Family History – Passenger Lists – South Island

If your ancestor arrived in the South Island

If the following resources do not cover the dates you are interested in, look at the general resources for searching a passenger by name.

If your ancestor arrived in Nelson, try:

Buckley, B. Sails of suffering
The story of the Lloyds, which sailed to Nelson 1841-2. Includes full passenger list.
Neale, J. Landfall Nelson: by sailing ship, 1642-1842
Neale, J. Pioneer passengers: to Nelson by sailing ship, March 1842 - June 1843
Both books contain passenger lists

If your ancestor arrived in Greymouth, try:

McGirr, V. Shipping strays found in the old Grey River Arguses Lists as taken from the Grey River Argus
Spine title - Greymouth: shipping strays, 1866-1878. Covers ship arrivals in ports around New Zealand. This includes passenger lists for ships which disappeared
McGirr, V. Ships and passengers arriving at the port of Greymouth from other NZ ports Lists as taken from the Grey River Argus
Spine title - Greymouth: internal passenger arrivals, 1886-1872
McGirr, V. Ships and passengers arriving at the port of Greymouth from overseas ports Lists as taken from the Grey River Argus
Spine title - Greymouth: overseas passengers arrivals, 1866-1872
McGirr, V. Ships and passengers sailing from port of Greymouth to other NZ ports Lists as taken from the Grey River Argus
Spine title - Greymouth: internal passenger departures, 1866-1872
McGirr, V. Ships and passengers sailing from the port of Greymouth to overseas ports Lists as taken from the Grey River Argus
Spine title - Greymouth: overseas passenger departures 1866-1872

If your ancestor arrived in Otago, try:

The NZ Shipping Co's Aorangi in the graving dock at Lyttelton Harbour
The NZ Shipping Co’s Aorangi in the graving dock at Lyttelton Harbour [ca. 1893]
Hocken, T. M. Contributions to the early history of New Zealand (settlement of Otago)
Appendix F (pp 286-296) contains a list of vessels from Scotland to Otago 1847-1850 and the names of immigrants. For an "expanded and corrected version of Dr Hocken’s lists", consult http://www.ngaiopress.com/drhocken.htm
Maxwell, V. Otago settlers pre-1861
Arranged alphabetically by surname and often based on newspaper sources, this lists people who came to Otago from 1848 until the time of the Otago gold rushes in 1861. There is reference to the ships that brought people from Europe, Australia and other parts of New Zealand. Other information is sometimes given: dates of marriage, children, occupations and the sources of information.
Patrick Henderson Shipping Company lists, 1871-1880
Gives the names of paying passengers to depart by the P. Henderson Company’s vessels from Glasgow to Otago.
Section one: Index of ships.
Section two: Index of passengers, including names, ages, some occupations, name of ship, year and page reference number.
Otago Provincial Council. Immigration Dept. List of immigrants, debtors to the Provincial Government of Otago for passage moneys
List of assisted immigrants who did not pay the passage money they owed.
MacGibbon, J. Going abroad: the MacGibbon family and other Scottish emigrants to Otago and Southland, New Zealand.
The bibliography (pp 224-7) is very useful for shipping information.
Offwood, D. 1945. Oatcakes to Otago: a chronical [i.e. chronicle] of Dunedin’s Scottish heritage. Christchurch, N.Z. : Caxton Press, c 2003
pp 227-259 contains New Zealand Company passenger arrivals at Otago March 1848-January 1851 plus shipping arrivals to Port Chalmers 1848-1861.
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