Passenger lists for South Canterbury arrivals
Shipping Intelligence from the Timaru Herald 1864-1865
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The principal vessels with passengers for Timaru
Vessel Arrival Port Arrival Date Strathallan Timaru 14 Jan 1859 Echunga Timaru 16 Dec 1862 Lancashire Witch Timaru 13 Oct 1863 Victory Timaru 13 Oct 1863 Ivanhoe Lyttelton 12 June 1864 Edwin Fox (os) Lyttelton 27 June 1873 Peeress Lyttelton 24 July 1874 Atrato Lyttelton via Pt Chalmers 24 June 1874 Carisbrooke Castle Lyttelton 3 Sep. 1874 Rakaia Lyttelton 7 Feb. 1875 Star of China (os) Lyttelton 1 Aug 1875 Merope Timaru 24 Sep 1875 Duke of Edinburgh Lyttelton 17 Nov 1875 Soukar (123 for Timaru) Lyttelton 24 Jan. 1876 Conflict Lyttelton (from Belfast) 29 Jan. 1876 Countess of Kintore Lyttelton 19 Apr 1876 Halcione Lyttelton 25 Aug 1876 Wiltshire Lyttelton 17 Feb 1877 Opawa Lyttelton 16 Apr 1877 Piako Lyttelton 15 May 1877 Wanganui Lyttelton 1 July 1877 William Davie (os) Lyttelton 1 July 1877 Waikato Lyttelton 27 July 1877 Waimate Lyttelton 3 Sept. 1877 Waimate (os) Lyttelton 7 Dec 1878 Crusader Lyttelton 14 Oct 1877 Waikato Lyttelton 27 Apr 1878 Opawa Lyttelton 7 Dec 1878 Arawata Lyttelton 9 Dec 1878 Claude Hamilton Lyttelton 9 Dec 1878 Warwick (os) Timaru Feb. 1879 Orthes Lyttelton 16 Feb 1879 Waikato Lyttelton 18 Jan 1879 Merope (os) Lyttelton 29 Jul 1879 Orari (os) (named TH 29 Jul '79) Lyttelton 26 July 1879 Waitangi Lyttelton 28 Sep 1879 Hereford Lyttelton 31 Dec. 1879 Opawa Lyttelton 25 Oct 1880 Rangitiki Lyttelton 17 Dec. 1880 British Queen (os) Lyttelton Apr 1883 British Queen Lyttelton Oct 1883 Takapuna Port Chalmers 13 Oct 1883 Waipa Lyttelton Oct 1883 Waitangi Lyttelton
os=offsite. The above list is created from newspaper reports and from the book "South Canterbury Early Settlers and Immigrants - The Passenger Lists 1859-1884". A South Canterbury Historical Society publication 1990.
Timaru Herald, 28 August 1876, Page 2
SHIP HALCIONE FROM LONDON.
(Lyttelton Times, Saturday, August 26.) This vessel was signalled at 2 p.m. yesterday, and upon being boarded by the Health Officer, all was found to be well. The latter part of the passage was very stormy; When off Marian Island on July 23, a man named William Westcott was lost overboard, while making fast the maintopast staysail. The passengers, who number 30, are all in excellent health. The ship anchored off Ripa Island at 5 p.m. The following is the Captain's report:� The Halcione left the East India Docks on May 19, and anchored, at Gravesend until 3 p.m. Brought up at the Nore for the night, and left, next morning at daylight, the wind being fresh from the north-east. Lauded pilot off Deal on May 20, when the wind fell calm.; had strong westerly winds and heavy sea down the Channel, and landed Channel pilot off Berry Head on May 25, at 6 a.m Left, the Lizard next day, at 1 a.m., ... The Halcione brings the following passengers :�
Saloon : Mrs. Cardale, Rev. H. S. Hamilton, Mrs Hamilton, Messrs A. McDe and E. J. Cardale, J. Hannam, Boswell, J.S. Holmes, G. Sheath, T. H. Lambert, Dr L. J. O'Leary, Mrs Porter
Second cabin : Messrs J. Davis, Wilson, W. Donaldson
Steerage : M. J. Wood, B. C. Wallace, E. Brownie, M. Killmartin, H. Lowe, W. Jones, S. Marshall, H. Ross. T. Jackson, W. Bedford, Mary Wallace, Margaret Jackson, Emma Jackson, Mrs B. Pardoe.
