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New Zealand Settler Ships - Oriental 1859

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  • Edward Bell (1846 - 1912)
    "Mary Watt was born at Whanganui in the Manawatū-Whanganui region of New Zealand, the oldest of 10 siblings born to Scottish immigrants. Her husband died two years before the outbreak of the ‘Great War...
  • Mary Mclauchlan (bef.1844 - 1918)
    Mary Bell (1844-?). Born in 1844, Mary was christened on 14 July 1844. She was aged 15 when she arrived in New Zealand aboard the Oriental in 1859.Parish of South Kirkby. West Riding. Yorkshire. HO 107...
  • Richard Bell (bef.1834 - 1914)
    Richard Bell (1834-?). Born in 1834, Richard was christened on 15 June 1834. He was aged 25 when he arrived in New Zealand aboard the Oriental in 1859.Parish of South Kirkby. West Riding. Yorkshire. HO...
  • Dunedin City Council.
    Hannah Barnes (1816 - 1867)
    "Widow Hannah Bell immigrated to New Zealand on board the ‘Oriental’ in 1859 with some of her children and their families. 12 years earlier her husband John was killed when he fell off a church steeple...

The Oriental was built in 1830. On 12 February 1859 the Otago Witness reported it's arrival in Lyttleton: Feb 10 - Oriental, Macey, from London with 8 puncheons whiskey, 8 cases British manufactures, 5 pkg furniture, besides a full cargo for Canterbury. Passengers - John and Duncan Maines, F. Golding, Harriett, Mary, Richard, and Edward Bell. The "Oriental" arrived at the Heads on Wednesday morning, having left the Downs on the 1st November. The greater portion of her cargo and passengers are for Canterbury. We regret to learn that one of the apprentices fell from the royal yard into the sea, and was drowned. (Otago Witness, 12 February 1859, p. 4)

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