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Title New Zealand Company, Original Correspondence. General, Folio 501-900
Date Jun-Oct 1846
Document Type Correspondence
Reference CO 208/51
Library / Archive The National Archives
Collection Name New Zealand Company Original Correspondence, etc.
Description Lists and letters recording the price of cabin accommodation on board various vessels, specifically the goods and furniture sent on board the 'Brougham' to furnish cabins of certain passengers. Others relate to the business affairs of the New Zealand Company, land sales, orders, compensation claims of landowners and share transfers. A printed copy of the "Twentieth Report of the Court of Directors of The New Zealand Company" is also included here, where aspects of company expenditure, colonial government, contact with indigenous peoples and general colony conditions are noted. Other letters also refer to the disproportionate amount of wages earnt by emigrants compared with the cost of living in the Australasian colonies. There are many documents here detailing the surveying services and accounts of Frederick Alonzo Carrington (surveyor of New Plymouth) and his affiliation with the New Zealand Company. There are also copies of applications made for free passage, printed lists of cabin diets and plans of ship accommodation on board the 'Hope', 'Bella Marin', 'Therese', 'Slains Castle', 'Raymond', 'Louise Campbell', 'Mary Catherine' and the 'Madras'. A copy of the annual "Report of the Committee of the General Ship-Owners' Society for the Year 1845-1846" is also included. Copies of The London Gazette here present lists of private banks.
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
Places Nelson, New Plymouth, Whanganui, Auckland, New Zealand; Cape of Good Hope, South Africa; Glasgow, Scotland
Ports Wellington, New Zealand; London, Liverpool, Southampton, Gravesend, England; Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality English; European; Māori
Ships Brougham; Clifton; Tyne; William; Hope; Phoebe; St Pauli; Mary; Ursula; Himalaya; Theresa; Bella Marina; Raymond; Caledonia; Slains Castle; Louisa Campbell; Mary Catherine; Madras; Ralph Bernal; Prince Rupert; Tory; Bombay; Prince of Wales; Whitby; London; Abberton; Lloyds; Clara; Nelson; Elora
People Bell, Sir Francis Dillon; Ward, John; Fox, William; Harington, Thomas Cudbert; Fitzroy, Governor Charles Augustus; Lord Howick (Grey, Henry)(1802-1894); Wakefield, William; Murchison, Sir Roderich; Carrington, Frederick Alonzo; Valle, Philip; Young, George Frederick; Evans, George Samuel; Hanson, Richard Davies; Moreing, Henry
Keywords New Zealand Company, emigrant, emigration, emigration scheme, colony, colonisation, application, assisted emigration, bounty emigration, finance, land sale, allotments, land, agent, administration, law, police, cargo, freight, furniture, accommodation, passenger, advertisement, newspaper, company shares, foreign policy, indigenous people, government, settlement, colony conditions, squatting, expenditure, banking, court, accounts, surveying, rent, wages, allotments, compensation, steamboat, postal service, fare, provisions, food, insurance, ship owner, surgeon, water, contract, wool, commerce, trade, merchant, free passage, passenger list, parliament, luggage, surveying, charter, societies, skilled emigration, livestock, shipping
Language English
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