Ship: 1120 tons
Captain: Roberts
Surgeon Superintendent: Dr Hugh Marriner
Sailed London August 30th 1878 & Plymouth 4th September - arrived Wellington December 15th 1878
                                                                                                                                   New Plymouth December 17th 1878

A Shaw Saville and Albion ship that was expected to do better than was ever got out of her was the Hermione, a full-rigger who was well-known in Auckland and other ports in the eighties and nineties - but especially in Auckland, to which she made eight voyages. She was a handsome craft of 1120 tons and was turned out by the Hall shipyards at Aberdeen during the same year that the company's other classically-named ship, the Pleione, was launched. Like so many of the old colonial ships the Hermione was "sold foreign" when steam came in. She was bought by an Italian firm and renamed the Mantova. She was broken up at Genoa as late as the year immediately before the outbreak of the Great War.
White Wings - Sir Henry Brett

Name Age County Occupation
Passengers for Wellington
Families & Children
Balchin William 36 Surry Farm Labourer
Rebecca 33
Ernest 7
Florence 3
Bason Thomas 44 Northamptonshire Mason
Margaret 43
Blair John 38 Renfrew Labourer
Mary 37
Isabella 14
Walter 12
John 8
Mary 5
William 2
Boocock William 37 Yorkshire Bootmaker
Hannah 36
Mary 11
George 9
Clayton Benjamin 38 Yorkshire Painter
Annie 40
Conwell Thomas 21 Antrim Farm Labourer
Jane 27
Deane Thomas 26 Derry Farm Labourer
Mary 24
John 1
Dewar John 22 Perth Farm Labourer
Maggie 20
Feake Josiah 29 Norfolk Bricklayer
Mary Ann 22
Hannie 4
Selina 2
Male child Born on board - 17/11/1878
Gingell Thomas 43 Wiltshire Farm Labourer
Annie 43
Edwin 15
Clara 13
Thomas 11
Emily 7
Lane Thomas 31 Cornwall Brickmaker
Eliza 25
Lankshear William 25 Middelsex Bricklayer
Lydia 23
Mahony Terence 34 Limerick Farm Labourer
Johannah 28
Mary 3
Male child Born on Somes Island 24/12/1878
Mathews Joseph 22 Cornwall Farm Labourer
Annie 20
Mayes James 30 Huntingdon Farm Labourer
Mary 26
Bingham 6
William 4
Sophia 9 months
McDonough Michael 48 Galway Labourer
Catherine 34
Michael 11
Mary 6
Patrick 2
McMillan Arthur Crawford 26 Antrim Engine Fitter
Sarah Ann 26
Mary 5
Thomas Tasman Born on board - 28/11/1878
Mulligan Thomas 25 Tyrone Farm Labourer
Mary 27
Bell Sarah 24 Tyrone General Servant
Travelling with Mulligan
Terrine Fabio 40 Italy Bootmaker
Bound for Westland
Isola 23
Oresti 11
Thibridge Francis 44 Surry Cork Cutter
Louisa 45
Thomas 18
Francis 16
Whitaker William Henry 21 Yorkshire Farm Labourer
Dora 19
Single Men
Andrews James 26 Antrim Farm Labourer
Arthur James 22 Clare Farm Labourer
Beaty William 21 Clare Farm Labourer
Blewetts Samuel 25 Cornwall Farm Labourer
Bourke William 21 Clare Farm Labourer
Breen Jeremiah 25 Kerry Farm Labourer
Candy Richard 22 Cornwall Farm Labourer
Cannon Thomas 21 Donegal Farm Labourer
Carroll William 37 Down Plasterer
William 12 Down
Cassidy John 18 Fermanagh Farm Labourer
Connor William 21 Derry Farm Labourer
