Ship: 484 tons
Captain: John Sumner
Surgeon Superintendent: William Stevens Butler
Sailed England 5th June 1841 - arrived Port Nicholson 16th October 1841

Mr Horace Fildes, the keen antiquary, tells me the old records show that the emigrant ship Arab, 484 tons, left Gravesend on June 3, 1841, with 208 settlers, most of whom were intended for the Nelson settlement. She arrived at Port Nicholson on October 16, at which time, of course, there was no such place as Nelson. No subsequent mention is made of these settlers, so we must assume that they drifted across the Straits from time to time as occasion offered, after the sight of Nelson was chosen, or else they waited for the rest of the people in the Fifeshire and her three companions.
White Wings - Sir Henry Brett

Voyage of the Arab
Arrival of the Arab

Name Age Occupation Comment
Cabin Passengers
Blaithwaite Esq George Winter
Martineau Esq Henry
Simon Esq Francis
Wilkinson Captain John
Woods Esq Frederick
Steerage Passengers
Allington Thomas 36 Agicultural Labourer
Ettey 35
Henry 4
Caroline 2
George Infant   Died at sea
Booth James 21 Slate Dresser
Mary Ann 25
Buik William 31 Wright
Agnes 30
Son 9
Daughter 7
Daughter 5
Dalgetty Alexander 36 Agicultural Labourer
Janet 30
Daughter 9
Son Infant
Dalgetty David 15 Agicultural Labourer
Darling George 27 Agicultural Labourer
Isabella 21
Day George 41 Labourer
Ann 37
William 17 Labourer
Henry 15 Labourer
George Frederic 14
Eliza Wise 12
Robert 11
Mary Ann 9
Charles 6
Susannah 6
Frederic 5
Emma 1
Joseph 3 months
Dixon Michael 30 Agicultural Labourer
Sarah 33
Son 13
Son 8
Daughter 7
Son 3
Daughter Infant
Dyson Charlotte 16 Servant Daughter of Mrs J. Gooder
Dyson Charlotte 10   Daughter of Mrs J. Gooder
Dyson Eliza 3   Daughter of Mrs J. Gooder
Edwards William 32 Gardener & Agicultural Labourer
Mary 32
Furminger Samuel 44 Agicultural Labourer
Sarah 38
Elizabeth 20 Sempstress
Samuel Jnr 18 Agicultural Labourer
Harriet 16 Sempstress
Mary 14 Sempstress
Daughter 12
Daughter 10
Son 8
Daughter 7
Son 3
Gibbs James 29 Carpenter & Caninet Maker
Charlotte 22
Daughter 1
Gooder John 37 Farmer
Betty 40
Mary 11
Northend 8
Richard 7
Greaves John 23 Labourer
Mary 22
Daughter 1
Hill George 36 Sawyer & Carpenter
Ann 38
Jane 13
John 11
Mary 9
Elizabeth 6
Charlotte 3
Hogg John 37 Wright & Turner
Elizabeth 39
Ann 17 Sempstress
John 15 Labourer
Son 8
Hollard Charles 29 Agricultural Labourer
Ann 29
Susan 9
William 7
Elizabeth 5
John 3
Ann 1 Died at sea
Hooper John 37 Labourer
Caroline 26 John's second wife
Sarah 14 Died at sea
Elisa 8
Caroline 6
Robert 4
William 9 mths
Elizabeth Born and died at sea
Irvine Thomas 32 Shoemaker
Eliza 34
Jones George 23 Bootmaker
Eliza 19
Knowler Amelia 17 Servant & Straw Platter
Lissenden James 26 Ploughman
Harriet 24
Daughter 5
Daughter 2
Son 3 mths
McHardy John 18 Baker
McIntosh John 29 Labourer
Mann Jonathan 32 Labourer
Eliza 32
Daughter 13
Son 9
Mather William 34 Wright & Joiner Born and died at sea
Mary G. 33
Daughter 8
Daughter 3
Daughter 6 mths
Miles Thomas 22 Brickmaker
Norris Charles 23 Farm labourer
Barbara Ann 20
Poole Nathaniel 31 Labourer
Mary 27
Son 9
Son 7
Son 5
Son 3
Son Born at sea
Richardson James Robert 22 Farm Labourer
Eliza 20
Richardson Thomas 38 Bricklayer & Mason
Delia 37
Thomas Turner 16 Bricklayer & Mason
George 14 Labourer
Caroline 11
Sarah Ann 8
James 5
William Burgess 3
Roseby Thomas 32 Mason
Ann 38
Son 5
Son 1
Ross Robert 23 Baker
Mary 21
Sellers John 37 Agricultural Labourer
Mary 36
Daughter 13
Daughter 12
Daughter 8
Daughter 7
Daughter 4
Daughter 2
Shirley Matthew 15 Agricultural Labourer
Shirley Thomas 34 Agricultural Labourer
Ann 31
Selina 13
Henry 10
Ann 8
Sophia 6
Thomas Andrew 4
Elizabeth 6 mths
Simpson William 33 Gardener
Jane 26
Slaney Henry 34 Brickmaker Widower
Jane 15 Servant
Smith David 37 Sawyer
Isabel 36
Alexander 15 Labourer
Daughter 13
Son 10
Son 7
Daughter 3
Daughter Infant
Sparks Amos 25 Brickmaker
Elizabeth 23
Daughter 2
Tutchen Peter 40 Shepherd
Sarah 39
Simon Peter 16 Shepherd
Sarah 14 Died at sea
Charles 13
Mary 11
Josiah 9
Ann 8
Eleanor 6
David 2
Vile William 30 Agricultural Labourer Died at sea
Sophia 29
James 10
Charles 8
Ann 6
Jane 2 Died at sea
Josiah 8 mths
Walker James 33 Shipwright
Helen 33
Ellen 14
John 10
William 8
Jean 7
Isabella 5
James 3
Anne Arab Born at sea
Watts William 27 Agricultural Labourer
Esther 26
Harriett Ann 3
Ellen 4 mths
Wilkins John 37 Labourer & Gardener
Grace 38
Son 4
Wilkins Matthew 17 Labourer
Wilkins Hannah 15 Labourer


