Cullybackey: the connection with Le Petit Hotel Saturday, Sep 25 2010 

Clipper Waikato

Waikato berthed at Port Chalmers, South Island, NZ

My grand mother Annie Kernohan ( nee Sands) emigrated to New Zealand as a very young child with her mother Agnes Sands and other family members. They sailed directly to the port of Lyttelton in the South Island of New Zealand taking just under 100 days, and then travelled to Timaru by train. The family set up home on a small parcel of land just south of Timaru.

They left Ballymena & the Cullybackey townlands in the late 1800’s at a time when poverty was particularly rife and there was very little hope of improvement, in search of a better life with more opportunities.

My visit to N.Ireland, my first, is to obtain a glimpse of the countryside, and make some new contacts that might prove useful as my brother & I delve into our mother’s family ancestral records.

Belfast Tuesday, Aug 24 2010 

Postings under this category will commence on or about the 22nd Sept 2010, from Belfast/Northern Ireland.

The primary reason for this visit is to gather a little more information about my Irish ancestors ( Sands & Kernohans) who emigrated out to New Zealand in the late 1800’s,  leaving behind family & friends,  and settled not far from Pareora, South Canterbury. I will be visiting Ballymena, Cullybackey, Ahoghill & Carrickfergus.