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I wrote about the Corinthic passenger lists previously and included some poor photocopies of the lists. I have stumbled upon some more Corinthic passenger lists held by the National Archives, London. They are much easier to read than the previous lists I posted, plus they are in colour!  [Click on the image to enlarge.]

These copies give the contract ticket numbers. They also show that the Watson/Balfour/Smith/Robb parties were contracted to land at Auckland, yet on the previous copies I posted Wellington was shown as the destination.

I am off to Palmerston North tomorrow on a genealogy hunt and won’t be back home until late Friday so this will be my only post this week. Regular posts resume next Monday.

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Party of 24

The Corinthic in Wellington harbour - Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, NZ; John Dickie Collection, Reference Number: G-2010-1/1-

Among the 389 passengers boarding the Corinthic on 31 May 1906 was a group of 24 people from Fife, Scotland. Known as ‘the Watson party’ they were:

  • William WATSON age 49
  • Ann (nee BALFOUR) WATSON age 49
  • John WATSON (William and Ann’s son) age 27
  • Euphemia (Effie) (nee EWAN) WATSON (John’s wife) age 24
  • William WATSON (John and Effie’s son) age 3
  • James WATSON (John and Effie’s son) age 1
  • Helen (nee WATSON) SMITH (William and Ann’s daughter) age 27
  • Donald SMITH (Helen’s husband) age 25
  • Ann SMITH (Helen and Donald’s daughter) age 5 months
  • Annie WATSON (William and Ann’s daughter) age 18
  • William WATSON (William and Ann’s son) age 14
  • David WATSON (William and Ann’s son) age 12
  • Julia WATSON (William and Ann’s daughter) age 8
  • Archibald (Archie) BALFOUR (Ann (nee BALFOUR) WATSON’s brother) age 41
  • Jessie (nee SCOTT) BALFOUR (Archie’s wife) age 38
  • Jessie BALFOUR (Archie and Jessie’s daughter) age 17
  • Helen (Nellie) BALFOUR (Archie and Jessie’s daughter) age 13
  • Elizabeth (Beth) BALFOUR (Archie and Jessie’s daughter) age 8
  • Julia BALFOUR (Archie and Jessie’s daughter) age 3
  • William ROBB age 27
  • Annie (nee ROBERTSON) ROBB age 27
  • Annie ROBB (William and Annie’s daughter) age 6
  • James ROBB (William and Annie’s son) age 2
  • Mary ROBB (William and Annie’s daughter) age 7 months

Corinthic passenger list showing BALFOUR family

Corinthic passenger list showing ROBB and SMITH families

Corinthic passenger list showing WATSON family

Did you notice that William WATSON put his occupation down as farmer and the SMITH and WATSON families gave their nationality as English and not Scotch. (The passenger list said to state whether English, Scotch or Irish – interesting to see it written as Scotch as my mum always used to tell me that Scotch was a whiskey and that people were either Scots or Scottish! She really didn’t like it when people suggested she was Scotch.)

Nine children aged eight or under – what a scary thought travelling on a ship for seven weeks with that many children. How would you entertain them and how on earth would you keep the little ones in clean dry nappies??? I should really investigate what ship-life was like back then.

So, next question – who was William ROBB and why do I think he was part of the ‘Watson party’?

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The Corinthic in Wellington harbour - Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, NZ; John Dickie Collection, Reference Number: G-2011-1/1 -

Exactly one hundred and five years ago today, on 2 June 1906, the Corinthic departed from Plymouth, England headed for Auckland, New Zealand. She had left London on May 31.

This article appeared in the New Zealand Herald, Thursday 19 July 1906

The Shaw Savill & Albion’s Company’s fine steamer Corinthic, Captain H F David, RNR arrived from London, Capetown and Hobart at 1pm yesterday, and after undergoing the usual medical and customs inspection she was granted pratique and berthed at Queen Street Wharf. The Corinthic has a large number of passengers for New Zealand, of whom 117 are for this port. she has also a large quantity of cargo for Auckland. Of the passage from London Mr R L Barker, the purser, reports: The Corinthic left London on May 31 and called at Plymouth, departing from there on June 2 in fine weather, which prevailed to Teneriffe, which was reached on June 7. A stay of a few hours was made, enabling the passengers to enjoy a visit on shore. Proceeding on the voyage gentle north-east trades were encountered in 24.53 degrees north latitude and 17.19 degrees west longitude, the equator being crossed on June 13. From thence moderate south-west winds generally prevailed to the Cape, arriving there on June 23. The usual stay was made in Table Bay landing and embarking passengers, mails, etc., and the voyage was continued the same day. Hobart was reached on July 12. The voyage to Auckland was resumed on the following day. From Hobart strong south-easterly winds and a high southerly swell were experienced. Captain David has with him the following officers: Mr W Hug, chief; Mr SS Richardson RNR, first; Mr A Coles, second; Mr C Cartwright, third; Mr E Cormack, fourth; Mr RL Barker, purser; Dr G Travis, medical officer; and Mr J Campbell, chief engineer. The Corinthic leaves for Wellington and Lyttelton about Monday.

(Dictionary definition of ‘pratique’: permission or license granted to a ship to carry on commerce with a port after passing quarantine or showing a clean bill of health.)

On 30 May 1906 a party of 24 people had left Cowdenbeath Railway Station and travelled to London to board the Corinthic for the journey to New Zealand. According to ‘family legend’ William WATSON had paid the fares for the entire party, some of whom were to repay him once established in New Zealand.

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