ARRIVAL OF THE N.Z.S. CO.'S SHIP
Timaru Herald, 3 July 1877, Page 2
The ship Wanganui, bound for Canterbury, left London on the 20th March, and anchored at the Nore Lightship for the night ; following morning weighed anchor and proceeded. ... The ship had quite a number of visitors during the afternoon, including, as before stated, Mesin Selwyn Smyth, Coster, Bevans, Gould, and others connected with the company. Comments on the vessel were most favorable, and the New Zealand Shipping Company may be congratulated on this handsome addition to their fleet. The Wanganui brings the following passengers: � Saloon � Mr A. W. Steele; Mr Charles J. Ayton, Archdeacon Thorpe, Miss Brady, Mr F. W. Hunt, Mr W. Hunt, Mr C. A. Schmitz, Mrs Glassford and three children, Mr F. W. Mossman, Mr Reginald Bray, Mr Robert Wood, and Mr Thomas Robilliard.
Second Cabin � Mr George Meyer, Captain Brown, wife and family, Mr James Black, Mr Louis Simmonds, Mr King, and Mrs Adener.
Intermediate� Charlotte Heard and child, Stephen Burrell, Ruth Best and child, Fred. G. Rutland, Charles Spekeman, and David Strang.
Steerage � Christopher Shuttleworth, Hermann Hauptfleised, Alexander Ross, Patrick Daly, John Hendry, O. M. Bottleson, D. C. Tansen, and Philip Williams.
Timaru Herald, 21 May 1880, Page 2
IMMIGRANTS FOB TIMARU. The ship Geraldine Paget, now due at Wellington, has the following adult immigrants on board for Timaru : Robert Darlow, Jane Darlow, Kate Fitzgerald, Nano Fitzgerald, and Mary Fitzgerald.
Timaru Herald, 6 October 1882, Page 2
Papers Past Press, Thursday
The New Zealand Shipping Company's ship Wairoa made this port yesterday from London. By her there arrived forty passengers, included among whom are a few nominated immigrants. The medical department was m charge of Dr. J. W. White, who is on his first visit to the colony. All have a good word for the Wairoa, and their admiration for Captain Barclay found full expression in the remark that there was "not a man on board but would die for him." The voyage, taken throughout, was a very stormy one. The ship rolled at times fearfully, and large quantities of water _ swept her decks. Captain Barclay and his officers, Messrs Jameson, Croncher, and Fildes, succeeded by their watchfulness and core in bringing the good ship into port without damage and without accident or injury to anybody on board. The Wairoa left London on July 1st, and took departure from Scilly on the 10th. She brings the following passengers : Saloon : Mr and Mrs Greenwood and family (8), Mr Joseph Mayers, Dr. J. W. White. Second cabin : Mrs Rosalia Cheek and family (5), Margaret Johnstone, James Smart, Essey Hempstead, Eliza Treanor, Mary Treanor, Charles Hunt, Edwin Green, Mr and Mrs Harding and family (5), Mr and Mrs Candy and family (6), Mr and Mrs Vince, Alice Vince, Margaret Clifford, A. Simpson, Robert Jackson, Robert Scott, William Elliott, Jasper Stewart, William Anderson.
