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Title New Zealand Company, Original Correspondence. General, Folio 1501-2100
Date Jul-Sep 1843
Document Type Correspondence; Newspaper
Reference CO 208/41
Library / Archive The National Archives
Collection Name New Zealand Company Original Correspondence, etc.
Description Letters mainly relating to the financial and business affairs of the New Zealand Company. Most are addressed to, or composed by, the directors. There are also printed items included here, such as multiple copies of company notices and forms to be completed by those desiring free passage to New Zealand and other colonies of British dependency. There are newspaper articles relating to bounty emigrant schemes to Australia and copies of company journals and reports. Other letters contain applications to emigrate, reflections of recent settlers, others refer to food shipments sent to New Plymouth and the high demand there for potatoes and maize. There are also letters referring to the town planning of Wellington and Auckland and the establishment of a Scottish settlement in Nelson. Others discuss land orders and organisation of allotments of Crown lands, with many including printed enclosures relating to the same. There are also lists of published books and pamphlets of advice literature giving guidance on all aspects of emigration and life in the New Zealand colonies.
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; South Africa; United States of America
Places London, England; New Plymouth, Auckland, Nelson, New Zealand; India; Cape of Good Hope, South Africa; Canada; Glasgow, Edinburgh, Scotland; New York, United States; Panama; China; West Indies
Ports Wellington, New Zealand; Callao, Peru; Plymouth, Liverpool, England; Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality English; European; Scottish
Ships Ocean; Bombay; Himalaya; Lloyds; Victoria; Lady Nugent; Clifford; Phoebe; Palestine; Lunar; Will Watch
People Bell, Sir Francis Dillon; Ward, John; Wilcocks, James B; Marshall, John; Gipps, Sir George; Parry, Sir Edward; Wakefield, William Hayward; Bainbridge, Henry; Elder, Smith; Baron Petre, William Henry Francis; Heaphy, Charles; Wakefield, Edward Gibbon
Keywords family, road, New Zealand Company, emigrant, emigration, emigration scheme, colony, colonisation, application, assisted emigration, bounty emigration, social class, agent, flax, trade, merchant, shipping, administration, free passage, company shares, banking, finance, compensation, law, court, newspaper, food, allotments, land, land, steamboat, land sale, accommodation, ship building, passage money, business, Australian Emigrant Service, insurance, commerce, town planning, literature, societies, agriculture, property ,loan, expenses, charter, religion, church, Presbyterianism, advice literature, Steam Pacific Navigation Company, government, surgeon, medical staff, carpenter, mining, surveying, engineering, education, employment, publishing, steerage, machinery, industry, timber, missionaries, Church of England, farming, crime, settlement, advertisement, tax, accounts, women, children, health and sickness, apprenticeship, provisions, clothing, geology, measles, marriage, nature, animals
Language English
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