From The Lyttelton Times April 22 1863
The Huntress, Captain Barrow, arrived yesterday evening after a protracted passage. Left 10th December 1862. On leaving London, she experienced very, heavy weather in the channel, and only reached the line after the very long interval of 60 days. At the Cape she again met contrary winds, and during a heavy gale sprung the foremast badly, losing top-gallant mast and gear. After leaving the Cape, the Huntress enjoyed favourable winds, making the coast of New Zealand in 32 days. Attempted to go into Timaru on Sunday, but a heavy south-easter coming on, had much difficulty in beating off shore, and brings all her passengers to Lyttelton. Two births have occurred on the voyage, and 15 deaths, all children with the exception of one young women aged 17 and a boy belonging to the ship.
Lyttelton Times, 2 May 1863, Page 4
The Lady Bird sailed yesterday at half-past 4 with the passengers per Huntress for Timaru. She had the new life boat in tow.
Sailed May 1, s.s. Lady Bird, 220 tons, Renner, for Dunedin via Akaroa, Timaru, and Oamaru. Passengers for Akaroa: Messrs. Pentridge and Middleton. For Timaru Messrs. Pilbrow (3), Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Hughes, Mr. and Mrs. Russell, Miss Chapman, Miss Ellis, Miss Campbell, Messrs. Whitford, Tippitt, Field house, Whittaker, Winter, Proctor, Campbell, Russell, Benbow, and family. For Dunedin: Mr. and Mrs. M'Donald, Mrs. M'Queen, Messrs. Wright, Chapman, Pike, Buchanan.
Lyttelton Times, 16 May 1863, Page 4
Timaru. The Lady Bird, s.s., 220 tons, Renner, from Lyttelton, arrived at Tirnaru early on Saturday morning, May 2. She brings the life-boat, so long expected, and the passengers come down are all from the Huntress, viz., Mr. and Mrs. Pilbrow, Mr. Whitford, Mr. Lippett and child, Miss Ellis, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Messrs. Whitaker, Winter, Proctor, Mr. and Mrs. Russell, Mr. and Mrs. Hughes and 5 children, Mr. Campbell, Mr. Russell, Mr. and Mrs. Benbow and family, Mrs. Fieldhouse, Miss Chapman, Miss Campbell. We understand the Lady Bird is likely to make Timaru a regular port of call. She sailed again about noon.
Lyttelton Times, 7 March 1863, Page 4 Passenger list
Lyttelton Times, 22 April 1863, Page 4 Passenger list
Lyttelton Times, 25 April 1863, Page 4 SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE.
LYTTELTON arrived April 21, ship Huntress, 776 tons, Capt. J.O. Barrow, from London.
Rev. F. Tripp
Mr and Mrs Dickson and two children
Mr Keny [sic Keay] [William Robert Keay and his older brother John Alexander Keay were sent out on the Huntress]
Mr and Mrs. Lippett
Dr E. H. Marshall (surgeon)
Mr E. and Mrs Pilbrow
Mr and Mrs Russell
Mr and Mrs Smith and son
also Government immigrants equal to 222 statute adults.
Totals- Adults, 191; children and infants, 87. 278 souls; equal to 222 adults.
Columns represent: Surname, first name, spouse present, number of children, occupation, origin and remarks.
