Some voyages to New Zealand turned into horror stories of poor food, brackish water, illness and death. Because the government funded most steerage passengers, it arranged for immigration commissioners to inspect the ships when they arrived. Sometimes their reports were favourable. This 1872 report on the Jessie Readman notes one death and records that overall good provision was made for passengers.
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Reference: Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives (New Zealand), D–1, p. 30.
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