to a fixed scale, the weight of anchors, the length and size of chains, and the proof strain to which both anchors and chains must be subjected, in order to qualify vessels to be placed upon "Lloyd's Register."
     All new ships are required to be supplied with chains that have been submitted to a proof strain equal to that known as the "Admiralty test." A ship of 300 tons must henceforth, if classed at Lloyd's, be provided with three bower anchors - one stream and two kedges. Two of the bowers taken together must not be less weight than 23cwt., and each must be capable of bearing a proof strain of 23 and one eight tons; she must have besides, hawsers and warps of prescribed length and size, 270 fathoms of 1 7-16 inch chain tested up to 37 2-10 tons, or 1 5 16 inch chain if tested up to 40 9-20 tons. These regulations, be far as they relate to the weight of anchors, will come into force as a rule on the 23rd July next, but the regulations respecting the testing anchors and chains will not be enforced until the first of Jan., 1863.

June 21 1862 page 4
The gale blew with greater or less severity from Saturday to Tuesday. The first vessel aground was the Daniel Watson, but she got off the bank at high water. On the same evening the Sea Breeze, 341 tons, Urquhart, from Melbourne, was driven upon the bank. On Sunday the schooner Rebecca got upon the bank. The Fox is in a serious position. The Eucalyptus is aground above the islands. The Omega also dragged her anchors and parted one of her chains.

We observe by the passenger list of the Lord Worsley, that Captain Vine Hall, the general manager of the Inter Colonial Royal Mail Steam Company has arrived at Dunedin from the North. Captain Hall has been visiting the various ports in New Zealand, in order to regulate the fresh arrangements in connection with the Inter Colonial Company's steamers, rendered necessary by the recent alterations in the Mail Service of the Colony.

June 28 1862 page 4

Mr Scott, engineer, is actively engaged in making his preliminary arrangements for the removal of the Victory from the beach in Wickliffe Bay, it is expected that by Wednesday the steamer Samson will tow round to Wickliffe the barge Brothers, containing the anchors and chains, and other appliances to be made use of on the occasion. "On Saturday, June 21, visited the steamship Victory, now ashore at Wickliffe Bay. Found the ship embedded only four feet forward, six feet aft, and about ten feet amidships in sand." said Captain George Thomson, Marine Surveyor. aid  The propeller remains uninjured. Mr Scott, engineer, is hard at work filling his lighters, and arranging his apparatus for conveyance to Wickliffe. Captain Toogood said on the 10th of June, at 1 o'clock p.m., the ship moved and rolled so much as to cause her bell to ring. He had his port anchor out, and commenced heaving upon it, when the ship moved with her head to seaward about 11 fathoms length, when the chain parted; On June 11 there was another high tide and having again connected the chain, they commenced heaving and got another 7 fathoms, when the cable parted.

When the Lord Worsley left the Bluff the ship Shawmut, 1000 tons, register, (Capt. Merrill) was on the beach, driven ashore on the 8th. She was lying in a mud bank on the eastern side of Bluff Harbour, where she was driven on the night of the 8th inst. during the height of a terrific westerly gale. To save her from the rocks her cable were slipped, and under canvas she was beached where she now lies. Captain Merrill is sanguine of getting her afloat again as the water at high tide is within a couple of feet of what she draws, and she may be lightened considerably by discharging a portion of her ballast, of which she has five hundred tons on board. She will not be lightened until her anchors and cables are recovered, by which, after the discharge of ballast, she may be hove off. The only damage at present sustained is the loss of her fore0foot and part of her false keel; but it is feared that if she remain much longer in her present position she will bilge herself. The Shawmut is a fine vessel of 1000 tons register.

July 5 1862 

Entered Inwards.
June 23 - Metaris, Buckly, 241 tons, from Newcastle, N.S.W. coals. Cargill and Co., agents.
June 23 Traveller's Bride, ketch, Blair, from the Chatham Islands, with potatoes.
July 2 - Gothenburg, 459, Mackie, from Melbourne. Royse, Nudie & Co., agents. 104 passengers. Made the trip in 6� days.

