History of the Currin Family – John Currin – Arriving in Nelson, New Zealand on The Prince of Wales

John Currin was the son of John Currin Senior who had The Red Lion Hotel in Crick, England.

Born in Crick on the 10th October 1791

Family Tree Link on Geni –

John Currin - Circa 1790

At age 29 he was married to Ann Twigden in 1821 and they had John  Currin Jnr. in August 1822

John CURRIN of Northampton All Saints to Ann TWIGDEN 1821 Great Staughton, Hunts (Probably Huntingtonshire – now succeeded by Huntingdon and Peterborough) Record here  http://www.familyhistorynorthants.co.uk/Northants%20Marriage%20Index%20STRAYS%20by%20BRIDE.pdf

He arrived in Nelson on the PRINCE OF WALES, 516 ton barque, sailed from Gravesend on 2 Sep 1842, arrived in Nelson, 31 Dec 1842.

John Currins family who arrived on the Prince of Wales as below –

 John Currin Senior, as mentioned in the history of the Red Lion, had a son, also named John Currin and seemed to have accepted the opportunities offered by The New Zealand Company and their agents.

1791 October 10, 1791 Birth of John


Age 29

Marriage of John to Ann Currin (Nee Twigdon)

August, 1822

Age 30

Northamptonshire England



Age 39

Northamptonshire England


October 9, 1870

Age 78

Death of John

Some early history of Nelson –

Captain Arthur Wakefield arrived at Wellington in 1841, in command of the expeditionary vessel, the ‘Will Watch,’ to found the Nelson settlement somewhere in the Middle Island, and to take his instructions from his brother, Colonel Wakefield, the New Zealand Company’s agent.  The Colonel wished his brother to go south to Port Cooper, where, as whalers had told him, there was a good harbour and plenty of level country.  Lieutenant Governor Hobson, however, forbade the southward expedition, and limited the choice of a site for the settlement to Blind Bay; hence Nelson was for years known as “Hobson Choice.” Nelson Haven was discovered on 20 October 1841.  The other expeditionary vessels were the ‘Arrow’ and the ‘Whitby’ with 100 pioneers from England. A year later they were joined by their wives and children.

Several allotments were purchased by a Hamburg firm from the New Zealand Company, and the emigrants arrived in the St. Pauli, settling first at Moutere. A heavy flood caused many of them to move into Nelson. A second detachment of about 200 arrived in the Skiold in 1844, but owing to the hardships and trials of the new life nearly all, with the exception of about half the second batch left in the same year for Australia.

Port Nelson  (wayback) is a natural haven situated in the SE of Tasman Bay, at the top of the South Island.  During 1842, over three thousand people were brought into Nelson by the New Zealand Company in twenty four ships and by 1850 four thousand had come as company settlers. The first emigrant vessel into Nelson was the Fifeshire which arrived 1 February 1842, which is considered the date of establishment of the settlement.  She was a 557 tons barque and had arrived in Wellington 16 January 1842 after departing London 26 September.  The Fifeshire under the command of under Captain Arnold  she was was wrecked while leaving Nelson on 27 February 1842 when the tide carried her onto Arrow Reef named after a vessel that was  part of the survey expedition.  During the Louisa Campbellsecond voyage out to NZ in May 1847, bound from Auckland to Nelson via New Plymouth, she grounded on sandbank two miles from Cape Farewell and became a total loss.

Monument at port Nelson for the early settlers including a diagram of the Prince of Wales


The Currin Family arrived in the 

PRINCE OF WALES, 516 ton barque, sailed from Gravesend on 2 Sep 1842, arrived in Nelson, 31 
Dec 1842.  Arrived 22d, barque Prince of Wales, 582, Alexander, from London, out 110 days; 33 passengers, and 170 emigrants.
Copyright (c)2001 Carol Whyte Auckland New Zealand

Captain Alex Alexander
Surgeon Dr MD Kearns

PRINCE OF WALES, 516 ton barque, sailed from Gravesend on 2 Sep 1842, arrived in Nelson, 31 
Dec 1842.


