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John Heath

Birthplace: Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, England
Death: Died in Akaroa, Christchurch City, Canterbury, New Zealand
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Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, England

British BMD Register December 1845 Volume 11 Page 429

September 27, 1874
Age 29
Lyttelton, New Zealand

This fine clipper vessel, commanded by Captain Williams, with the British astronomical expedition for observing the transit of Venus, a large number of saloon passengers, and 331 Government immigrants, arrived in harbour yesterday. After working up the harbour the wind failed, and the tide being strong ebb the anchor was let go and the vessel brought up off Camp Bay at 9 a..m. The Health Officer, Dr Donald, amd Dr Bouse, Commissioner, proceeded down to the ship, and, there having been no sickness on board, the vessel was at once cleared. The s.s. Gazelle shortly afterwards started with a large party, and, later in the day, His Honour the Superintendent. Mr T. W. Maude, and Mr March visited the ship. This is the fourth voyage that the Merope has made to Canterbury, and the second in which Captain Williams has had charge of her. A full description of her has previously been published, and it is therefore unnecessary to say more than that her former good qualities are unimpaired. An inspection was made throughout the vessel, and the whole of the compartments were found to be scrupulously clean. The voyage (78 days) has been what may be termed a fine weather one, but it was not until after the S.E. trades had been lost that any good work was made. Dr K. F. Andrews is the surgeon-superintendent, and Mrs Millard is matron of the ship. The immigrants appear a very healthy lot of people, and will no doubt make good colonists. The single girls are mostly domestic servants. During the voyage no serious cases of sickness occurred two deaths (of infants) and six births took place during' the voyage. The immigrants speak in the highest terms of the kindness they have received during the voyage from the captain, surgeon-superintendent, and officers, to whom testimonials were presented at the close of the voyage. The following is Captain Williams report...

Left Gravesend on June 21, and proceeded to Plymouth, and embarked immigrants on June 26 got to sea on the 27th, and discharged pilot; experienced light westerly :winds and fine weather until July t, when the N.E. trades were caught in 42de~ 13min N. they were very light, and were lost on July 18 thence had light variable winds to the Equator, which was crossed on July 28 light vaiiable winds prevailed until August 3, when the S.E. trades were caught in 42deg 13min., and were lost in 26deg S. thence had to beat down to the latitude of Rio Janeiro, when better weather was experienced, the ship averaging for 30 days 250 miles per day the best day's run made was on August 27, the run on that day being 315 miles Crozetts and Possession Islands were sighted on August 28. On August 29 a strong N.N.E.. gale was experienced, and continued until August 31. On August 30 a heavy sea struck the vessel, carrying away a portion of the main bulwarks. On September 4 passed through a quantity of floe ice. The Snares were sighted on September 24 on September 25 the wind blew strong from the N.W., and the maintop-gallant yard was earned away; Banks' Peninsula was sighted on Saturday, September 26, bearing N.W. 30 miles, and the pilot boarded the ship at 7 a.m. on Sunday.

(Star, 28 September 1874)

November 5, 1892
Age 47
Akaroa, New Zealand

Heath—Sunckell.—On Nov. 5th, at St. Peter's Church, Akaroa, by the Rev. Jasper Smyth, M.A., John Heath, of German Bay, to Ann Sunckell, of Akaroa.

(Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, 8th November 1892)

New Zealand BDM Registration 1892/3886

Age 58
Akaroa, New Zealand

HEATH, JOHN, Farmer, Akaroa. Mr. Health was born in Worcestershire, England, in 1845, and was educated at a private school. In 1874 he left England in the ship “Merope,” for New Zealand. Shortly after landing at Lyttelton, he took up land at Akaroa. Mr. Health was at one time a member of the Akaroa Borough Council, and has also held a seat on the German Bay school committee. He is well known as a member of the Church of England, and is a vestryman of St. Peter's. Mr. Health was married, in 1892, to the widow of the late Mr. John Sunckell.

(The Cyclopedia printed the name as Health, not Heath - KMT)

January 6, 1913
Age 68
Akaroa, Christchurch City, Canterbury, New Zealand

Mr John Heath, on old and respected resident of Akaroa, passed away on Friday evening at the residence of Mrs J. Hayward, Akaroa, at the age of 68 years. Mr Heath was born in Gloucestershire, and arrived in Akaroa thirty-eight years ago, and worked as a farm-hand for sorne time He afterwards took up land in German Bay. where he resided until.he came to live in Akaroa some years ago. He took a keen interest in municipal matters, and for some time was a member of the Akaroa Borough Council. The funeral took place on Sunday after-noon,- and the Rev. A. Julius officiated at the grave.

(Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, 7 January 1913)