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Title New Zealand Company, Original Correspondence. General, Folio 501-1000
Date Feb-Apr 1849
Document Type Correspondence
Reference CO 208/63
Library / Archive The National Archives
Collection Name New Zealand Company Original Correspondence, etc.
Description Letters mainly relate to applications for emigration to the New Zealand colonies, land transfers and orders. Enquiries into colony conditions, opportunities and whether the Company are still offering assisted or free passage to agricultural labourers and mechanics are commonly made. Other letters remark on the inspection of emigrant vessels and the imminent meeting of ship owners and members of British shipping societies where the ministerial bill for the repeal of the navigational laws were to be discussed. There is also a printed list of members of the British Ladies' Female Emigrant Society, and others relating to the Society for the Promotion of Colonization. Reports on the solution of chloride zinc as a cleaning agent for wards of hospitals and sick chambers is also included. The death of Colonel Wakefield is mentioned with several letters.
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
Places Cornwall, England; Wellington, Nelson, Auckland, Otago, Whanganui, New Zealand; Glasgow, Scotland; Mumbai, India
Ports New Plymouth, Port Phillip, New Zealand; Liverpool, England; New South Wales, Australia; London, England
Nationality English; European; Māori; Scottish
Ships Olympus; Cornwall; Victory; Larking
People Harrington, Thomas Cudbert; Wakefield, Edward Gibbon; Ellwood, Michael; Grey, George; Baring, Francis
Keywords New Zealand Company, emigrant, emigration, emigration scheme, colony, colonisation, application, assisted emigration, bounty emigration, finance, land sale, allotments, land, agent, administration, shipping, settlement, labourer, agriculture, farming, free passage, marriage, family, luggage, ship owner, societies, legislation, parliament, mechanics, advice literature, steerage, accommodation, luggage, passage broker, insurance, railroad, family, death, town planning, Lloyds, shipping register, wages, colony conditions, surveying, provisions, food, newspaper, insurance, journey conditions, freight, earthquake, company shares, indigenous people, squatting, army, charter, trade, commodities, death, female emigration, societies, clothing, poverty, education, health and sickness, publishing, East India Company, election
Language English; French
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