John Harris Davis
Country of origin: England
Area in New Zealand: Hokianga Harbour
Source: NLA Australian Newspapers
Details: Accidents at the Hokianga Harbour New Zealand. The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser Tuesday 4 August 1829.
On Tuesday morning, the 25th of May 1829, about 3 o’clock, Joseph Shepherdson of Bethnal Green, London, aged 20 years, and John Harris Davis, aged 24 years also of London, left the ship Roslyn Castle, Captain Duff, in a boat with two natives to come up the river. The morning was fine but somewhat squally and through trying to set a sail which did not belong to the boat it was upset and the two persons drowned. The two natives who succeeded in swimming to shore immediately reported the accident and search being made for the bodies, Shepherdson was soon found, but all attempts to find Davis have as yet proved unsuccessful. Captain Duff felt desirous of having the corpse buried at our station, and it was accordingly brought up the river and buried here on the following Friday evening. The Captain and crew made a subscription of 5pounds to procure a headstone to the memory of the young men for whom they seem to entertain much respect.