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William Harrison

Birthplace: Leire, Leicestershire, United Kingdom
Death: Died in New Plymouth, New Zealand
Place of Burial: Taranaki, New Zealand
Immediate Family:

Son of Valentine Harrison and Sarah Harrison
Husband of Harriet Harrison
Father of William Harrison; Harriet Wood; Arthur Harrison; Sarah McComish; Mary Olson and 3 others
Brother of Thomas Harrison
Half brother of Alfred Valentine Harrison; George Harrison; <private> Harrison; Fanny Jane Joll; Mary Harrison and 4 others

Occupation: Botanist
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December 20, 1817
Leire, Leicestershire, United Kingdom
February 18, 1818
United Kingdom
June 5, 1837
Age 19
St Pancras, London, England
June 15, 1838
Age 20
Camberwell, Greater London, United Kingdom
February 26, 1840
Age 22
Camberwell, Greater London, United Kingdom
March 30, 1841
Age 23
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.

November 2, 1841
- February 23, 1842
Age 23
Plymouth, UK
February 23, 1842
Age 24
New Plymouth, New Zealand

William Harrison arrived in NewPlymouth on the 23rd of February 1842, having departed Plymouth on the 2nd November 1841. Please read the following extract on the "Timandra"

Barque: 382 tons
Captain: J L Skinner
Surgeon Superintendent: George C Forbes
Sailed Plymouth November 2nd 1841 3:00pm - arrived New Plymouth February 24th 1842
Stoutest and best-found of all the vessels sent out to New Plymouth was the barque Timandra, 382 tons, Captain Skinner, which made the passage direct in 113 days. She left Plymouth on November 2, 1841, and arrived on February 23, 1842, bringing 212 passengers, the largest number sent out in any of the six vessels. Her cargo included two sets of moorings for the roadsted. One set was laid down about two miles from shore. It was intended to land the other set, but one of the anchors was lost when being sent ashore on a raft, and the other one of the pair was taken to Sydney, where it lay so long on Moore's wharf that the wharfage came to more than its value, and it was eventually sold by auction. This fine ship had a pleasant voyage out. On the way out a call was made at Capetown, where a fortnight was spent, including Christmas Day. In marked distinction to many of the emigrant ships of the 'fifties and the 'sixties, the Timandra was a happy craft, and everyone had a good word to say for her. Among the passengers was Mr W Devenish, who brought out with him a small flock of Southland down sheep, the first seen in New Zealand. The Timandra seems to have been in luck all the way through, for she landed her passengers and cargo without a hitch in perfect weather, during her ten days stay off New Plymouth. The Rev. Horation Gruber, son of Admiral Grouber, arrived by this ship and for a considerable time conducted religious services in raupo whares.
White Wings - Sir Henry Brett

July 18, 1843
Age 25
Taranaki, New Zealand
September 9, 1845
Age 27
Omata, New Plymouth District, Taranaki, New Zealand