Passengers at the Port of San Francisco: 1800s

RMSS Zealandia

Arrive San Francisco

May 11, 1890
RMSS Zealandia
From Sydney, Australia, Auckland, New Zealand via Honolulu

May 11, 1890, Daily Alta California, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
The Oceanic Company's steamer Zealandia arrived last evening, bringing advices from Australia to April 16th, New Zealand to April 21st and Honolulu to May 3.

May 11, 1890, Los Angeles Herald, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Malietoa Affixes His Name to the Samoan Treaty Disastrous Overflow of the Darling River, Australia.

San Francisco, May 10. The steamer Zealandia, which arrived tonight, brings from Samoa the particulars of the signing of the treaty by King Malietoa and the American, British ahd German consuls, on the 19th of last month. Great interest was manifested in the event, and a large number of natives, and nearly all the white population of Apia, assembled around the house where the treaty was ratified. The king and three consuls gathered around a table in the king's house, on which the I copy of the treaty rraa placed. The certificate was read and translated and then handed to Malietoa, who signed it. The three consuls then attached their signatures.

Terms of the Treaty.

Several days before the treaty was ratified the consuls sent a letter to Malietoa, enclosing a copy of the treaty adopted by the Berlin conference, and giving the following explanation : "This treaty will allow the people of Samoa to form a government under their own native king, strong enough to prevent further civil war and to keep peace and good order at Samoa, thus offering every security for the future welfare of its people." The carrying out of the provisions will, it is true, cause considerable expense, but it is not on the shoulders of the people of Samoa, but on those of the foreign residents of the islands, that the heaviest part of the new charges are laid. It will therefore be for the best interest of the people of Samoa that this general act be as a whole assented to and accepted by the government of Samoa."

Australian Floods.

Advices from Sydney per the steamer Zealandia state that the greatest flood in the history of Australia occurred April 18th, at Bourke, on the river Darling. The river broke through the embankment surrounding the town, and submerged it to a depth of three feet. Bourke is now in the midst of an inland sea, forty miles wide, and many of the buildings are collapsing.

Wrecked on the New Zealand Coast.

The Zealandia brings the news that the bark Emetic, owned in San Francisco, was wrecked on the New Zealand coast March 20th. The captain and seven men were drowned. First Mate Browning and three men were rescued by a tug.

May 12, 1890, Daily Alta California, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

Foreign Church Dignitaries in Town.

Right Reverend Nicholas Donelly, Assistant Bishop of Dublin, arrived on the steamer Zealandia yesterday morning from Australia and is stopping at the Palace Hotel. The Bishop is accompanied by the Rev. Nicholas Murphy, Parish Priest of Kilkenny. The distinguished divines have been in Australia for several months adjustinng some business affairs for the church and leave on the overland train to-day for New York, where they take steamer for England. They dined last night with Archbishop Riordan at his residence, 1122 Eddy Street.


(Sailed from Auckland for San Francisco April 21, 1890)

Mr. Allen
Master Allen (2)
Mr. Booth
Mrs. Booth
Mr. Buchanan
Mrs. Buchanan
Mr. Cheetbarn
Mr. Currie Father Donovan Mr. Einckey Mrs. Einckey
Mr. Firth
Mr. Fox
Mrs. Fox
Mr. Grierson
Mr. Hilder
Mr. Illa
Mr. Johnston
Miss Langdon
Mr. McDonald
Mrs. McDonald
Mr. Massey
Mr. Mellville
Mr. Menzies
Mr. Morris
Mrs. Morris
Miss Morris
Mrs. Nicholls
Mr. Reid
Mr. Rich
Mr. Roberts
Miss Storey
Mr. Wagmore
Mrs. Wagore and family
Mrs. Wabers
Mr. Waters
Mrs. Waters
Mr. Williamson
Mr. Woods
Mrs. Woods
and 12 steerage; 112 original

May 11, 1890, Daily Alta California

Following is a list of the passengers: From Australia and New Zealand J. L. Brewew, Rt. Rev. Dr. Donnolly, Rev. R. A. Bartlett and wife, Rev. D. A. Donovan, Rev. C. J. King, Rev. N. Murphy, H. Buchanan' and wife, C. Booth and wife, K. B. Heinekev and wife, H. C. Laurence and wife, R. McDonald and wife, A. W. Morris and wife, Miss M. Morris, J. C. Nichol and wite, T. Russell and wife, Miss E. M. Russell, Miss E. Russell, Miss L. Russell, Miss J. Russell, L. Steinwher and wife, E. E. Turner, wife and two children, J. H. E. Waters and wife, J. Wigmore, wife and three sons, Mrs. L. Batchelor, Miss May Batchelor, Mrs. R. Gleed, Mrs. Wm. Harper and child, Mrs. M. C. Reid, Mrs. D. Robertson, Mrs. M. Salway, Mrs. N. Waxman, R. B. Stock and wife, Miss M. Fisher, Miss L. Lanyon. Miss A. Scott, Miss M. Scott, Miss E. Willes, W. S. Allen and four children, J. E. Allen, J. B. Blackburn, W. J. Buzacott. R. A. Cattanach, W. E. Craig, R. K. Cross, T. M. Dawson, G. Drage, J. G. Edwards, C. J. Farr, J. C. Zirth, J. Grierson, T. H. Hall, R. Ilia. G. John ton, W. B. Marcus, T. Melville, J. Menzies. J. P. Milward, R. J. Morish, H. G. Morris, W. Moeey. J. G. Van Raensselear, F. A. Rich, T. C. Oliver. D. W. Oliver, G. Roberts, Evelyn Scott, J. G. Smith, T. Warwick, A. G. Wbipple, A. J. Williamson, and 104- steerage.