 last      first     marital
 name,     name      status  age details



Barr, Margaret         s     23  lady
Barr, Mr               s     22  gentleman
Davison, Constance     m     -   lady
Davison, girl          c     -
Davison, girl          c     -
Fisher, Mr             -     30  gentleman
Gould, Mr              -     30  gentleman
Heaphy, Charles        s     18  surveyor
Heath, Mr              s     18  gentleman
Hort, Abraham          m     40  gentleman
Hort, Mrs              m     45  wife
Hort, Miss             s     28  lady
Hort, Miss             s     21  lady
Hort, Miss             s     18  lady
Hort, Miss             s     17  lady
Hort, girl             c     14
Hort, Jane             s     18  lady
Johnston, John         m     25  gentleman
Johnston, Mrs          m     25  wife
Johnston, 2 boys       c     -
Johnston, Robert       m     33  gentleman
Johnston, Mrs          m     31  wife
Johnston, boy          c     -
Johnston, 2 girls      c     -
Kearns, Matthew Doyle  -     -   surgeon
Kelly, Mrs             m     -   lady
Kelly, girl            c
Marsden, Thomas        m     30  gentleman
Marsden, Mrs           m     -   wife
Marshall, Mr           -     22  gentleman
Russell, Mr            s     19  gentleman
Saunders, Mr           -     22  gentleman
Sharp, Mr              -     21  gentleman
Skipworth, Mr          -     24  gentleman
Thomas, Capt Thomas    m     32  gentleman
Thomas, Mrs Capt       m     33  wife
Thomas, Joseph         s     18  gentleman
Thorburn, Mr           -     28  gentleman
Walker, Pen            s     18  lady
Wilkinson, Mr          m     -   gentleman
Wilkinson, girl        c
MacHattie, Mr          -     -   -        (boarded at Wellington, may have gone to Russell on Kate Jan 1844)       


Arnold, John           m     25  carpenter
Arnold, Harriett       m     25  wife
Arnold, Arthur         c     1
Arnold, son           inf        Born & Died enroute to NZ

Brennan, Joseph T      m     22  tailor
Brennan, Mary          m     21  wife
Bullard, William       m     34  labourer
Bullard, Jane          m     30  wife
Bullard, boy           c     11
Bullard, girl         inf    twin
Bullard, girl         inf    twin
Bungate, James         m     25  farm labourer
Bungate, Catherine     m     19  wife

Campbell, Stewart      m     26  ag labourer
Campbell, Catherine    m     24  wife
Chapman, Thomas        m     46  ag labourer
Chapman, Mary Ann      m     43  wife
Chapman, Ann           s     21  servant
Chapman, James         s     17  labourer
Chapman, John          s     15  labourer
Chapman, George        c     12
Chapman, Caroline      c     8
Chapman, Thomas        c     5   Died enroute NZ
Chapman, Mary Ann     inf        Died enroute NZ
Coleman, Bryan         m     30  carpenter
Coleman, Mary          m     29  wife
Currin, John           m     51  labourer, paid
Currin, Ann            m     42  wife
Currin, John jnr       s     18  labourer
Currin, Sarah          s     15  servant
Currin, Thomas         c     11
Currin, George T       c     2

Dew, Emanuel           m     34  gardener
Dew, Maria             m     33  wife
Dew, Charlotte         c     8
Dew, David             c     7
Dew, Sabina            c     4
Dew, Henry             c     2
Dewar, Mary            s     18  servant
Dove, James            s     22  ag labourer
Dwyer, Cornelius       m     45  ag labourer, paid
Dwyer, Mary            m     34  wife
Dwyer, Margaret        s     17  dairymaid
Dwyer, John            s     14  ag labourer
Dwyer, Patrick         c     12
Dwyer, Cornelius       c     10
Dwyer, Peter           c     8
Dwyer, Janes           c     3

Feeny, Edward          m     28  plasterer
Feeny, Alice           m     19  wife
Feeny, Edward         inf
Franklin, Robert F     m     28  baker
Franklin, Elizabeth    m     19  wife

Gledhill, James M      m     28  farm labourer  Died enroute NZ
Gledhill, Ellen        m     28  wife
Gledhill, Susanna      c     8
Gledhill, Elizabeth    c     7
Gledhill, Ann          c     1   Died enroute NZ

Hemming, Henry         m     32  butcher
Hemming, Elizabeth     m     28  wife
Hemming, Sarah         c     3
Hemming, Ann          inf
Hewett, John           m     35  currier & farmer
Hewett, Caroline       m     31  wife
Hewett, Vincent        c     11
Hewett, Clara          c     10
Hewett, Sarah Ann     inf        Died enroute NZ
Horn, James P          m     24  carpenter
Horn, Sarah N          m     19  wife
Horn, girl             c     1
Horn, Robert Wales P  inf        Born 1 Sep 1842 in English waters
Hoult, Joseph          m     34  bricklayer
Hoult, Rhonda          m     30  wife
Hoult, Elizabeth       c     11
Hoult, Joseph          c     9
Hoult, Samuel          c     7
Hoult, Mary            c     3
Hoult, Edward         inf
Howell, James          m     33  carpenter joiner
Howell, Mary           m     32  wife
Howell, Thomas         m     29  carpenter joiner
Howell, Eliza          m     29  wife
Hurley, Maurice        m     35  ag labourer
Hurley, Margaret       m     36  wife
Hurley, Maurice        c     3

