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Passenger list of ships to BLUFF, New Zealand - pre 1900

Journal by ngairedith

Found a site that has a list of all the ships that sailed into BLUFF New Zealand which is the southern-most town in New Zealand and was one of the earliest areas of New Zealand where a European presence became established.

The first ship known to have entered the harbour was the Perseverance in 1813, in search of flax trading possibilities, with the first European settlers arriving in 1823/1824.
This is the foundation for the claim that this makes Bluff the oldest permanent European settlement in the country.

This list is of ships arriving from 1862 and more are being added as found. Perhaps you can help them with the list

It also has lots of other info (on board diaries etc) and photos:


The ships on site at this time are:
The STORM CLOUD 1862 * (passenger list)

The FLYING MIST 1862, Ship.

The NEW GREAT BRITIAN 1862, Ship.* (passenger list)

The ROBERT HENDERSON 1862 * (picture)
(link to passenger list is broken)
the Ship-board Diary of Thomas Reid who sailed

The SIR GEORGE POLLOCK 1863 * (passenger list)

The GRASSMERE 1863 * (passenger list)

The HARWOOD 1863 * (passenger list)

The HELENSLEE 1863 * (passenger list)

The ROBERT HENDERSON 1863 (2nd Trip) * (passenger list) (picture)

The SIR WILLIAM EYRE 1863 * (passenger list)

The EDWARD THORNHILL 1864 * (passenger list)

The SEVILLA 1864 * (passenger list)

The ARIMA 1864


The PETER DENNY 1874 * (passenger list)

The WILLIAM DAVIE 1874 * (picture)

The ADAMANT 1875 * (passenger list)

The CHRISTIAN McCAUSLAND 1875 * (2 x picture's) + (passenger list)

The PETER DENNY 1875* (picture)+ (passenger list)

The TIMARU 1875 * (picture)

The WHITE ROSE 1875 * (interesting)

The WAITARA 1875 * (picture)

The POMONA 1876 * (Passenger List)

The MARLBOROUGH 1877* (passenger list)

The MATAURA 1877 * (2 x pictures)

The OAMARU 1878 * (passenger list) + (picture)

The WESTERN MONARCH 1879 * (passenger list)

The MARLBOROUGH 1880 * (passenger list)

The TARARUA 1881 * (picture) + (passenger list)(Wrecked at Waipapa Point)

The HELEN DENNY 1881 * (picture)

The ARAWA 1884 * (passenger list)

The ALCESTIS 1885 * (picture)

The RAKAIA 1886 * (picture)

The HALCIONE 1886 * (picture)


The LAIRA 1887 * (picture)

The SOUKAR 1887 * (picture)

The PLEIADES 1893 * (picture)

The ASTERION 1896 * (picture)

The CRUSADER 1896 * (picture)

The NELSON 1896 * (picture)

The WAITANGI1897 * (picture)

The ZEALANDIA 1897 * (picture)

The WESTLAND 1900 *

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by petermclauchlan on 2013-12-07 16:19:50

The "yesteryears" site searched the name McMath and found mention of disembarked passangers at Bluff in September 1862.First stab at vessels name is possibly "Robert Henderson". I am looking for Thomas McMath 24/12/1840-14/9/1906 BDM 1906/5736.Also "Papers Past" Wairarapa Daily Times-vol LV,issue 8560 pg 5 dated 20 sep 1906,referers to immigration 44yrs previously.

by ngairedith on 2013-12-07 18:45:28

hi Peter,
don't know if you know or are asking - but Thomas McMath died 14 Sep 1906 aged 67 and is buried Grave 7, Block II A at Lumsden cemetery
This would make him aged about 22/23 on landing on the Robert Henderson
The 'Robert Henderson' would be the correct vessel as the article you refer to, 20 Sep 1906, says: ... who landed at Invercargill 44 years ago this month ...

Of interest (and brought a smile), the Otago Daily Times, 20 Sep 1862 reported:
... A large proportion of the emigrants by the Robert Henderson were landed yesterday afternoon, and were taken to the barracks in Princes-street. No arrangements appeared to have been made as to the hiring of the female servants, now so much needed in Dunedin. No Immigration Officer, no matron, no person at the doors to prevent the ingress of improper characters. The girls were their own mistresses, in every respect, and looked for the most part, as if they intended to remain so. The inquiries whether they would accept service, were met by such replies as
"They didna ken" or "they couldna just say"
"They would bide a wee bittie"
"They hadna seen enoo'o' the toom to answer the speerins"
- What wages would they require, if the did agree to hire?
"It is gey an' difficul' to say; what would be gi'en?"
- For a useful servant, 30
"Thirty poons! Eh, sirs, that would never do. Sixty poons was little enoo'."
These, and similar answers only went to show that the females, from the time they landed had been under very improper tutelage, and that if immigrants are to be useful to colonists, upon their arrival in this country, a different system must be initiated, than that which at present exists

by petermclauchlan on 2013-12-07 21:20:40

Thankyou Thomas McMath was my 5th gen grandfather and the first immigrant into NZ in my family line so I am interested in finding out as much as I can about him as well as the rest of his family ie the brother James and there mum n dad etc. We have messaged each other previously regarding the Mclauchlan line of my dad. Peter Mclauchlan

by petermclauchlan on 2013-12-07 21:25:44

Also Thomas Reid,s shipboard dairy contains a few names and details that may be of use.

by ngairedith on 2013-12-07 21:58:31

aaah! yes, I remember the McLauchlan research for your dad that was quite some time back. You have deleted some of your older postings, did you keep all the research?

by petermclauchlan on 2013-12-07 22:27:03

Yes on the my heritage site a relative in Ausie took me back to the 1630,s which was good but to be honest the hunt is as good as the find if you know what I mean, so I have been working on the other lines in my tree so this McMath connection is thru my mums mum.

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