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Title New Zealand Company, Original Correspondence. General, Folio 2101-end
Date Sep-Nov 1843
Document Type Correspondence
Reference CO 208/42
Library / Archive The National Archives
Collection Name New Zealand Company Original Correspondence, etc.
Description Lists and letters referring to land orders and deposits placed on lots of land in Nelson and other settlements of New Zealand. Mainly consisting of papers relative to the financial accounts and business affairs of the New Zealand Company, there are also several letters applying and enquiring into emigration opportunities, free passage schemes and employment vacancies in settlements such as New Plymouth and New Edinburgh (Dunedin).There are letters referring to legal cases brought against the company for compensation upon accounts of systematic frauds and reports of deaths of passengers on board emigrant vessels. Letters relative to land surveys are also included. Some printed items are included, such as copies of the Colonization Circular issued by the Colonial Land and Emigration Commissioners, draft copies of 'Certificates of Final Departure', memorandums of charter agreements, regulations of the Government Emigration Office regarding selecting and furnishing emigrants, and papers documenting the dietary schedule of emigrant voyages. There is also a printed pamphlet entitled "Instructions to Surgeons of Emigrant Ships sailing under Government Superintendence".
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; Australia
Places Dunedin, Otago, Auckland, Nelson, Wairoa, New Zealand; Cape Mclean, South Africa; Glasgow, Edinburgh, Scotland
Ports New Plymouth, Wellington, New Zealand; Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; London, Gravesend, Liverpool, England
Nationality English; European; Scottish
Ships William Bryan; Theresa; Bella Marina; Himalaya; Eden
People Harington, Thomas Cudbert; Wakefield, Edward Gibbon; Wakefield, William; Campbell Hart, A; Clayton, Joseph; Walcott, Stephen; Gipps, George; Butler, Charles; Ward, John; Somes, Joseph; Baring, Francis; Jackson, Joseph; Ridgeway, John; Nelson, John
Keywords New Zealand Company, emigrant, administration, surgeon, emigration, emigration scheme, colony, colonisation, application, assisted emigration, bounty emigration, social class, steerage, copper, finance, land, land sale, allotments, settlement, property, regulations, newspaper, advertisement, passage broker, shipping, banking, charter, business, postal service, agent, town planning, labourer, labour, skilled emigration, emigrant selection, company shares, trade, compensation, law, fraud, court, admiralty, surveying, flax, family, publishing, geology, science, expenses, clothing, provisions, luggage, food, import, export, commissionaires, wages, employment, education, coal, hotel, wine, trade, commerce, company shares, death, freight, furniture
Language English
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