Thank you for your reply. I do hope I have not caused too many problems for you. I am afraid we are rather naive here in New Zealand & I am probably more so than many.
Yes Thomas George HUNT came to New Zealand on the Shaw Saville Line "Matilda Wattenbach" (954 Tons) leaving in May 1862 from Graves End, London, in company with another ship the "Hanover" (1045 tons) They were, I think the first settlers to come to the new settlement north of Auckland, named Albertlands. After the Prince Consort. Farming was the main idea --- although there were a variety of crafts included --- & all the passengers were granted a certain sized block of land, which was, I understand included in their fare. I will really have to read the book 'The Alberlanders' that was printed in 1927 to celebrate fifty years in the new settlement. I have a copy of the reprint of 1,000 published in 2003.
Thomas was a 'letterer' & apparently printed the on-board publication on the voyage out here. The passengers were more or less stranded in Auckland because the tracks north were inpassable. Thomas got a job with a newspaper in Auckland I think.
Went north later & did farm I am sure but not terribly successfully. He went back to Auckland to work in his later years.
He was 23 years old when he came to New Zealand & died in 1894 aged 55 years. I understand he fell of the end of a wharf!! We do not speculate on why!!
He married Ann HINDLE whose parents were also "Albertlanders" but came over on the "Gertrude" & landed across the island at Waipu.
Thomas brought a bible with him --- it was a religious settlement --- which I have to this day after rescuing it in a delapidated condition & have had rebound.
On a loose page cellotaped in the front cover was a list of Abraham & Frances' children & a second page has Thomas George & Anns' children. It was a great starting point for me.
Must away & put some of the data you have given me into my TREE. Did not know a lot about Abrahams' siblings. Thank you very much.
Yours Ngaire Delaney nee HUNT
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