Timaru Herald, 25 October 1883, Page 2
Arrival of Immigrants. A number of nominated and Government immigrants per British Queen and Taranaki arrived from Christchurch by yesterday's Express. There were twenty-four single girls (nine nominated and fifteen Government immigrants) for Timaru, and two families for Waimate. Most of the girls were taken to the Barracks, where they will be open for engagement at ten o'clock this morning. Some of the nominated ones joined their friends, but others decided to seek engagements at once. The names of the arrivals are � Frances Singer, Mary Gibson, Margaret Stewart, Margaret and Ellen Sweeney, Mary Leen, Sarah Burgess (2), Eliza Richards (the foregoing nominated), Margaret Ennis, Jane Bennett, Emma Curtis, Kate Neville, Mary and Hannah Cleary, Rachel Campbell, Elizabeth Todd, Mary Fitzgerald, Mary Wall, Elizabeth Johnson, Eliza Edwards, Louisa, Ellen, and Anna Ladd. The girls are of neat and respectable appearance, and should have no difficulty in obtaining situations. One of the families bound for Waimate, went on yesterday, the other, Mrs Denihey and six children whose husband and father is an old Waimate resident, remained in Timaru at the barracks.
ODT March 1879 29th
'The nominated immigration list from Timaru last month comprised 121 souls. page 19
From a zip file passenger lists "Edwin Fox" 1873 to 1880.
Immigrants on the Edwin Fox destined for Canterbury, NZ, arrived Port Lyttelton 1873, from the list the following proceeded to Timaru
FRIEL Daniel Donegal 27 Farm Labourer FREIL Catherine Donegal 21 GREENE James Donegal 19 Farm Labourer HELAN Mary Middlesex 15 Servant ORR John Donegal 25 Farm Labourer ORR Alice Donegal 22 Servant ORR Catherine Donegal 20 Servant
Vessels with passengers for Timaru:
reference 'White Wings'
|Huntress||Lyttelton||21 Apr 1863|
|Otaki||Lyttelton||8 Feb 1876|
|Ben Venue||Timaru||5 May 1882|
|Rakaia||Timaru||8 Jan 1885|
|Lochnagar||Timaru||1 Nov 1885|
|Lochnagar||Timaru||25 Oct 1887|
|Invercargill||Timaru||4 Dec 1893|
|Invercargill||Timaru||16 Sep 1898|
|Hermione||Timaru||11 Sep 1899|
|Taranaki||Timaru||2 Oct 1899|
The English ship, Strathallan, arrived with the first significant influx of 120 immigrants to Timaru in 1859.
The Victory, barque, 579 tons, from Southampton arrived at Timaru on October 13, 1863 with 231 passengers on board, 101 of which were landed at Timaru.
The Royal Stuart arrived in Lyttelton January 1855. Passengers includes Acland, Tripp, Maude and Teschemaker all later became pioneer run holders.
Rangitiki to Lyttelton Dec. 1880
Timaru Herald, 16 January 1874, Page 7
Earthquake. � A very severe earthquake was felt at the Tekapo station at 1.30 p.m. on December 30. Our informant � an old resident in Canterbury states that it was the most severe shock he has experienced in this province.
Immigrants. � Forty-nine immigrants ex Star of India, which arrived at Lyttelton lately were landed at Timaru on Jan. 3, from the p.s. Comerang.
Timaru Herald, 31 July 1874, Page 3
A charming instance of beautiful simplicity and of exposure of false pretence lately found illustration at Temuka in the person of a newly arrived immigrant, designated in official records as a "farm laborer." Somebody or other wishing for a servant of this description, but, perhaps, doubting the look of the man, tested the matter by asking him to bridle his horse standing in an adjoining stable. The fellow, be it remarked, had previously given the would-be employer to understand that he was a farm servant, and that he knew "something" of horses. However, the test of putting on a bridle was overpowering, but Hodge was wise enough not to attempt what probably lie never had attempted in his life, for, spying a by-stander, he asked him to put on the bridle while he would considerately hold the lanthorn [lantern].
Timaru Herald Friday 6 November 1874
A number of immigrants have arrived here lately, equal to nearly one hundred adults. On Tuesday, the 27th ult, the Maori brought forty-six adults, German immigrants from the Guttenburg at Lyttelton, comprising of five families and thirty-six single men, and on the same day the Bruce from Dunedin landed three men from the Jessie Readman. The single men were principally laborers, nearly all of whom went to work on the southern railway. On Wednesday last the Alhambra brought eight adults from the Chile at Nelson, and the Maori shortly afterwards arrived with a number from the Duke of Edinburgh at Lyttelton. Those by the latter vessel numbered thirty-nine and a half adults, comprising of six families and sixteen single men and two single women, the occupations of the men being as follows:
six farm laborers
By yesterday all the tradesmen and farm laborers had found employment, and those of the laborers who were not engaged, had the opportunity of accepting work on the railway. The single women and girls fit for domestic servants, readily found situations. Several more single girls from the Duke of Edinburgh will arrive here by the next steamer from the North. During the voyage of the Maori from Lyttelton, James Carlette, aged fourteen months, a child of one of the immigrants, died of consumption. The body was buried in the Timaru cemetery on Wednesday afternoon.
