Thank you Thomas,
this is fantastic. What you have found certainly lines up with what I have to date, and your insights are really helpful too. I would love to see the 6 pages of information you mention but of course don't want to set you up for complaints.
I've got a number of gaps in the history so would love to know how you found the information - David Sim Edwin Marshall who came to NZ I am sure is my great, great grandfather. I think he may have just called himself Edwin on arrival here and I have his marriage certificate for when he married in 1849 here in Wellington NZ.
I'd love to find how he got from Canada to NZ and have searched virtually every passenger list of boats arriving into NZ in 1840s so I think he was crew.