Cronin Pat 22 Kerry Farm Labourer
Denis 24 Kerry Farm Labourer
Cross John 22 Yorkshire Shoemaker
Cullen John 26 Leitrim Farm Labourer
Dewar Robert 24 Perth Ploughman
Donohue Daniel 23 Limerick Farm Labourer
Dougall Robert 22 Renfrew Bootmaker
Dwing Mortimer 30 Galway Farm Labourer
Egan James 21 Clare Farm Labourer
Fitton Robert 20 Brecon Farm Labourer
Fitzgerald Michael 20 Kerry Farm Labourer
Foomey John 21 Kerry Farm Labourer
Travelled with Tenaghty
Gibson David 25 Renfrew Gardener
Hawker Samuel 21 Cornwall Farm Labourer
Keenan Robert 21 Antrim Farm Labourer
Lash William 27 Middlesex Bricklayers Labourer
Laving James 19 Fife Ploughman
LeBoeg Thomas 22 Alderney Farm Labourer
Ludlon Joseph 23 Gloster Plasterer
Magee John 21 Fermanagh Farm Labourer
Travelled with Cassidy
Catherine 23 Fermanagh Domestic Servant
Travelled with Cassidy
Sarah 18 Fermanagh Domestic Servant
Travelled with Cassidy
Marshall George 20 Middlesex Painters Labourer
Alfred 18 Middlesex General Servant
Elizabeth 15 Middlesex
Harriett 13 Middlesex
McAnerine William 21 Tyrone Labourer
McGrother Edward 21 Monoghan Farm Labourer
Francis 22 Monoghan Farm Labourer
McKenna Michael 23 Clare Farm Labourer
McMahon John 22 Clare Farm Labourer
Meehon John 21 Donegal Farm Labourer
Minogue Patrick 19 Clare Farm Labourer
Moffatt John 18 Cavan Farm Labourer
Moore Joshua 21 Tipperary Gardener
Robert 17 Tipperary Farm Labourer
Murphy James 27 Leitrim Farm Labourer
Nileand Thomas 22 Mayo Farm Labourer
O'Brien Michael 21 Clare Farm Labourer
O'Shea Nicholas 20 Clare Farm Labourer
Mary 23 Clare Domestic Servant
James 14 Clare
Catherine 11 Clare
Henry 9 Clare
Johannah 5 Clare
O'Sullivan John D 21 Kerry Farm Labourer
Paltridge Alfred 19 Devonshire Farm Labourer
Pearson John 22 Cavan Farm Labourer
John 23 Cavan Farm Labourer
Phillips Andrew 22 Cornwall Farm Labourer
Sherry Edward 24 Somerset Farm Labourer
Shiels Jeremiah 28 Donegal Ploughman
Smart Walter 21 Clare Servant
Sullivan Michael 26 Limerick Farm Labourer
Tenaghty Roger 21 Kerry Farm Labourer
Travelled with Foomey
Thomas George 22 Cornwall Farm Labourer
Richard 20 Cornwall Farm Labourer
Tobin Thomas 23 Leitrim Farm Labourer
Toomey John 21 Kerry Farm Labourer
Tubmein Arthur 18 Cavan Farm Labourer
Ward Robert J 21 Donegal Farm Labourer
Warr Henry 22 Somerset Farm Labourer
Watkins William 20 Middlesex Baker
Watters John A 19 Tyrone Labourer
Weir Edmond 22 Kerry Farm Labourer
Williams David 20 Donegal Farm Labourer
York Albert 19 Monmouth Farm Labourer   Crossed out on list
Refer passengers for Taranaki
Single Women
Arnold Emma 20 Warwickshire Housemaid
Baillie Mary A 49 Northumberland
Barnett Elizabeth 23 Middlesex
Bradley Catherine 25 Kerry Cook
Mary 19 Kerry General Servant
Bebbington Mary 22 Staffordshire General Servant
Bottrell Eliza 20 Cornwall General Servant
Brannell Julia 3 Dublin Cook
Carrigan Mary 23 Rosscommon General Servant
Carter Eliza A 24 Cornwall General Servant
Christian Angelica 21 Essex General Servant
Cochrane Helen 35 Lanark
Archibald 9 Lanark
Fora 2 Lanark
Davidson Elizabeth R 16 Kent
Mary A 11� Kent
