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Is there a passenger list for the "Western Monarch" that arrived in Wellington NZ in January 1880?

Question by Kane133

Looking for James R Clark his wife and children. Thanks

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on 2020-01-05 07:18:57

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by ngairedith on 2020-01-05 09:56:29

Western Monarch sailed Gravesend 1 Oct 1879, arrived Wellington 2 Jan 1880 with about a dozen first class passengers, 70 second class and about 180 steerage (and 1 stowaway).

I cannot find a full list of names as yet but will keep looking. It may be that one needs to be transcribed. Here's a snippet on their arrival showing the general mood of finally landing after 3 months at sea ..
5 Jan 1880
If 'new chums', on landing, would confine their eccentricities to the harmless vagaries mentioned by a morning contemporary, it would be better for themselves and for the peace of Her majesty's subjects in this and other cities of the colony. On Saturday night the police on Lambton Quay and in the streets near the wharf were kept fully employed looking after and keeping within bounds the newly-arrived passengers by the ship Western Monarch. During the early hours of the evening they paraded the principal thoroughfares in groups of threes and fours, but although rather demonstrative, they did no more harm than now and then blocking the pathway and compelling the regular wayfarers to take the roadway as the only means of passing. As it became late, however, the numerous calls at the hotels developed a spirit of unruliness among several and of quarrelsomeness among others. The former was shown by shouting ship calls and snatches of songs and the latter by two or three fights. The disturbances continued with intermissions until the small hours of Sunday morning and resulted in three of the worst offenders being provided with lodgings at the police station.

Failing that .. is that all you want to see, proof of their entry? or do you want some info on James and his family?

by Kane133 on 2020-01-05 10:48:18

Was hoping for a list of their names and James R Clark's occupation if stated. Thanks for your help.

by ngairedith on 2020-01-05 12:31:37

If you want me to help just give me some dates and names of wife & children and what he did in Welly? .. most of the Western Monarch settled in Wellington but some did go to Taranaki or Nelson. If not, all good 😉

by Kane133 on 2020-01-07 10:45:43

Found some more info about James Richard Clark 1852-1928 whose occupation was a 'smith' in Wraysbury Buckinghamshire in the 1871 census and then found him in the 1880-81 NZ census living in Cotterville, Wellington as a 'blacksmith'. He later became a Methodist Minister and in 1908 was at St John’s Methodist Church Karori, Wellington ... Raised a Baptist in Windsor England, Clark became a Wesleyan and a minister in NZ ...
Any additional info for the Rev James R Clark between 1880 and 1908 would be of interest, especially anything that confirms his occupation as blacksmith when he arrived in NZ. His wife was Susan Barrett and his two eldest born in England were William Henry b.1876 and Winifred Hilda b.1879

by ngairedith on 2020-01-07 11:31:04

Thank you Kane. I did see a James R. Clark as a Minister but there was no way to know if he was 'yours' at the time.
Cotterville is actually Cotterville Terrace, in the suburb of Thorndon, Wellington.

I look forward to doing a bit of a search 😁 and of course, will get back to you

by ngairedith on 2020-01-07 12:06:56

Already a bit of exciting news that I must share ..
William Henry Clark was aged 3 years & 3 months when they embarked. On the same ship, emigrating with her parents, was his future wife, aged 3 years & 2 months.

Won't spoil the upcoming journal with more 😄

by ngairedith on 2020-01-08 16:35:01

Rev James Richard Clark (1852-1928)
Blacksmith & Minister in New Zealand

by janilye on 2020-01-10 09:04:39

Here's a little bit of background on the Western Monarch
I have the January 1879 to Bluff passenger list but not the 1880. However, I'll keep looking

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