Page 2
The Steamship Gothenburg.
Owners, Messrs. McMeckan, Blackwood, and Co. The Gothenberg arrived recently from Melbourne to Melbourne, after a somewhat protracted passage. She discharged a large cargo and was taken on the patent slop to scrape and paint her hull, ship her propeller, and prepare her for the Otago and Melbourne trade, to carry mails, passengers and cargo. She is a very fine and fast sea-going steamer. The Gothenburg was built and engined by Mr Scott Russell, on the Thames. Her engines are oscillating, and of 120 horse-power. Her burthen is 800 tons, and she can carry some forty or fifty cabin, and some 300 steerage passengers. Her cabins are unusually large and lofty, are situated amidships, they are likely to be found extremely comfortable at sea. Unlike any other steamer in the trade, the Gothenburg has a flush deck, so constructed as to give a great strength to the ship. She is commanded by Captain Mackie, lately first officer of the Aldinga. She will be followed from England by another steamship for Messrs. McMeckan, Blackwood, and Co.

July 12 1862 page 3


Arrivals At the Port of Dunedin during the first quarter ending the 30th June 1862


 Adults Male

Adults  Female

Children Male

 Children Female

United Kingdom





Australian Colonies





Ports of New Zealand





Other British Ports








Departures At the Port of Dunedin during the first quarter ending the 30th June 1862


 Adults Male

  Adults Female

 Children male

 Children female

United Kingdom

    11    1   0   0

Australian Colonies

3594    49  18    4

Ports of New Zealand

  481    53  22   2
Other British Ports   242      2    5    4


4328    110 45 10

July 19 1862 page 4

Entered Outwards
July 11 - Omega, barque, 305 tons, Grueber, for Sydney. Tickle and Co., agents.
July 12 - Whitehaven Lass, 361 tons, Beeby, for Valparaiso.
July 12 - Prompt , 86 tons, Gurson, for Newcastle
July 12 - City of Hobart, 361 tons, Darby, for Melbourne.
July 15 - Black Swan, 968 tons, King, Callao.
July 17 - Zambia, 1004 tons, Miller, for Moulmein, in ballast.
July 17 - Aldinga, s.s. McLean, from Melbourne, 11th inst., general cargo, 150 passengers and the English (May) mails transferred from the P. and O. Company's s.s. Madras on the 10th.  Royse, Mudie, and Co., agents. 
July 18 - Aldinga, s.s. McLean, for Melbourne with gold and passengers.
July 18 - Time and Truth, barque, 537 tons, Slater, from Newcastle, coals, no passengers. Capt. McKinnon, agent.

Page 5
Matches on Board a Passenger Ship
Thomas Kervin was charged, on the information of Charles Logie, Collector of Customs, with an infringement of sec. 29 of the Passenger Act. The matches were openly made mention of in the ship's manifest. Defendant pleaded "guilty." Fined 5 pounds and costs.

August 30 1862

Entered Inwards
Aug. 23 - Escort, 785 tons, Smith, from London. John Jones and Co. agents.
Aug. 27 - Esther, 54 tons, Campbell, master, from Chatham Islands, with potatoes. John Jones and Co. agents.

Entered Outwards
Aug. 23- Abdul Medjid, 400 tons, Reddle, for Guam. Dalgety, Rattray, and Co., agents. 

Daily Southern Cross, 2 September 1862, Page 3 PORT OF AUCKLAND.
Entered -coastwise
Aquila, 27 tons., Austen, from Otago M. Walsh, Wm. Miller, J. Wilson, J. Bremner, J. Rangen, J. Wormald, H. Duncan, P. Real.

September 6 1862 

Entered Inwards
Sept. 5 - Grasmere, barque, 432 tons, C. Turner, from Glasgow, general cargo, 102 passengers. Cargill and Co., agents.

September 13 1862

Inwards - Coastwise
Sept. 10 - Maid of Yarra, 98 tons, Elmsley, master, from Timaru with cargo and passengers. Cargill and Co. agents.
Sept. 12.- Geelong, p.s., Toomey, from Waikouaiti, Timaru, and Oamaru. 35 passengers. Cargill & Co., agents.

September 20th 1862 page 4

Inwards Coastwise
Sept. 19 - Robert Henderson, 552 tons, Logan, master, from the Bluff, with cargo. Cargill and Co., agents.

Outwards Coastwise
Sept. 15 - Geelong, p.s., 104 tons, Boyd, master, for Lyttelton, with cargo and passengers
Sept. 15 -  Rangatira, s.s., 362 tons, Paddle, master, for Lyttelton, with cargo and passengers. 
Sept. 18 Queen, s.s., 177 tons, Paterson, master, for Lyttelton with cargo. D.F. Beeby, agent.
Sept. 18 - Esther, 54 tons, Campbell, master, for Chatham Island, with cargo. Master, agent.

