In 1837, the Weller brothers had their newly purchased boats Alexander Henry and Henry Freeling at Otago where they were taking on a load of oil from their whaling station.
Alexander Henry had not long arrived from Sydney from where she had brought a whaling gang and stores ready for the season which was about to begin. Among her crew was Joseph Price who left an account of his time in New Zealand.
After leaving Otago Alexander Henry sailed to Banks Peninsula, stopping at Akaroa on May 10 and Peraki on May 16.
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