The arrival of the Strathallan

The Strathallan by Raymond Morris

The Strathallan by Raymond Morris

Archives New Zealand Christchurch office is currently hosting  an online exhibition – The arrival of the Strathallan –  commemorating the 150th anniversary of the immigrant ship Strathallan’s arrival in Timaru.

This exhibition is presented in conjunction with the South Canterbury Museum.

This gallery contains images and correspondence relating to the Strathallan, the first immigrant ship to arrive in Timaru, January 1859.




Filed under Events, Exhibitions, Resources

6 responses to “The arrival of the Strathallan

  1. Paul

    Its great to see a collaboration like this and the Acland one happening. Very exciting.

    I am wondering how we can extend things further. For example CCL has among their digitised Shipping Lists 1856-1874 – the Strathallan passenger list.

    So how do we make connections – but more important how do we ensure more collaborative activity occurs.

  2. wendelken

    It has been a really great experience for me working on the Acland exhibition. It was good to hear the ideas of others professionals and to see how their collections worked with ours.

    I know that Archives New Zealand is keen to build relationships with heritage organisations because it helps to showcase our holdings and the assistance we can give people with their research. Raising the profiles of heritage organisations is important to justisfying their place in society.

    In terms of ensuring this kind project work continues, the first thing to do would be to contact other organisations with themes or holdings that you are trying to showcase. Even posting a comment here, asking for interested people to help work on projects would be a good start. I think it can be best to work with one or two partner organisations in the first instance as that makes organising projects far easier.

    With regard to the shipping lists for the Strathallan (my colleague has been working on this project), we hadn’t considered linking to an outside site for these, as Archives New Zealand does hold the originals. These are in the process of being digitised at the moment, so as soon as they are ready to go online, we will set up a link. But in the meantime, it is good to know we can put people onto the CCL site for easy access to a version of the list.


  3. Erin

    I’m thrilled to see this kind of collaboration. Initiatives like these serve as a good model for future projects. Which is why having a dialog around possible additions/developments is so vital. I’m glad this blog is being used as a space for those discussions.

    The Archives NZ Strathallan lists are still in the process of being digitised. In the meantime, why not save the time of the user and include a link to related sites of interest, and there they can find the CCL lists?

  4. Amanda

    I am interested in the comment about the Archives New Zealand originals of shipping lists. Christchurch City Libraries holds a small selection, and those are the ones we have had microfilmed and digitised. I’ve been looking forward to seeing the Archives New Zealand ones since the project was announced last year. The copies held by CCL are handwritten, and believed to be clerks copies, but who they were copied for is not known. Some lists have notes and lists with extra information, and it will be interesting to see what information other versions have, and how they are annotated. I assume a number of versions of the lists were in circulation as they would have been issued to a number of different people in different roles. The more of this material we have available online the more pieces we can put together.

  5. I appreciate that a lot of work has already been done celebrating the 150th Anniversay of the Strathallan in 2009 but is there any likelihood that descendants of passengers arriving on the Lancashire Witch 4 years later in 1863 would be interested in celebrating the arrival of their ancestors to South Canterbury?

    Has anyone else leafed through the passenger lists that are available on line and wondered – how did these people do this? And shouldn’t we be commemorating the arrival of all these ships?

    Perhaps each town should endeavour to put something together as I know Nelson has a wonderful display on their waterfront.

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