Charles and Sarah Astle, Nelson, New Zealand
Charles and Sarah Astle were both born in Wilne, Derbyshire, England, in 1809 and married in 1832.
They immigrated to New Zealand with their four eldest children Thomas 9, Mary 7, Harriet 4, and William 1, sailing from Eng on the ship 'Bombay'in July 1842, arriving in Nelson in Dec.
Records show that it was not a comfortable trip, being noted, like many voyages, for it's infant deaths.
It's recorded that Charles Astle spent two days on bread and water for falling asleep while on watch between decks. He also gave blood to a Mrs Joseph Cooke, who had given birth, to a son, on Nov 19th. The transfusion was given by means of an apparatus made with a funnel, an elastic gum tube, a cannula and the quill feather of a fowl!
Sarah, being pregnant with their fifth child did not have a comfortable trip. She was reported to have been nauseous and in pain for the whole voyage. She was given various medicines to try to ease her discomfit. She also received a pint of porter and preserved potatoes each day. Sarahs baby was not born on board and must have been born late Dec 1842 or sometime early 1843 but we have found no records of this child or it's name.
After their arrival they settled in Haven Rd, Nelson, where two more children Elizabeth 1845 and Hannah 1849 were born.
An early census shows Charles occupation as Carpenter and he is also mentioned as working, as a carpenter on the first bridge over the Maitai River.
Charles drowned in the Riwaka River on the 28th of January 1855.
Sarah continued to live in Nelson until her death in 1872.