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Two diary records of the voyage of the 'Charlotte Jane', the first ship bearing Canterbury Association immigrants to reach Lyttelton, on 16 December 1850, and of immigrant life in Christchurch, 2 April to 16 May 1851, by Mary Ann Bishop.
Mary Ann Bishop was a sister of Emma K. and Edward Brenchley Bishop. Edward Bishop became Mayor of Christchurch in 1873. Mary Ann Bishop married Edward Knapman at St. Michael's Church, Christchurch, on 8 December 1858, and died 21 August 1877 aged 66, which would make year of birth 1810. However, there is some confusion about her age when she emigrated to Canterbury in 1850. She should have been either 40 or 41, but the journal of Edward Ward records her age as being 17, and the records of the Canterbury Association's list of passengers on board the 'Charlotte Jane' states her age as being 27. The journal of the voyage, however, is one which appears to have been written by someone of mature judgement and years, rather than a teenager.
This is a typescript copy of the original given to Miss Lovell-Smith by a relative from England, typed in 1960 and deposited 14 September 1979. The diary contains an epilogue signed by Emma K. Bishop referring to two letters to relatives in England dated 8 September 1879.
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