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Title New Zealand Company, Original Correspondence. General, Folio 1001-1500
Date Mar-Nov 1850
Document Type Correspondence; Newspaper
Reference CO 208/72
Library / Archive The National Archives
Collection Name New Zealand Company Original Correspondence, etc.
Description Letters and applications sent to Directors of the New Zealand Company by those wishing to emigrate to the New Zealand colonies, principally to serve as surveyors of land, teachers and agriculturalists. Some include printed pamphlets of testimonials to aid their applications. Other letters refer to land orders and Company transfers, and generally reflect the recruitment drives of the Company and it's connected Canterbury and Otago Associations. Many letters refer to the voyage of the emigrant vessel 'Mariner', and include items such as a list of stores shipped. Several letters are from the Commercial Bank of Scotland and refer to their business with the New Zealand Company and existing accounts for passage to Otago. Some printed material is also included, such as draft copies of tender papers for the hire of passenger and goods ships for the New Zealand Company. There are also further papers documenting their 'Statement of Lands for Disposal' and terms of purchase of land in various settlements. "Regulation to be observed in the selection of labourers applying for an assisted passage to the Southern Province of New Zealand; and conditions on which such passage, if granted, must be understood and accepted" are also included.
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; United States of America
Country (to) New Zealand; Great Britain; Australia
Places Otago, Nelson, Cooks Strait, Halifax, New Zealand; Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Scotland; London, Devon, England
Ports Wellington, New Plymouth, New Zealand; Glasgow, Scotland; Southampton, England
Nationality English; European; Scottish
Ships Mariner
People Lean, Robert; Wilkinson, Richard; Bernard, William; Harrington, Thomas Cudbert; Wakefield, Edward Gibbon; Young, Samuel; Young, George Frederick; Currie, Alexander; Boulcott, John Ellerker; Godley, John Robert; Rawson, Christopher; Patchett, Jonas; Rawson, Stanfield; Grey, Sir Charles Edward; Hamilton, J W; Stokes, Captain J L
Keywords New Zealand Company, emigrant, emigration, emigration scheme, colony, colonisation, application, assisted emigration, bounty emigration, finance, land sale, allotments, land, agent, administration, shipping, accounts, banking, land price, surveying, agriculture, engineering, clothing, passage money, assisted emigration, labourer, family, women, children, farming, death, burial and graves, education, female emigration, steerage, literature, settlement, social class, Otago Association, manufacturing, regulations, trade, emigrant selection, freight, questionnaire, medical staff, provisions, food, weather, supplies, steamboat, geology, colony conditions
Language English
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