The Alhanbra (steamer) has been purchased by Captain Meikan and others from the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Company, and will shortly proceed to Melbourne and New Zealand, under the command of Captain J.B. Godfrey, late of the Copenhagen.

20 Sep 1862 Otago Witness 
15th Sep Rangatira 	from Sydney 		Passengers
18 Sep City of Hobart 	Melbourne 		passengers (300)

27th Sep 1862 edition page 4
20 Sep Sea Shell 	Melbourne 		passengers
22 Sep Metaris 		Newcastle with coals
23 Sep Thomas 		Newcastle with coals
23 Sep Isabella 	Hobart
24 Sep Alfred Lemont 	Melbourne
24 Sep Benjamin Heape 	Melbourne
24 Sep Boanerges 	Melbourne
25 Sep Jane Lockhart 	Sydney 33
25 Sep Cincinatti 	Newcastle with coals
25 Sep City of Melbourne Melbourne 		703
25 Sep Lightning 	Melbourne 		785
26 Sep Result 		Melbourne passengers
26 Sep Sea Breeze 	Melbourne Passengers

4 Oct 1862 edition
27 Sep Marchioness 	Melbourne 		 10
27 Sep Flying Squirrel 	Hobart
27 Sep Australasian packet Hobart 		 20
29 Sep Dart 		Geelong 		 54
29 Sep Lochinvar 	Adelaide
29 Sep Accrington 	Melbourne 		869
29 Sep Willing Lass 	Melbourne 		  6
29 Sep Mariposa 	Launceston 		  6
29 Sep Dragon 		Melbourne 		  9
30 Sep Pearl 		Geelong general cargo
1 Oct Notos 		Sydney 			183
1 Oct Northern Light 	Hobart timber
2 Oct Clarendon 	Melbourne
2 Oct Emma Prescott 	Hobart 			 14
3 Oct Mistress of the Seas Melbourne Passengers

11 Oct 1862 edition
4 Oct Gothenburg 	Melbourne
6 Oct Eliza Goddard 	Melbourne 		  4
6 Oct Aldinga 		Melbourne passengers
7 Oct Warren Goddard 	Melbourne
8 Oct Bella Marina 	Melbourne
8 Oct Jura 		Glasgow
8 Oct Boomerang 	Hobart
9 Oct Raven 		Sydney 			  9
9 Oct Nor Wester 	Melbourne		435

18 Oct 1862 edition
11 Oct Lalla Rookh 	Auckland 		 53
13 Oct Prompt 		Adelaide
13 Oct Cheviot 		Glasgow 		220
13 Oct City of Hobart 	Melbourne 		240
13 Oct Rangatira 	Sydney via Northern ports 225
14 Oct Greyhound 	Melbourne 		550
14 Oct Lady Emma 	Launceston passengers
Paragraph about all the new arrivals in town on Sunday.

25 Oct 1862 edition
20 Oct Alice Thorndike 	Port Townsend
23 Oct Louisa 		Adelaide
23 Oct Village Belle 	Warrnambool
23 Oct Aldinga 		Melbourne

In 2012 we have the index of Victoria Outwards on CD. Many above don't say passengers or numbers but they are on the CD

September 27 1862

Enter Inwards. 
Sept. 25 - City of Melbourne, 1,823 tons, Jones, master, from Melbourne, with 703 passengers.
Sept. 25 - Lightning, 1,769 tons, Johnston, master, from Melbourne, with 785 passengers and copper ore. 
Sept.      - Result, 1,465 tons, Dickinson, master, from Melbourne, with passengers. 

Entered Outwards
Sept. 23 - Robert Henderson, 551 tons, Eager, for Shanghai. 
Sept. 26 - Grassmere, 432 tons, Turner, master, for Valparaiso, in ballast.

October 11 1862

Entered Inwards
Oct. 8 - Jura, 792 tons, Chambers, from Glasgow. Cargill and Co. agents.
Oct. 9 - Nor'Wester, 1297 tons, Almy, master, with general cargo and 435 passengers. A.L. Thomson and Co. agents.

