The Call of Down Under

Thank you for visiting my Guestbook.

[ Back to Home Page ]


Name: John Blackburn <blackbjl@gmail.com>
Date: 2014-07-11
Vessel. Departure port & date. NZ arrival port. Honolulu, Hawaii
Have you succeeded in locating the passenger list? No
Why did your ancestors decide to immigrate to NZ? immigated to Honolulu for work in church
Comments:
Thomas Blackburn with his wife Jessie Ann B and three sons (Thomas aged 6, Charles aged 4 and Edward aged ~6 months), traveled in second half of 1876 (after arriving in New York on 31st July 1876) or perhaps early 1887 from San Francisco to Honolulu on an unknown ship. I know he commenced work in Honolulu as Chaplain to the Anglican Bishop about 1877.

Any assistance able to be provided re the ship they traveled on and date of travel will be gratefully received

 

Name: Gary Ludwig <garyandpam@mac.com>
Date: 2014-05-06
Vessel. Departure port & date. NZ arrival port. not sure
Have you succeeded in locating the passenger list? need help
Why did your ancestors decide to immigrate to NZ? fleeing the USA
Comments:
Hi, Is there a way to put in someone name and see if he took a ship form San Francisco, CA to New Zealand, doing it as a search by name on a passenger list... I think my GG Grandfather left SF in February or March of 1891 and went to stay with his Uncle Morgan Carkeek. Would appreciate any information on how to best look for him by name. Thank you, Gary Ludwig
 

Name: Joan Atchison Mahanes <joanmahanes@verizon.net>
Date: 2013-01-18
Vessel. Departure port & date. NZ arrival port. Mikado, San Francisco, April 21, 1875
Have you succeeded in locating the passenger list? No, he was 2nd joiner on the ship's crew
Why did your ancestors decide to immigrate to NZ? no clue
Comments:
I am looking for the descendants of John William Smith who emigrated to NZ in April 1875. Born in England, he spent time in Chester, Illinois with cousins (my paternal family) on his way to San Francisco. I have a copy of a nice long letter where he describes his train trip between St. Louis and San Francisco, prior to boarding "Mikado." I would love to share it with his descendants.
 

Name: Shyrlee Ann Roberts <shyrlee@snap.net.nz>
Date: 2012-09-04
Vessel. Departure port & date. NZ arrival port. City of New York, Arrival in Auckland NZ 22 October 1879
Have you succeeded in locating the passenger list? From NZ Herald
Why did your ancestors decide to immigrate to NZ? Probably to make a better life for them and their two children
Comments:
I only have the arrival of the City of New York from San Francisco, not the departure date.
Thomas, Clara and their two children Silvanus ag. 3 and Mabel ag.2 The two children were'nt mentioned on the Passenger List.
I'm not sure why they left Grass Valley, California but presume it was to make a better life for the family.

 

Name: Shyrlee Ann Roberts <shyrlee@snap.net.nz>
Date: 2012-05-07
Why did your ancestors decide to immigrate to NZ? For a better life
Comments:
Ship unknown but it was between 1878 and 1880 from San Francisco. They were Thomas and Sarah Roberts and two children
 

Name: Suzanne Halliday <halliday_suzanne@hotmail.com>
Date: 2011-12-19
Vessel. Departure port & date. NZ arrival port. Sydney February 1896
Comments:
Want to know who the Captain was
 

Name: Raymond Horsey <raymondhorsey@bigpond.com>
Date: 2011-02-07
Vessel. Departure port & date. NZ arrival port. Sydney to Sydney NSW Australia
Have you succeeded in locating the passenger list? In Grandmothers Personal Papers
Comments:
My Grandmother, Mary Wiggin worked as a Laundress on R.M.M.S Arorangi between Sydney and "x" from 23 June 1932 to 12 August 1932 and was discharged in Sydney 13 August 1932 - Certificate of Discharge D48 and for journey 18 August to 7 October 1932 ,Certificate of Discharge D57 dated 8 October 1932 are in my possession. Copies can be forwarded if required.
 

Name: carol <carolyn@waterking.com.au>
Date: 2010-02-24
Vessel. Departure port & date. NZ arrival port. Wonga Wonga l870 from san Francisco
Have you succeeded in locating the passenger list? No
Why did your ancestors decide to immigrate to NZ? no idea
Comments:
I am looking for my ancestor John, Caroline and George Holmes who came to NZ in approx. l870. John died on the Wonga Wonga and the family went on to australia. George returned on the Wonga Wonga in l874. Any info appreciated.
 

Name: Rob Miller <af.Miller6545@escapedemail.com>
Date: 2009-10-22
Comments:
Cool site.
 

Name: David Parker <parked17@yahoo.com.au>
Date: 2009-03-09
Comments:
In researching Edwin Mawney Sayers and his son in law Godfrey F Chamberlain. Godfrey worked as a clerk in the Sydney office of the Panama and New Zealand Steam Company between 1866 and 1869. It was reported that he suddenly left with a large amount of money and disappeared. This put the company into financial difficulty. It was postulated that he jumped on a ship and headed for the United States.

Godfrey's father was was John Chamberlain. The only John Chamberlain I found was as a captain of the whaler "Metaris" which visited Sydney in 1869 and again in 1877. I think he was based in New Zealand.

Information on the owners of the Panama and New Zealand Steam Company and John Chamberlain would be appreciated.

