CORNWALL ONLINE PARISH CLERKS - helping bring the past alive

Cornish Emigrants to New Zealand

1. On this website

1. Passenger Lists 1858 - 1884

Some lists contain links to the surgeon's report for that particular voyage.

According to the New Zealand Archive website "For the period 1840 to the 1880s Archives New Zealand Wellington holds records of government-assisted immigrants only, mostly Ship Passenger Lists. The records include about half the total number of immigrants in the period.
From the 1880s immigration records are more complete, though they were not collected systematically until 1910, and even after that date there are gaps.
This is an on-going project, currently the following records are available on this website:-
A file of assisted emigrants
  1. to Lyttelton/Canterbury, 1858-1884
  2. to Auckland, 1872-1880
  3. to Wellington, 1872-1880
  4. to other ports, 1872-1884

2. Newspapers Notices

Brief details can be found in our searchable database under Extra Searches/Emigration.
Full transcripts are available as follows:-

  1. A list of marriages notices for emigrants from Cornwall (ongoing)
  2. Obituaries and death notices for emigrants including many from New Zealand (ongoing)

2. Other Resources

1. An article on immigration by Jessie Evans, OPC for St Dennis
includes details of ports, resources etc.
2. Te Ara: Encyclopaedia of New Zealand
Overview of journeys
History of Immigration

3. A List of Resources, compiled by former OPC, Blanche Charles. A very comprehensive set of pages.
4. New Zealand BMDs - a searchable database.

5. An increasing number of gravestone photographs are available

6. Cemetery database for the country
6. Papers Past: digitised newspapers and periodicals covering the period from 1840 to 1915
Search page
7. New Zealand Yesteryears:
Passenger lists, images of ships used and many other details.
8. New Zealand Genealogy Society
Requires registration
9. The Farthest Promised Land by Rollo D. Arnold.
The full text describes the reasons for emigration, the conditions during voyages and the 'transformation'
of the immigrants. The names of the many people mentioned can be found in the
Index of Immigrant Surnames.
10. A few names of Cornish people from the Death Notices of The New Zealander newspaper
11. A limited number of full transcriptions of MIs, available on the website.
12. A specialist mailing list hosted by Rootsweb.
Special thanks for contributions are due to Christine Parker & Julia Mitchell
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