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Title New Zealand Company, Original Correspondence from Colonial Governors, 1848-1850
Date 1848-1850
Document Type Correspondence
Reference CO 208/126
Library / Archive The National Archives
Collection Name New Zealand Company Original Correspondence, etc.
Description Letters relating to the New Zealand Company's claims to land in Peoria chosen for the second colony, along with counter claims of the local Māori, who contested the Company. Reserves created and finances sent to Company agents and other officials in an attempt to resolve such issues are mentioned. The Nelson Land Grant, and plans created relative to land purchased are also referring to within these letters, along with correspondence reporting aggressive behaviour committed upon settlers by the Māori.
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) Ships and Shipping Lines; Colonisation Companies and Emigration Societies; Politics, Legislation and Governance
Country (from) Great Britain
Country (to) New Zealand
Places Whanganui, Taranaki, Peoria, Nelson, New Zealand
Ports Wellington, New Zealand
Nationality English; European; Māori; French
People Gisbourne, William; Eyre, John Grey; Spain, William; Fitzherbert, William; Bell, Sir Francis Dillon; Lewis, David; Wakefield, William; Fox, William; Park, Robert; Fitzroy, Robert; Wicksteed, J J; Wheeler, William; Donnell, Alfred; Logan F; Stewart, Robert
Keywords government, agent, land, New Zealand Company, colony, colonisation, emigrant, emigration, emigration scheme, indigenous people, land sale, purchase agreement, settlement, land grant, rent, finance, surveying, chief, hospital, town planning, administration, wages, dispossession, compensation, banking, conflict, family
Language English
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