Joseph and Ellen SNOWSILL
Our SNOWSILL family were from London.
Joseph, his wife Ellen (nee WHEELER) and four children Herbert (age 3yrs), William Thomas (age 2 years) and infant son George, sailed from London on "Halcione", leaving 24 March 1874 and arriving at Napier, New Zealand 4 July 1874, as assistant immigrants. The fare was paid by New Zealand Government -49 pounds 10 shillings.
When they arrived in Napier they were accomodated at the former barracks until they found work and somewhere to live.
They left the barracks on 10 July. Joseph was to work on Government roads for six shillings a day.
Napier, about the time the
SNOWSILL Family arrived.
The road running parallel to
the foreshore (on the left of
the photo) is the road to Clive.
At some stage soon after they arrived, they moved to Clive, a few miles south-east of Napier.
Two further children were born after they arrived in New Zealand-Emily Maria was born on 27 November 1874 and Arthur Ernest on 14 June 1876.
Tragedy struck their lives in Clive.
The oldest son, Herbert, was drowned in the river at Clive on 8 March 1876 and is buried in the old cemetery on the hill at Napier.
Joseph died 29 April 1877 of typhoid and was buried in the Havelock North Cemetery.
Arthur died of a low fever 5 May 1878.
Joseph's sister Sarah also emigrated to New Zealand. Emily and her three remaining children had a hard time until she married William HODGKINSON about five years later.
In the 1897 flood the river rose to the eaves of their house and they all spent the night on the roof in pouring rain, wrapped in blankets .
Their house survived and was then moved to Riverslea, Hastings, being pulled there by traction engine.
There they settled on a ten-acre block in Ada St Hastings.
Are there any other SNOWSILL families in New Zealand?
Carol Spragg at SNOWSILL
reserve on the northern shore
of Lake Whakamaru between
Atiamuri and Mangakino, named
for the family of Tom Snowsill
who bulit a house there.
(PS The sign has since been replaced).