First British Ships
The first English settlers to New Plymouth arrived on sailing ships in the 1840s.
The Plymouth Company was established in Plymouth, England in 1840, and merged with the New Zealand Company in 1841. The Plymouth Company selected the site for New Plymouth, and contracted six ships to carry migrants from England.
Many of the streets of New Plymouth are named after directors of the Plymouth Company. These included the Earl of Devon, Thomas Gill, Sir Anthony Buller, Lord Eliot, George Leach, Sir Charles Lemon, Edward St Aubyn, E W W Pendarvis, Lord Courtenay and Hussey Vivian.
Click on the ship's link for the passenger list.