- The 1841
Emigrants from Ham to New Zealand -
Tollemache family information
The following information comes
courtesy of Robert Maxtone
historian and archivist.
Writing in June 2003, 7th.
Lord Sudeley points out that he was most
pleased to have been able to supply information
for this publication, also written by Evelyn
Pritchard, who charted the Tollemache
history of Ham in the informative 1998 booklet
"Ham House and its owners through four
Lord Sudeley was originally
permitted by Janet Mary
Maxtone Graham (1928-1996)
to make a complete
facsimile copy of Dame Eva
original family "scrap book" which also
of Ada Tollemache,
Lady Sudeley and which Janet (Rance)
Maxtone Graham inherited
from her mother (Dame Eva's daughter) Joyce Anstruther.
preface to this 2003 book, Evelyn Pritchard
Tollemache married Charles Douglas
Richard Hanbury-Tracy - 4th.
Lord Sudeley (1840-1922) and was the daughter of Frederick James Tollemache and Isabella
Tollemache very nearly married someone else.
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brother, Lionel William John Tollemache, became
8th Lord Dysart. Their father was William
Manners (Lord Huntingtower) whose father
was John Manners whose parents
were Lord William Manners (2nd.
son of the 2nd. Duke of Rutland) and Corbetta
Smyth. Corbetta Smyth was the daughter of William Smyth (Smith), an apothecary
of Shrewsbury and his wife, Mary.
June Sampson, writing in the Kingston Guardian (Royal
Borough of Kingston upon Thames, London) in October, 2003, discusses the emigration to New
Zealand of many Ham (Petersham) families. She uses Evelyn
Pritchard's above-featured book as her source and,
clearly, rates it very highly. "Miss Pritchards
book is a little masterpiece ...".
Setting the scene, June
writes: "Evelyn Pritchard has painstakingly
unearthed this previously unknown chapter of our local
past. The result is The
1841 Emigrants from Ham to New Zealand, a book that not only breaks new ground, but
is an engrossing read from start to finish." To
see the full text of June Sampson's article, click on the
title link. Via the link may also be found information
for purchasing the book.
"In January 1841
a group of Ham villagers boarded the Lord William
Bentinck at Gravesend and sailed 12,000 miles to the new
colony of New Zealand. They never returned. Why did they
brave such a hazardous journey? What happened to them
when they got there? Was their seemingly foolhardy
decision eventually proved right?" The
emigration of these families, declares June, "was
an act of immense courage".
"In 1849, Algernon Tollemache set sail for New Zealand. He lived there on
and off for the next 16 years and his letters to his
brother at Ham House describe conditions in the new
country and the lives of the Ham ex-pats."
"Algernon, a wealthy man used
to luxurious living, was prepared to rough it as he
travelled round his new territory. Of one trip he writes:
- I rode
the whole time on the same horse and it also had
to carry my blankets, cloak, change of clothes
etc. I rode not less than 800 miles there and
back, sleeping at night in all sorts of places
and having the whole time to wash my own linen. I
did this in rivers and I used to hang things up
to dry during the time I was eating my food
lived on pork almost the whole time
rivers are full of eels
so that one can
always get food of some sort.
Algernon returned to Ham House in
1876. He died in 1892, aged 86, and was buried at St
Peters Church, Petersham. The almshouses that still
survive in Ham Street were erected by his wife in memory
Gratitude is expressed to Sean Duggan
and the management of the Kingston Guardian
for permission to include the above extracts on the site.