PETITION to Parliament from the SETTLERS of NELSON, NEW ZEALAND - 1849
In 1849 the settlers of Nelson, New Zealand were dissatisfied at the way the country was being run by one man in distant Auckland. They wanted an immediate introduction of Representative Government into the Southern Settlements of New Zealand.
They therefore took up a petition to submit to Parliament.
It was signed by 392 of the local men - I have found a number of names that appear twice, but there is no way to know now (nearly 160 years later) if there were in fact that many men with the same name...
The objective was to show who was living in Nelson in 1849 to help those who suspect they had ancestors there at that time.
PETITION of the SETTLERS of NELSON to PARLIAMENT