Shipboard diary and six letters, 1879-1884

Image of the 'Diary of H. Bottle'SummaryThe diary, written by Henry Bottle, records the voyage of the Himalaya from London to Lyttelton, and starts on January 11, 1879, finishing on April 14, 200 miles short of the port of Lyttelton. One letter, undated, is written on part of the diary. The letters recount early experiences in Waimate and Oamaru.

Collection location Archive 498

Publication information Unpublished

Additional information

Henry Garmston Bottle, 1856-1924.

The diary and 5 of the letters were written in 1879; the 6th letter in 1884.
Harry Bottle arrived in Lyttelton on the Himalaya, at the age of 23. His letters tell that he worked on farms near Waimate, then moved to Oamaru where he worked on the railways. His six letters (one written on the Himalaya) are to his father (My dear Papa), his sister Nellie and his brother Fred, in England.

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This material has been digitised from the Archives and Manuscripts collection of Christchurch City Libraries.