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Title New Zealand Company, Original Correspondence. General, Folio 1201-1600
Date Jun-Jul 1848
Document Type Correspondence
Reference CO 208/59
Library / Archive The National Archives
Collection Name New Zealand Company Original Correspondence, etc.
Description Letters to and from the New Zealand Company, with particular focus on applications for passage to New Zealand for medical staff, brick layers, farm labourers and other much-needed individuals. Towards the end a run of documents deal with the financial affairs of the company. The document also includes ship plans for the Ajax and the Bernicia. There is also a printed copy of the London Gazette, published on Tuesday 18 July 1848.
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; Ships and Shipping Lines; Colonisation Companies and Emigration Societies
Country (from) Great Britain
Country (to) New Zealand
Places London, England; Paris, France
Ports Plymouth, England; Port Nelson, New Zealand
Nationality Scottish; English; European; French
Ships Ajax; Bernicia
Keywords New Zealand Company, shipping, agent, journalism, company shares, newspaper, emigration, emigrant, finance, banking, emigration society, free passage, labour, labourer, land, land sale, Church of England, religion, court, family, children, surgeon, farming, agriculture, medical staff, construction
Language English; French
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