Entered Outwards
Oct. 6 - Alfred Lemont, 639 tons, Murphy, master, for Callo, in ballast. C.N. Poole, agent.
Oct. 8 - Bombay, 973 tons, Sellan, for Guam. 
Oct. 10 - Japanese, 792, tons, Baird, for Valparaiso. J.A. and R. Baird, agents.

October 18 1862 page 4

Entered Inwards
Oct. 11 - Lalla Rookh, 146 tons, Eady, master, from Auckland, with cargo and 53 passengers. R. Chalmer, agent.
Oct. 13 - Prompt, 86 tons, Garson, from Adelaide, Tickle and Co. agents.
Oct. 13 - Cheviot, 1,065 tons, Orkney, from Glasgow. Dalgety and Co. agents.

Otago Daily Times 13 October 1862, Page 4
Per Cheviot, from Glasgow: Messrs D. McFadgen, W. Smith, A. Orr, R. Stewart, F. Thomas, Mr and Mrs D. Arkley, Agnes Arkley, Wm. Arkley, Mr and Mrs Constable, Mary Anne Constable.

Otago Daily Times 13 October 1862, Page 4
The Cheviot, from Glasgow appeared off the Heads on Saturday, and was taken in tow by the Samson, but, having grounded on the "knoll," which exits in the fairway at the lower end of the cross channel, she did not reach anchorage until Sunday morning. The Cheviot left Glasgow on the 21st June, with a general cargo and 225 passengers, none of whom are assisted emigrants. One death occurred on the passage, the deceased being a man named John Ross, of Glasgow, who died of a chronic l ulcer of the leg., the vessel being then off Stewart's island. Three births occurred on the passage, one of them only the day before the vessel's arrival in port. The Cheviot had a fine weather and moderate winds to the Equator. Throughout the passage the vessel had a tendency to leak considerably, and in consequence of this the crew had a great deal of work pumping, which was the cause of protracting the passage.

Christchurch Press Tuesday 26 August 1930
Death of Mrs Rachel Lawson Stewart CHRISTIE widow of Rev. John CHRISTIE 38 years minister of Waikouaiti. Born Carlisle, Scotland 27th December 1840. In June 1862 she married and then sailed in the ship "Cheviot" for NZ. 

Otago Daily Times 8 August 1913, Page 6
REV. JOHN CHRISTIE. News of the death of the Rev. John Christie which we publish this morning will be received with regret by a largo circle of friends of the dcceascd gentleman, Mr Christie came out to Otago in the early days, and for many years had charge of the Presbyterian Church at Waikouaiti, where he was esteemed by all on account of his courteous and kindly qualities. Advancing years compelled him to retire from active work some 12 years ago, but since then he has taken a keen interest in church matters and in the scene of his labours. Mr Christie was born in East Kilbride, Scotland, in 1830, and was educated at the Edinburgh and Glasgow Universities. He received his license from the Presbytery of Glasgow in 1860. In 1862 he arrived at Port Chalmers in the ship Cheviot. and the following year he became pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Waikouaiti. He retained the pastorate of this church for 38 years, retiring in 1901. Since then Mr Christie has resided in Anderson road, Roslyn. He was a devoted student of scientific subjects, and wrote many articles concerning them. In 1862 he was married to Miss Rachel Stewart, of Carluke, Scotland, and he is survived by his widow, two sons, and four daughters.

Oct. 13 - City of Hobart, 363 tons, Darby, from Melbourne. R.B. Martin and Co., agents.
Oct. 13 - s.s. Rangatira, 382 tons, B. Paddle, from Sydney, via Northern Ports. A.L. Thomson and Co. agents. 
Oct. 14 - Greyhound, 1,410 tons, Jackson, from Melbourne, in ballast. Dalgety, Rattray, and Co. agents.
Oct. 14 - Lady Emma, 133 tons, Wimborrow, from Launceston, with cargo and passengers. J.L. and C. Burke, agents.

Entered Outwards
Oct. 11 - Bengal, 470 tons, Rods, master, for Sydney, in ballast. J.L. and C. Burke, agents.
Oct. 11 - Gothenburg, 459 tons, Mackie, master, for Melbourne, with passengers. Royse, Nudie and Co, agents.
Oct. 13 - Dunedin, 208 tons, Dyson, for Newcastle, N.S.W.
Oct. 11 - Nor-Wester, 1,762 tons, Almy, for Melbourne, in ballast, with 354 passengers. A.L. Thomson and Co. agents.

