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Waitangi Shipmates' Association

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Waitangi, sailed 27 Oct 1883


1935

SHIPMATES HOLD REUNION

PASSENGERS BY WAITANGI GATHERING AT LYTTELTON The celebration of the fifty-first anniversary of the arrival of the ship Waitangi, held in the Excelsior Hall, Lyttelton, yesterday afternoon, was a very happy gathering. Passengers travelled from as far south as Ashburton to be present, and although many had not met one another for a long time, a spirit of the greatest friendship and unity prevailed. Tales of the departurec of the Waitangi from Plymouth, of the voyage out, of first impressions of the new land, and of life in the first years after landing, made the time pass quickly. They were recounted with a vividness that made them seem tales of only yesterday. The celebration took the form of a dinner, for which Mr James Ashton, J.P., of Hanmer Springs, one of the passengers, was host. The Mayor of Lyttelton, Mr W. T. Lester, presided, and much assistance was given the organisation by the Town Clerk, Mr F. Hobbs. After the dinner, the passengers and their guests, visited H.M.A.S. Australia, where they were entertained at afternoon tea. The celebration began at 12.30, the hour being rung on a ship's bell suspended in the hall. The Town Clerk called the names of all the passengers by the Waitangi, and those who were present stood. They were:—

Mrs M. H. Gowans (nee Ayland),
Mrs E. Marsh (nee Spinner),
Mrs R. Bryson (nee Rebecca Leary).
Mrs F. McFarlane (nee Taylor),
Mrs W. H. French (nee Mary Hitchings).
Mrs M. Knox (nee Emma Bloomfield),
Mrs T. Colville (nee Geary),
Mrs A. Hynes (nee Mary Barr),
Miss M. Griffen,
Mrs B. Riordan (Darfield, nee Mary Cairns).
Mrs R. Topp (nee Isabella Ellen Killeen),
Mrs W. White (nee Lizzie Alexander),
Mrs E. N. Gullick (nee Ellen Toombe),
Messrs
J. Rumsey (Ashburton),
A. R. Forbes (Cust),
James Ashton (Hanmer Springs),
C. B. Forbes (Cust),
R. Lang ("Happy Harry," Cust),
H. Tallott (Cust),
John Smith (West Eyreton),
and J. T. Norton.

Several apologies were received. Included among the guests were Mr E. R. Webb, president of the Canterbury Pilgrims and Early Settlers' Association, Mr S. C. Bingham, a passenger by the Waitangi in 1880, and Mr G. F. Whitesides, a passenger by the Marlborough in 1881.

Spirit of Settlers The Mayor welcomed the guests and spoke of the wonderful spirit of the early settlers—a spirit, he said, which was lacking in the world to-day. When they came to New Zealand, they came to a land which had to be broken in. They knew they had a big task ahead of them, but it was a task which had to be done by someone. They had chosen it themselves and had done it successfully. Before toasts were honoured, Mr Ashton also spoke words of welcome. The toast list was:—"The King" (proposed by the Mayor); "The Health of Surviving Shipmates," coupled with the names of Mr Lang and Mr Norton (proposed by Mr A. R. Forbes and replied to by Mr Norton and Mr Lang); "Our Host" (proposed by Mr Bingham and replied to by Mr Ashtonl. The speakers recalled scenes and Incidents which had impressed them between the time they left England and the time they settled in New Zealand. A moment's silence was observed in memory of shipmates who had died. The Waitangi, a ship of 1128 tons, belonging to the New Zealand Shipping Company, dropped anchor off Rhodes Bay (now Purau) on January 13. 1884. The time taken on her trip from England was less than 85 days. PRESS, VOLUME LXXI, ISSUE 21374, 17 JANUARY 1935, PAGE 18


1937

SHIP WAITANGI

REUNION OF PASSENGERS Passengers who arrived at Lyttelton in the sailing ship Waitangi on January 15, 1884, held their fourth annual reunion at Lyttelton yesterday in the Excelsior Hall. Mr C. B. Forbes, president of the Waitangi Shipmates’ Association, presided. Waitangi passengers who were present were Mesdames J. Liggins (nee Gabriel), E. Gullick (nee Helen Toombs), B. Riordan (nee Mary Carin), E. Marsh (nee Spinner), M. French (nee Mary Hitchens), W. White (nee Alexander), F. McFarlane (nee Taylor), Messrs C. B. Forbes, A. R. Forbes. J. T. Norton, R. H. Lang, J. Smith, H. Hunter. In welcoming fellow passengers and visitors, the chairman expressed pleasure that so many were able to be present. Some of their fellow passengers had died during the year, and at his request those present stood in silence as a mark of respect. At luncheon the following toasts were honoured:—“The King”; “Our Visitors,” proposed. by Mr J. T. Norton and responded to by Mr J. Liggins; “The Passengers,” proposed by ,Mr J. Smith and responded to by Messrs R. H. Lang and A. R. Forbes; “The Norton Family,” proposed by the chairman and responded to by Mr R. Norton, secretary of the association, and Mr J. T. Norton. Later, a meeting of the association was held. A proposal that the association should merge with the Old Colonists’ Association was discussed, and it was unanimously . agreed to preserve the separate identity of the Waitangi Shipmates’ Association, All the officers were re-elected for the coming year. PRESS, VOLUME LXXIII, ISSUE 21996, 21 JANUARY 1937, PAGE 3






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