Pilgrim Fathers Arrival into New Zealand
An Obituary of interest ... Samuel Gregory HARRIS born 1816 Plymouth, England, died 1897 New Zealand.
From newspapers, 15th August 1902.
By the Wanganui papers we see that this old colonist passed away in the 15th August at the good old age of 81 years. The late Mr Harris arrived in the colony - Wellington - by the ship 'Slaines Castle' in December 1840. He came out with the late Mr Octavius Carrington as one of the survey chainmen for the Plymouth Company, and in company with Messrs. F.A. and O. Carrington, Rogan, and Duppa, surveyors to the Plymouth Company, landed at Moturoa, Taranaki, from the ship 'Brougham' on the 11th February 1841. As Mr Harris was the last survivor of this band of pioneers we give the names of the others of the party, all of whom have proved the 'metal of their pasture' in the noble work of colonising and civilising this fair country:- Harcourt Aubrey, Paines, George Duppa, James Dingle, William Lakeman and Mrs Lakeman-Levitt, Charles Nairn, William Pote and Mrs Pote, and Sam Teague. Mrs F.A. Carrington was also a member of this band of 'Pilgrim Fathers', the forerunners of the many thousands who now occupy this district. The country was at this time a veritable wilderness, and in the graphic language of one of the chainmen ..."The surveyor turned his party loose into the fern like wild pigs". Here after a minute examination of about seven or eight hundred miles of coast, Mr Carrington fixed the site for the future town, to be called New Plymouth after the old town of that name, the headquarters of the Plymouth Company.
The late Mr Harris married soon after his arrival, a daughter of the late William Edgecombe and sister of Mr Chas Edgecumbe of this town, and some years since they celebrated their golden wedding. For many years Mr Harris has been settled in Wanganui where he was a highly respected citizen, and a prominent member of the Wesleyan and other bodies. There will be on view for a few days at Messrs. Bellrigner's shop, Devon Street, a fine old coloured picture a copy of view of "parts of the new Plymouth settlement in the district Taranaki from a drawing taken on board the ship 'Brougham' by George Duppa, Esq." This view shows the country around New Plymouth as it was in 1841.
[Source: From the records of the 'Taranaki Museum']