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Looking for R.W. Campbell arrived Wellington 6th April 1892

Query by rickintheloft

R.W. Campbell arrived on S.S. Arawa (regular run from London). Trying to find any information on how he got on in NZ.

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on 2013-08-23 18:36:51

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by ngairedith on 2013-08-24 03:23:57

hi rick,
on the passenger list of the Arawa which left Lyttelton on 30 April 1892, returning to London via Rio de Janeiro, Mr R. W. Campbell was on board
This would mean he did a 'turn around' trip, being in NZ for only 3 weeks. OR possibly another R. W. Campbell

There are references for a Mr R. W. Campbell in other publications as being in Dunedin & other south island districts

There was a Rev R. W. Campbell in Christchurch in 1895

In 1900 there is a R. W. Campbell in the Hutt Valley & in Masterton

There is a Robert Wilson Campbell (1871-1936) buried in Karori, Wellington who was a 'Printer' as was the R. W. Campbell of Otago back in the 1890s
- this Robert Wilson Campbell married Ellen Parker (1882-1925) in 1914 but I believe he may have been born in NZ

so, without his names and birth date it is difficult to trace yours

by rickintheloft on 2013-08-24 08:52:36

Thank you very much for this information. I recently obtained a book with the dedication : "To Captain John Stuart with best wishes & sincere thanks for his kindness" R.W. Campbell. S.S. Arawa Wellington 8th April 1892. I have no other details on Mr Campbell but it is quite posible that he did a "turn around". In which he must have had important business and been financially sound. Seems too much of a coincidence for another R.W. Campbell to return to London with the Arawa. Thank you once again for your response. It is amazing how a few words written inside a book 121 years ago can come to life.

by ngairedith on 2013-08-24 12:33:34

A good read: the Shaw, Savill, and Albion Company's ss ARAWA
(in part): The magnificent yacht-like steamer Arawa, commanded by Capt. John Stuart, possesses a great cargo-carrying capacity, while at the same time providing the very best accommodation for passengers; her engines were to be so constructed so as to give a high speed with a minimum consumption of coal with a view to a future greater development of traffic
... There are three complete decks, the upper and main decks being plated with steel throughout their entire length. The Arawa is full-rigged, in order to benefit by the prevailing winds on a portion of the passage. She has four masts and two funnels
... There is accommodation for 95 first-class passengers, 60 second-class; and the 'tween decks, which are clear the whole length of the vessel, give accommodation for 670 steerage passengers
... Captain Stuart is assisted by able officers, and when his crew is made up to its full compliment it numbers about 129 men
... coming to more detailed description of the vessel, the first striking feature is the saloon. The decorations are of the most ornate description, and the harmony of color strikes one immediately. It is capable of dining one hundred passengers, and besides the main centre tables there is a series of small table arranged on either side to admit of small parties dining tete-a-tete as in most modern hotels. A fine American organ is flanked on both sides by a well-chosen library of uniformly bound books, and handsome standards on every table support the electric lamps which supply the illumination of the saloon.
The panelling of the sides is very beautiful - a chaste floral design, worked upon sycamore wood, being relieved by walnut window casings. Above the dining saloon is the social or music room, situated in the citadel deck, upholstered in figured plush, and lighted by a large cupola skylight of stained glass

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