Sir George Seymour (ship)

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Sir George Seymour
Namesake: Sir George Francis Seymour
Builder: Somes Brothers
Launched: 1844
General characteristics

Sir George Seymour was built in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear in 1844 by Somes Brothers.[1]

On 4 November 1844, Sir George Seymour set sail from England transporting 345 convicts to Van Diemen's Land, Australia.[2]

In 1850 Sir George Seymour was one of the First Four Ships to carry emigrants from England to the new colony of Canterbury in New Zealand on behalf of the Canterbury Association. The other three ships were Cressy, Charlotte Jane, and Randolph.[3]

1850 Voyage[edit]

Sir George Seymour left Plymouth Sound, England around 11am on Sunday, 8 September 1850, with about 227 passengers. She arrived in Lyttelton at 10am on Tuesday, 17 December 1850. The passengers aboard the first four ships were referred to as "The Pilgrims". Their names are inscribed on marble plaques in Cathedral Square in the centre of Christchurch.[4]

Notable passengers[edit]

  • Emily Foster (1842–1897), teacher and school principal; daughter of Guise Brittan[6]


It is presumed[weasel words] that the ship was named for Sir George Francis Seymour (1787–1870), an Admiral who married Georgina Mary Berkeley, daughter of Admiral Sir George Cranfield Berkeley.


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  2. ^ "Sir George Seymour voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 345 passengers". Convict Records. State Library of Queensland. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "The First Four Ships". Christchurch City Libraries. Retrieved 24 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "1900: The George Seymour". The Press. January 2006. Retrieved 24 March 2010. 
  5. ^ Macdonald, George Ranald (1966). "Brittan, William Guise". In McLintock, A. H. An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Ministry for Culture and Heritage / Te Manatū Taonga. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  6. ^ Smith, Jo-Anne. "Emily Sophia Foster". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  7. ^ Scholefield, Guy, ed. (1940). A Dictionary of New Zealand Biography : A–L (PDF). I. Wellington: Department of Internal Affairs. pp. 358f. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Death of Dean Jacobs". The Press. LVIII (10884). 7 February 1901. p. 3. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 
  9. ^ a b Smith, Jo-Anne. "Elizabeth Rose Rebecca Watts Russell". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 1 December 2011.