HOOPER family:
John Hooper was born/christened on 23 July 1805. In 1825 he married Jane Ann THOMAS and together they had five children, the second child dying at the age of three. Jane died June Quarter 1838 and on 12 March 1839 John married Caroline WADMAN (b Sept 10th  1815). They had one child, William Wadman Hooper, before leaving on the "Arab" for New Zealand. John and Caroline settled at Te Marua where they raised their family - in total 17 children. John died on December 25th 1892 in Taita and Caroline died 11 years later on June 16th 1903 in Sanson. Both John and Caroline are buried in the famous Churchyard at Christ Church, Taita.
Of these 17 children I know the following:-
Sarah b abt 1826, died at sea 14 Jul 1841
Robert b 15 Jul 1829, died 08 Sep 1832
Eliza b 10 Jun 1832, married George WHITEMAN from Whiteman's Valley. Eliza is reputed to have lived a 'colourful' life, leaving George, living sometime in Wanganui, then Ashburton where she died 16 Sep 1912.
Caroline b/c 07 Dec 1834, married Charles ASHTON, stayed in Hutt area
Robert (Bob) b 06 Feb 1837, married Emily Rebecca Louisa FELLINGHAM. Emily died 1913 and Robert 1926.
William b 29 Dec 1839, married Susannah HIRST - the Hirsts were 'neighbours'
Elizabeth born and died at sea 1841
Mary Jane b 29 Nov 1843, d 12 Oct 1965 in Taita
Emma b 08 Apr 1844, married John EATON
Selina Ann (Annie) b 17 May 1847, married John William HIRST
Elizabeth Wadman b 28 Jan 1849, married George Henry HIRST
Samuel b & d Jan 1850
Ellen b 17 Oct 1850, married Benjamin RAYNER
Harriet b 1852, d 1854
Mary b 07 Dec 1855, married Joseph WALL
George b 28 Apr 1857, married Eliza Jane KING
Henry Richard b abt 1859, d 11 Oct 1871.
Beverly's main interest
is in Robert (Bob) as he was her Great Gandfather. Beverley has quite a lot of information in addition to the above. If you have a connection with this family or would like to know more please contact Beverley.


SHIRLEY family:
Thomas Shirley married Anne Hallett at Horsington, Somerset, England on 24th Feb1825 and had seven children, Matthew, Selina, Henry, Ann, Sophia, Thomas Andrew and Elizabeth. Thomas leased some sections at Lower Hutt. He and his sons were farmers in the Hutt district. In the early 1850's Thomas Shirley and most of the family moved to Napier where most lived the remainder of there lives. Matthew remained in the Hutt Valley for a few more years before moving to Southland. Matthew married Jane Whiteman (arrived Gertrude 1841) in 1847 and they had 11 children, 6 in Wellington and 5 in Southland. They remained in the Hutt Valley for a few years after the Shirley's as a whole had left and then moved to Southland some time after 1860 eventually settling in Wyndham on the farm that they had bought. Selina married John McHardie (arrived Arab) in 1846 and they had 12 children of whom only 2 survived. The McHardie's settled in the Bulls area. Henry married Eliza Williamson (arrived Olympus 1841) and they had 4 children in Wellington before moving to Napier. Henry died there in 1879 and of his children 2 married, one settled in the Waiarapa and the other in Taranaki Ann married George Petherick (arrived Aurora 1839) in 1846 and they had 3 children in Wellington. Ann remarried 1854 in Napier to James Avison and  they had 11 children. This family largely stayed in the Hawkes Bay area. Sophia married James Stephen Whitehead in 1854 and they had 13 children, 6 of whom were born in Wellington. The rest were born in Canterbury around Christchurch. Most of the family lived out there lives in the North Island. Thomas Andrew married Elizabeth Bicknell (arrived Clifton 1842) in 1859 at Napier. They had no children. Andrew though had an eventful life. (see website) Elizabeth married John Bennett in 1862 at Napier and they had at least 4 children and lived out there lives in Napier. We are continually seeking more information on the Shirley families in NZ. Visit the worldwide family website hosted by Betty Shirley and in New Zealand contact: Roger Shirley or Lyall Mitchell


John McINTOSH, listed on the Arab voyage of 1841 was my great-great grandfather.   He was born in Scotland around 1800 and married Lilly BAIN on 2 May 1825.  She followed him on the Martha Ridgway voyage of 1841-1842. Lilly McINTOSH and four children are listed on the Martha Ridgway, family of the above John McINTOSH.  A fifth child - Alexander - was born 1827 but does not appear here.  Unless someone can tell me otherwise, I must presume he died before 1841.  A sixth child - James Mardoch McINTOSH - was born in Nelson around 1843 and became my Great Grandfather.  He married Hannah BLAYMIRES at Picton in 1869 and settled there.  If anyone knows more I'd like to hear about it. If you have a connection with this family or are interested in learning more please contact  David B Voss.


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