On March 23rd, 1848 the first emigrant ship (the John Wickliffe) reached the province of Otago, New Zealand. The ship traveled up the harbor (known as Port Chalmers today) after a 116 day voyage, carrying 97 emigrants. 116 days at sea back in 1848 can easily be imagined as an arduous time and true test of character and spirit. Moreover, it was only the beginning as their arrival marked the commencement of the work needed to build their settlement.
New Zealanders celebrate Otago, and all around the world we celebrate other stories of settlers on various days of the year – their strength, courage and conviction. As we reflect, we’re reminded that to realize vision and new worlds we must forge ahead and never look back. All ahead full!