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Alexander Keith

The initial passenger list for the Blenheim included Alexander Keith, 24, in an additional list at the end. The embarkation and subsequent lists included Alexander Keith, 24, shepherd.


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Based on his age of 24 in the Blenheim passenger list, Alexander Keith was born around 1816.

The only references to an Alexander Keith in the early years of the colony are in court reports. The New Zealand Gazette and Wellington Spectator of 20 April 1842, recorded that Alexander Keith was convicted of stealing a watch from his employer, Mr Robert Sturgeon, a watchmaker in Wellington. In mitigation of punishment he put in a statement confessing his guilt, which he attributed first to disappointment in not obtaining money he expected on his arrival, and next to the bad habit of drinking. The Judge passed sentence of six months imprisonment and hard labour, remarking that the prisoner was receiving pay from Mr. Sturgeon, and therefore could not have been in want.

A few months later, as reported in some detail in the New Zealand Colonist and Port Nicholson Advertiser of 18 November 1842, Alexander Keith, presumably just out of his sentence, was indicted for stealing two Maori mats, one pair “trowsers”, one piece of soap, and other article, the property of an aboriginal native of the name of Ohiro or George, on the 18th of October. Ohiro, Benjamin Eglinton, constable, and others gave evidence to the effect that Alexander Keith had sold some of the articles, most of which were recovered. Alexander Keith was found guilty and sentenced to imprisonment for six calendar months to hard labour.

No further information has been confirmed for Alexander Keith.


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Michael McEachnie

The initial passenger list for the Blenheim, did not include a Michael McEachnie. The embarkation list included Michael McEachnie, 36, twice, once as a labourer and once as a shepherd, with the later entry describing him as a shepherd crossed out. In the later lists he is described as a shepherd.


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No further information has been confirmed for Michael McEachnie.

There is a possibility that the “M McEachan” listed as arriving in Hobart on the Lord Sidmouth on 19 February 1841, may have been Michael McEachnie.  A number of other Blenheim passengers were aboard, including John Chisholm, spelled “Chisom”.


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Lachlan McKinnis

The initial passenger list for the Blenheim, did not include a Lachlan McKinnis. The embarkation and other lists included Lachlan McKinnis, 21, shepherd.


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The New Zealand Spectator and Cook’s Strait Guardian of 8 February 1845 and 10 February 1847 published lists of persons qualified to serve as jurors for the district of Port Nicholson, which included Laughlan  M’Innis, Kaiwarra Road, labourer, while the 1849 and 1850 lists had Laclan McInnes, Wade’s Town, labourer.

No further information has been confirmed for Lachlan McKinnis.


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