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The Summer Ships being an account of the first six ships sent out from England to New Zealand by the Canterbury Association in 1850-1851. Colin Amodeo. (2000) 2001 1st edition thus. Caxton Press, Christchurch


The Canterbury Association recruited immigrants in England & sent six ships to (Port Victoria) Lyttleton during the summer of 1850-51

The first ships were the Charlotte Jane, Randolph, Cressy & Sir George Seymour which left from Gravesend, via Plymouth, with over 700 passengers. The later two were Castle Eden & Isabella Hercus


Accounts of the voyages & their discomforts, with many family stories
The Lyttleton Immigration Barracks, with plans and repros of paintings
Life as a settler


Lists of:
Canterbury Assn members
Purchasers of land in the Canterbury settlement, with English addresses
Port Cooper Deed of Sale history
Passenger lists with ages
Necessities for the voyage, weekly diet and medical comforts
Persons housed in Immigration Barracks
Purchasers of the 1st 50 Rural sections
Pupils Lyttleton Collegiate Grammar School 1851
Pupils Kaiapoi Native School, with ages
Burial records 1850-51; Marriages & Baptisms 1851 (all give details & incl some Maori)
Wages paid to household servants in England (ex Mrs Beeton)
Retail food prices Lyttleton 1851


Repros of old posters, paintings & adverts; many London Illustrated pics showing English life, supposed life on ships, life in the new country
Old photos


358pp; b/w & coloured photos & illustrations; ship plans; map of routes; index; appendices; glossary; bibliography; pictorial epps; large thick s/covers, self wrappers; very good condition; spine sl sunned

Inside very clean & tidy


Text Copyright 2009
Collectible Books, Napier




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