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Title New Zealand Company, Original Correspondence. General, Folio 1-500
Date Jan-Dec 1841
Document Type Correspondence
Reference CO 208/11
Library / Archive The National Archives
Collection Name New Zealand Company Original Correspondence, etc.
Description Letters to and from agents for the New Zealand Company. The majority concern applications for free passage to New Zealand by individuals and families. There are also a large number of replies to advertisements for much-needed positions, such as surgeons, engineers, ship's captains, emigration superintendents, agricultural labourers and surveyors. Earlier papers concern shares in the New Zealand Company, and discussions of financial payments and land sales.
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) Motives for Emigration; Politics, Legislation and Governance; Colonisation Companies and Emigration Societies
Country (from) Great Britain
Country (to) New Zealand
Nationality English; Scottish; European
Ships Duke of Argyll; Katherine Stuart Forbes; Halman
People Ward, John; Alston, H F; Bell, Sir Francis Dillon
Keywords administration, advertisement, agent, missionaries, business, church, Church of England, company shares, education, emigrant, emigration society, emigrant selection, emigration, engineering, free passage, finance, farming, family, health and sickness, hospital, labour, land, land sale, medical staff, communication, New Zealand Company, New Zealand Church Society, pull factors, religion, employment, skilled emigration, surgeon, surveying, shipping
Language English
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