The first members of Merrilees family branches to arrive in New Zealand are listed below:
The early voyages by sailing ship from Britain around the Cape of Good Hope took from 80 to 100 days, depending on weather conditions, and huge icebergs were often encountered in the southern ocean.
1853: Alexander Merrilees (23) with the Runciman family of Dirleton East Lothian
to Dunedin on Rajah. MFA Tree #6
Later arrivals by steamship were:1912: Margaret Merrylees (23) of Glasgow to Wellington. Tree #7
1925: Alexander Gilchrist (22) of Edinburgh to Lyttleton. Tree #35
1949: James Merrylees (26) of Edinburgh to Wellington. Tree #4
1952: George Olaf Merrylees (40) of London to Bluff. Tree #4
1952: Archibald Merrilees of Glasgow to Wellington. Tree #2
1955: Pearl Dingle (nee Merrilees) of Falkirk to Hawkes Bay. Tree #14
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Merrilees Immigration to New Zealand from Australia
Several Merrilees' came to the New Zealand gold fields in the South Island from Melbourne, Australia in the 1860s, but we know nothing more about most of them. One miner died and the others may have returned to Australia.
1861: Merrilles, R., age 33, miner, originally from England, aboard Result, from Melbourne,
dep. Sep 1861, to Otago