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Title New Zealand Company, Original Correspondence. General, Folio 1001-1500
Date Jan-Jul 1843
Document Type Correspondence; Newspaper
Reference CO 208/40
Library / Archive The National Archives
Collection Name New Zealand Company Original Correspondence, etc.
Description This item begins with a list of all ships that had sailed from the New Zealand Company's settlements in New Zealand to India, between 4 July 1840-21 November 1842. Other letters refer to land sales in New Zealand, including reports from the Norddeutschen Missionaries in New Zealand, and relaying general emigrations applications and enquiries for free passage to the colonies. There is also a printed copy of the "Colonization Circular" issued on 13 May 1843 detailing topics such as colonial taxes on emigration, lists of emigration agents in Britain and it's colonies, the cost of passage, the sale of waste lands in the colonies, expenses of land clearances and local charges in North America and lists of average wages earnt in various professions in the colonies. There is also a snippet of a newspaper article entitled "Colony of New Edinburgh to be founded by the New Zealand Company". An advertisement for "The Australasian Colonial and General Life Assurance and Annuity Company" is also included here, as are extracts from the Sydney Herald, no. 720 (24 August 1838), and documents relative to the New Zealand Company's incorporation by Royal Charter.
Series Description This series contains original correspondence and entry books of the New Zealand Company which were handed over to the Colonial Office after the surrender of the company's charters in 1850. Also included are minutes, accounts, registers of emigrants and land transfer records.
Biographical Note / History The New Zealand Company was a chartered company formed in 1839 and incorporated in 1841 with power to buy, sell, settle and cultivate land in New Zealand. It did not prove a satisfactory agency for colonising New Zealand and was induced to surrender its charters in 1850. It was finally dissolved in 1858.
Theme(s) Politics, Legislation and Governance; Colonisation Companies and Emigration Societies; Ships and Shipping Lines
Country (from) Great Britain
Country (to) New Zealand; Australia; United States of America; South Africa
Places London, England; Nelson, Whanganui, Auckland, New Zealand; Sydney, New South Wales, Perth, Hobart Town, Tasmania, Australia; India; New York, United States; New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Montreal, Prince Edward Island, Canada; Table Bay, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
Ports Port Nelson, Wellington, New Zealand; Plymouth, England; Hamburg, Germany
Nationality English; European; Māori; German; Scottish
Ships Bolton; Coramandel; Martha Ridgway; London; Gertrude; Oriental; Eleanor; Arab; Lloyds; Birman; Bolton; Clifton; Lord Auckland; Clifford; Sir Charles Forbes; Olympus; St Pauli; Amelia Thompson; Louisa Campbell; Whitby; Himalaya; Ursula; Bombay
People Bell, Sir Francis Dillon; Ward, John; Willis, Arthur; Templeman, J R; Darling, Lieutenant General Sir Ralph; Harington, Thomas Cudbert; Parry, Sir Edward; Bourke Sir Richard; Jamison, John; Baring, Francis
Keywords New Zealand Company, emigrant, emigration, emigration scheme, colony, colonisation, application, assisted emigration, bounty emigration, social class, shipping, administration, mechanics, parliament, government, employment, passage money, climate, timber, labour, indigenous people, newspaper, free passage, missionaries, North German Missionaries Society, agent, rations, crime, compensation, religion, land, land sale, tax, steerage, wages, lodging house, statistics, clothing, company shares, regulations, banking, finance, insurance, business, commerce, Protestantism, demographics, fare, passenger list, economics, mining, passage broker, charter, carpenter
Language English
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