Surgeon Superintendent:Dr Jackson
Sailed London 11 July 1873 - arrived Wellington 18th October 1873
The official inspection of the passengers by the E.T. Bouverie and the arrangements on board the ship for their accommodation proved highly satisfactory. Excepting in the case of the Douglas, which vessel offers special facilities for the carriage of passengers on account of her roominess, the Bouverie is the most creditable ship which has yet brought any large number of immigrants to these shores. Her arrangements were perfect to the minutest detail, and it is some satisfaction to note that the passengers, as a whole, are, undeniably, the most superior shipment that has ever been landed in New Zealand. Added to the fact that there was no sickness on board the vessel, it is a pleasing circumstance that there was a complete absence of complaint of any kind amongst the passengers. The excellent management of the arrangements on board the vessel reflects the very greatest credit upon the tact of Captain Stevens and the medical officer of the ship. The passengers will be landed to-day.
We have another instance here in Wellington,: to-day about a hundred of the passengers by the E. P. Bouverie, consigned to Wellington, are to be sent to Napier, for the reason that the demand at the latter place is greater than here, in consequence of the Bouverie having followed so closely on the heels of the Douglas some of the passengers of which ship still remain undisposed of in the Immigration Barracks* Other vessels are on the way out, and it is looming that unless much more active measures are taken for the employment of the uew population in the districts where they arrive the Government will have to incur large additional expense in transferring the immigrants to places where they can be employed. We do not pretend for a moment to assume that there is not abundance of employment for suitable immigrants in the Colony on the contrary, there is room for all the Agent- General can send out but we cannot avoid thinking that there is occasion for the exercise of greater judgment in tht; regulation of the shipments to the various ports. It is not a satisfactory state of things that whilst some Provinces are loudly crying out for labor, it should be found necessary in other cases to tranship immigrants from the port to which tney were originally consignpd. We do not know what is the reason for th<i transference of twothirds of the Bouverie's immigrants to Napier, for we have been informed that j many of them could have at once got employment here; but it is evident that a very careful and systematic plan of sending out immigrants to the various provinces in proportion to the demand for labor, and the facilities afforded lor settling them upon the soil, must be adopted, or else we shall find ourselves in considerable difficulty. There is no doubt whatever of the ability of the colony to absorb as many people as the Agent-General can send oat, but there must be some care and discretion exer'dsed in regulating the number and intervals. To flood the colony all at once with thousands of people would not accomplish the end the Government and the Colony have in view that is, a steady flow of well-selected immigrants carefully apportioned according to the requirements of the various provinces.
(Wellington Independent, 21 October 1873)