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Details for Record #2408
Name ELIZTH. (WIDOW)
Family Name MINIFIE
Gender F
Date of Birth 1795
Place of Birth
Date of Death
Place of Death
Notes
Record Source NZCO
Other Details
Application number 354
Trade or calling DRESS MAKER
(M)arried or (S)ingle S
Womans age 44
Number of male children 1
Age of boy(s) 9.
Related People
Related ELIZABETH COX (MINIFIE) 100787
Related 100788
Voyage
Voyage Number 1
Is NZCO Voyage? Yes
Vessel Name ADELAIDE
Filename of text file ADEL0101
                                    
                                :Adelaide, 640 Tons, (Captain William Campbell) 

- 'A teak-built craft, the Adelaide was the largest of the first five 
ships, and she brought out 176 people, including some of the higher 
office-bearers of the Company.  Having been specially built for taking 
troops out to India, the Adelaide was a suitable vessel for the 
charter, but despite her suitability the voyage was anything but a 
happy one.  - Before the Cape was reached things had reached such a 
pass that the master was persuaded by Dr.Evans to put into Capetown, 
where a stay of eleven days was made.'  

- "In crossing the Bay of Biscay we encountered a severe gale, with a 
high tumultuous sea, and it was with great difficulty that the Captain 
saved the masts....Previous to crossing the line, a dispute arose 
amongst the passengers, occasioned, no doubt by the 'strength' of the 
bilge water...which could only be settled by an interchange of 
civilities on shore.  This necessitated the calling at Cape Town, very 
much to the annoyance of the Captain..."  

- 'Leaving London on September 18th, 1839, the same date as the 
Aurora, the Adelaide did not get away from Falmouth roadstead until 
the 30th...  

- ...Teneriffe was reached on October 14th, and a couple of days were 
spent at Santa Cruz, the passengers being allowed to dis-embark.  

-The Equator was crossed on November 14th, and the trade winds took 
the vessel to within 600 miles of the coast of Brazil.  On December 
20th Capetown was reached, and there the ship remained until New 
Year's Day, when she resumed her voyage.  

- New Zealand was sighted on March 1st, and three days later the ship 
called at Port Hardy for orders, which were to go to Port Nicholson.  

- On March 7th, 1840, in a storm of thunder, lightning, and rain, the 
Adelaide dropped anchor in Port Nicholson, 171 days out from London.'  

                         -------//-------

Ref:  "White Wings", Vol.  2, Sir Henry Brett, 1928.  "Adventure in 
New Zealand", E. Wakefield, p158.  


                                    
                                    
Filename of text file ADEL0102
                                    
                                :ADELAIDE (VOYAGE 1) SURGEONS SUMMARY OF EMIGRANTS

SURGEONS SUMMARY OF THE VOYAGE
______________________________
 28 Married Couples...........56
Single Men....................21
Single Women..................19
                             -----
                              96

1  Child    Between 14 & 15.... 1
10 Children Between 9 & 14.....10
16 Children Between 1 & 9 .....25
            Under 1 Year  .....12
                             ------
                               48
                                          
Births on Board...4M, 1F......  5     

                                                                
               Steerage Passengers..      144
               Cabin Passengers.26M,11F.   37
                                          ------------
Total Souls that have been on board.....  181 + 5 =186

NOTE: There were 4 Deaths on Board.                   


                                    
                                    
Filename of text file ADEL0103
                                    
                                :Letter from N.Z.  Company to Captain - Orders and Instructions

"...You will on no Account - except compelled by accident or some 
unavoidable necessity touch at any Port or Place, until your arrival 
at Port Hardy in D'Urvilles Island in Cook's Straits where you will be 
either met by Colonel Wakefield the Company's Principal Agent or will 
find some person authorised by him to direct you to the place, at 
which the Passengers, Emigrants, Stores & Goods in your charge, are 
finally to be disembarked..."  


"...The importance of ventilation to the preservation of health among 
the Emigrants need scarcely be insisted upon..."  

-Assorted invoices for Surveying, Equipping, Watering of vessel.  
-Re outfitting of "State Rooms" for Cabin Passengers.  

:Surgeon related documents.

"The island of Tenneriffe being in sight, I request you will put into 
Santa Cruze for the purpose of complementing the supply of Water & of 
procuring such other necessaries as may be required..."  

                       Signed W. Johnstone M.D.(Surgn. Supt.)
                       Oct. 14, 1839.

-Letter from Cabin Passengers to W. Johnstone protesting re order by 
Surgeon to Captain to take vessel to Cape of Good Hope.  They,(Cabin 
Pass.), were concerned that their baggage loaded on board the 
'Glenbervie', would arrive at Port Nicholson before them.  

-Letters from Cabin Passengers regarding the conduct of the Surgeon.
-List of grievances regarding food.

-Ends with letter by W. Wakefield to N.Z.Co.  acknowledging the 
arrival of the Emigrants and Stores on board the vessel Adelaide.  


                                    
                                    
Filename of text file ADEL0104
                                    
                                CHAPMAN  Samuel Henry - Letter from T.Partridge to H.S. Chapman.
 61 Pages 1839 - 1864.  LOC: MS Papers 1839 -64 item 7 (417)

KEMPTON/KIMPTON  Thomas & Mary - Letter 11/4/1841 @ Port Nicholson
                                 LOC: MS Papers 2287

YATES  Francis Thomas - Diary Sept. 1839 - March 1840
                        LOC: q MS 1839 - 40 P

MC KENZIE  Thomas W. - "Early Reminiscences of the Foundation of 
                        the Colony of N.Z., 1901. 30 Pages.
                        LOC: MS Papers 1357 (f182)

TAINE  James John -   "Reminiscences Vol 1". See pp 67-90

REVANS  Samuel Stebbing - Letters  Revans to Chapman.1839-41.pp 
                          1-59 Cover voy. LOC: q MS
                          REV 1839-42 P (V 1)


                                    
                                    
The text VOYAGE RELATED DIARIES / LETTERS ETC.HELD AT ALEXANDER TURNBULL LIB.
The text SHIPS PAPERS - EXTRACTS AND NOTES (NAT. ARCHIVES)
The text SURGEONS SUMMARY OF EMIGRANTS (NAT. ARCHIVES)
The text GENERAL SUMMARY OF THE VOYAGE
Notes GORTLAND ROADS 26/09/1839; OFF FALMOUTH 30/09/1839
Date of departure 1839-09-18
Ports of loading GRAVESEND
Ports of loading FALMOUTH
Time of departure 16:00
Date of arrival 1840-03-07
Ports of discharge PORT NICHOLSON
Captain W. CAMPBELL
Surgeon WILLIAM JOHNSTON
Image File ADELAIDE
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There are over one thousand vessel/voyages held within the database. The system not only includes information about each voyage, including shipping lists.

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The original form of this database was developed in 1990 and has been available for use by the public at the Petone Settlers Museum since 1994. The system was updated to allow improved access in 2006 thanks to the support of the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board and Hutt City Council.

Currently there are four major emigration periods for which data may be accessed.  These are:

  1. The New Zealand Company Period (1839 - 1850)
  2. The Provincial Government [Wellington] Period (1853 - 1870)
  3. Vogel Government Period (1871 - 1888)
  4. Social Security Period (1886 - 1910 - records currently finished at 1897)
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