“The Blenheim People” as a Book

BlenheimPeopleCoverA book has been published to make available the contents of this website. This book provides more facts about the people who came to New Zealand on the Blenheim. It is a snapshot of the information on www.blenheim175.wordpress.com as at the time of publication, and is published as part of the celebrations marking the 175th anniversary of the voyage.

The information about each of the families and individuals who travelled on the Blenheim is based on official records and contemporary newspaper reports where possible, and has also benefitted from a number of family histories that have been published. The focus has been on those who travelled on the Blenheim, not on subsequent (or earlier) generations. The stories are told mainly through newspaper accounts, often obituaries, or are taken from memoirs and journals written by or about the passengers.

The book includes Jessie Campbell’s Journal and Letters.

The book is A4 size, soft cover and wire bound, with 290 pages fully indexed.  The price per copy is $25 plus postage and packaging of $6.50 in New Zealand.



A PDF version of the book is available for download at The Blenheim People 2015, but does not include any updates or corrections that are included on this website.

To order a copy print the order form on the brochure here and post it, or contact Hugh McPhail at

7 Westland Road
Mt Cook
Wellington 6021
Tel: 04 970 9851
Email: blenheim175@gmail.com

10 thoughts on ““The Blenheim People” as a Book”

  1. Is this book still available to purchase, my great, great, great, great grandparents are James and Mary Brown.


  2. Hi I wondered if there is any mention of Annie Carswell and or Thelma Mills. If so I would be interested in buying.


    1. Hi Leigh
      The website includes information that does not appear in the book regarding the Carswell family, based on information provided by Ron Carswell. The reference to Annie Carswell is in the section on William and Maria Miller, under their daughter Jane Miller who married David Carswell – “Annie Carswell, born in 1873, died in 1959, married James Hay in 1905.”
      The section on Hugh Morrison and Anne Turner has a reference to Mr Carswell’s Hotel in the Wairarapa.


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