From Honolulu : J. W. Colville, Miss M. L. Blackly, Mrs. H. E. Owens, Miss C. Sterling, Miss M. D. Beach, W. A. Swinerton, I. C. Berands, R. W. Purvis, Miss M. Z. Simpson G. Z. Garland.

May 23, 1890, Daily Alta California, San Francisco

Financial and Commercial

The steamer Zealandia will receive freight tomorrow for New Zealand, Australia and the South Seas.

Freaks of Fortune.Freaks of Fortune: The Emerging World of Capitalism and Risk in AmericaFreaks of Fortune.
Jonathan Levy
Until the early nineteenth century, "risk" was a specialized term: it was the commodity exchanged in a marine insurance contract. Freaks of Fortune tells the story of how the modern concept of risk emerged in the United States. Gold Bars.

Born on the high seas, risk migrated inland and became essential to the financial management of an inherently uncertain capitalist future. Focusing on the hopes and anxieties of ordinary people, Jonathan Levy shows how risk developed through the extraordinary growth of new financial institutions-insurance corporations, savings banks, mortgage-backed securities markets, commodities futures markets, and securities markets-while posing inescapable moral questions. For at the heart of risk's rise was a new vision of freedom. To be a free individual, whether an emancipated slave, a plains farmer, or a Wall Street financier, was to take, assume, and manage one's own personal risk. Yet this often meant offloading that same risk onto a series of new financial institutions, which together have only recently acquired the name "financial services industry." Levy traces the fate of a new vision of personal freedom, as it unfolded in the new economic reality created by the American financial system.

Imperial San Francisco.Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly RuinImperial San Francisco.
(California Studies in Critical Human Geography)
Gray Brechin
First published in 1999, this celebrated history of San Francisco traces the exploitation of both local and distant regions by prominent families—the Hearsts, de Youngs, Spreckelses, and others—who gained power through mining, ranching, water and energy, transportation, real estate, weapons, and the mass media. The story uncovered by Gray Brechin is one of greed and ambition on an epic scale. Brechin arrives at a new way of understanding urban history as he traces the connections between environment, economy, and technology and discovers links that led, ultimately, to the creation of the atomic bomb and the nuclear arms race.

Millionaires and Kings of EnterpriseMillionaires and Tycoons.
The Marvellous Careers of Some Americans Whose Pluck, Foresight, and Energy Have Made Themselves Masters in the Fields of Industry and Finance

James Burnley

Gold Rush and Riches.All About America: Gold Rush and RichesGold Rush and Riches.
Paul Robert Walker
Meticulously researched, with specially-commissioned illustration, detailed reconstructions and original artwork from each period, reading lists, and resources for further study, this series is an immersive introduction to the history that shaped America. In 1848, carpenter James Marshall made a chance discovery: a few shiny flakes-of gold in a riverbed he was digging. Within a year 800,000 gold-seekers from all over the world were on their way to California, and the Gold Rush was on.

The Big Spenders.The Big Spenders
The Epic Story of the Rich Rich, the Grandees of America and the Magnificoes, and How They Spent Their Fortunes
America's Super Rich.

Lucius Beebe
The Big Spenders was Lucius Beebe's last and many think his best book. In it he describes the consumption of the Gilded Age. Beebe enjoys it all immensely, and so do his readers, whether it is James Gordon Bennett buying a Monte Carlo restaurant because he was refused a seat by the window, or Spencer Penrose leaving a bedside memo reminding himself not to spend more than $1 million the next day.

Tycoons and Millionaires.The Tycoons: How Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Jay Gould, and J. P. Morgan Invented the American SupereconomySuper Economy.
Charles R. Morris
Acclaimed author Charles R. Morris vividly brings the men and their times to life. The ruthlessly competitive Carnegie, the imperial Rockefeller, and the provocateur Gould were obsessed with progress, experiment, and speed. They were balanced by Morgan, the gentleman businessman, who fought, instead, for a global trust in American business. Through their antagonism and their verve, they built an industrial behemoth — and a country of middle-class consumers. The Tycoons tells the story of how these four determined men wrenched the economy into the modern age, inventing a nation of full economic participation not imagined a few decades earlier.



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