The following is from and article in "The Lyttleton Times" December 10 1863.
Entry is from WR Dale Album from the Canterbury Museum N.Z. page 78.
On Tuesday last we briefly noticed the arrival of this vessel at the Heads, and although
we possessed the information, since proved to be too true, respecting the amount of
sickness on board, for the sake of the friends on shore we refrained from publishing the
melancholy intelligence that forty-four deaths had occurred during the passage. In our
columns will be found a list of the sufferers as well as the number of births, We hear
that Captain SPROUL, on boarding the vessel, wasrefused the charge of the ship, and the
offer of the pilot to place his boat and crew at the services of theship to obtain fresh
supplies for the sick children was also refused... On Tuesday evening the anchor was
raised and sail made before half a galo of wind blowing from the south-west, and at
daylight next morning the vessel was out of sight. She returned yesterday morning when
off Camp Bay, and was immediately ordered to hoist the Yellow Jack.. This peremptory
order of the Health Commissioner was not appearing to suit this cavalier officer, in two
or three hours the anchor wa again up and with the assistance of the light breese from the
north-east, the Brothers Pride was brought up just astern of the Laancashire Witch. We
presume the authorities will not permit their orders to be set at defiance, and the law
treated with contempt.
We append the list of births, marriage and deaths on board the Brothers Pride.
August 4, Christina MACKAY, daughter, August 12 Esther ROBERTS , daughter,
September 3, J.E. McLANGLIN, Son, September 9, Isabella HELM, Son,
September 18, Eliza BENNETT, Son, Octobeer 3, M. KATHAWAY, Son,
October 25 B. STOUT, Son, November 11 H. TRIGG, Twins
November , J. BROWN, Son.
September 28, by the Camptain James SHEPHERD, second mate to Jane McWILLIAM.
August 5, Joseph BAILEY 2.3/4years,; August 26 W. SCRIMSHAW..16 months; August 28 S.M.
THOMAS, nine months: September 3, Margaret McWILLIAM, four years : September 3, William
POWELL, six years; September 4, Ida POWELL, two years; September 4, Tom WEBB, three
years; September 4 Isaac SKELTON. ; September 8, Clara WEBB, twelve months; September 11
Mary COLE, eight months; September 20 John ROSSER, married, twenty-four years;
September29 Richard POWELL, twenty-four years; October 2, Sarah Ann GRUNDY, single,
seventeen years; October 6, Sophia ROSSER, widow, twenty-two years; October 25 Fanny
BROOKS, forty-four years; Octoaber 29, Eliza BENNETT, twenty-nine years; November 2 John
ELLERY; November 2 John COLLETT, 8.1/2 years;November 5, James Edward BIRCH, eleven
months; November 6, the infant son of H. BENNETT, six weeks,; November 6, Jessie HELM,
(3.1/2 OR 8.1/2 years); Novembeer 8, Samuel HAWKINS, eight months; November 8, Edith
NORBURY, four years; November 11 Andrew McMILLAN, thirteen months, November 14 Mary E.
BRASSINGTON, twent-two months; November 14, Agnes BROWN, 2.1/5 years; November 15
Andrew CROBIE, eight years; November 16, Robert BROWN, seven years,; November 17, Frances
EATON, single, twenty-eight years; November 21, Margaret ANDERSON, single, twenty-three
years; November 21, John JOHNSTONE, fifteen months; Novembeer 21, Henry OYCE, twenty-three
months; November 22 Janet BROWN, twenty-nine years; November 22 David BROWN, Son of Janet
BROWN, five years, ; November 23, George BONNETT, fifteen months, November 24 infant
sonof Janet BROWN, two weeks; November26 Thomas COLLETT, 2.1/2 years; December 2 Andrew
CROSBIE, forty-six years; December 3, Margaret STOUT, single thirty-five years; December 4
Charlotte WILLIAMS, forty years; December 6, infant son of A and H TRIGG, no age given,
December 6 Ben NICHOLLS son of H and E. NICHOLLS, no age given ;December 9 ????COLE
The last entry is clouded by ink from the photo copier.
No mention of what was the cause of death of any of the passengers...
The fact that the Captain was unwilling for the authorities to board leaves you wondering
Would it be an epidemic of some sort for so many to have died...
Maybe some one with access to the Canterbury Museum could look up the Album and see if
there is a follow up story..