“The best time for colonists to arrive is from October to January; they then arrive in the summer months, have the summer before them to house themselves, and probably form a garden, or break up some land and get in a crop.”
– Extract from a Despatch of Captain Thomas, the Canterbury Association’s Chief Surveyor, 15 May 1849.
The First Six Ships sent out from England by the Canterbury Association in 1850-1851 were known as The Summer Ships
SIR GEORGE SEYMOUR
More Information on Shipping
Archives New Zealand, Christchurch hold copies of all existing shipping lists including The Summer Ships [Link]
The Canterbury Museum Archives also has a comprehensive list of passengers in and out of the port of Lyttelton.