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Title New Zealand Company, Original Correspondence. General, Folio 1501-2000
Date Jan-Dec 1841
Document Type Correspondence
Reference CO 208/14
Library / Archive The National Archives
Collection Name New Zealand Company Original Correspondence, etc.
Description Letters to and from the New Zealand Company about emigration, free passage, land purchases and shipping. The item also includes a printed booklet from the College for Civil Engineers, which was sent with a letter to Francis Dillon Bell recommending working with the college in order to supply New Zealand with necessary numbers of qualified civil engineers.
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; Germany
Country (to) New Zealand
Places New Plymouth, New Zealand; Hamburg, Germany; London, Liverpool, England; Edinburgh, Scotland
Ports Dartmouth, Southampton, England; Leith, Scotland; Wellington, New Zealand
Nationality Scottish; English; Germans; European
Ships Arab
People Ward, John; Alston, H F; Bell, Sir Francis Dillon
Keywords surgeon, journey conditions, bad weather, money, finance, push factors, pull factors, land, land sale, wages, sailors, emigrant, family, children, farming, labourer, mechanics, engineering, agent, business, Lloyds, shipping, health and sickness, assisted emigration, regulations, New Zealand Company
Language English
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