Saturday, 14 June 2014

The John Temperley: New Zealand Immigration Ship 1865-1866

Please buy my book on the ship John Temperley which is now published and ready to go.  It is called "The John Temperley:  New Zealand Immigration Ship 1865-1866," published by Rock Your Boat Publishing.

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."


  1. Hi Belinda, would love to read this book - can you please tell me where I can buy a copy? Thanks, Isobel

  2. Hi Isobel. I have copies for sale at $18. If you email me on the email address at the right hand side of the blog (I've made it a bit cryptic to avoid spam), then i can arrange to get one to you. Thanks! Bel

  3. I am researching my great great grandfather who was an apprentice seaman on this ship. he sailed for 4 years on this in total. is there any mention of the crews and journeys? regards, iain

    1. Iain, please email me and I'll see what I have. I'm not sure if there are crew lists still in existence, but I'd love to know the name of your great great grandfather etc and see if I can help you find anything. Kind regards Bel belinda.lansley at

  4. Hi Belinda, I think my relative John Stafford may have been on the passenger list. Any mention of passengers or their origins in your book? He was Irish. Regards, Nicola.