From the "Lyttelton Times" June 28 1873

Arrived-June 27 - Edwin Fox, ship, 863 tons, Johnson, from London.

The Edwin Fox, which has been so long looked for, was signaled yesterday morning, having made a passage of 114 days from Brest. The health officer and immigration commissioners left in the s.s. Mullogh at 3 p.m., but after going as far as the old quarantine station the ship was seem some five miles outside the heads, and night coming on it was considered advisable not to go to her. Arrangements have been made to tow the vessel up to an anchorage and the commissioners will clear her this morning. The Edwin Fox has 140 immigrants on board.

(The Edwin Fox brought Thomas and Ann Brunsdon (nee Arter) to New Zealand).


From the "Lyttelton Times," June 30 1873

On Saturday morning the deputy health officer, Dr. T.J. Rouse, and the commissioners left Lyttelton in the s.s. Mullogh to visit the Edwin Fox, news having been brought up at 8 p.m. by the pilot crew that sickness was on board. On arriving near the vessel which was then some five miles from the heads an enquiry was made, and it was found that there had been six deaths during the passage-two from accident, two from fever, one from consumption, and one, an infant, from thrush. At the present there are three cases of fever (called by the Surgeon, Dr. Walsho, simple continuous fever), and a number of convalescent patients. Under these circumstances the authorities deem it advisable to place the vessel in quarantine. Fresh provisions were placed on board, and the steamer returned to port to make arrangements for towing the ship up. The s.s. Gazelle was chartered, and proceeded to the heads and towed the ship up to an anchorage off the old quarantine station. She is one of the teak-built Mowbrain traders and originally ship-rigged, but her cross-jack yard has been taken off and she is now a barque. The barracks were ready for the reception of the immigrants last night, and the disembarkation of the passengers will be commenced this morning in he ship’s own boats. The ship afterwards being thoroughly fumigated. The names of the persons who died are, - Thomas Roberts (married), George Bennet (single), both from fever; Sarah Welch (single), from consumption; an infant of Mr. Jessie Brook; Henry Strawbridge, A.B.; Dr. Langley, killed in the Bay of Biscay. All intercourse with the quarantine barracks and Ripa Island is strictly prohibited. A penalty of £200 can be imposed on any unauthorised person going near the quarantine grounds. The commissioners will notify daily how the immigrants are progressing.




From the "Lyttelton Times," August 21, 1873

Arrived-August 20, Mary Shephard, 1105 tons, Caroline, from London. Passengers, 200 emigrants.

The Mary Shephard, Captain Caroline, came to an anchorage in Lyttelton harbour yesterday afternoon, after a passage of 100 days from Start Point. She was boarded by the immigration commissioners, together with Dr. Donald, health officer, who were conveyed thither by the s.s. Gazelle. On going on board all was found well, and the vessel admitted to pratique. The vessel appeared to be extremely clean, and the immigrants seem to be of a superior class. They will be disembarked today.

The Mary Shepard left London on Mar 12 with Government emigrants for Port Lyttelton as follows: -English, 118 males, 119 females: Irish, 17 males, 52 females: Scotch, 11 males, 12 females: equal to 290½ adults and 350 souls, of which 72 were boys and 47 were girls, say 119 children. There were three deaths of children between twelve and fifteen months old, and seven births (three of them off the port, two of which were stillborn)> The ship made a fine passage to the equator of twenty-six days, crossing in longitude21.25 on June 7 at 5 p.m., the average of passages of 1000 ton vessels to that part of the ocean being twenty-nine days. She passed the Snares and Traps on August 14, being out 94 days. (

The Mary Shephard brought William and Elizabeth Brunsdon (nee Baverstock) to New Zealand).




Arrived-February 5, barque William Hyde, 332 tons, Applewhaite, from London and Plymouth, October 21. Passengers: Rev. A. Colton, Mr. Joseph Brittan, Mrs. Brittan and four children, Mrs. Fookes, Miss Louisa Fookes, Miss Mary Fookes, Miss Curtin, Messrs. Greenstreet, Alstitt, Moore, Cuff and ---. Cuff, and 84 in the steerage.

Arrived-February 5, schooner Marmora, 135 tons, Kelly, from London.

The Castle Eden’s safe arrival at Calcutta on August 12 is notified, setting aside at once the late rumour of her loss.