Abbott Wal. Laborer Dorestshire Allen James Ploughman Aberdeenshire Bawdew J. 25 Farm Laborer Cornwall Bawdew Ann 21 Bardew Nicholas infant Benbow Wm. Y 5 Laborer Salop Bishop Beniah Farm Laborer Salop Black Thos. Ploughman Fyfeshire Blair George Y Laborer Cavan Blake Agnes Domestic Servant Edinburgh Blake John Y 2 Farm Laborer Edinburgh Blake Margt. Domestic Servant Edinburgh Blake Robert Y 2 Farm Laborer Edinburgh Blyth Andrew Y 1 Ploughman Stirlingshire Boulton Sophia Domestic Servant Salop Brown J. Y Carpenter Lanarkshire Burdett Chas. Y 3 Laborer Leicestershire Butler John Farm Laborer Limerick Campbell Jas. Laborer Down Campbell Rose J. Domestic Servant Down Carleton John Y 1 Farm Laborer Antrim Chapman Thos. Laborer Durham Church Chas. Farm Laborer Somersetshire Church Henry Farm Laborer Somersetshire Clapham Ann Domestic Servant Durham Clapham Mary Jane Domestic Servant Durham Clement Mesh. Y 1 Farm Laborer Somersetshire Craw David Y 3 Farm Laborer Lanarkshire Craw Elizabeth Domestic Servant Lanarkshire Craw Margt. Ellen Domestic Servant Lanarkshire Craw Robt. Farm Laborer Lanarkshire Craw Robt. Y 2 Farm Laborer Lanarkshire Cutler John Y 4 Shoemaker Sussex Cutler Sarah Ann Domestic Servant Sussex Cutler Susanna Domestic Servant Sussex Dalzele Jas. Farm Laborer Down Dalziel Jas. Y 3 Smith Lanarkshire Dawe Emma Domestic Servant Somersetshire age 17 Dewer Wm. Ploughman Perthshire Duncan John Y 1 Shepherd Aberdeenshire Durubrake John Ploughman Forfarshire Evans Mary Ann Dairywoman Montgomeryshire Fieldhouse Ann Domestic Servant Yorkshire Forrest John Shepherd Midothian Forward Emma Domestic Servant Wiltshire Forward Jas. Laborer Wiltshire Gibb Alex. Farm Laborer Aberdeenshire Gibson Eliza Domestic Servant Kircudbrightshire sister of Mrs Pauling Glassey S.A. Domestic Servant Tyrone Goodman Mary A. Domestic Servant Yorkshire Gorman Ed. Ploughman Cavan Grainger Thomas Laborer Lanarkshire Grealish Patrick Farm Laborer Galway Guntrip John Y Gardener Middlesex Guskins Maria Domestic Servant Oxfordshire Hale Benj. Laborer Hants Hannon John Y Farm Laborer Antrim Harkness T. Y 2 Carpenter Kirkcudbrightshire Henry Forward 43 Broman Wiltshire Henry Mary 43 Henry James 18 Henry Emma 14 Henry Frank 10 Henry Fanny 9 Henry Henry 8 Henry Edwin 7 Hepborn Thomas Farm Laborer Banffshire Higgs James 24 Carpenter Cornwall Higgs Ellen 22 Higgs Maria Jane infant Hitchel Wm. Ploughman Kirkcudbrightshire Hockley Elizabeth Dairywoman Hants Hockley H. J. Cook Hants (single woman) Hockley Huldah Dairywoman Hants Hughes Richard Y 5 Laborer Down Hutt Thos. Y 6 Farm Laborer Berkshire Jones Eliza 3 Housekeeper Pembrokeshire Jones Frs. Carpenter Monmouthshire Jones James Monmouthshire Jones Thos. Sawyer Monmouthshire Judge Louisa Domestic Servant Middlesex Kerr Wm. Y Gardener Lancashire Kirwin Martha Domestic Servant Limerick Kirwin Sarah Domestic Servant Limerick Leech Eliza Domestic Servant Cavan Livingston Robt. Y Farm Laborer Fermanagh Lockhart Wm. Y 2 Farm Laborer Tyrone Love John Y Ploughman Ayrshire Lyall Wm. Y 6 Ploughman Forfarshire Madden Pat. Limerick Marks Ellen Dressmaker Gloucestershire Marshall John 42 Carpenter Yorkshire Marshall Margaret 28 Marshall Jane S. 5 Marshall Josh. 1 Marshall W.G. infant Martin Jas. Ploughman Forfarshire Mays John Ploughman Ayrshire McIntosh D. Y