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Title New Zealand Company, Original Correspondence. General, Folio 1-200
Date Dec 1845 - Apr 1846
Document Type Correspondence
Reference CO 208/49
Library / Archive The National Archives
Collection Name New Zealand Company Original Correspondence, etc.
Description Includes applications made to the directors of the New Zealand Company by those wishing to emigrate. Many seek employment abroad as surgeons or labourers, with several enquiring as to the procedures they must follow to emigrate, qualify for monetary aid or free passage, and the price of taking certain belongings such as livestock. There are letters sent between officials regarding town planning in the city of Wellington and the selection, sale and transfer of Crown lands in Nelson and Wellington. Many of these letters enclose lists of lands proposed for sale, extracts from land registers and advance slips from purchasers. The settlement of Otago, New Zealand becomes a common theme in the latter letters. There are also several printed items here relative to advertisements of the company published in newspapers such as The Daily News. A printed agreement with regulations made between the company and proprietor of the 'Madras' is also included, stipulating passenger conditions of voyage etc. Lists of goods exported from England to New Zealand in the year 1845 also feature.
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; Ireland
Country (to) New Zealand; Australia
Places Nelson, Auckland, Otago, New Zealand; Sydney, New South Wales, Tasmania, Australia; Scotland; Paris, France
Ports New Plymouth, Wellington, New Zealand; London, Liverpool, England; Hamburg, Germany
Nationality English; European; German; Scottish; Māori; Irish
Ships Madras; Tyne; Mathesis; Recorder; Nelson; Bella Marina; Sydney; Raymond; Caledonia; Slains Castle; Louisa Campbell; Mary Catherine; Ralph Bernal; Clara
People Bell, Sir Francis Dillon; Ward, John; Powell, James; Willis, Henry H; Clifford, George; Peel, George; Monro, Robert; Wakefield, Edward Gibbon; Wakefield, William; Lord Lyttelton (Lyttelton, George William); Buchanan, James; Slayer, Joseph
Keywords New Zealand Company, emigrant, emigration, emigration scheme, colony, colonisation, application, assisted emigration, bounty emigration, finance, land sale, allotments, agent, town planning, settlement, newspaper, advertisement, business, administration, employment, army, charter, regulations, finance, accommodation, surgeon, medical staff, family, livestock, tax, law, Corn Laws, trade, commerce, shipwreck, farming, agriculture, labourer, demographics, statistics, convict, government, transportation, expenses, police, court, public services, housing, surveying, surveying, banking, German Emigration Company, religion, refugee, journey conditions, export, Catholicism, Church of England, Christianity, Presbyterianism, townscape, farming, rent, agriculture, social class, treaty, foreign policy, contract, coal, industry, travel, shipping
Language English
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