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                        <* PYCROFT IMMIGRATION to N.Z. *>
Research by Barry PYCROFT, Christchurch. Ph +64 3) 385.1512.
   Commentary 1c.  Sept 1988.
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References:-
i)	National Archives & Library.
ii)	Newpaper articles etc.
iii)	Birth, death & Marriage registrations.
iv)	Church of Latter Day Saints Genealogical Library. (LDS- IGI).
v)	'WHITE WINGS', by Sir Henry BRETT: immigrant ships to N.Z. 1840/1902
vi)	Several helpful people from around New Zealand.

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(WILLIAM HENRY?) JAMES (age 38) & Rebecca (nee CATE) (age 34) left GOSPORT via Plymouth with their first 7 children on 18th July, 1878 on the sailing ship 'WAITANGI'. The children; James (16), Frederick (12), Henry (9), George (7), Frank (5), Elizabeth Ann (3) & Edward (16 months) were joined by their sister Matilda Jane during the voyage on 10th September, before arriving in LYTTLETON on 13 October, 1878. Their arrival was marked by having to be quarantined at Ripa & Quail islands due a scarletina outbreak on board the ship during the 87 day voyage. This large family, of which EDWARD was the great-grandfather of this author, came out under the 'VOGEL Scheme' of general assisted immigration. The fare was 14:7s:6d for adults & 8:7s:6d for children. 15:2s:0d was paid towards the cost by 'Friends of the Colony'; a benevolent society.
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The barque 'GLENLORA' sailed from Plymouth on 5th June, 1879 bound for the port of Canterbury. The 85 day voyage of non remarkable events berthed in Lyttleton on 30th August, 1879. Among the 239 souls was James' older brother and his family:- JOHN (44), & ANNE (nee JONES) (43), their son & his wife and granddaughter; William (24), Martha (23), & Mary A. (1yr).

Note:- There may some discrepancy between their passage & registered ages.

John & William were farm labourers and came out under an assisted immigration scheme to Canterbury. They settled & bought land in and around ASHBURTON & RAKAIA. The publication, 'PROPERTY FREEHOLDERS at 1st October 1882 show John as owning 3 acres at Asburton valued at 55 while William had 5 acres costing 70. William is mentioned in 'ASHBURTON: A History of Town & Country' by W.H. SCOTTER, as being on the South Rakaia Roads Board of the Rakaia in 1890. These families re-established themselves in Taranaki & New Plymouth.

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John & James had a sister MARY JANE, who married James wife's brother, George William CATE at Gosport about 1859. This couple came to N.Z. with their family on the 'HEREFORD', sailing from Plymouth on 10th October, 1877 & arriving at Lyttleton on 19th January, 1878. Mary Jane was born c 1837 in Cowes(?), I.O.W. and died in Stratford on 8th September, 1901. William George CATE, Born c 1840 in Portsmouth (or Cowes?) died at Hamilton on 10th January, 1918.
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The parents of John, Mary & James were JOHN PYCROFT & MARY JANE (nee MARSHALL), married on 24th October 1825 at Alverstoke, Hampshire.

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