T . KENDALL ----- EARLY SETTLER -------- NORTHLAND -- 1814
edmondsallan - Good morning . I'm a bit down . The All Blacks lost to the Aussies in Hong Kong. I thought this morning we could look into a Bay of Island early settler . I cannot find in my research notes , any record of his family tree marrying into ours , yet my instincts tell me they may of at a later date. This settler is one of the lesser known in the Bay of Islands. No-- That's not right . you either know about him. or never heard of him . The main reason to pass on what I know ,( their is probably a lot about him somewhere , ) for your perusal , is because he was so intertwined in Northland peoples , Maori & Pakeha , all his life . I think what we'll do, is start when he was born , and just keep on till he dies . Ok . having set the scene , lets unwind the years on " Thomas Kendall "
He was born in 13th Dec 1778, a younger son of a farmer , Edward Kendall & Susanna Surflit , Lincolnshire . England . In his early years he was raised on a 15 acre farm , became an assistant Schoolmaster , tutored a gentleman's children where he met his wife "Jane Quickfall " whom he married on the 21st Nov 1803. Shortly after that he went into business , draper / grocer which was un successful . In 1808 , he had shifted his family to London and decided to become a missonary with the Anglican Church Missionary Society . He was promoted by Samuel Marsden to head a a mission with William Hall & John King , to NZ . They & their families arrived in Sydney , Australia. in 1813 . The Governor of NSW , Australia " Lachlan Macquarie " appointed " Thomas Kendall " Justice of the Peace & Magistrate for NZ .
" Kendall " also took with him a proclamation from the NSW Governor , who Governed NZ . " No natives are to be carried off from NZ or Bay of Islands by masters of Vessels, seamen or any other persons without permission of their chiefs , " " Rev Thomas Kendall , Resident Magistrate " This made " Kendall" a very powerful man , official wise , in the northland area , and Auckland .
In 1820 , " Kendall" made an unauthorised return to London .Travelling with him were " Hongi Hika , & a chief from the Waikato . They spent 5 months in Britian , mainly at Cambridge , trying to translate the Maori Language to English . this was the first attempt any one had tried to achieve this .Later that year a book was published " A grammar and Vocabulary of the Language of New Zealand "
Although very short seemed to be accurate . " Hone Hika " also met King George as King of NZ. and told " Marsdens " ban on Muskets , was not correct . He was given a suit of Armour. " Hone Hika " traded that suit of armour at Port Jackson , Australia, and bought muskets .When he returned to NZ , Bay of Islands in July 1821, with Kendall , " Hone Hika " used those muskets to conquer a significant part of of the North Island ,and be became a " Chief " of Great importance .
Just in case you are getting bored reading this jounal on the early years of your/ my -homeland we'll make a cuppa . see you soon - regards - edmondsallan