Interred South End
Age at Death 14 Months
Date of Interment Thursday, 5 November 1874
Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Block D Plot 15
Duke of Edinburgh
Corbet William 22 Isle of Man Farm Labourer
Mary A. 21
William Edward 1�
John James 7 months
Male child Infant born on board 01/10/1874 infant weighed 11� lb.
The Star Monday 2nd August 1875
Arrived August 2 - Star of China, ship, 707 tons, Blaker, from London; 200 Government immigrants. This fine composite ship, commanded by Captain E.W. Blaker, arrived in harbour on Sunday night. The Immigration Officers proceeded down to the ship this morning in the s.s. Mullogh and passed the vessel. The immigrants are all well, no deaths occurred during the voyage. We are sorry, however, to state that a married woman died this morning consequent upon her confinement. The immigrants will be landed to-morrow.
The Star 5 August 1875 pg 2
Lyttelton - Sailed Aug. 5 - Beautiful Star, for Dunedin via Timaru. Passengers - Messrs Jones, Wilson and 40 Government immigrants ex Star of China.
9 Aug. 1875 Timaru Herald pg 2
Port of Timaru Arrived: August 6 - Beautiful Star, ss, 146 tons, Pieterson, from Lyttelton.
The Star Monday 9 August 1875 pg2
Immigration - A number of immigrants, per the ship The Star of China, have been sent to the branch depots at Rakaia, Ashburton and Rangiora, and can be engaged there.
Timaru Herald Wednesday 11 August 1875 pg 3
Immigrants at Waimate. Eight immigrants - single men - arrived at he immigration depot on Saturday last, and on Monday three married couples arrived from the Timaru Barracks.
The Star Thursday February 17 1876
Arrival of the Rangitikei. Captain Scotland is in command. Dr Ross is the surgeon-superintendent. 73 days from anchorage to anchorage pr 67 days from land to land. The Rangitikei left the London Docks on Nov. 29 and embarked 301 souls at Plymouth on Dec. 4. Two deaths have occurred, one a single girl, Jessie Capon, who died from hyperemia of the brain on Dec. 13, and the other a child of two tears, who died on Dec. 17. Two children were born on the passage. Whooping cough was rather prevalent. The nationality of the immigrants is pretty evenly divided between English and Irish, only a very few being Scotch. A splendid condenser. 53 girls occupied the single girls compartment., under charge of Mrs Blythen. Just six months and 27 days from the time of leaving this port and returned here again. Twelve families for Timaru and forty single men, will stay on board the ship for a day or two and will proceed to Timaru by rail. Left London Docks on Nov. 29, arrived in Plymouth on Dec. 1
The Star Saturday February 19 1876
Lyttelton - Magisterial. Combing to Disobey Orders - Eleven seaman belonging to the ship Rangitikei were charged by Captain Scotland with this offence. The Captain admitted that the forecastle was in a bad and wet state during the voyage. The Resident Magistrate sentenced each of them to four weeks' imprisonment with hard labour.
Timaru Herald, 4 May 1876, Page 3
Immigrants � Twenty-two single men ex Caitloch at Port Chalmers, arrived by the Taiaroa yesterday morning, and fifteen of them, will be open for engagement at the depot, Timaru to-day. The remainder will be forwarded to Waimate; Where they can be on and after tomorrow.
