Welcome to my New Zealand Shipping Company research Blog. I hope that the photographs and Passenger Lists included on this site will contain information that helps with your research, whether that is genealogy or history.
My New Zealand Shipping Company records have been uploaded to a paid website for the last few years. The site works well, but the problem is that I have to pay for hosting each year. If I stop paying for hosting, for any reason at all, then all the records will be lost to future genealogy researchers. That worried me.
I have spent many hours typing out the names from the passenger lists so that they become searchable. I have also used OCR software, and then carefully corrected any errors that I see. I didn’t want all the work to be wasted in the future. I know how exciting it can be to find a relative on a record, and thanks to the family history programmes on television, the hobby of family history research is growing fast. I hope that you will find something on this site.
It will take a while to add all the records, so please be patient. If you can help by adding your own information, please contact me through this Blog.
My main interest is the history of Pitcairn Island, but as a progression from that, I have become interested in the New Zealand Shipping Company (NZSC). I started collecting postcards of the ships that called at Pitcairn Island from the opening of the Panama Canal in 1914, and I expanded into other memorabilia including Passenger Lists. It seems a shame to keep all this information to myself, so I thought I would share it on the internet, and by using a free Blog, the people at WordPress assure me that the information will be available to researchers well into the future.
The NZSC provided a very important lifeline for the Pitcairn Islanders, keeping them in contact with the outside world in the days before they had radio. In return, the Island provided a welcome break in the long journey from Panama to New Zealand through the vast Pacific Ocean. Islanders traded fresh fruit and curios for food and clothing.
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