Margaret Doran was born in 1829 in Paisley, Scotland, to John Doran and Agnes Marshall. She was the eldest of 10 children, followed by; Jean, Agnes, Elizabeth, Robert, Janet, Robert Marshall, Mary Ann, Isabella and one other (unknown).
On 9 Jun 1842 the Doran's left Glasgow aboard the Jane Gifford.
They arrived in Auckland, New Zealand on October 9 1842. This was the first
planned shipment of free UK migrants to Auckland. In Scotland, high
unemployment reigned. The Commissioner of Emigration was sent to
Scotland to recruit two shiploads of families (the other was the Duchess of
Argyle). He chose family groups and people with trades who might
benefit the new colony. The colonists arrived in Auckland harbour,
disembarking via ships boats on Mechanics Bay at low tide. The boats
could not reach the shore. Passengers had to unload their boxes and
bundles and carry them through mud and water to land. They were then
crowded into 30 raupo huts along with passengers off the Duchess which
arrived the same day. Domestic servants acquired jobs almost
immediately. Auckland was in the middle of a depression, and the men had to
work at heavy manual labour leveling Auckland roads (Shortland St) at 1
pound for married men, and 18 shillings for bachelors. Not
surprisingly, Auckland did not capture their hearts. Unfortunately
Robert Doran, at only 1 year old, died on board on July 23rd 1842. During
the long arduous journey there had been 33 others deaths between the two
ships, many of them small children and babies in arms. There were 16 new
births recorded in the log.
Note - There is a photo of the original colonists from The Jane Gifford in 1890 at the Auckland Central Public Library - Special Collections Unit.
On May 26 1846, Margaret Doran and Charles De Lord Johnson were married at St Patricks Cathedral, Auckland. One year later, their daughter Jane De Lord Johnson was born.
Margaret remarried to Thomas Green on December 24 1849. She had 2 more children, Thomas (9 Nov1850) and Agnes (21 Nov 1852).
In 1867, Margaret's mother was
Letter from Jane Gifford
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