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William Boyce

Arrived: 1836
Country of origin: England
Area in New Zealand: Poverty Bay, Cloudy Bay
Source: Paperspast

Details: Colonist 18th March 1895
I have to record the death of another of Nelson's old and esteemed settlers, in the person of Mr Wm. Boyce. Deceased was born at Lowestoft in Suffolk, which place he left at the age of 15, as an apprentice on board a ship bound for Port Jackson (Sydney), and after making a trip from that port to New Zealand and back, received his discharge with others, owing to the ship being unable to obtain cargo on March 18th, 1832. He then joined a whaling ship, and made several trips between Port Jackson and New Zealand. When in 1836 he settled in Poverty Bay, as a whaler, where he remained two years; he then removed to Cloudy Bay, and in 1842 he was there married by the Rev Samuel Ironside, which event occurred some few mouths previous to the Wairau Massacre. At the time of the latter sad catastrophe, there were several whalers residing at Cloudy Bay, together with Mr Boyce and his wife, Mr Cave, his father-in-aw and two other women, the deceased being laid up at the time with a sprained foot. Immediately after the massacre had occurred, several Maoris went to Cloudy Bay, at the eight of which all the whalers decamped in boats, from fear of the natives, leaving the deceased and his wife, and Mr Cave, and the two women at the mercy of the natives. The natives however did not interfere with them in any way and only laughed upon seeing the other men clearing out. The deceased remained at Cloudy Bay until 1847, when he removed to Nelson with his wife and two children, when he took charge of the schooner ‘Supply’ as captain and continued trading to other New Zealand ports until 1850. (snip).