Dear Maggie Hi from New Zealand! Yes there are Yeatman's "down-under" my fathers family were from Dorset,UK coming to NZ in the 1880's. We have researched them back in Dorset. BUT more of interest to you I have a Priscilla Yeatman(nee Carter)who emmigrated to NZ with her husband,John Yeatman in 1874. From John's death certificate they were married in Hazleburry Bryan,Dorset,he was aged 40yrs. John Yeatman was born in Stokewake,Dorset abt.1828.
From the shipping lists Priscilla was 25yrs old when they sailed in 1874 and John was 45 years old (quite an age difference!) The sailed on the "Lady Jocelyn". They had 3 children with them:James 4yrs;Rosa 2yrs,George 4mths. There were more children to come though, 5 males and 5 females ages on John's death certificate. Hope this is of some help! Regards Cynthia