"THE FIVE DAY WEEK"
A ship sailed from Britannia’s shores
Bound far across the sea
Unto New Zealand’s distant land,
And many a soul bore she.
The gallant ship ploughed proudly on
With snow white wings upspread’
She kissed the billows’ crested tops
While on her course she sped.
The weeks rolled on in happy dreams
With visions of the past,
The youthful mind, sweet fancies, crown
Of many a year to last.
The gallant ship rode nobly on
And reached her promised haven;
They viewed their new adopted land
And breathed their thanks to Heaven.
‘Twas Friday night they did arrive,
Two rockets they did fire;
To wake Otago was their aim
And reach their cherished spire.
The pilot duly came aboard,
"’Tis Saturday ye well may ken!
Why, nae one works sae late
A yonder in the Toon."
"The Sabbath too ye must all keep
We mauna work lest they shall weep
I must away and leave her bide,
A rolling in the deep tide."
"The morrow we’ll hae a tug
And lug ye into port.
Then later in that very day
To Dunedin’s captain ye’ll all report."
THE PASSENGER LIST DUNEDIN
SATURDAY, JANUARY 26, 1861. The "Lady Egidia" anchored outside the Heads at 8.30 p.m.
MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 1861. The "Lady Egidia", 1236 tons, Captain Curry, from Greenock, with immigrants and general cargo, was towed up to Port Chalmers by the "Geelong", and anchored at 5 a.m.
Pringle F. Stoddart
William E. Heriot
Miss C. Smith
Jas. and Alex. Dundas
John Garratt, wife, two sons , one daughter
J. McNaughton and wife
Henrietta and Florence Dent
John D. Johnstone
David Wright, wife, two sons, three daughters
George Dalgleish, wife and daughter
Jas. H Bissett
John E. and Jane McGillveray
Alice Bain or Melrose
Charles Mc Lachlan
Alex and Elizabeth Airken
George H. Paterson
Jas. T. Donaldson
Mary and Thomas Reid
Thomas and Walter Brown
William and Jane Coupar
Mrs. and Margaret Smeaton
John and Jessie McFarlane
The occupations of the assisted immigrants are:
Jas. Lester and wife
Alex. and Betsy McGregor
John and Mary Ross
Mary Ann and Oliver Robinson
Jean Paul or Gardiner
Margaret, Robert, William, Andrew and Mary Paul
Samuel Campbell, wife, son and two daughters
John and Janet Sinclair
John Murdock, wife , 5 sons , 3 daughters
William Wilson, wife, 4 sons, 4 daughters
William Clark and wife
William and Isabella Thomson
Donald Campbell, wife, 2 sons, 1 daughter
Robt. McKinlay, wife and daughter
Alex Gardner, wife, son and daughter
David Pinkerton and wife
Janet, Helen, Thos. and John Fairley
Jas. Milne, wife, 2 sons and daughter
Ewen McColl and wife
Geo. C. Tait
Daniel Walker and wife
David Auld, wife and daughter
Malcolm McNicoll, wife son and daughter
Robt. Easton and wife
Jane, Allan and Jas. Galt
Jas. Brown , wife, son and 2 daughters
Jane and Ann Knox
Jas. Pettigrew and wife
Jas. Russell, wife and 2 daughters
A. McLennan and wife
John Cameron, wife and 2 sons
Alex. Stewart, wife and son
Robt. Cowan, wife, son and 4 daughters
Duncan McRae, wife 4 sons 3 daughters
James, David, Margaret and William McNaughton
John Aitken and wife
Jas. Imrie, wife, son and 2 daughters
Charles Cloaston and wife
Alex. Riach, wife and daughter
George and Catherine Walker
Nicol Booth and wife
George Dutch wife and son
Mary Grant or Justice and 2 daughters
Alex Justice and wife
Hugh, Martha, Mary, Catherine, James and Isabella McGregor
Jas. Hewett and wife
Helen and Marion Dillon
Mary Ann Diston
James, Margaret and Elizabeth Dawson
William McInnes and wife