Davis Jane 21 Warwickshire Nurse
Delahunty Mary 22 Tipperary General Servant
Denton Annie 35 Salop Cook
Duggan Mary 7
Margaret 6
Ellis Clara 22 Sussex Housemaid
Garrison Susannah 23 Middlesex General Servant
Griffiths Hannah 37 Glamorgan Servant
Ivan 19 Glamorgan Farm Labourer
James 17 Glamorgan
Ann 11 Glamorgan
Margaret 16 Glamorgan
Grinfill Annie P 18 Middlesex General Servant
Hogan Mary E 25 Kings County Cook
Holman Jane 27 Kent Housemaid
Hurley Mary 26 Cork General Servant
Annie 20 Cork General Servant
Ellen 19 Cork General Servant
Jennings Louisa 19 Middlesex General Servant
Kelliher Mary A 19 Kerry Housemaid
Maher Johannah 20 Tipperary General Servant
Mary 21 Tipperary General Servant
McLaren Susan 41 Renfrew Housekeeper
Janet 22 Renfrew Dressmaker
William 20 Renfrew Engineer
Susan 18 Renfrew Milliner
John 12 Renfrew
Mellum Lizzie J 19 Hertfordshire General Servant
Morris Kezia 22 Staffordshire Nursemaid
Miller Margaret 62 Clare Laundress
Noble Susan 16 Surrey Nursemaid
Reed Lydia 19 Norfolk Nursemaid
Rooney Jane 21 Leitrim General Servant
Rooney Teresa 22 Armagh General Servant
Ryan Honoria 24 Tipperary General Servant
Scanlan Margaret 21 Limerick Servant
Mary 22 Limerick Servant
Ellen 21 Limerick Servant
Sercombe Emily 19 Somerset General Servant
Shiel Elizabeth 41 Dublin Cook
Smith Emma 23 Warwickshire Housemaid
Stephenson Emma 26 Cheshire Housekeeper
Sullivan Bridget 27 Middlesex General Servant
Thomas Julia 21 Devonshire General Servant
Tobin Maragret 19 Leitrim General Servant
Ward Elizabeth 20 Sussex Cook
Waters Mary 67 Sussex
George 34 Sussex Under Gardener
West Susannah 21 Surrey General Servant
Wilson Ellen 21 Roxburgh Cook
Wilson Sarah H 22 Warwickshire General Servant
Passengers for Taranaki
Dunkerton Philip 34 Somersetshire Farm Labourer
Alice M 23
Ellen E 3 months
Dennis Eliza 20 Travelled with Dunkerton
Edwards William 35 Cornwall Farm Labourer
Mary 37
Freeman Anthony 24 Worcestershire Farm Labourer
Martha 20
Goose John 39 Lincolnshire Farm Labourer
Laurinda 38
John 15
William 3
Hellings William 24 Cornwall Farm Labourer
Eliza 21
James Robert 22 Somersetshire Farm Labourer
Emily 21
Lily 1
Jenking George 26 Cornwall Farm Labourer
Kate 26
Nicholson Giles 28 Gloucestershire Farm Labourer
Sarah 26 Died on board 17/11/1878
Mary E 5
William 1
Quilliam James 46 Isle of Man Stonemason
Ellen 46
Louise 16 Isle of Man General Servant
Thomas 14
James 12
George 9
Ellen 6
Clara 4
Roberts Richard E 30 Derby General Servant
Annie 30
Samuel 4
William 2
Charles 2 months
Symons William 22 Cornwall Farm Labourer
Johannah 21
Whittington Jacob 35 Somersetshire Gardener
Mary J 33
Thomas 14
Henry 9
John 5
George 2
Single Men
Beales Ephraim 19 Norfolk Farm Labourer
Died on board 04/12/1878
Typhoid fever
Billings Benjamin 35 Loncolnshire Farm Labourer
Blanchford George 19 Lincolnshire Farm Labourer
Cox James 21 Gloucestershire Farm Labourer
Gavan Michael 24 Westmeath General Labourer
Glentworth Henry 22 Lincolnshire Farm Labourer
Robert 20 Lincolnshire Farm Labourer
Hobbs William C 21 Somersetshire Farm Labourer
