Story: The voyage out

Embarking from British ports

Embarking from British ports

Most emigrants to New Zealand boarded at Greenock (near Glasgow), London or Plymouth. Embarking was often a confusing, stressful experience. This engraving shows emigrants bound for Canterbury in New Zealand, waiting on the docks at Gravesend, London, in September 1850. Some of the people are in lengthy queues, waiting to board the four ships visible in the background. Others amuse themselves with a game of ‘Ring-a-roses’.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: PUBL-0033-1850-199 (Illustrated London News)

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John Wilson, 'The voyage out - Departure to landing', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 April 2024)

Story by John Wilson, published 8 Feb 2005