Shepherd Forfarshire McKay William Ploughman Caithness McLaren Duncan Shepherd Perthshire McLaren William Shepherd Perthshire Medcalf Albert Y Laborer Wiltshire Meshach Clement 26 Farm Laborer Somersetshite Meshach Louisa 21 Meshach Frederick infant Morgan Edwin 30 Farm Laborer Monmouthshire Morgan Elizabeth 28 Morgan Anne 4 Morgan Eliza infant Morland Wm. Farm Laborer Down Morris William 23 Farm Laborer Morris Barbara 23 Morris Sarah Ann 10mths. Mowatt D. Y 1 Farm Laborer Caithness Mundy James 27 Carpenter Cornwall Mundy Eliza P 18 Murphy S. Y 2 Farm Laborer Cork Neil Thos. Y Farm Laborer Antrim O'Boyle Francis Farm Laborer Antrim O'Boyle Mary Domestic Servant Down O'Boyle Patrick Farm Laborer Antrim O'Boyle Rose Domestic Servant Antrim O'Connell Margaret Domestic Servant Tipperary Pauling Wm. Y 2 Ploughman Kirkcudbrightshire wife Jane nee Gibson. Children James & John (broken link http://home.st.net.au/~ailsa/williampauling.htm) Pemberthy Henry Y Carpenter Cornwall Pemberthy Henry jun.Y 1 Cornwall Penberthy Henrietta Domestic Servant Cornwall Penberthy Mary Domestic Servant Cornwall Penberthy Ricd. B. Watchmaker Cornwall Penberthy Sophia Neddlewoman Cornwall Pennie Jas. Y Farm Laborer Aberdeenshire Petrie Chas. Y Farm Laborer Perthshire Price John Farm Laborer Salop Price Maria Salop Price Thos. Farm Laborer Salop Procter Robt. Farm Laborer Lancashire Purnchard Chas. J. Laborer Middlesex Reid James Ploughman Ayrshire Reid John Ploughman Ayrshire Richards Fanny Domestic Servant Cornwall Russell Thos. Y Carpenter Lanarkshire Sanderson Mgt. Domestic Servant Antrim Scholefield Sarah A. 1 Domestic Servant Lancashire Shearer George Farm Laborer Aberdeenshire Shepherd Jas. Y 6 Ploughman Perthshire Sinclair John Laborer Cathness Sinclair Wm. Groom Caithness Smith Mary Cook Lanarkshire Sommerville Nathl. Farm Laborer Armagh Stewart Daniel Ploughman Perthshire Stewart Robt. Ploughman Perthshire Sullivan Daniel Y Farm Laborer Cork Symons Emma Domestic Servant Cornwall Symons Grace Needlewomen Cornwall Trumper Eliza Domestic Servant Salop Trumper Saml. Y 5 Laborer Salop Wakelin Wm. J. Y Carpenter Middlesex Warner John E. Schoolmaster Oxfordshire Watson John 28 Farm Laborer Yorkshire Watson Ann 22 Whitta James Ploughman Forfarshire Whittaker Walter Laborer Lancashire Winter John Engineer Durham Wiseman John Laborer Lancashire Woolley T. Farm Laborer Yorkshire
Lyttelton Times, 29 April 1863, Page 5
Frederick Fisher, steward of the Huntress, was again heed at the bar, charged by Capt. Barrow with refusing to do duty, and using threatening language. The mate, J. W. FitzGerald, also proved the accused had refused to turn to and assist to work the ship when requested by him to do so, under orders from the captain.
Captain Barrow, of the ship Huntress, was charged by Louisa Fowler, one of the passengers, with committing an assault upon herself and child, by plying the hose from the fire engine upon them. Since the arrival of the ship in harbor, considerable dissatisfaction has manifested itself amongst the immigrants.
Thomas Hall, sworn: I was a passenger by the Huntress; remember the time the people were ordered on deck; Captain ordered all on deck; I had occasion to go below to fetch the things for our dinners; saw the Captain play the hose upon Mrs. Fowler and her two children.