Hodge Simon W 19 Cornwall Farm Labourer
Jenkins William 28 Gloucestershire Farm Labourer
Keating James 19 Waterford Farm Labourer
Kernahan Robert G 17 Antrim Farm Labourer
Lyne Patrick 22 Kerry Farm Labourer
Napper Henry J 18 Somersetshire Farm Labourer
Norton Simon 19 Somersetshire Farm Labourer
O'Hegan Patrick 23 Derry Farm Labourer
Richard John 16 Cornwall Farm Labourer
Satterly Albert 22 Devonshire Farm Labourer
Thomas Samuel 21 Cornwall Farm Labourer
Tippins George 20 Gloucestershire Farm Labourer
Tulford Walter 23 Warwickshire Wheelwright
Walters Henry 26 Kilkenny Farm Labourer
York Albert 19 Lincolnshire Farm Labourer
Refer passengers for Wellington
Single Women
Bennetts Olivia 27 Cornwall Cook
Black Elizabeth 23 Devonshire Housemaid
Brown Emma 21 Yorkshire Cook
Buck Jane S 23 Cambridgeshire Nurse
Buckley Mary 24 Cork Dressmaker
Norah 22 Cork General Servant
Budge Alice 25 Cornwall General Servant
Clarke Eliza 26 Cornwall Housemaid
Clarke Mary J 24 Cornwall Nurse
Ede Jane A 19 Cornwall General Servant
Gilbert Fanny 34 Lancashire Lodging House Keeper
Catherine 13 Lancashire
Henry 11 Lancashire
Francis 7 Lancashire
Goose Annie 18 Lincolnshire Nurse
Died in Quarantine 20/12/1878
Typhoid fever
Mary 17 Lincolnshire Nurse
Jenkin Mary A 32 Cornwall General Servant
Jordan Mary 20 Kent General Servant
Jones Adeline 18 Gloucestershire Housemaid
Lovewell Amelia 21 Norfolk Housemaid
Mattock Eliza 26 Derry Housekeeper
Moreland Emily 21 Gloustershire Nurse
Richards Mary 22 Cornwall General Servant
Rourke Ellen 29 Cork General Servant
Thompson Maria 23 Sligo General Servant
Watson Jane A 20 Northumberland General Servant


JAMES  family:
My Great Grandfather Joseph Robert Butler James was born in Batcome, Somersetshire England 1n 1856. He married Emily Hucker, born in 1857 at East Pennard, Somersetshire.The Hucker Family lived in Glastonbury, Somersetshire.Her father John was a Policeman and President of the Midland Counties Cricket Club. Great Grandad's mother, Ann Butler James was a Herbalist and did quite a bit of doctoring and caring for the sick. Great grandad Joseph Robert Butler James as a lad was a choir boy at Bolton Cathedral and helped run his fathers farm. After his mother Ann died he married
 Emily and they lived on the farm where daughter Lily was born.  When his father remarried, Joseph and Emily decided to move to New Zealand. Lily was then 18 months old. They sailed on the Hermione, leaving England on 4th September 1878, the voyage taking 4 months. They were becalmed in the doldrums south of Australia, and also two passengers died of fever on the trip. Upon reaching Wellington they were isolated on Somes Island for a month before being allowed to land, finally reaching New Plymouth by coal barge. They settled at Bell Block where Great Grandad worked on a farm for Sole Bros who had a Butchers Shop. My Grandfather Lundon James and the rest of the family were born in the area. If you have a connection with this family or would like to know more please contact William Woller


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