P. Manderson, wife and 4 sons
K. McKenzie and wife
Dan. McCorkindale, wife, son and 2 daughters
F. E. Mitchell, wife, son and 3 daughters
Angus Shaw, wife, 3 sons
Alex. Grant, wife and son
Jane and Ronald McColl
John McLean and wife
Daniel Cameron, wife and two sons
John Tinnock, wife, 2 sons , 3 daughters
David Gardiner, wife , 2 sons , 3 daughters
Mrs S. N. Brown, son , 2 daughters
John Baxter, wife 2 sons and daughter
John Gray, wife and son
George Murray, wife and son
John Strachan, wife and son
Hugh Reid and wife
H. Richardson, wife and daughter
Wm. Mckay, wife and 2 sons
Charles and Bridget Ford
C. H. and Sarah Paterson
Isaac and Agnes Johnston
Jas. Duncan, wife and son
Robina c. Meyer
William and Lilias Mckay
Donald Clark, son and daughter
Mrs. Alex. Cameron
Editorial Comment Feb 1st 1861
50 domestic servants
DEATHS ON THE VOYAGE OCCURRED AS FOLLOWS:
10th : Duncan McColl, 15months , of diarrhoea
16th : William Campbell, 20 months, of diarrhoea
17th : Jas. Gibson, 3 1/2 yrs, of acute bronchitis
17th : Mary Ann Dutch, 21 months, of rubeola
21st : Mary Harvey, 10 months, of diarrhoea
21st : Adam MacKay, 12 months, of diarrhoea
21st : Christina Campbell, 12 months, of diarrhoea
24th : Elizabeth Aitken, 21 months, of diarrhoea
26th : Elizabeth Justice, 21 months, of diarrhoea
10th : Margaret Mc Lean, 2years, of diarrhoea
13th : Janet Easton, 15 months, of diarrhoea
13th : John Leicester, 12 months, of diarrhoea
13th : Celia McColl, 2 1/2 yrs, of diarrhoea
15th : Robert McGregor, 3yrs, of diarrhoea
17th : George Turner, 30 yrs, of chronic liver disease
18th : James Muir, 5 months, of pneumonia
21st : James Dutch, 4 1/4 months of pneumonia
22nd : Jane Muir, 21 months, of diarrhoea
27th : Mary Ann Hughes 2 1/4 years of diarrhoea
28th : Jessie Grant, 6 years, of cyanche trachealis
29th : James Brown, 24 years, of **hthis palmonalis
30th : Jane Pettigrew, 2 1/4 years, of diarrhoea
31st : Peter Grant, 1 1/2 years, of cyanche trachealis
1st : James Auld, 2 years, of diarrhoea
1st : Margaret Pettigrew, 6 months, of pneumonia
3rd : Jn. McNicol, 2 1/2 years of cyanche trachealis
4th : Alex. Grant, 4 years, of abcess of neck
12th: Mrs Easton’s infant, 1 month, of bronchitis
14th : John Clark, 1 1/2 years, of diarrhoea
14th : Robert McGregor, 10 years, of debility after rubeola
19th : Helen Strachan, 3 years, of diarrhoea
20th : John Strachan, 1 year, of bronchitis
BIRTHS DURING THE VOYAGE:
9th : Mrs Gray, a son
5th : Mrs McLean, a son
11th : Mrs Auld, a daughter
24th : Mrs Justice, a son
27th : Mrs Easton, a daughter
10th : Mrs Cowan, a daughter
20th : Mrs Dutch, a daughter.
The "Lady Egidia" , from Greenock, arrived at otago on Sunday last after a passage of 104 days. She anchored about two miles of the Heads and was on the following morning towed up to Port Chalmers by the "Geelong".
She is the largest vessel which has yet come to Otago, and was, we understand, drawing 18 feet when she came in. Her safe arrival at Port Chalmers without touching ground is a satisfactory repudiation of the assertion that the water in the harbour is becoming shallower. She belongs to Potter, Wilson & Co., of Glasgow, the same firm to whom the "Bruce" and the "Cheviot" belong, and who have made offers in the Provincial Government to bring out immigrants on advantageous terms. The application has been referred to the home agents with a request that they will give Potter Wilson & Co. preference over other tenderers, other matters being equal.
