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Title New Zealand Company, Original Correspondence. General, Folio 1-373
Date Jan-Dec 1852
Document Type Correspondence; Newspaper
Reference CO 208/78
Library / Archive The National Archives
Collection Name New Zealand Company Original Correspondence, etc.
Description Letters and applications sent to Directors of the New Zealand Company by those wishing to emigrate to New Zealand, principally to serve as surveyors of land, teachers and agriculturalists. There are letters and enclosed shipping orders relative to transporting British emigrants to the Canterbury settlement, land orders, titles, transfers and re-adjustments, along with printed copies of 'Assessed Tax' forms from 1853-1854. A copy of 'The Times', no. 20344, dated Tuesday 27 November 1849 is also included towards the end.
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
Places Auckland, Canterbury, Otago, New Zealand; Perth, Scotland; London, England
Ports Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Wellington, Nelson, New Plymouth, New Zealand
Nationality English; European
Ships Steadfast; Stag; Bolton; Phoebe Dunbar; Minerva
People Harrington, Thomas Cudbert; Goldsmith, Isaac; Heath, John; Young, Frederick; Constable, John; Knowles, John; Carrington, Frederick; Irving, George P
Keywords New Zealand Company, emigrant, emigration, emigration scheme, colony, colonisation, application, assisted emigration, finance, land sale, allotments, land, agent, administration, shipping, family, settlement, accounts, insurance, banking, Union Bank of Australia, Canterbury Association, Board of Trade, free passage, labourer, agriculture, expenses, freight, tax, ship owner, passenger, commissionaires, marriage, farming, agriculture, employment, advertisement
Language English
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