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This record was sourced from the Taranaki Museum by my mother-in-law, who has these ancestral surnames in her tree: COULTER, RUSSELL, EADIE, SCOWN, HUGHES, WHITE, HARRIS, BROWN, EDGECOMBE.
OBITUARY OF MRS SAMUEL HARRIS
From the 'Budget' 15th January 1898.
"Monday's Wanganui Chronicle reports of that another resident in person Mrs Harris, wife of Mr Samuel G. Harris, passed away at 2:15 at her late residence, Wilson Street, on Sunday. She was 77 years of age and a native of Plymouth. She came out to the Colony on March 31st, 1841 and settle(d) in New Plymouth, where she was married, going to Wanganui, in the year 1858. Mr and Mrs Harris celebrated their golden wedding 6 years ago. She leaves 3 sons, 4 daughters, and a great number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. To this we may add that Mr Harris was one of the party which accompanied Mr F.A. Carrington, arrived here in the "Brougham" on February 11th, 1841. Mrs Harris was a Miss Edgecombe, and came out in the "William Bryan"."
An Obituary of interest ... Samuel Gregory HARRIS born 1816 Plymouth, England, died 1897 New Zealand.
From newspapers, 15th August 1902.
By the Wanganui papers we see that this old colonist passed away in the 15th August at the good old age of 81 years. The late Mr Harris arrived in the colony - Wellington - by the ship 'Slaines Castle' in December 1840. He came out with the late Mr Octavius Carrington as one of the survey chainmen for the Plymouth Company, and in company with Messrs. F.A. and O. Carrington, Rogan, and Duppa, surveyors to the Plymouth Company, landed at Moturoa, Taranaki, from the ship 'Brougham' on the 11th February 1841. As Mr Harris was the last survivor of this band of pioneers we give the names of the others of the party, all of whom have proved the 'metal of their pasture' in the noble work of colonising and civilising this fair country:- Harcourt Aubrey, Paines, George Duppa, James Dingle, William Lakeman and Mrs Lakeman-Levitt, Charles Nairn, William Pote and Mrs Pote, and Sam Teague. Mrs F.A. Carrington was also a member of this band of 'Pilgrim Fathers', the forerunners of the many thousands who now occupy this district. The country was at this time a veritable wilderness, and in the graphic language of one of the chainmen ..."The surveyor turned his party loose into the fern like wild pigs". Here after a minute examination of about seven or eight hundred miles of coast, Mr Carrington fixed the site for the future town, to be called New Plymouth after the old town of that name, the headquarters of the Plymouth Company.
The late Mr Harris married soon after his arrival, a daughter of the late William Edgecombe and sister of Mr Chas Edgecumbe of this town, and some years since they celebrated their golden wedding. For many years Mr Harris has been settled in Wanganui where he was a highly respected citizen, and a prominent member of the Wesleyan and other bodies. There will be on view for a few days at Messrs. Bellrigner's shop, Devon Street, a fine old coloured picture a copy of view of "parts of the new Plymouth settlement in the district Taranaki from a drawing taken on board the ship 'Brougham' by George Duppa, Esq." This view shows the country around New Plymouth as it was in 1841.
[Source: From the records of the 'Taranaki Museum']
I'm looking for any possible connections to my husband's family. I have located a marriage between a Pakeha and a Maori woman, Richard MARRINER married Hatariti on the 3rd of September 1856 at Rawene, New Zealand. No surname is known for Hatariti.
Dear FamilyTreeCircle Members,
In the 1870s a period of assisted migration began from Scandinavia recruiting settlers from Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Enticement to settlers was the promise of free passage and 10 acres of land in New Zealand.
General Reading Material
The final resting place of the original Scandinavian settlers to NZ is in the Norsewood Cemetery, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.
Norsewood Cemetery and Settler's Genealogy Project
Below, is an additional website which may be useful, it is a link to a general forum for those with Norwegian ancestry:-
Norway Heritage - Hands Across the Sea
Dear FamilyTreeCircle Members ... Kia Ora
Below is a list of some main (though not all) websites for researching NZ genealogy:-
GeneoNZ - NZ & Maori Genealogy
Archives New Zealand...Te Rua Mahara o te Kawanatanga
Dept Internal Affairs
Births, Deaths, Marriages, etc.
New Zealand Society of Genealogists Inc
NZSG Maori Interest Group
Auckland City Libraries
New Zealand Genealogy Search Engine
New Zealand Genealogy Links
Military, Passenger Lists, Marriages, Maori...
Whakapapa Club - Maori Genealogy
Intro, Maori Naming Conventions, Where to start, Forums, Resources, Online search, Links...
Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the internet for New Zealand
School Reunions New Zealand
Maori Studies - Useful Websites - Victoria University of Wellington...Te Pataka Korero
Court Records, Jury Lists, Police, other records:-
New Zealand Family History
And if that one doesn't work, here's another...
Myra's Place - Family History Centre
GENEoNZ Maori Research - register your surname interests
Mt Albert Grammar School - Pupil and staff list from 1922 plus former pupils who served for countries other than New Zealand in the armed forces in WWII
FREE Databases - Australia, NZ & Pacific
Passenger List of the Northern Bride - As Reported In 'The New Zealander' Newspaper Auckland) of Saturday August 25, 1860
The Auckland Museum
New Zealand National Maritime Museum - Click on 'collections', then 'genealogy'
Important historical reading material:-
Principal Maori Tribes of New Zealand
The Maori of New Zealand - Maori Today
Maori War Chant and Challenge ... The Haka
Maori Social Structure
New Zealand Land Wars
1st Anglo-Maori Wars 1845-1847
New Zealand and the Maori War - The Three Conflicts
Australians fighting New Zealanders - The Maori War
Viking Ring Castles : Hill forts similar to Maori Pa
Early Maori History
Immigrant Ships to New Zealand - 1835 to 1910
Good luck / Hei-matau