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Title New Zealand Company, Wellington Original Despatches, 1843
Author Wakefield, William Hayward; Hunter, George; Smith, Captain William; Connell, William
Date Jan-Dec 1843
Document Type Correspondence
Reference CO 208/101
Library / Archive The National Archives
Collection Name New Zealand Company Original Correspondence, etc.
Description Letters to and from the New Zealand Company officers, primarily Colonel Wakefield, discussing surveying of land, statements of accounts, solicitor letters regarding deceased persons' estates, discussions of road building by labourers, statement of instruments required by surveyors, reports of the Port Nicholson Mechanics Institute, official charter papers and power of attorney, reports of emigrant ship arrivals, exploratory reports from Captain William Smith, Surveyor General, including information on coal fields. Also includes statistics on population, marriage, homes and land, wages, employment, religion, births, deaths, livestock and agriculture, tax and interest rates, crimes committed and education.
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) Colonisation Companies and Emigration Societies; Ships and Shipping Lines
Country (from) Great Britain
Country (to) New Zealand
Places Auckland, Chatham Islands, New Zealand
Ports Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; Port Nelson, New Plymouth, Wellington, New Zealand
Nationality Maori; English; European
Ships HMS Favourite; Clydeside; Thomas Sparks; Ursula; North Star; Victoria; Mandarin; Glenarm
People Governor Hobson (Hobson, Captain William); Hughes, Richard; Bell, Sir Francis Dillon; Liardet, Francis; Spain, William;
Keywords New Zealand Company, surveying, land sale, finance, accounts, Port Nicholson mechanics Institute, shipping, legislation, exploration, expenses, agent, compensation, indigenous people, population, marriage, statistics, religion, Church of England, Catholicism, Jewish, employment, livestock, agriculture, tax, education, crime, wages, coal
Language English
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