I advise that Phillips family (who are my ancestors via their 5th child
Esther) left Sydney on the ship Cheetah for Wellington sometime between 1855-57.
The family included:
George Samuel Phillips (1805-1865)
Catherine Phillips (1822-1903)
Their Sydney-born children:
George Samuel Phillips born 1841
Herbert Thomas Phillips born 1843
John Godfrey Phillips born 1845
Jane Elizabeth Phillips born 1847
Esther Hannah Phillips born 1850
Susannah Fanny Phillips born 1853
After settling in Wellington another child, Catherine Sophia Phillips was born
The Australian Birth Index and the NSWBDM Index will trick you up because of
variations in spelling.
The first two children are described as George Samuel Philip and Herbert Thomas
Philip and their father is called "Samuel Philip". The children Godfrey, Jane,
Esther and Susannah are all referred to with the surname "Philipps" and their
father as George S. Philipps.
George Samuel Phillips was a Tallow Chandler (candle-maker) and on arrivel in
Wellington opened up a soap/candle-making business.
The exact date of their journey from Sydney to NZ varies due to discrepant
details in newspaper obituaries and "years lived in NZ" on some certificates.
According to the death certificate of Esther Hannah Johnson (nee Phillips) she
was 59 when she died and lived for 54 years in NZ. This would mean she came to
NZ in 1855. However a newspaper obituary for her indicates 1857, and so too the
obituary for Catherine Phillips (nee Storey). A newspaper obituary for George
jr says he was aged 15 when they arrived in NZ, which would make the year
Trust that helps!