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John Bridgford and his wife, Emily (née Honeybone) and two children, Harriet and Joseph, emigrated with other families of the Fourth Detachment of the Royal New Zealand Fencible Corps - 78 pensioners, 63 women and 114 children - aboard the Sir George Seymour. They sailed from Gravesend on 12 August, and arrived on 27 November 1847, a passage of 108 days. Their four-month old son, Joseph, was among the nine children under five years of age who died on the voyage, which is described in The Royal New Zealand Fencibles, 1847-1852. John and Emily's granddaughter, Florence Bridgford, married Leslie Shalders, son of Herbert Shalders.



The Sir George Seymour