Isaacs, David          s     21  shoemaker

Jessop, William        m     37  mason, bricklayer
Jessop, Mary           m     34  wife
Jessop, Leah           s     15  servant
Jessop, Sarah          c     11
Jessop, Thomas         c     9
Jessop, Mary Ann       c     5 
Jessop, Eliza          c     3
Jessop, William       inf        Died enroute NZ

Kidson, John           m     30  joiner
Kidson, Sarah          m     23  wife
Kidson, Emma           c     2
Kidson, George        inf
King, Exekiel          m     26  shoemaker
King, Elizabeth        m     25  wife
King, Harriet          c     3
King, Sarah            c     1

McLean, Archibald      m     23  blacksmith
McLean, Catherine      m     23  wife
McLean, Elizabeth      c     11
McLean, Archibald     inf
Marchant, Thomas       s     44  farmer, paid
Mullin, Ann            s     34  servant, paid
Mullin, Michael        s     20  labourer, paid
Mullin, Richard        s     28  labourer, paid

Noden, John            m     26  ag labourer
Noden, Ann             m     19  wife

Rae, Thomas            m     35  farm labourer
Rae, Agnes             m     30  wife Died enroute to NZ
Rae, William           c     12
Rae, Elizabeth         c     10
Rae, Margaret          c     7
Rae, Robert            c     4
Reardon, Michael       m     22  labourer
Reardon, Johanna       m     21  wife
Reardon, Margaret      m     1
Reardon, John         inf    1mo
Reeves, Abel           m     24  carpenter, wheelwright Died enroute NZ
Reeves, Elizabeth      m     29  wife
Rose, James            m     26  blacksmith
Rose, Deborah          m     28  wife
Rose, John            inf

Shipley, Matthew       m     31  labourer
Shipley, Jane          m     38  wife
Shipley, William       c     6   Died enroute NZ
Shipley, John         inf        Died enroute NZ
Stagg, Charles         m     23  ag labourer, shepherd
Stagg, Sarah           m     22  wife
Stagg, William        inf        Died enroute NZ
Stanton, Edward        m     25  bricklayer
Stanton, Catherine     m     22  wife
Stanton, baby         inf        Born & Died enroute NZ
Stone, Samuel          m     26  blacksmith, wheelwright
Stone, Sarah           m     25  wife
Stone, Elizabeth       c     5
Stone, Samuel         inf

Taylor, Robert         m     36  engineer, wheelwright
Taylor, Elizabeth      m     34  wife
Taylor, David          c     11
Taylor, Elizabeth      c     4
Taylor, Robert         c     1
Turner, Henry          m     25  sawyer
Turner, Harriett       m     23  wife
Turner, Mary Ann       c     4
Turner, Harriett       c     2
Turner, stillborn      -         Born dead enroute to NZ

Wainwright, Edward     m     32  ag labourer
Wainwright, Hannah     m     25  wife
Wainwright, William    c     8
Wainwright, James      c     5
Wainwright, Mary Ann  inf        Died enroute NZ
Williams, Thomas       s     24  carpenter joiner
Wratten, James         m     27  ag labourer
Wratton, Elizabeth     m     19  wife

Married         74
Single men      44
Single women     6

7-13 yrs        24
1-6 yrs         27
under 1 yr      16

TOTAL:         168 SOULS

    Deaths    15
    Births     4


©Examiner - 7 Jan 1843, pg 174

For further information: 
©Neale, June E., (1982)., "Pioneer Passengers - To Nelson by Sailing Ship - March 1842-June 1843."
Anchor Press Ltd., Nelson [ 3-001-01107085-3 ]

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                 t r a n s c r i b e d   &   c o l l a t e d   b y

                      Carol Whyte, Auckland, New Zealand
                                8 January 2001


He settled in Wai-iti Nelson, and had property there

He died aged 78 in 1870 on October 9th.

Mr John Currin died early on Wednesday morning at his residence, Wakefield (writes our Wakefield correspondent), at the advanced age of 85 years. Mr Currin was one of the early settlers, arriving in Blind Bay in the ship Prince of Wales, Captain Alexander, on (Friday) 24th of December, 1842. The next day, Christmas Day, being stormy, the captain remained at anchor, not daring to attempt the channel as the Fifeshire was then upon the “Fifeshire Rock.” Sunday was spent on -board but on the Monday Captain Cross safely piloted the ship in.

Mr Currin came out with his father and mother, his two brothers and two sisters from Northampton, England. One sister had been married to Mr John Noden, who accompanied them and who was afterwards in the Wairau Massacre, but escaped. He has been dead some years but Mrs Noden, who is’ 86 years of age, still lives in Motueka. The family resided for some eighteen months” in Nelson, but Mr Currin spent, —.the early part of his time in the Wairau, where he built the first house at “Bank house” station (See below), the walls of which are still in good condition.

