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Title New Zealand Company, Original Correspondence. General, Folio 801-1200
Date May-Jun 1848
Document Type Correspondence; Newspaper
Reference CO 208/58
Library / Archive The National Archives
Collection Name New Zealand Company Original Correspondence, etc.
Description Letters of application for free passage to emigrate to New Zealand settlements from skilled agricultural labourers, mechanics and gardeners seeking employment in the colonies. There are several letters and circulars referring to land orders, transfers and sales of the New Zealand Land Company in settlements such as Otago and Nelson. Copies of London newspapers from this time also feature here and refer to legislation passed to financially assist the New Zealand Company to make further provision for the Government of New Zealand and the spiritual care of populations there. There is also a copy of a printed contract of "tender for the hire of a ship to convey passengers and goods from London to New Zealand for the New Zealand Company", along with several printed plans of the accommodation on board the 'Bernicia'.
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 London, England; Nelson, New Zealand
Ports New Plymouth, Wellington, Otago, New Zealand
Nationality English; European
Ships Oriental; Bernicia
People Harrington, Thomas Cudbert; Carrington, Frederick A; Bell, Sir Francis Dillon; Seymour, Henry; Fitzroy, Governor Charles Augustus
Keywords New Zealand Company, emigrant, emigration, emigration scheme, colony, colonisation, application, assisted emigration, bounty emigration, finance, land sale, allotments, land, agent, administration, shipping, surveying, steerage, surveying, free passage, advertisement, labourer, labour, skilled emigration, newspaper, legislation, law, parliament, government, religion, banking, museum, nature, mechanics, family, children, women, settlement, contract, passage broker, infrastructure, road, ship owner, travel allowance, fare, compensation, colony conditions, Australian Emigrant Service, surgeon, regulations, passage money, carpenter, inheritance
Language English; French
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