The 'Conflict' departed from Gravesend, England on the 12th May 1874 and arrived in Wellington, New Zealand on the 7th August 1874. The 'Conflict' was a full rigged ship of 1171 tons.
White Wings account of the 'Conflict'
The 'Conflict' passenger list showing John Winter & his family as paying passengers
John Winter (aged 45)
Sarah Winter (aged 45) nee Neale
Charlotte A. Winter (aged 21)
Susan Winter (aged 19)
George Winter (aged 18)
Amelia Winter (aged 15)
Sarah E. Winter (aged 7)
Henry N. Winter (aged 5)
A poem of the voyage was written by John Winter during the voyage. It is now being held in the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington, New Zealand. It provides us with John's thoughts of the voyage and his feelings as he departs the shores of England. Credit for this verse was given to Mr J.M. Penman as being the author but 1988 a descendant of John Winter, Kaye Allan, presented evidence to the Alexander Turnbull Library and the records were corrected to show that John was the rightful author. It was also printed in Papers Past that John was a member of the crew but in actual fact he was a paying passenger as the passenger shows below. John Winter's descendants are very proud that he has us with such a legacy.
The full seventy two verses of John Winter's poem 'VOYAGE OF THE CONFLICT' can be viewed ... here. Below is a story that has been written based on John Winter's poem. Although John Winter's name is not mentioned there is no doubt as to the fact the story is about events listed in his poem.
The arrival in New Zealand did not only mean a new beginning for many of the families but also signaled the arrival of much awaited stock from the shores of England. Newspaper advertisements usually indicated that the newly arrived stock was now on sale (as can be seen be the advertisement above).
The much awaited cargo from the 'Conflict' goes on sale
New generations of the 'Winter' family continue to learn about the 'Conflict'. The 1943 Diamond Wedding Anniversary newspaper article (above) for George & Sarah Winter proudly mentions George's arrival on the 'Conflict'. George was 18 years old when he made the voyage out to New Zealand on the 'Conflict' and it is clear to see that his descendants are proudly aware of his, and his parents, voyage to New Zealand in 1874 ... just as John Winter's poem of 1874 'Voyage of the Conflict' predicted they would be.