Charles Burdett, sworn: I am a passenger by the ship Huntress; I was between decks on this occasion; I had just got my preserved potatoes for dinner; I was returning down stairs between decks from the galley to get the things for dinner; I saw the captain turn the hose on Mrs. Fowler and her children;
Mrs. H. Hockley: I am a passenger, along with my two daughters; we occupied berths on the poop. I have noticed that the captain had a great deal of trouble to get the passengers up from below, especially the married people.
Mrs. Emma Hutt, called and sworn: I am a passenger by the Huntress, and wife of Thomas Hutt;
Mrs. Margaret Marshall: I am a passenger by the Huntress; also my husband and family. I know Mrs. Fowler. I have not received any harshness from the captain or officers of the ship.
Robert Craw: I was acting constable on board the Huntress; at times I have thought the Captain was harsh with the passengers; at times, there was a difficulty to get the people up it was not always possible, especially with children, to obey the order at once; although I consider the Captain was harsh, he meant well. I had orders to have the ladders removed. On this particular day I do not think there was any particular order to be carried out below; I have been at sea before; I consider the ship was kept clean considering the crowded state she was in I think for the number of people, children especially, the space was too limited; some did obey the orders, others did not�they could not always do so; one particular part w r as dirty compared with other parts; this part was abaft the mainmast, on the starboard side, but it was on account of the confined space in this part there was considerable sickness amongst the children; the part myself and family lived in was not so confined, and could be kept cleaner; we were better treated.
The Resident Magistrate added that he considered great provocation had been given, and it was evident that a conspiracy existed amongst some of the passengers to thwart and annoy the officers and doctor at the commencement of the voyage. The ship was evidently unsuited for passengers, and was in consequence very dirty. In another charge, similar to the above, made by Jeannette Love, in which the Bench ordered the captain to pay the costs, it was admitted that the captain told the plaintiff that he had no intention to throw the water on her; it was done accidentally in handing the hose up on deck.
Another Charge op Assault. SOMMERVILLE V. CHESTER. Nathan Sommerville sworn: I am a passenger by the ship Huntress; in the single men's compartment; joined the ship on or about the 11th December; I looked over the list posted below for my name and number; I found my name on the list, but no number; I applied to the officers of the ship and the two mates; Mr. Chester put me into a berth; I was put out of this very shortly by a young man who claimed it from the time I joined the ship to the 28th February, I had three bunks, Nos. 48,57, and 45; I was turned out of them, and had to lay about on the boxes and forms; on the 1st December I applied again to the Doctor; he told me I might sleep on the boxes or forms; I replied to him that before I he left he must find me a proper place to sleep in; without doing so he left me, and I followed him to the cabin; the Doctor and Captain went below, after a few moments returned and asked for my contract ticket; I returned to the young men's place to get it I was told by the Captain that I had broken the regulations by threatening to strike the Doctor, and he intended to make an example of me Mr. Chester, the second mate, put the handcuffs on my hands I was taken forward down the forehold amongst the coals, and my hands lashed to a thick rope; I was in a stooping position, and could not lay down; I remained till seven o'clock next morning; the constable came and undid the rope, and I I was ordered to go the Captain; Chester took off the handcuffs; I did not at anytime make or offer resistance: the Captain said if I would be quiet he would not put a blur on my register ticket. Mr. Chester, second mate, stated that he was ordered by the captain to take the man down below, and also to put the hand-cuffs on him. Capt. Barrow was duly sworn, and said: I ordered the second officer to put the hand-cuffs on Summerville, because he was offensive to the doctor; I considered it my duty to do so; I heard the man had not got a place to sleep in, and as soon as I was j told of it by the doctor, I ordered the carpenter to fit one up; I asked him for his contract ticket; I believe it has not been refused to him yet. The doctor is on board attending to a sick passenger.
Desertion. �Three seamen who had deserted from the ship Huntress, received the sentence of 12 weeks imprisonment, with hard labor. One of the sailors belonging to the Roman Emperor, received a similar sentence for the same offence.
