In the Index to Unassisted Inward Passenger Lists to Victoria 1852-1923, if I search for George Griffith/s returning to Melbourne in 1867 and 1868 I find:
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I can eliminate the one who arried in January 1867, as George was advertising his services as a piano tuner and repairer in the second part of 1867. I can eliminate the 23 year old and the 4 year old who arrived in 1868 on their age (though I should check the indents in case the age has been indexed incorrectly), and the two Adults who arrived via the Tararua are perhaps the most probable candidates. The Tararua was a vessel on the New Zealand run in this period.
The full index for the Tararua shows a number of Griffith/s passengers arriving on that voyage:
Further investigation in this passenger list should be useful. If any of the Georges is my ancestor, he doesn't appear to be travelling with his wife or children.
REGULAR WEEKLY STEAM COMMUNICATION
to NEW ZEALAND.
The Panama, New Zealand, and Australian Royal Mail Company (Limited) will despatch the following favourite and powerful steamships to the various New Zealand ports :
4th.-OTAGO, W. J. O. Symons,R.N.R., 800 tons,
12th.-RANGITOTO, W.H. Bax, R.N.R.,650 tons,
20th.-CLAUD HAMILTON, J. V. Hall, jun.,
800 tons, 180-horse power.
28th.-TARARUA, Jas. Hagley, 850 tons, 150
The above sailing dates will be as strictly adhered to as the necessities of Her Majesty's mail service will admit.
Passengers and cargo booked to all ports at lowest current rates. In order to keep time and dates, in future no cargo (except green fruit) will be received, or bills of lading signed, on day of sailing.
For further particulars apply to:
CHARLES LEWIS and Co., agents, 4 Elizabeth street south.
Advertising. (1868, March 12). The Argus 6), p. 1.