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From: sam kelly <>
Subject: [ROBINSON] New Zealand Robinsons
Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2002 09:59:21 -0800 (PST)
The HANOVER left the East India Docks on May 29, the
Downs on June 3 and took her departure from Start
Point on June 4, passage of 106 days from the Downs..
She arrived in Waitemata Harbour, Auckland, New
Zealand on Sept. 17, 1862 having 336 souls on board.
During the voyage one child died and there was one
birth. Matilda Wattenbach arrived in Auckland nine
days before the Hanover which had left London at the
same time. Their passengers were some of the first
pioneers of the Albert Land, Non-Conformist Colony to
settle at Port Albert, on the Kaipara Harbour in New
Zealand where the settlers were allotted forty acres
per adult. The following names appeared on the
Cabin passengers: Rev. and Mrs. John Davis, Dr. and
8 Haines 8 Halleys
Lidgard, Betsy nee Sands
E.Pemberton 2 Pettets
Ward, Sarah (wife)
Master: Captain H.H.Rich
Rigging: Ship; sheathed in felt in 1859 & yellow
metal in 1860; fastened with copper bolts
Tonnage: 1,045 tons
Construction: 1853, Marshall in Shields on Tyneside;
repairs to damages in 1855; vessel lengthened in 1859
Owners: George Marshal & Co
Port of registry: London
Port of survey: London
Information above courtesy of Chris Lidgard. Posted 8
Sir Henry Brett, 1842-1927 The Albertlanders. Brave
Pioneers of the Sixties, by Sir Henry Brett, Kt. and
Henry Hook. 436 pages. Printed by The Brett Printing
Company Limited, Shortland Street 1927 Reprinted by
Caper Press 1979. Contains list of the ships and
Matilda Wattenbach 954 tons. Left the docks May 29,
1862, Gravesend on the 30th, and the Downs on June 2,
Captain W. Goudie, 352 people aboard.
William Miles left Gravesend for Auckland, 1862, the
third ship, 1103 tons, Captain Brinsden, 322
passengers, of whom a large number were Albertlanders.
Getrude 950 tons, Captain J. C. Congdon. The fourth
vessel to arrive with Albertlanders. 365 people, most
of whom were intended for the settlement. She made a
96 day passage, having left London on November 4,
1862, and arrived in Aukland on February 9, 1863.
Victory 1199-ton ship, Captain William Gibbons,
arrivied in Auckland Jan. 4, 1865 with 247 passengers,
eighty were for the Albertland settlement
Inverene arrived Auckland in 1875 with some settlers
for the settlement.
Tyburnia arrived in NZ in 1863.
The Caudceus. Left Gravesend on December 1, 1864,
dropped anchor on March 5, 1865, 94 days later.
King of Italy. 1363 tons. Captain Meredit. Left London
June 4, 1865, and reached Auckland on September 6.
One of the last ships with Albert Land settlers.
Other Albertlanders came out in the IRONSIDES, SURAT,
IDA ZEIGLER, QUEEN OF THE MERSEY, BOMBAY, STATESMAN,
AVALANCHE, QUEEN OF THE DEEP, ROYAL STEWART, FOAM OF
THE SEA, AMEERSHAM and PORTLAND.
Brookes, Edwin Stanley, 1840?-1904. Bachelor Block : A
Story of Albertland.1995
Auckland Star early 1925. Articles on the Albertland
Mabbet, H. The Rock and the Sky The Story of Rodney
County. Wilson & Horton Ltd., 1977; 449pp. Index.
Hansen, H J and Neil, F J Tracks in the North. 316 pp
b/w photos, maps, Self-publication; (2nd edition);
1995 A history of transport north of Kaipara Harbour -
the sailing ships, scows and coastal ships, including
the fleet of Wilsons Portland Cement, plus railways
and bush tramways.
Emigration of Eight Hundred Nonconformists to New
Zealand Illustrated London News 7th June 1862
Lookup: Kathy Harris has kindly volunteered to do
lookups for MATILDA WATTENBACH, HANOVER and THE
WILLIAM MILES passenger lists and the diary from THE
Research suggestions: Albertland & Districts Museum
Inc, Port Albert, Wellsford
Newpaper item dated June 7th, 1862 courtesy of Tony
Dalton from his GGGPa's scrapbook, who was a Captain
of a number of square-riggers.
MATILDA WATTENBACH : Wettenbach, Heilgers & Co.,
Mincing Lane, London. Connected with Shaw, Savill &
Co. Clipper ship of 1000 tons. Took Nonconformist
emigrants to the colony of Albertland, on the river
Ornawharo, 50 miles from Auckland, New Zealand. The
New Zealand Government had offered 40 acres to every
emigrant paying his passage, with a proportionate
grant to each member of his family. A Mr W.R. Brame
and a number of friends organised emigration on an
extensive scale. In a comparatively brief period, over
1000 persons were registered. Only those persons were
selected who possessed a certain amount of capital or
were proficient in some valuable mechanical avocation
or had some other qualification which would benefit
the colony, as a whole. The 'Matilda Wattenbach' and
the 'Hanover', owned by George Marshall & Co., London,
and also with connections to Shaw, Savill's, were the
first vessels to sail from London Docks "on Thursday
last". The 'Matilda Wattenbach' carried about 350
emigrants, including W.R. Brame, the originator of the
movement, and the 'Hanover' about 280. emigrants. The
"Committee of Management" of the new settlement were
also onboard the 'Matilda Wattenbach'. They were to be
followed on July 10th by the 'William Miles'. The 'Ida
Ziegler' also belonging to Wattenbach, Heilgers & Co.,
was to follow the 'William Miles'.
Sea Breezes (Aug. 1954)
MATILDA WATTENBACH, wood full rigged ship, 1,058 net
tons built 1853 Jersey, Channel Islands, for the Swiss
firm Wattenbach and Heilgers of London. Official
Number 23131. She traded to Australia, East Indies and
Cape Colony until 1863 with four captains (Clare,
Berryman, Donkin and Goudie). She was sold at
Sunderland in November 1863 to Smurthwaite who renamed
her Racehorse. In 1864/65 she was in the China trade
under captains Mann and Mathews. In May 1865 she
sailed from London and Portsmouth with convicts for
Fremantle, WA arriving August 10 after 76 days. Sold
again in 1866, and several times afterwards she
continued to trade in Eastern waters until finally
lost in 1884 in Chile. Immigrant Ships: a reference
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