Thomas Harrison (1822 - 1893) MP

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Birthplace: Bedworth, Warwickshire, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Taranaki, New Zealand
Managed by: Trevor John McComish
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Thomas Harrison's Timeline

1822
April 11, 1822
Bedworth, Warwickshire, United Kingdom
1841
March 30, 1841
Age 18
New Plymouth, New Zealand

Valentine Harrison set sail with his 3rd Wife Jane, 2nd eldest son Thomas and 2 other children, on 19th November 1840 and fianally arrived at New Plymouth on 30th March 1841. Please read the below extract about the voyage.

William Bryan
Ship: 312 Tons
Captain: Alexander McLean
Surgeon Superintendent: Henry Weeks
Sailed Plymouth 19th November 1840 - arrived New Plymouth 30th March 1841

William Bryan was the first of the New Zealand (Plymouth) Company's ships to arrive at the settlement of New Plymouth. This pioneer vessel left Plymouth Sound, England on November 19th 1840 and anchored in Cloudy Bay, Cooks Strait on March 19th (20th in the NZC records) 1841. From here Mr Cutfield, who was in charge of the expedition, hired a cutter to take him to Wellington where he visited Colonel Wakefield. At his request, Mr Cutfield was given a Pilot to guide them to the Taranaki settlement. After receiving orders to make ready to proceed to Taranaki on March 25th, Willaim Bryan set sail three days later on March 28th and arrived on March 30th. Mr (Dicky) Barrett had arranged for the building of houses to accomodate the new arrivals and they commenced, almost immediately, to move their belongings to the site of the new town - New Plymouth.

1843
July 15, 1843
Age 21
New Plymouth, New Zealand
1845
May 11, 1845
Age 23
1846
January 11, 1846
Age 23
New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand
1848
January 31, 1848
Age 25
December 15, 1848
Age 26
1850
November 15, 1850
Age 28
December 11, 1850
Age 28
New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand
1852
December 9, 1852
Age 30
New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand