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Title New Zealand Company, Original Correspondence. General, Folio 901-end
Date Oct-Dec 1846
Document Type Correspondence; Newspaper
Reference CO 208/52
Library / Archive The National Archives
Collection Name New Zealand Company Original Correspondence, etc.
Description Principally business correspondence of the New Zealand Company discussing company stock, shares and land orders. Much of the correspondence here reflects the financial difficulties that the Company encountered as a balance between labouring emigrants and those of the upper classes was not achieved. There are also letters of application to emigrate to the Australasian colonies enquiring into ship departures and accommodation. Other letters seek information relative to the welfare and whereabouts of family members having emigrated to the colonies in previous years. There are also several letters referring to the transfer of land titles, passage funds and company shares in addition to those discussing the expanding agricultural industry. Passenger lists and an array of information relative to the 'Louisa Campbell' ship are also enclosed. Copies of London newspapers from this time also feature at the end of this item and refer to "the division of new Zealand provinces" and legislation passed to financially assist the New Zealand Company "to make further provision for the Government of the New Zealand Islands".
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 Nelson, Auckland, New Zealand; Glasgow, Scotland
Ports Wellington, New Zealand; Plymouth, London, Liverpool, Gravesend, England; Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality English; European
Ships Elora; Slains Castle; Louisa Campbell; John Wesley
People Wakefield, William; Graham, Archibald; Harington, Thomas Cudbert; Dappa, George; Bell, Sir Francis Dillon; Chilcott John; Gibson, John
Keywords New Zealand Company, emigrant, emigration, emigration scheme, colony, colonisation, application, assisted emigration, bounty emigration, finance, land sale, allotments, land, agent, administration, shipping, passenger, farming, agriculture, law, banking, compensation, wages, allotments, company shares, passage broker, steerage, trade, commerce, tax, employment, family, travel allowance, passage money, business, import, passenger list, property, flax, legislation
Language English
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