Ralph Bernal
Ship: 400 tons
Captain: McLaren
Surgeon Superintendent:
Sailed London July 23rd 1847 - arrived Nelson December 3rd 1847
                                                                             Wellington December 11th 1847

Our sincere thanks to Beth for sending us this passenger list.

Name Age County Occupation
Berry Thomas Widower - Bound for Nelson
John Thomas Son of above
Christy Mr Bound for Auckland
Coward Mr Bound for Wellington
Mr G
Harton Mrs Bound for New Plymouth
Morris Mr Bound for Auckland
Ormond Mr Bound for Wellington
Roots Mr Bound for Auckland
Sharland Mr Bound for New Plymouth
Tomkies Mr Bound for Nelson

John Thomas BERRY:
John Thomas BERRY, son of Thomas BERRY by his second wife Sarah BARRON, emigrated to New Zealand with his father aboard the "Ralph Bernal" in 1847.  In 1856 he married Giles GIBSON, who had come to New Zealand with her family in 1842 aboard the "Fifeshire".  They had six children: Martha Charlotte (1856-1893), Alfred John (1858-1913), Arthur Thomas (1860-1861), John William (born 1862), Henry James (died 1958), and Charles (1867-1927).  John (father) apparently did some prospecting and exploration for the provincial government. On moving from Nelson to Renwick in about 1876, he became a schoolmaster, and indeed built the second school there.  He died in 1889. If you have a connection with this family or would like to know more please contact David Lamb.


Copyright Denise & Peter 2002

The Nelson Examiner December 4th 1847