The William Hyde and Marmora have proved how inaccurate the "highway of the seas" to New Zealand is now known. The schooner sailed, we believe, three days before the barque. They came into company a few degrees south of the Line, since which they saw nothing of each other until they anchored on the same day in Port Cooper. The passages appear to have been unvaried and unbroken by any occurrences of remarkable pleasantness or unpleasantness.

The fawn brought by the William Hyde, the longest survivor of two sent out to Mr. Godley’s care, unfortunately died in bringing it ashore, it having been lively enough until removed from the vessel. Of the other live stock some fine geese and muscovey ducks, a single hen pheasant and a goat remain.

The fine schooner Marmora, late of Dover, is we learn, the property of Mr. Duke, of Wellington, and is about to proceed to Wellington and New Plymouth and thence to Sydney, in the trade between that port and Canterbury. She will be regularly employed.

(To-morrow, the voyage of the William Hyde will be described)

(The William Hyde brought Richard and Agnes Brunsden (nee Donaldson) to New Zealand).




We briefly noticed last week the arrival of this ship from England, and we are now enabled through the courtesy of a passenger to add the following particulars:-

The William Hyde weighed anchor at Deal on the morning of Tuesday October 21, 1851, and having a favourable wind went at once down the English Channel, and across that terror of English landsman, the Bay of Biscay, where the wind and sea were both somewhat rough. On October 31 we passed Maderia at midnight, bearing S.E. by E.. On November 8 we caught a shark, from which some excellent steaks were cut. On the 14th we sighted St. Antonio (Cape Verds), bearing E. by S. and distant about 40 miles. From thence to the Line the N.E. trades were very light and it was not till November 25, thirty-five days from Plymouth, that we passed the Equator. On the following day, Wednesday, we sighted (lat. 1.18 S.) the schooner Marmora, which had been taking in cargo alongside us in the East India Docks, and sent off a boat to her which brought back Captain Kelly, and the two Messrs. Rochfort, her passengers to dine with us. From this day we saw no more of her till the day we entered Port Victoria, the Marmora dropping anchor within an hour of the William Hyde. The Marmora sailed from England two days before the William Hyde. From this point to about lat. S. 42.2 and E. long. 50.48, our course was slow and uninteresting, the S.E. trades entirely failing us. To beguile the time, however , the play of the "Merchant of Venice" was got up, and performed before the passengers and crew. The costumes, thanks tot he taste and industry of the ladies were most appropriate and even elegant, and the female roles were sustained by ladies, and not as was the case in the performance of "The Rivals" on board the Randolph by gentleman. (Heavens! Lydia Lanquish by a gentleman!) This incident proved a source of great amusement, and furnished the topic of conversation for what would else have proved many a weary hour. On December 19,47 days from Plymouth, we passed the meridian of Greenwich, lat. 34.19. On Xmas Day we were off the Cape, and the day was spent as nearly as possible after the Old English fashion. On New Year’s Day the children of the Cuddy and forecabin had an entertainment in the cuddy, and the children of the steerage passengers were regaled with fruit, tarts, cakes and wine on the quarter-deck. On Saturday, January 3, we made our best run during the voyage, having gone over 281 miles in twenty four hours, and from this time a good pace was kept up to Stewart Island, which we sighted on Saturday, January 30, at break of day, lying N.E. by E., passing it so closely as not to see the "Traps." At noon of the same day we were off Otago where the wind heading us and kept us out till the 5th, when we safely anchored in Port Victoria, having accomplished our passage under the protection of a merciful Providence without a single casualty or serious disagreement, and all in good health.

The live stock brought on board were a pure Devon cow, six pheasants, six partridges, two rare geese, two muscovey ducks, a couple of wild ducks of a peculiar breed and some lopped-eared rabbits, the property of Mr. Brittan, the surgeon, and two fawns and a goat consigned to Mr. Godfrey. Of these the only survivors are the cow, one hen pheasant, the geese, the muscovey ducks, one doe rabbit, and the goat. (The unfortunate death of the fawn we noticed last week.)

We have the pleasure of adding to this brief recital that since the arrival of the William Hyde the following address has been presented to the captain:- (This part of the clipping is missing).

In a letter I received from Max Willis of New Zealand, he states that the Brunsdon family that came out on the William Hyde brought a small desk with them 2’6"x1’6"x9". This desk is now in the Canterbury Museum.