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The Official Enquiry. [by telegraph.] Dunedin, To-day. The official enquiry has been adjourned till Thursday next, on account of inability to serve the statutory notices on the officers. Mr Adam Gardiner, secretary of the Seamen’s Union, informs the Otago Daily Times shipping reporter that three of the crew of the Tararua who are supposed to be lost did not leave in the vessel. Duncan Corbett, a fireman, was left in gaol at Lyttelton ; J. B. Gibb, A. 8., left the ship prior to her departure from Port Chalmers ; while William Lobhan, a fireman, also left at Port Chalmers. At the meeting yesterday to devise means for the relief of the sufferers by the wreck of the Tararua, Mr Mills, the nanaging director of the Union Company, explained that while he agreed that a light should be placed on Waipapa, the accident had not occurred through the captain’s desire to make a quick passage. There was no necessity for a quick passage, the distance between the Bluff and Port Chalmers was so short that steamers could always accomplish it without difficulty. The reason for keeping so close in shore was that some distance to seaward of these reefs was a rock known as Toby Rock, and if the vessels were kept too far away from the shore they were liable to run into danger from the other side. Mr E. William Michael Downes, whose name appears among the list of passengers who left Wellington for Melbourne in the Tararua, was the person who was recently tried on a charge of violating the Stamp Act. He was accompanied by his wife, to whom he had been married only about eight months.

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THE TARARUA DISASTER., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 336, 5 May 1881

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THE TARARUA DISASTER. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 336, 5 May 1881