Timaru Herald, 23 May 1876, Page 3 PASSENGER LIST ONLINE
Immigrants.� One family of immigrants from the ship Countess of Kintore at Lyttelton, comprising eight souls equal to seven adults, arrived here by the 1.30 o'clock train yesterday. The occupation of the head of the family that of a butcher.Allpress Jonathan 41 Cambridge Butcher Emma 42 Charles 18 Trans to s/m Laborer Emma 17 Trans to s/w Servant Pricilla 15 Trans to s/w Servant Clara 14 Trans to s/w Servant Caroline 11 Eva 9
Timaru Herald, 2 May 1876, Page 2
ARRIVAL OF THE COUNTESS OF KINTORE. Sailed 2nd Feb. 1876.
(From The Press May 1)
This favorite ship, so well known in Lyttelton, was signalled from the North on Friday night. It is stated that the ship had been eighty three days on passage; the passengers numbered 197 souls. On February 5th, almost immediately after starting, measles had broken out amongst them, and lasted throughout the passage, the last case commencing on April 19th and terminating in convalescence on April 27th. Twenty four in all suffered from the disease and four children died, none of which were more than three years old; a fifth death occurred from inanition. There had been a case of malignant scarlentia but the patient had recovered. Every possible precaution had been taken to prevent the spread of infection; isolation, fumigation and disinfectants having been used, the clothes of those effected being either thrown overboard or passed through carbolic acid. On receiving this report the Commissioners determined not to board the vessel and at once passed her in quarantine. As the saloon passengers had-not been ill, it was arranged that they remain on board the vessel, and be released when she was admitted to pratique. The immigrants were safely removed to Ripa island by the ship's boats. Dr Davidson, the surgeon -superintendent is well known here, having occupied a similar position in the Ciccro last year. Dr Davidson said that Alfred. Stokes, the patient suffering from scarlet fever, was convalescing. The following are the names of those who died during the passage:-
John Nugent, aged three years.
Susan Roach, eleven month.
Rachel Sharrock, eleven months.
Annie Moore, three years.
One birth took place on the voyage.
She brings as saloon passengers
Mr and Mrs Galway and family (8)
Mr and Mrs Parsons
Mr and Mrs Phillips
and 183 immigrants.
North Otago Times, 3 March 1879, Page 2
Timaru. March 2. The immigrants per Boyne are going off rapidly, though rather a rough lot.
Timaru Herald, 5 August 1879, Page 2
Immigrants Expected. � in Dunedin from Glasgow, for Timaru, per the ship Napier (late the J. N. Fleming):
Gibson: Campbell 24, Catherine 24, William 2, John 1 ;
Lyle : Thomas E. 26, Jane 27, Francissa 4;
Kennedy : William 31, Agnes 33, David 6, Sarah 4 ;
Toomey : Michael 19 ;
Burness : Elizabeth 21 ;
McKenzie : Jane 28, Isabella 7, Robert 6, Donald 4, Alexander 1 ;
total, 4 families of 16 souls, equal to 11 adults ; 1 single man, 1 single woman. Occupations � 1 farm laborer, 2 carpenters, 1 blacksmith, 1 housemaid, 1 housekeeper.
Timaru Herald, 23 September 1885, Page 2
New Arrivals. The ship Pleiades, which arrived at Lyttelton from London on Monday, brought several Yorkshire families who have been engaged by the Timaru Woollen Factory Company, and they arrived in Timaru by the evening train yesterday. Their names are David Murgatroy, wife and three children, Norman Avison and wife, George Haig, Arthur Wildsmith, wife and two daughter's, Edwin Bold and wife.
Timaru Herald, 30 October 1897, Page 2
The ship Pleiades, from London, Captain Morton, via Lyttelton, arrived from the latter port yesterday morning, with about 700 tons of general cargo consigned to the C.F.C.A., and was berthed at the Moody wharf to discharge. To load wool. Crew list. and only one passenger: Mrs Morton.