“While out with a survey party at Motueka the Maoris attempted to stop the work and seized upon several of the men, Mr Currin being one. As they were dragging him through the forest a Maori jumped upon a stump, brandished his tomahawk and was about to bring it down on Mr Currin head when the chief interposed and spared his life.

Mr Currin underwent all the vicissitudes of the life- of an early settler, often being hard put to find food.

He leaves a brother,. Mr Thomas Currin, of Wakefield and another, Mr George T. Currin,of Fitzherbert, Palmerston North, and a sister, Mrs Noden, of Motueka.

MR Currin came to Spring Grove in 1844 and took up the section on which he has lived all these years, and on which he died. His family consisted of six sons and eight daughters, seventy-five grandchildren and fortyone great grandchildren.. Mrs Currin predeceased her husband by 26 years.

Latterly his sight failed him. He was ailing only about 3 months being outside daily until a few days before his death. He is laid alongside his wife, in St John’s churchyard, Wakefield, the Rev.E. Hewlett, vicar, performing the ceremony in the presence of a number of his friends and relatives.

Currin Homestead at Spring Grove – has now been removed to Marlborough

About Bankhouse

In March 1848 Dr David Monro, with the aid of five men and with two horses to carry baggage, drove his flock of 1,000 sheep from the Nelson area via Tophouse and down the Wairau to the above run.

Dr. (later Sir) David Monro (1813–1877) was born in Edinburgh, son of Dr. Alexander Monro, Professor of Anatomy at the University of Edinburgh where David obtained his degree of M.D. He bought land scrip in England in the New Zealand Company’s settlement in 1841 and sailed for Australia to visit his brother Harry who had a sheep station in Victoria. In early January 1842 he left by the schooner Ariel a coastal trader calling at several places between Auckland and Nelson, where he arrived in March 1842. He built a timber cottage on his town acre section facing Trafalgar Square. In 1843 he was allocated his 50 acres at Waimea West. This was increased to nearly 200 acres over the next few years and named “Bearcroft”. In 1845 he married Dinah Secker (1818–1882) at the little church of St. Michael, Waimea West.

Section 1 of XII was crown granted to him in 1852 and other sections were purchased over the next twenty years without much trouble from outsiders trying to freefold sections out of the run.

Towards the end of 1868 or early 1869 Alexander Binning Monro of Valleyfield took over the management of Bankhouse for a time. It is reported that an illicit still was discovered in the manuka scrub and finally the ex-manager was charged and convicted. Such stills were not uncommon at the time.

About 1870 Monro’s eldest son, Alexander (1846–1905) took over the management of Bankhouse which he inherited on the death of his father in 1877. Alexander died in 1905 and the run was carried on by trustees and executors namely his widow, Frances Caroline nee Severn and Richard Corbett of Leefield, station manager. The widow as executrix was to manage the realty and to receive £400 a year; the residue to go towards education and maintenance of the children. The Bankhouse property was then to go to the two eldest sons as tenants in common and the rest of the estate to the other children with a clause to equalise the amounts. Despite this, in 1915, Bankhouse was cut into three parcels of land; the homestead block went to Herbert Yelverton Monro, the Marchburn block to Philip Charles Monro and owing to the early death of Henry Alexander Monro in 1916, the Craiglochart block was transfered to his widow, Edith Sylvia Monro.

The Bankhouse run which included the Homestead was of nearly 11,000 acres, but with various sales and exchanges is now of about 10,000 acres and is one of the highest valued single properties in the district, H. J. Monro married Maude Clouston and had one son and two daughters. During his time the merino flock of sheep was upgraded with the establishment of a Merino Stud No. 62 and was well thought of during the 1920’s and 30’s, but was discontinued in recent times. In 1947 his son, Alexander started taking over the management of Bankhouse.

The Marchburn area of 8081 acres was taken over by Philip Charles Monro in 1915 and in 1930 was transfered to Lewis Henry Clouston for a few PAGE 26months before being transfered to Alexander Monro, son of H. Y. Monro. For the next 30 years it was run in conjunction with Bankhouse before being transferred to John Henry Barrington Shield whose wife was a daughter of H. Y. Monro. A few years later it was turned into a farming company.

The Craiglochart area of Bankhouse, 7605 acres, was transferred by trustrees to Edith Sylvia Monro, widow of Henry Alexander Monro, at the beginning of 1917. The following year she married Thorston Frederick Kelling of Blenheim, Solicitor. In April, 1923 Craiglockhart was transferred from Mrs E. S. Kelling to Cuthbert Oliver Tate Rutherford of Hawarden, Canterbury. In 1947 the Crown took over Craiglockhart for the re-settlement of three returned servicemen who took up their respective farms in 1950. They were Henry Lumsden Tancred, Louis Arthur Laugesen on the Homestead area and Arnold Arthur Marfell.


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