Nov. 8 1862
Entered Inwards
Nov. 1 - Stately, 565 tons, May, master, from Sydney, with coals, and 199 passengers.
Nov. 4 - Planter, 260 tons, Thrift, from London. Clove and Co. 
Nov. 6 - Bruce, 1,110 tons, McFie, from Melbourne. 

November 15 1862

Entered Inwards
Nov. 8 - Aboukir, 900 tons, Wilkie, master, from Glasgow. Dalgety, Rattray and Co. agents.
Nov. 12 - Sevilla, 591 tons, Kerr, from Glasgow. Cargill and Co. agents. female passengers

November 15 1862 page 2

Loss of the Tamar
The Tamar was a schooner of  109 tons - registered at Launceston, was wrecked at Otago Harbour heads on November 8th 1862, crew and 29 passengers saved.

On Saturday morning the recognised signal for the Samson steamer was seen to be flying from the flag-staff at the pilot station on Otago Heads. On her decks being occupied by a motley group of men, women, and children, many of them attired or clothed in fashion so extraordinary as to indicate them to be the passengers by some suddenly wrecked or disabled vessel. They were the passengers by the schooner Tamar, from Hobart Town, by the wreck of which at the Heads at an early hour in the morning they had all had a narrow escape of their lives. The Tamar is a well-known trader between Hobart Town and this port, and on this occasion, as on the last two or three trips, was commanded by Captain Aked, who has had charge of her in place of her commander and owner, Captain Pie, who is now superintending the outfit of a new vessel intended for the same trade. The Tamar left Hobart on the 22nd ult., a day after the Prairie, which arrived the other day with a cargo of horses from the same place. She was deeply laden, having on board a quantity of building stone for the new Custom House at Dunedin, along with timber and other cargo. Thus laden, and with severe weather prevailing, she had a difficult passage, but reached the Heads safely, and was in the act of turning in against the strong southwest wind which was blowing on Saturday morning when the accident which had proved fatal to her occurred. As she was beating in, and on the starboard tack, she missed stays, when an attempt was made to wear her, but at the same time a heavy squall came on, the crew were unable to overhaul the mainsail, the jib being simultaneously split and torn from the sheets, the vessel went stern on to the rocks below the lighthouse and pilot-station. There being a danger of her being carried out to sea by the wind and the tide so the anchors were at once dropped, and she gradually wore round until she lay broadside along the rocks. There was a low rock ledge where the vessel struck upon which the passengers were able to take refuge. It was between five and six o'clock in the morning that the accident happen, the majority of the passengers were in bed. The vessel sank in ten minutes after striking, and therefore, impossible for them to save any of there personal luggage. Immediately on the accident being noticed from the lighthouse, the pilots aroused themselves and proceeded around to the vessel in their boats, were able to remove the women and children from their exposed position. Of the crew and male passengers, the majority reached the pilot's houses by clambering up the rocks. Captain Aked and Mr Dall, his mate were last to leave the ship. At the pilot station the passengers found most hospitable entertainers in the persons of Captains Lowden, Gunn and Kelly, and their good wives, who prepared endless quantities of food for all, and furnished men, women and children with all the clothing. They were transferred to the Samson, and were again liberally treated by Captain McGill. A subscription on their behalf was initiated by Captain Thomson harbour master and Mr McLandree, and Mr McLeod, of Dunedin. The cargo consisted of 50 tons of stone, 20,000 feet of timber, 15,000 palings, 20,000 shingles, 30,000 laths, 4 tons hay, and 34 bags oats. Messrs J. Paterson and Co. are the agents.
    The passengers by by the Tamar are Mr and Mrs McIntyre, and three children, Miss Pie, Miss Jones, Miss Scott, Mrs Marshal, Messrs Peters and Thomson; and in the steerage, Mr and Mrs Dunn, Mr and Mrs Smith and four children; Messrs Johnson, R. Barrow, T. Barrow, Reid, Mackay, and Winter.

