The information in these pages was gathered from various sources to gain insight into the decisions, experiences and hardships our forbears endured to come to New Zealand.
The Castle Eden was the fifth Canterbury Association ship to depart Gravesend with settlers. It set sail under Captain Thornhill on 28th September 1850. Illness became prevalent on board with diarrhoea, typhus fever and whooping cough among the ailments. With dwindling medical supplies, perished food stores, steerage passengers experiencing great discomfort in cramped and wet conditions, and members of the crew disobeying orders, the Surgeon Superintendent Thomas Haylock and Captain Thornhill found it necessary to touch at Cape Town and the entire crew were arrested for mutiny. The replacement crew were not much better but they arrived at the town Lyttelton on Friday, February 7th where the crew were again arrested. During the voyage there were three marriages, three births and three deaths - this enabled the Castle Eden to arrive with her full complement of passengers, among them, steerage passengers, our Guilford pioneers - John Guilford, his wife, Ann and their three sons, William, James and Henry John.