Timaru Herald, 18 January 1898, Page 2
An apprentice on the ship Pleiades, named William Vernon Wilson absconded from the ship on Sunday, the 9th inst., and was arrested at Rakaia on Friday. He was charged at the Magistrate's Court yesterday with absconding, and in reply to questions said he had no reason for doing so, and that he was going to Lyttelton to get another ship. Captain Morton said the lad's father paid a premium of sixty guineas to get him apprenticed, the lad's term would expire in about five months, and if he left the ship he would lose all benefit of his apprenticeship. He had no idea of the cause of the defendant's action, and was surprised to hear that he had run away. Defendant promised that he would not attempt to run away again, and was therefore allowed to go back to the ship instead of being kept in gaol till the vessel is ready for sea.
Timaru Herald, 1 January 1898, Page 2
The main thoroughfare was crowded up to a late hour last night, New Year's eve, and as most of the shops were open, people were kept on the move looking at the various dressed windows. About 11 o'clock the Battalion Band appeared, and a very large crowd congregated at the Whip corner, and later on at the Club corner. As midnight appeared the band moved to the Post-office and as 12 o'clock struck played "Auld Lang Syne," and afterwards the National Anthem. There were a good many listeners, who were very orderly, a few crackers only being let off by some youngsters. At the Moody jetty the ship Pleiades burned some fine blue lights on the yardarm, and sent up a couple of good rockets. A few private houses were illuminated, one sending up some first-rate rockets, but on the whole the welcome to the New Year was a quiet one. The "watch night " service was held in the churches' a fair attendance being at each.
10 September 2002
In a year of royal significance, a Timaru man has given the South Canterbury Museum two royal statues brought to New Zealand in the 19th century. The statues of a young Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were brought from England to Timaru by Joseph Ellis, who travelled here with his wife and 12 children (the 13th child was born and then died on the journey), in 1859. After immigrating to New Zealand, Mr Ellis became a councillor on the first Timaru council. He was also a publican at the Old Bank Tavern, then a pound keeper. He farmed at Kingsdown, where Ellis Road is named after him. Mr Ellis's grandson, Norman, handed over the family heirlooms to museum director Philip Howe yesterday. The statues, valued at around $600 each, had been handed down through generations of the Ellis family, but had been living in a drawer in Norman Ellis's home for the past few years. "They are the sort of thing people would have had as treasured possessions in the 19th century." Mr Howe said considering what an immigrating family had to take to the new country, that the statues were shipped to New Zealand in the first place was quite remarkable.
Joseph Ellis was born in 1829 and married 23 Feb. 1852, he and his wife came on the "Clontarf" in 1859. He was the first bricklayer in Timaru, a carter and contractor, proprietor of the Old Bank Tavern, a farmer at Springbank and Kingsdown, a member of the Timaru Town Board. His son Joseph was born in Timaru in 1860. He had six sons and four daughters and 33 grandchildren.
Timaru Herald, 20 December 1900, Page 3
OUR OLDEST COLONISTS.
The "Press" on Tuesday published a list of the old colonists who had been invited to take part in the celebration of the Jubilee at Christchurch, classified according to the ships they arrived in. The list contains about seven hundred names, of which only forty-three are those of South Canterbury residents. These are as follows, the address being given except when it is Timaru:�
Arrived 1850 :
W. G. Allen
J. Bennington, Waimate
C. Gosling, Mrs Mary Reid (nee Gosling)
Mrs Lydia Smith
E. Smart, Fairlie
T. Stokes, W. Stokes
T. Eaton, Woodbury
D. L. Inwood, Winchester
D. McFarlane, Peel Forest, N. McFarlane, Winchester
Mrs Richards, Pleasant Point, L. H. Richards, Temuka
H. Dunford, Temuka
Mrs Harris (nee Duffell), Washdyke, Mrs L. Rooke (nee Duffell). Temuka The foregoing came out the " first four."