 

Name: Janette HEAP <jheap@pcug.org.au>
Date: 2009-02-13
Vessel. Departure port & date. NZ arrival port. Arr Auckland 16 April 1875
Have you succeeded in locating the passenger list? No
Why did your ancestors decide to immigrate to NZ? To find a better life
Comments:
I am searching for passengers Mr and Mrs Sellars, Child and 1 servant who arrived in NZ on the H.m. 'Cyphrenes'. Minimal detail is on the Auckland City Library site - Mr Mrs child + servant.
No other detail about the passengers. I am trying to find where I can view the Passenger List for this particular voyage. The child was possibly my grandfather and his parents my great-grandparents.. They were born in Devon and Hertfordshire in England.
The 'Cyphrenes' was 1 of a group of mail ships which also carried a large number of passengers. It sailed the San Francisco-Australia-New Zealand mail route.
Any advice would be appreciated.
Thank you.
Janette Heap
AUSTRALIA

 

Name: Carter ( Brian) <bcc116@gmail.com>
Date: 2007-09-25
Vessel. Departure port & date. NZ arrival port. S.S. Colima - 10/11/1875 - San Francisco
Have you succeeded in locating the passenger list? No
Why did your ancestors decide to immigrate to NZ? To start a new life
Comments:
The immigrants were William Carter - his wife Emma (nee Hall) from Headington - Oxford - England and their children.
the Colima broke down twice and finally arrived in Auckland on 13/12/1875.
Any info greatly appreciated.

 

Name: aorangi <MMTHORPE@SHAW.CA>
Date: 2007-09-19
Vessel. Departure port & date. NZ arrival port. 1953 ? departs van bc for last time
Comments:
I HAVE A PICTURE OF AORANGI DEPARTING VAN BC FROM STANLEY PARK WITH ALL CATES TOWING TUG BOATS BIDDING FARWELL SHE IS DISPLAYING ALL HER PENNENTS FROM STEM TO STERN I WAS GIVEN THIS PHOTO ABOUT 20 YEARS AGO FROM A CATES MEMBER I DONT KNOW DATE BUT IT COUL D BE EARLY 1950'S 1953? I HAVE NO MORE INFORMATION
 

Name: aorangi <MMTHORPE@SHAW.CA>
Date: 2007-09-19
Vessel. Departure port & date. NZ arrival port. 1953 ? departs van bc for last time
Comments:
I HAVE A PICTURE OF AORANGI DEPARTING VAN BC FROM STANLEY PARK WITH ALL CATES TOWING TUG BOATS BIDDING FARWELL SHE IS DISPLAYING ALL HER PENNENTS FROM STEM TO STERN I WAS GIVEN THIS PHOTO ABOUT 20 YEARS AGO FROM A CATES MEMBER I DONT KNOW DATE BUT IT COUL D BE EARLY 1950'S 1953? I HAVE NO MORE INFORMATION
 

Name: Elaine Yarr <t.yarr@ntlworld.com>
Date: 2007-04-16
Vessel. Departure port & date. NZ arrival port. Makura
Have you succeeded in locating the passenger list? No
Comments:
My grandfather was employed on the RMS Makura around 1926 his name Edward John Sheeley have you any information that might help.
Thanks for taking the time to read this message.
Elaine Yarr

 

Name: Bernie Fleming <borefleming@iopener.net>
Date: 2007-03-27
Comments:
We have the wheel from above vessel. The British Consulate
office in Seattle lettered it. We understand it was the first large vessel to transport passengers by diesel?

THX bernie borefleming@iopener.net

 

Name: elaine waterfield <nigelwater@talk21.com>
Date: 2006-02-23
Vessel. Departure port & date. NZ arrival port. Auckland 1907
Have you succeeded in locating the passenger list? no
Why did your ancestors decide to immigrate to NZ? He deserted from the navy
Comments:
We are trying to trace George James lyons who deserted from the British navey in 1907 never to be heard tell off again. We would like to establish why he deserted and what happened to him and also if he has any ancestors in New Zealand.
 

Name: valda <cliffandvalda@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2005-11-27
Comments:
Hi, I am trying to find shipping lists for Dargaville in the 1870. My g-grandfather was william albert price, he came to Dargaville in the 1870s and worked there for a while in the timber mills then moved to Auckland. I would very much like some help please. Valda
 

Name: Lindsay C. Campbell CSM <elcam@optusnet.com.au>
Date: 2005-02-02
Vessel. Departure port & date. NZ arrival port. My grandfather Robert James Johnson arrived in NZ on 1898 at the age of 23
Have you succeeded in locating the passenger list? No
Why did your ancestors decide to immigrate to NZ? Not sure - may have come with the Canadian Black Watch men enroute to South Africa and stayed on in NZ
Comments:
Would love to find out which vessel he came on and from which port he left from in the USA.
 

Name: Jackie wyatte <jbw1@jajac.net>
Date: 2004-05-27
Vessel. Departure port & date. NZ arrival port. City of New York 1879 Auckland?
Have you succeeded in locating the passenger list? No
Why did your ancestors decide to immigrate to NZ? Greener fields
Comments:
I think he may have picked up the City of New York in Sydney or Melbourne. May have come from England on the Northumberland
 

Name: Olwyn <whitehouse@houston.rr.com>
Date: 2004-05-11
Vessel. Departure port & date. NZ arrival port. Unknown. Unknown. 1877. Christchurch
Have you succeeded in locating the passenger list? No
Why did your ancestors decide to immigrate to NZ? Unknown
Comments:
Why would a 16 year old girl travel across the Pacific by herself in 1877?