The writer, J.T.M, John Thomas Morris, South Canterbury's first published humorous writer, a passenger to Timaru in on the first direct immigrant ship, Strathallan, wrote a diary during the voyage, sketched while in the area and wrote poetry and was always "up to fun" and kept all lively during the voyage out.
The New Chum in Timaru Timaru Herald 2 March 1867 page 3
First published in the Lyttelton Times 7th February 1863 and reprinted in the Timaru Herald four years later. The Editor of the Timaru Herald wrote "If the writer was to try his hand again we think would have a very different tale to tell". John Morris accepted the invitation and on 3rd April 1867 and a continuation verse appeared. [No. 2].
The New Chum Timaru was printed in the Timaru Herald 13 April 1867 page 4
Timaru Herald - Death : On the 29th April 1890 at Waimataitai, Timaru, John Thomas Morris ("J.T.M."), aged 63
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