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The New Zealand Journal, Saturday, August 29 (1840)


New Zealand Shipping At Sydney.


April 25.—From New Zealand, having left the 8th instant, the schooner Fair Barbadian, Captain Bennett, with potatoes, &c. Passengers—Captain Leslie, and part of the crew of the Falcon, wrecked at New Zealand.


April 24.—For New Zealand, the brig Lady Leith, Captain Richards, with sundries. Passengers—Mrs. Russell and three children, Mr. M'Gee and family, Mr. E. East and family, Messrs. Jones, Danyell, and Williamson.
April 26.—For New Zealand, the schooner Hannah, Captain Davis, with sundries. Passengers—Messrs. Merritt, Rawling, and Lewyn.
By the arrival of Captain Paynter, in the Duke of Roxburgh, the report of the loss of the vittoria is confirmed. She was wrecked about eleven o'clock on the night of the 29th February, on a sand spit, twenty-nine miles from Massacre Bay, near Cape Egmont, which is inaccurately laid down in the charts. Owing to the roughness of the weather, and the consternation of those on board, it was with the greatest difficulty that the lives of all were saved. Colonel Wilson and some other passengers are coming on to Sydney in the Tory, which vessel was to sail in a few days. The Duke of Roxburgh narrowly escaped being wrecked in the same place. The Middlesex, from Sydney, had arrived at Port Nicholson. The barque Nimrod had been obliged to leave Captain Davies at the Bay of Islands, on account of ill health, when she proceeded round to Middle Harbour.
The Fair Barbadian has brought up Captain Leslie, and part of the crew of the Falcon, which vessel was wrecked in the late gale at New Zealand. The Fair Barbadian was lying at anchor at the commencement of the gale, but put to sea, and escaped with the loss of some sails. The brig Lunar lost her windlass and anchor in Hawke's Bay, and would proceed to the Bay of Islands before she came on to Sydney. The Fair Barbadian has brought 5,000 bushels of maize, and about 50 tons of potatoes. She saw a cutter in the Bay of Plenty, supposed to be the Aquilla from Sydney.
The New Zealand Company's ship Blenheim, Captain Grey, sailed from the Clyde on Tuesday last, August 25, at eleven p.m. She carries one hundred and fifty emigrants of the labouring class, and twenty cabin passengers. The emigrants were in excellent spirits, and appeared to repose full confidence in their enterprising leader, Mr. M'Donald. This gentleman is a large landholder in the colony, and nearly the whole body of emigrants by the Blenheim was composed of Ma own and the neighbouring clans, near Fort William, in Inverness-shire. We have seen the list of labouring colonists; and in observing the long catalogue of Frasers, M'Donalds, M'Eacherns, and M'Pheraons, we rejoice that in their new home the stout-hearted clansmen will discover another
"Land of brown heath and shaggy wood;"
and renew in the midst of the Pacific the scenes of Glennevis and Glen more. Previous to the sailing of the vessel, the emigrants were addressed in Gaelic by the Rev. Dr. M'Leod, in an energetic and seemingly impressive speech, the purport of which was, that though they were about to part from the country of their birth, to which they were attached by no common bonds, yet that the change they had resolved in making was, in effect, less than might at first appear, since they would find another Scotland in another hemisphere. The emigrants were much affected by this address.
The following is a list of the cabin passengers by the Blenheim:—Donald Macdonald, Esq.; Mrs. Macdonald; Catherine Macdonald; Donald Macdonald; Adam Macdonald; Flora Macdonald; Alexander Macdonald; Campbell Macdonald; Thomas Macdonald; Captain Moses Campbell; Mrs. Campbell; John Campbell; Colin Campbell; Louisa Campbell; Susan Campbell; Isabella Campbell; Dr. Sinclair Sutherland; Mr. John Cameron; Mr. John Macfarlane; and the Surgeon Superintendent, Mr. Neil Campbell.
Whatever is good in the spirit of clanship, which marks the Scottish people, softened by distance and new circumstances, will thus be transferred from the northern to the southern hemisphere, and the ties of "kith and kin" which bound clan with clan in the "Icy North," will be as inseparable in the Islands of the Pacific.
New Zealand Society of Paisley.—A meeting of the Emigration Committee was held in the Philosophical Hall, on Thursday evening; the Rev. Dr. Burns in the chair; when it was stated that free passages had been offered to six families on board the Blenheim, to sail for New Zealand from Greenock, on Monday, the 24th instant, and that the meeting had been called for the purpose of devising means to enable the parties to procure the necessary outfits. It was resolved that an appeal should be made to the generosity of the inhabitants of Paisley, and the following recommendation was drawn up:—
"Paisley, 21st August, 1840.
"Free Passages having been offered for New Zealand to six families in Paisley, comprising 34 individuals, the case of these families was this evening brought before the Emigration Committee, when it was agreed to recommend them to the benevolence of the inhabitants, for donations in money or bed and body clothing, in order to enable them to take advantage of the offer now made.
"To provide the necessary outfit for themselves and families, in addition to their own means, the sum of £30 is absolutely necessary. As the Blenheim sails on the 24th instant, the prompt consideration of the case, by their fellow townsmen, is earnestly recommended.
"Signed by order and in name of the Committee,
"Robert Burns, Chairman."

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