Arrived 1851 :
G. G. FitzGerald
Mrs A. Wyatt
R. Cooper, Waimate
Mrs Fussell (nee Kiver)
A. Josling, Temuka, Mrs E. H, Young, (nee Josling), Winchester
Mrs A. Irvine (nee Smith), Geraldine, S. T. Smith, Geraldine
R. A. Watt
Mrs R. Wright, Makikihi
Mrs Cappell, Waimate
Mrs J. G. Hart (nee Hall), Winchester
W. King, Temuka
J. H. Dean, Woodbury
J. Dean, Geraldine
A. Fisher, Geraldine
Mrs M. S. Gunnion (nee Graham) Temuka
G. Ward, Geraldine
C. J. Dunnage, Point
Mrs Homer (nee Barker), Geraldine
F. W. Stubbs, Geraldine
J. Brittan and Mrs Brittan, Point, Mrs M. A. Dunnage (nee Brittan), Point,
W. Hassall, Mrs Waterlow (formerly Mrs Scrutton), Mrs E. Allan (nee Tombs)
Mrs Cappell, Waimate
The following are known to have arrived in Canterbury from other places or to have been born in Canterbury before 1853 :
Mrs S. E. Graham (nee Macintosh), Temuka
Mrs W. Hay (nee Stout)
Mrs J. Orton (nee Manson), Point
Otago Witness 18 November 1887, Page 11
The South Canterbury Charitable Aid Board and the Waimate County Council will (writes our Waimate correspondent) have a curious point to settle as to what is to be done with a man named James T. Carbis, who received �10 from the first-named body and �16 from the other, in addition to �15 privately subscribed in Waimate, to send him Home to his friends. Carbis, having got the money, went to London in July last, and it was confidently expected that the last had been seen of him, and that the money subscribed had been well spent in getting the district rid of an encumbrance. London appears to have had no attraction for him, for on Thursday last he turned up again in Waimate. The sea voyage has done him good, but after all the snivelling he went through to raise the money to take him to London, Waimate was the last place one would have thought he would return to.
Timaru Herald, 19 February 1875, Page 3
Timaru Immigration Barracks. Timaru is now in possession of very satisfactory barrack accommodation for immigrants. As is well known, for some time past there have been three barracks in use here. The old Timaru school premises for the families, a building on the main road for the single men, and another in North-street for the single women. In consequence of the additions which have been made to the barracks formed out of the old school premises, the girls will for the future be accommcdated there with the families, the barracks in North-street being abolished. The number of barracks will thus be reduced to two, and the supervision of the immigrants will be conducted much more conveniently than when the three existed. We purpose giving a brief description of the families' and single women's barracks, in order to show the extent of the additions and alterations which have been carried out there. The section on which the building stands is about half-an-acre in size. Extending along the northern side in the old school house, and parallel with it on the southern side is a new buildings of nearly similar size, the length being 102 feet, the width 21 feet, and the height of studs 12 feet. Between the two building is an open space about three-quarters of a chain wide, which forms a yard. The first room which came under our notice in the new building is 60 feet by 20 foot. In this room there are thirteen compartments measuring 8 feet by 8 feet, seven being on one side and and six on the other, a passage four feet wide extending between each row the full length of the room. This portion of the building is for the families. At the west end of the families' compartments ore four rooms, each 20 feet by 12 feet, the first being the hospital, the second the store, the third the coal and wood store, and the fourth the luggage room. At the outside western and of this building are four large iron tanks, which fill from the roof. The old building, which is to he used entirely for the single women, is divided into three rooms. The one at the eastern end 40 feet by 18 feet is to be used as a sitting. and dining room. The other portion of the main building is divided into two rooms — 2l feet by 18 feet each — fitted up as bedrooms. On the southern side of these bedrooms is the kitchen — 12 feet by 18 feet— which contains, among other fittings, a large and complete cooking range. At the western end of the old building are two rooms with concrete floors, one being a wash-house fitted up with two coppers, and the other a lavatory. Attached to the main building are two more tanks which fill from the roof and, as a further means of water supply, there is a well in the yard fitted with a force pump. The barrack-master's house, which is attached to the old main building, and which is situated in the yard, is the same building as that used by the schoolmaster in the time of the old school. This building contains four rooms, a sitting-room and bedroom facing the east, and a kitchen and another bedroom with a western aspect. The interior of all the buildings is well finished, and the conveniences are complete. The outhouses are in the portion of the yard which is between the eastern fence and the ends of the two large buildings. The material used generally throughout the buildings in wood. When the buildings are painted, which, they will be shortly, they will present a very neat appearance.
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