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Amelia Thompson - 175th Anniversary Reunion
Labour Weekend: 21st - 23rd October 2016

The arrival of the “Amelia Thompson” on 3rd September 2016 with 187 Devonshire emigrants will be celebrated with a reunion in New Plymouth, during the New Zealand Labour Weekend of 21st to 23rd October 2016.

The Amelia Thompson

The Amelia Thompson arrives in New Plymouth on 3rd September 1841

The 447 ton vessel sailed from London on 25 March 1841 and arrived after stops at Salvador, Bahia, Brazil for four days then onward to Wellington, for a fortnight.

On board were many immigrant families, descendants of which are invited to join the reunion. This includes those descendant from two Oliver brothers, James with his wife Ruth and family, and Samuel. (Samuel later married Elizabeth Baker, a passenger on the ship 'Blenheim' that arrived on 19 November 1842).

Friday 21 October 2016
6:00 PM Meet and Greet - cuppa and nibbles and chat

Saturday 22
October 2016
9:30 AM Set up display tables
10:00 AM Morning Tea - Speaker
12:30 PM Lunch (Included in registration)
1:00 PM Visit family displays
1:30 PM Talk - Founders Society, Questions
3:00 PM Afternoon Tea
5:30 PM Pack up
6:30 PM Dinner (At own cost) Committee is arranging.

Sunday 23 October 2016
9:45 AM Celebration, Holy Trinity Church Hall, Henui Street, New Plymouth
12:00 PM Lunch (Own arrangements)
After Lunch, visit at your leisure:
  • Puke Ariki museum, 1 Ariki Street, New Plymouth
  • Pioneer Memorial in Cnr Breakwater Road and Hakirau Street, (opposite Pioneer Road), New Plymouth. Breakwater Road runs on from St Aubyn Street.
  • Wind Wand, Coastal Walkway Foreshore, 33/53 St Aubyn Street, New Plymouth (sculpture conceived by one of New Zealand's most celebrated artists, Len Lye)

Closing Date: Tuesday 11 October 2016
$40.00 per person for the weekend.
Registration form may be obtained from Bronwyn Jenkins:
4B Price Street, New Plymouth
Phone 06-753 8453

2016 Updates

We are pleased to bring you a second update this year to 'The Tree' section of our website, the latest being on 21 September 2016. The previous update was in June 2016. A big thank you to those that have contributed with additions over this time. And, a big thank you for your patience to seeing these updates being published.

We maintain the latest version of software (Reunion 11.0.8) used to generate 'The Tree'. Functionality includes a feature for users to generate their own 'pedigree' charts for easy-to-view relationships.


Founded in 2005, explores the ancestors of Brian and Carol (nee Jones) Oliver and also features their children and grandchildren.

Content includes the family of Brian's great-great grandparents, James and Ruth Oliver, who emigrated from Devon, England, to New Plymouth, New Zealand on board the barque Amelia Thompson in 1841.

This website is dedicated to our children; Nigel Churton,
Sarah Ferguson (nee Churton), Emma Oliver and Marie Oliver;
to all the family members that appear in our genealogy pages!


Contents last updated: 21 September 2016
Previous 5 updates: 17 June 2016, 18 July 2014, 19 August 2013, 1 February 2011, 7 November 2010