The "Egidia" brings the largest number of passengers ever landed in Otago by one vessel, and
gives an addition to our population of upwards of 400 souls. The "Egidia" experienced some unpleasant weather at starting, but we understand the voyage on the whole has been an agreeable one. Some complaints have been made of breaches of the Passenger Act, which will be enquired into. We believe they are not, however, serious charges, possibly they may be only the inconveniences indispensable from a long voyage with a number of passengers and will shortly be forgotten.
The supply and provisions of water, as regards both quantity and quality, is favourably reported on by the passengers. We however regret to learn that there have been 32 deaths on board-the whole with the exception of two being children. The deaths of the two adults was to have been expected from the state of health in which they left the home country, but the loss of so many children we are persuaded must arise from want of proper care and attention on the part of the medical officer. There is nothing in the voyage to New Zealand, either in its length or the latitudes passed through, to make it destructive to children. Want of ventilation and a sufficiency of nourishing food is, we are certain in most cases, the cause of the deaths of the children.
Medical comforts are usually most liberally supplied by the owners of the ships. In this case there appears to have been no exception to this rule. We can therefore only come to the conclusion that due care has not been used. we have again and again urged upon the agents the necessity of being careful in the selection of the medical officer in charge, as upon him depends to a great extent the comfort and safety of the voyage.
Further Extract from Local Paper
On Monday afternoon the "Geelong" brought up the passengers to Dunedin. The jetty was crowded by the inhabitants of the city who came down in numbers to welcome friends and catch a peep at the new arrivals who, judging from the loaded deck of the "Geelong" were glad enough to be at their journey’s end. The male immigrants, with a few exceptions, appeared to be hale, strong, hearty fellows who will be an acquisition to our community. They were all quickly housed in the immigration barracks, which affords ample accommodation.
The demand for the services of the new arrivals was as usual considerable, and numbers have already found permanent sitiuations. The young men and female servants have no difficulty in this matter--the married people with large families are not so readily absorbed, but temporary work is provided for all.. We understand that some of the young men have refused offers of £50 per annum with rations. We have no wish to interfere with their making the best bargain they can but we must advise them that permanent situations at such rates are far better than the apparently high rate of 7/- per diem for day labour, when the expense of board and lodging in the town and the loss of time from broken weather is taken into consideration.
No doubt-- the "Egidia" having arrived just at the commencement of the harvest-- there is a great demand for the services of able-bodied men who understand farm work; but all immigrants should look to permanent situations in the country as the thing most desirable for them
The Government at the present time is employing a large number of hands on public works, and of course is taking advantage of fine weather to finish road making as fast as possible before the winter sets in. The Government expenditure for some time has been at a rate of £10,000 per month-- this rate will however not be maintained, and therefore it is prudent for those who have the offer of permanent situations to take them. With these few words of practical advice, we have to give those who have become our fellow colonists a hearty welcome to Otago, and to express the wish that they may prosper in the land of their adoption.
ADVERTISEMENTS IN LOCAL PAPERS, FEBRUARY, 1861
"Lady Egidia", 1238 tons, will sail about 12 Feb, for Bomabay
Has very superior accommodation for passengers.
Dalgety, Rattray & Co., Agents.
Robert MacKay: Tailor and Clothier
to arrive per "Lady Egidia"
large stock of hats and caps to be sold wholesale and retail.
Sale by Auction
Flour, tea, groceries etc.,
Friday 8th February, ex "Lady Egidia"
James Paterson & Co.
100 barrels American flour, 20 barrels pearl barley, 4 chests finest Ceylon tea, 5 h/hds. Campbelltown whisky, 4 quarter casks pale brandy, 2 h/hds. dark brandy, 2 h/hds. port wine , 10 crates earthenware of first class quality and for unreserved sale.
Ex "Lady Egidia"
A splendid asssortment of Drapery, glass, stoneware, toys, etc.
A.R. Logan : Princes St.
Just Landing ex "Lady Egidia"
100 barrels American flour, 20 barrels pearl barley, 2 cases saddlery, 10 cases ling fish, 6 best iron ploughs, 81 packages cordage, yarn and oakum, 150 bags salt, 15 casks soda crystals, 2 h/hds fine whisky, 8 casks refined sugar, 4 chests fine tea, 10 boxes Tennant’s pale soap.
Jas. Paterson & Co
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