Robert Brown Craw was sworn, said: I am a passenger by the ship Huntress;
Lyttelton Times, 20 May 1863, Page 4
Sudden Death�One of the apprentices of the ship Huntress died suddenly on Monday night. It appears that he was taken ill in Christchurch, and managed to get over the hill in the afternoon about five o'clock, and was dead at ten.
Hughes family: Richard and Susannah Hughes (nee Gibson) and their children left County Down, Ireland and arrived at Lyttelton aboard the Huntress in April 1863. They settled in Kingsdown, south of Timaru. Richard was a Farmer. He died in 1880 from injuries sustained when he fell from a spring cart. He is buried in the Hughes family plot in Timaru Cemetery.
Their eldest son Robert Hughes married Sarah Pizzey (originally from Felsham, Suffolk, England) and they had eight children. Robert was a blacksmith in Geraldine and it is rumoured that Sarah ran a nursing home. They divorced in approximately 1902. Sarah moved to New Plymouth and died in 1947. Robert stayed in South Canterbury and died in 1930.
Their son Richard Hughes married Ellen Scobie and they had 5 children. Ellen Scobie emigrated with her parents and siblings from Thornliebank, Glasgow, Scotland in approximately 1880. Her parents, John Douglas and Janet Scobie (nee Ramsay) lived in Kakahu, Orari and Hilton. Very little is known about the Scobie family. Arrived in 1873 at Port Chalmers on the Michaelangelo.
Their son Herbert Hughes married Mary Graham originally of County Antrim, Ireland. They are survived by seven children who currently live in New Zealand. Information courtesy of Joy Hughes. Posted 19 August 2006, updated Sept. 2013.
William BENBOW (Chr. 14 Nov 1826 Burford, Shropshire; D. July 22, 1909 Waitohi) was the eldest son of James and Sarah nee Cumbers. He became gardener and gatekeeper at Ludlow Castle, South Shropshire where he met, eloped to Weston, Burford and married Nov 20, 1848 Mary Paston (b. 1823c; d. May 16, 1895 Waitohi) They sailed on the "Huntress" from Plymouth with their family Ann, James, Sarah, Elizabeth and baby William. Unable to continue the journey to Timaru, severe gales forced the Captain to put in at Lyttelton. Passengers completed their journey by steamboat and were landed by surfboat. The Benbows went by bullock wagon, a journey of 1� days to stay overnight at the Arowhenua Inn and on to Temuka. Here William obtained work with the Hayhursts as their gardener and Mary was housekeeper. The children attended school at Georgetown.
William Benbow bought 20 acres in Waitohi - Kakahu area and built a sod cottage. William, Mary and Lucy were added to the family. Later a large stone house was built "Ladymoore", and the children walked the six miles over bullock tracks to Temuka. More land was added to this holding. William and Mary are buried in the Temuka Cemetery.
Benbow children -Ann (1849 - 1929) m. William Guilford James ( 1854 - 1946) m. Alice Harriet Bishop Sarah (1855 - ) m. 1877 Thomas Mattingley Elizabeth (1858 - ) m. Benjamin Trumper William - died on voyage William Charles (1864 - 1921) m. Edith Stringer Mary Caroline (1866 - 1912) m. William Cross Lucy Harriot m. 1891 Daniel McInnes
Information courtesy of Winsome Griffin. Please contact Winsome if you have further information or would like information on the BENBOW family. Posted 25 Sept. 1999
Note: William Robert Keay and John Alexander Keay, his brother, were sent out on the 'Huntress' to work as farm cadets. The Timaru Herald published a manuscript "Extracts from the Reminiscences of W.R. Keay" as a weekly series in 1959. Gives an account of the voyage. A brief extract appears in Sherwood Downs and Beyond by Connie Rayne. Onboard was a lifeboat for Timaru. The 'Huntress' 778 tons, sailed from Lyttelton for Callao, Peru (port of Lima) but never arrived. The passenger list also appears in The Press, held on microfilm in the New Zealand Room at the Christchurch Public Library.Passenger Lists - Timaru
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