The New Zealand contralto Fanny Rose Howie (nee Porter / Poata) but better known by her stage name “Te Rangi Pai” was a passenger aboard the ss Wimmera early in 1906.

The singer who was then aged 38, was returning to New Zealand following a visit to Australia. Leaving Sydney aboard the Wimmera just after 1 p.m. on Saturday 24 February 1906 she arrived in Wellington at 8.15 a.m. on the following Wednesday, 28 February. She and her fellow passengers on that trip…

“…experienced S.E. to S.S.E. winds and comparatively fine weather during the voyage, although on Monday there was a southerly swell with overcast sky and intervals of rain.”

A concert was held in the ship’s dining saloon on the evening prior to reaching Wellington and raised £8 14s for the Royal Humane and Shipwreck Relief Society of New South Wales.


Fanny Rose Howie known as Te Rangi Pai
Fanny Rose Howie, known as Te Rangi Pai. Cox, Irene:Portraits of theatrical personalities. Ref: PA1-q-236-152. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22906071