NB: Unfortunately, due to construction within the Museum, we are currently unable to confirm an opening date for this exhibition.
THIRTEEN SHIPS- 150 years ago, the Waikato Immigration Scheme brought thirteen ship loads of migrants to the port of Auckland between October 1864 and June 1865.
The migrants were, for the most part, settled in the Kirikiri Block (Opaheke, Papakura); Otau (Clevedon); Maketu (Ramarama); Williamson's Clearing (Bombay) and throughout Franklin. They were predominantly English, Scottish, and Irish - many of the Irish came on the five ships that sailed from the Cape of Good Hope where they had settled from around five to ten years earlier.
Our exhibit will explore the background to the scheme, its successes and failures, and the individual stories of some of the settlers, whose names, and/or descendants, live on in Papakura today.
For example: Thomas ELLIOTT, and his wife Elizabeth Jane (pictured) journeyed to New Zealand on the 'GANGES' - aka the death ship - which suffered the loss of 56 passengers; 54 of them children. Most of the children were under three years of age as were the Elliotts' two little girls both of whom died. Nine children were born and raised in New Zealand, the Elliotts eventually settling in Tuakau. Their fourth son Joseph Ernest Elliott, better known as Joe, was headmaster of Papakura School from 1917 to 1935. Eldest son, the Reverend William John Elliott, served as minister at the Papakura Methodist Church from 1927 to 1930.
If your family came to New Zealand on any of the thirteen ships, please contact Kara (firstname.lastname@example.org) we would love to hear from you.