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Six Kimbers, Plymouth/Port Cooper (Lyttelton) NZ, 1851
Posted by: Dennis Johnson (ID *****3355) Date: July 08, 2003 at 01:17:42
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Aboard the "Castle Eden," a family group of six Kimber's landed at Port Lyttelton, New Zealand, on February 14, 1851. The site address is http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~nzbound/nzbound/castleeden.htm .
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The text says: "List of Chief Cabin, and Fore Cabin, and Paying Steerage passengers in the Castle Eden, 930 tons, built Sunderland, England 1842 by J. & F. Soames. Sailed from Gravesend 28th Sept. 1850, and from Plymouth on October 3, but heavy weather drove her back, and she finally left Plymouth Sound on October 18. Arrived Port Cooper (later renamed Lyttelton) 14th February 1851 with 204 passengers under the command of Captain Timothy Thornhill.
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In the steerage passenger list was...
sirname, given name, age, m/f, married, number (unknown by me), occupation.
Kimber, Charles, 8, M.
Kimber, Esther, 39, F, Y, 5.
Kimber, James, 13, M.
Kimber, Jane, 11, F.
Kimber, Sarah, 2, F.
Kimber, Stephen, 35, M, Y, 5, Ag. Laborer.
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A comment: Of the passengers, there were four deaths, one "in harbour," and four births, one "in harbour." Along the way were also four marriages, though one appears to be to a crew member, name not noted. You could write a movie screenplay with drama like this!


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