Colonial Experiences ; Or, Incidents and Reminiscences of Thirty-four Years in New Zealand

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Chapman & Hall, 1877 - 288 pagine
Account of a Nelson settler in 1843, including a description of the New Zealand Company's relief works at Waimea East, breaking in land at Riwaka, boat building, the hazards of navigation in Cook Strait and the Marlborough Sounds and Pratt's first store in Lyttelton in advance of the Canterbury settlers.
 

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Pagina 234 - April, 1851, and which first appeared in the ' Wellington Spectator ' of May 7, the term " Pilgrim " was first applied to the settlers ; it was also predicted in it that the " Pilgrims " would be " smashed," and the " Shagroons " left in undisputed possession of the country for their flocks and herds.
Pagina 225 - market gardener," whose success in the vegetable line had enabled him to don a blue frock coat, black cloth trousers, Wellington boots, and a tall hat, found himself at a disadvantage as compared with his brethren in having no convenient receptacle for his share of the flour and sugar. He surveyed his hat, but replaced it on his head, evidently considering it unequal to the emergency, unless he chose to sacrifice a portion of the allotted quantity, when a happy thought struck him.
Pagina 262 - ... that remained for many years. To return to the election festivities; processioning was the order of the day. Various emblematic devices were improvised for the occasion. As the price of land was supposed to have some indirect influence upon the price of bread, a large loaf had the motto of cheap land attached to it, while dear land was represented by a very diminutive one...
Pagina 233 - ... at a price computed according to the number of sheep, valuing the latter at from fourpence to sixpence per head ; and this aggregate sum included station buildings, boiling-down establishments, and all the appurtenances of a first-class station.
Pagina 227 - The genial good humour with which all these little trials were encountered and overcome was quite refreshing to witness ; and then the sums that had to be paid for the conveyance of luggage and all personal effects in boats by way of Sumner to Christchurch, and the tramp over the range to Christchurch by ladies unaccustomed to much walking, are matters still held in remembrance, I have no doubt, by the fair pedestrians.
Pagina 233 - Australia, may be supposed to have summed up the prospective advantages somewhat in this wise — New and fertile pastures, more lambs, more wool, fewer casualties, and for some, perhaps many years, a good market for stock, dispensing with the boiling-down process. Favourable reports soon found their way into the Port Phillip (Victoria) papers, particularly one written by Mr.
Pagina 231 - This meteoric visit was regarded by many as a great "sham," not that anything unworthy was imputed to the highminded gentlemen associated together for the purpose of founding a Church of England settlement in New Zealand, and who in their zeal for transporting a section of the Church, complete in all its parts, considered it of paramount importance that the flock should be presided over by a Bishop. Nevertheless, a strong opinion prevailed that his brief visit was only intended to give eclat to the...
Pagina 234 - ... prospective advantages somewhat in this wise : New and fertile pastures, more lambs, more wool, fewer casualties, and for some, perhaps many years, a good market for stock, dispensing with the boiling-down process. Favourable reports soon found their way into the Port Philip (Victoria) and New South Wales papers, particularly one written by Mr. Joseph Hawdon, a gentleman upon whose judgment and experience the greatest confidence was placed, and in consequence many of the squatters joined in the...
Pagina 220 - Jane,' and upon being appealed to he at once graciously removed the restrictions that an otherwise too rigid adherence to red-tapeism would have imposed upon the first arrivals. A printing press, type, and a printing staff had arrived by one of the first ships, and by unremitting exertions on the part of all interested the public had the advantage and great gratification of very early welcoming the appearance of the first newspaper published in the settlement. The first number of the...

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