In December 2015 it was 175 years since the barque Blenheim arrived at Port Nicholson in New Zealand, having sailed from Greenock in Scotland four months earlier in August. The passengers on the Blenheim were all Scottish, so the 175 year anniversary provided an opportunity to celebrate the role of Scottish settlers in the founding and growth of Wellington, and of New Zealand.
On the posting The Blenheim People you will find a list of the passengers, and links so you can follow the stories of the individuals and families who made the voyage.
A full list of all of the passengers is at Blenheim Passenger List.
You can also read Jessie Campbell’s first hand account of the voyage and her early years in New Zealand at Jessie Campbell’s Journal and Letters.
Background information on other aspects of the voyage is also provided:
- About the Blenheim — the history of the vessel that brought the Scottish settlers to New Zealand.
- Toast to the Emigrants — from the Dinner at the Whanganui War Memorial Hall on 25 August 2015.
A summary of Sources used in compiling this website is also provided.
Much of the information on this website has now been published as a book – for details go to The Blenheim People As A Book.
Blenheim175 and The Blenheim People by Hugh McPhail is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.