The journal was hand-written by Thomas Renwick, the Surgeon-Superintendent on the 'Thomas Harrison', which left Gravesend, 26 May, 1842. The journal documents the medical records of the emigrants on board the ship and includes a "List of medicines expended during the voyage".
Book, re-bound, blue hard cover, 70 pages. The spine has the title 'MEDICAL JOURNAL OF THE SHIP THOMAS HARRISON 1842' embossed in gold.
 p. ; 33 cm.
Early settlement - Nelson; Shipboard medicine; Ship's doctor;
Thomas Renwick; 1818; 1879
Thomas Renwick (1818-1879) was born in Scotland in 1818, practised medicine in Great Britain then was surgeon-superintendent on the "Thomas Harrison" which arrived in Nelson on the 26th May 1842. He began a medical practise and married Adeline Absolom in 1846. He was a trustee of the Nelson School Society in 1847, and a trustee of the Church of Scotland in Nelson. He became a sheep farmer and gained a depasturage license for the Awatere in 1849 at Dumgree run. He pressed for the establishment of a separate Province of Marlborough.
He married Anne Smith in 1879 after the death of Adeline.
Lash, Max. Nelson notables. Nelson: Nelson Historical Society, 1992.
Airey, Elizabeth. Renwick - the story of a pioneer family, 1979.
Thomas Harrison (Ship)
Nelson - Genealogy
Pioneers - Nelson
New Zealand Company
Nelson - Colonization
Medicine - History
Other reference numbers
Renwick, T. 1842. Medical journal of the emigrant ship "Thomas Harrison" continued. Nelson Provincial Museum: NN2017.1.