November 22 1862 page 4

Entered Inwards
Nov. 15 - Runnymede, 656 tons, T.H. Rickerby, from Melbourne, J.L. & C. Burke, agents.
Nov. 17 - Redcliff, 22 tons, James Pilotte, from Melbourne. James C. Campbell and Co., agents.
Nov. 17 - Evelina Rutter, 229 tons, J. Chase, from Melbourne. J.L. & C. Burke, agents.
Nov. 17 - Isabella, 195 tons, R. Copping, Hobart Town. C.A. Ross and Co. agents.
Nov. 17 - Balmoral, 107 tons, J. Hummius, Hobart Town. A.G. Fisher, agent.
Nov. 19 - Searesby, 785 tons, Alex. Birne, from London. Dalgety, Rattray and Co., agents.
Nov. 21 - William Ackers, 306 tons, John MacMillian, from Geelong. William Smigh, agent.
Nov. 21 - Helen S. Page, 217 tons, Thomas Spring, from Port Albert. A.G. Fisher, agent.

Entered Outwards
Nov. 17 - Jane Lockhart, 91 tons, John C. Clulow, for Sydney. Franck and Co. agents.
Nov. 20 - Hugh Robert, 90 tons, Edward Walsh, for Newcastle. J.C. Campbell and Co. agents.
Nov. 21 - Cheviot, 1,663 tons, John Orkney, for Callao, in ballast. Dalgety, Rattray and Co., agents.
Nov. 21 - Time and Truth, 237 tons, Staten, for Melbourne, in ballast.

Arrival of the Chile.
The ship reported as at the Heads proves to be the Chile, from London. She is now in the Channel, and will tow up to Port in the morning. She brings 160 passengers, all well on board. The Chili has made a rapid passage, having left London on the 29th August.
Passenger List. Per Chile, from London:-

Ambrose		 Audry
Ashmore		 Mr A.O.
Bain		 Mrs
Montgomery	 Capt. A
Montgomery	 Mrs
Prendergast	 Mr and Mrs T
Robertson	 Miss
Wilson		 Miss
Wilson		 Miss H
Wilson		 Messrs. James and John
Westmascott	 Mr
139 passengers in second cabin and steerage.

November 28 1862

Entered Outwards
Nov. 22 - Bruce, 1,110 tons, Robert Macfee, in ballast, for Melbourne; 30 passengers. A.L. Thomson and Co., agents.
Nov. 22 - Spray, 217 tons, J.M. Watts, in ballast, for Sydney; 18 passengers. A.L. Thomson and Co., agents.
Nov. 27 - Stately, 864 tons, May master, for Sydney, in ballast. Cargill and Co., agents.

Port Chalmers - Arrivals
Nov. 27 - Aldinga, s.s. McLean, from Melbourne, Oct. 22, general cargo; 106 passengers. Royse, Mudie and Co., agents.
Nov. 27 - Mary Ann, schooner, 104 tons, Valentine, from Auckland, grain and timber. Master, agent.

Nov. 27 - Omeo, s.s., 605 tons, McLachlan, master, for Melbourne, 188 ozs gold, 38 passengers. Royse, Mudie & Co., agents.
Nov. 27- Courier, schooner, 40 tons, Sullivan, for Invercargill, general cargo.
Nov. 27- Matador, barque, 269 tons, Lindsay, for Newcastle, in ballast. 
Nov. 27- Emma Prescott, brig, 148 tons, James Staton ?Stanton, for Hobart Town, in ballast. A.G. Fisher, agent.
Passenger List: Per Aldinga from Melbourne -

Barnett		 Mr
Bowman		 Mr
Burgoyne	 Mr
Caldwell	 Mr
Freeman		 Mrs and child
Glenn		 Mr
Miller		 Mrs
McKay		 Mrs
McPherson	 Mr
Perryman	 Mr
Rosenthal 	 Mr
Shepherd	 Mrs and 2 children
Stone		 Mrs and 3 children
Swanston	 Mr
Wilkinson	 Mr
Woods		 Mr

Mr McMullen and Miss McMullen, landed in Bluff. 80 in the steerage.

Daily Southern Cross, 5 November 1862, Page 3 CLEARED OUTWARDS COASTWISE. November 4 Sea Gull, schooner, 122 tons, W G Cellem, for Otago, with 85,000 feet sawn timber, 200 bags maize.. Passengers  Messrs Simpson, John Stevens, J Matthews, W. Cairns, M. Conloy.

