First British Ships

The first English settlers to New Plymouth arrived on sailing ships in the 1840s.

The Plymouth Company was established in Plymouth, England in 1840, and merged with the New Zealand Company in 1841. The Plymouth Company selected the site for New Plymouth, and contracted six ships to carry migrants from England. Many streets of New Plymouth are named after directors of the Plymouth Company, who included the Earl of Devon, Thomas Gill, Sir Anthony Buller, Lord Eliot, George Leach, Sir Charles Lemon, Edward St Aubyn, E W W Pendarvis, Lord Courtenay and Hussey Vivian.

William Bryan

William Bryan

134 passengers
Arrived: 31 March 1841

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Amelia Thompson

Amelia Thompson

187 passengers
Arrived:September 1841

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Oriental

Oriental

130 passengers
Arrived: 7 November 1841

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Timandra

Timandra

202 passengers
Arrived: 23 February 1842

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Blenheim

Blenheim

138 passengers
Arrived: 19 November 1842

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Essex

Essex

115 passengers
Arrived: 25 January 1843

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More Information

  • For more information, visit our branch rooms for our library of Taranaki history resources.
  • Information on these pages is from the book The Establishment of the New Plymouth Settlement in New Zealand 1841-1843 compiled and edited by J Rutherford and W H Skinner and published by Thomas Avery & Sons Ltd 1940.
  • History of New Plymouth at Wikipedia
  • New Zealand Bound passenger lists and ship details and vessels arriving at New Plymouth at Rootsweb.