The Smee Patriarchs of New Zealand

The earliest Smee settlers in New Zealand I have found were in 1852 on the Berwick Castle - 2 British Army pensioners Richard and Edward, who may have been brothers, joined the Fencibles, a small group of ex soldiers who emigrated to help defend the early settlements on the promise of land grants, Edward died (as did his Son) on the Voyage near the Falkland Islands and his Widow remarried to another Fencible after arriving in New Zealand. Confusion is caused by the Registration of Edward and his son's deaths by the Ships Captain when the ship docked at Hobart, Tasmania some time later.

Name Arrival Date
Ship
Port
Origin Settled
around
Descendants Notes
Richard Smee
Born before 1822
13 Dec 1852
Berwick Castle
?
?
England
? ? A Fencible ex 50th Foot Regiment
In 1844 he had a son in christened in Paddington, London
Neither the son Edward nor his Wife Louisa travelled with him
Frederick Fuller Smee
1861-1933
 

1912
?
Christchurch

Bloomsbury
London
Christchurch 94 One daughter by 1st marriage stayed in England
Eldest Son Killed France WW1 serving in NZ Army
Eldest Daughter returned to England
Remaining Children stayed NZ/Oz
William Richard Smee
1891-1961

1919
Haverford
Auckland

Barnet
Hertfordshire
Purewa
Auckland
2 Accountant
2 Daughters
John Smee
c1899-1933
1930
?
Auckland
Limerick
Ireland
Auckland ? Farm Labourer
Thomas Sydney Smee
1895-1961
abt 1943
?
Auckland?
West Ham
London
Onehunga
Auckland
2 2 Daughters
Not clear if they emigrated
Gary Peter Couzens Smee 1960??
?
?
Elham
Kent
? 8 Returned to UK
Peter Brian Smee 1966
?
Australis
Strood
Kent
Auckland
Then
Australia?
6 At least One Son is still in NZ