December 6 1862 page 2 & 3

The Mail Contract. 
Mr Crosbie Ward effected an arrangement with the owners of the Aldinga to bring down and take back the English mails. The steamer is to be ready to leave Melbourne the ninth, and to wait there, if necessary, until 10 a m. on the eleventh, to bring down the English mails. She is to leave Otago with the return mails on the 18th. For this service 13,000 pounds per annum is to be paid, but there is a penalty of 100 pounds for each day's detention, and of 300 pounds for losing the homeward mail. In case the Aldinga was laid up the Alhambra would be employed in her stead. Invercargill will also have the same advantage as mails will be left for and called for at the Bluff.

Mr Ward's other arrangements comprise of service from Auckland and Sydney by the Queen and Manukau and the Bluff by the Airedale, the same as at present. The Prince Alfred is retained in addition to run from Sydney to Nelson, Wellington and Lyttelton and back - leaving Sydney on the 25th, and returning on the 20th.  The new arrangements are to commence in January.

December 13 1862

Arrivals Port Chalmers December 12
City of Hobart, s.s., 363 tons, A. Darby, from Melbourne, December 6, general cargo, 160 passengers. R.B. Martin and Co., agents. Passenger list: 

Armstrong	 Miss
Bishop		 Mr J
Bradby		 Mrs
Brandt		 Mrs O
Butter		 Mrs and family
Crow		 Mrs and family
Dapper		 Mrs and family
Ewen		 Mr J A
Farley		 Miss
Glen		 Mrs
Henderson	 Mr H
Howorth		 Mr
Jennings	 Miss
Johnson		 Mr
Kenney		 Miss
Lazaras	 	 Mr
Manley		 Mrs
Melody		 Mr and Mrs
Minitie		 Miss
Minitie		 Mr
Sampson		 Miss
Sheracker	 Mr W
Stewart		 Mrs
Taylor		 Mr

December 19 1862

Entered Inwards
Dec. 12 - Kestrel, 170 tons, F. Davies, master, from Sydney. Henry Wurm, agent.
Dec. 15 - Aldinga, s.s. 291 tons, McLean, master, from, Melbourne. Royse, Mudie, and Co., agents.
Dec. 16 - Derwent Hunter, 308 tons, G. Evans, from Hobart Town. A.G. Fisher, agent.
Dec. 17 - City of Melbourne, 1,828 tons, Jones, from Melbourne.
Dec. 17 - Nor'Wester, 1,267 tons, Boston, from Melbourne. Alexander Thomson & Co., agents.
Dec. 17 - San Francisco, 404 tons, N. Stortenbicker, from Geelong.
Dec. 18 - Omeo, 605 tons. McLachlan, from, Melbourne.
Dec. 18 - Eliza Goddard, 192 tons. David, from Melbourne.

December 27 1862 page 4

Entered Inwards
Dec. 20 - Francis Henty, 434 tons, A. Cameron, from Portland. A.L. Thomson and Co. agents.
Dec. 20 - Mariposa, 164 tons, J.P. Moore, from Launceston. W.H. Mumford, agent.
Dec. 22 - Torrent, 64 tons, R. Carlton, from Melbourne. 
Dec. 23 - Corio, 116 tons, L. Carte, from Port Albert. Driver, McLean and Co. agents.
Dec. 23 - Storm Cloud, 798 tons, James Adams, from Glasgow. Morrison, Law and Co., agents.

Dunedin Wharf from Bell Hill 1862

The Times, Friday, Jan 23, 1863; pg. 9
The Dunedin Colonist of 17th Nov. states, though the rush from Melbourne has considerably abated, there is still a steady influx of population. At the port of Dunedin the excess of immigration over emigration in the past month had been 1,684. There had been a second arrival (per Sevilla) of single women, who were likely to prove equally acceptable with the first, the batch per Grasmere.

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A Stern Reality. - The man at the wheel.

OW 18 July 1895 pg21. Many arrived in Otago in 1862 in full vigor of youth during the historic influx of miners from Victoria, consequent on the discovery of gold in Gabriel's Gully. James Ritchie, (funeral 8 July 1895) with his three mates William Fulton, Alexander Mann and Robert Grieves opened the Otago Pioneer Quartz Mine. Ritchie was a native of Kilmanock, in west Scotland, was educated in Irvine, and served his time as a stone-dresser before emigrating to Victoria.

Photo taken by me Nov. 2009, Macetown Road, Arrowtown.
The Arrow River is to the right and a deep ford.