I am currently researching the clipper ship John Temperley for my new book named, "The John Temperley: New Zealand Immigration Ship 1865-1866," which is being published by Rock Your Boat Publishing hopefully by the end of 2014.
The story of the John Temperley:
Of the female immigrants, “ten were prostitutes and four ballet dancers.”
"The scandalous newspaper reports told of wild single women on board the immigrant ship John Temperley. But what really happened on the voyage? Were the women named as “prostitutes” and “ballet dancers” really that bad?"
"This book explores the John Temperley’s journey to Auckland in 1865 and the notorious voyage to Lyttelton in 1866, using first hand accounts and official documents. It delves into the lives of the single women on board and uncovers the joys, sadness and tragedies of their lives."
I am at the beginning of my research and am putting out a call for help. I'm especially interested in the single women on board. If you have stories of their lives you would like to share for the book, PLEASE contact me on the email to the right of this post. It will help me to tell these women's stories as accurately as possible.