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The New Zealand Journal, Saturday, June 20 (1840)

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New Zealand.—Gleanings From The Australian Papers.

Steam between Sydney and New Zealand.—New South Wales Steam Navigation Company.—Another steam company was formed on Wednesday last, under this title, at the Waterloo Stores, for the purpose of establishing a communication by steam from this port with Port Philip and New Zealand. The capital of the company was fixed at £50,000 in shares of £50 each; some two hundred shares were taken before the close of the meeting, and lists are now lying at the Waterloo House, where shares may be obtained from Mr. Holt, who acted as chairman at the meeting. A gentleman well acquainted with the nature of these affairs, will be dispatched forthwith to England two purchase to steamers for the use of this company.—Colonist, Jan. 25.
New Zealand Mounted Police.—An official notice has been forwarded to Major Nunn, the Commandant of the Mounted Police, directing him to hold in readiness a party of the mounted police and ten horses to embark for New Zealand, where they will be under the command of Lieutenant Smart of the 28th regiment.
The following official announcement shows the strength of the proposed police:—
Colonial Secretary's Office, Sydney, 22d January, 1840.
Sir,—I am directed by the Governor to inform you, that the following party of mounted police is to be held in readiness to embark for New Zealand on the 6th of February next:—1 Corporal, 4 Troopers, 10 Horses.
I have the honour to be, Sir, your most humble servant,
E. Deas Thomson.
The Commandant of the Mounted Police.
Magistrates for New Zealand.—On Thursday, Messrs. Mathew, Cooper, and Shortland, applied to Mr. Justice Willis to be sworn in as magistrates of New South Wales and New Zealand. His Honour said he knew nothing about New Zealand; and could only swear them in as magistrates of New South Wales and its dependencies, leaving it to them to decide upon their own responsibility, whether that was sufficient to authorise them to act in New Zealand. The usual oath was then administered.—Colonial Times.
[It will be recollected by such of our readers as have perused the report of the Directors of the New Zealand Company, that the Rev. Mr. Butler, holding a commission of the peace for New Zealand and the office of interpreter, under the Company, went out in one of their ships last autumn to exercise both functions in the Colony.]
Cattle for New Zealand.—No less than six vessels were taking in cattle to export to New Zealand; and it was supposed that a large trade in stock would soon be established with the new Colony. The Sydney Herald, of January 22d says:—"The great demand for stock in the different settlements in our neighbourhood must have the effect of considerably enhancing the value of both sheep and cattle. At present there are six vessels taking in cattle for New Zealand, King George's Sound, and Swan River, and there is no doubt that many thousand head of stock will be exported to New Zealand in the course of the present and next year. The settlers may congratulate themselves upon such excellent prospects.
Interview with Governor Hobson.—We mentioned, last week, that a deputation of persons interested in New Zealand had had an interview with Governor Hobson in Sydney, relative to the apprehended interference of Government with their titles, and that the interview was satisfactory. We now give a series of resolutions passed by "landholders and others," after hearing the report of the deputation—
"1.
That this meeting receive with satisfaction and pleasure the report which has now been made, and rejoice at the assurance they have received that New Zealand is about to be colonized under the immediate auspices of the British Crown.
"2.
That this meeting rest satisfied with the renewed pledge which has been given by his Excellency Captain Hobson, R.N., Lieutenant-Governor of New Zealand, that the rights of pre-emption obtained by British subjects over land in that territory, are to be recognised and confirmed, so far as these may be consistent with honour and justice.
"3.
That this meeting, while they profess the most loyal confidence in the integrity of the Government about to be established in New Zealand, and to which they are expected to yield allegiance, express a hope that the legislative administration of the colony will be founded on the principle of elective representation, and that the decision of disputed rights will be referred to the arbitration of a Court of Equity and a jury of impartial and disinterested men.
"4.
That, in accordance with the principles and sentiments embodied in the foregoing resolutions, this meeting profess the most loyal attachment to the British Crown, and its intention to recognise the authority and to uphold the obligation of British law over British subjects and British property in the British colony about to be established in the territory of New Zealand.
"5.
That, in the confidence that these are the views on which her Majesty's Government intend to establish a British colony in New Zealand, this meeting adopt the address (which will be read by the Secretary) to his Excellency Captain Hobson, Lieutenant-Governor of the colony that is to be."
The proposed address having been read, it was moved by James M'Eachern, Esq., seconded by H. Fisher, Esq., and unanimously resolved—
"6.
That the following gentlemen be nominated, and authorised by this meeting, to present the address which has now been adopted to his Excellency Captain Hobson,—viz. Mr. Montefiore, Mr. Fisher, Mr. Thompson, Mr. Campbell, Mr. M'Eachern, Mr. J. T. Hughes, Mr. Weller, Mr. Clarke, Dr. Martin, Mr. P. Abercrombie, Mr. Scott, Mr. E. Lord, Mr. Wright, Mr. Peck."
The colonies of New South Wales are not at all pleased that the expenses of Captain Hobson's government of New Zealand are to be defrayed out of their revenue.
News of the sailing of the Cuba for New Zealand had been received in Sydney; also of the proceedings at Gravesend previous to the departure of the settlers in October last.
A New Zealand Trading Company:—A company had been formed at Sydney, with a capital of £50,000, to trade chiefly to New Zealand, though it was called the Polynesian Company.
Speaking of the Polynesian Company, the Australasian Chronicle says:—"It appears that the new company, which was recently formed by a number of gentlemen in Sydney, as alluded to in a communication from a correspondent, inserted in our journal, the number before last, has adopted the title of 'The Polynesian Company.' We understand that they combine considerable wealth with great commercial influence, having embarked a capital of £50,000 in the undertaking; and that two of its members, Messrs. Hughes and Hosking, will be the resident managers and directors in Sydney, whilst Mr. Rolla O'Farrell will manage and direct the affairs in New Zealand. From the information which we have received as to the intentions of the company, we have every reason to believe it will be instrumental in promoting the interests of many persons leaving this Colony to settle in New Zealand; in which case there can be little doubt that the enterprise of the firm will, as we hope it may, be crowned with success. That old and experienced colonist, Mr. Poole, has been appointed solicitor to the Company.
"So soon as the Company shall have secured their tract of land in New Zealand, we doubt not that the applications which will be made to its Managers and Directors in Sydney, by families wishing to purchase small farms and live stock from them, and to be provided in their vessels with a passage thereto, will he somewhat numerous, especially if the conditions upon which the Company intend to dispose of their land are, as they are said to be, extremely liberal.
"We have secured a Correspondent in New Zealand, who has kindly promised to favour us, from time to time, with such information, as to its rise and progress, as may be interesting to our readers."
The following advertisement appeared in the Sydney papers last received:—"Required, for the Kororarika Joint Stock Land Company, a Land Surveyor of respectability. Apply at the Office of the undersigned, Macquarie-place, Mr. Lord's Buildings,
New Zealand Timber.—The Truelove arrived from New Zealand with timber. Both the Truelove and the Exporter were about to return to New Zealand for other cargoes of timber.
New Zealand Shipping Rumours.—Captain Salmon, of the Earl Stanhope, was drowned on the morning of the 19th November, near the Brompton Shore, New Zealand; his carpenter and a native were likewise drowned. The following vessels were at the Bay of Islands when the Nimrod left Physche, Mary Hay, Ariel, and the Jess. The Francis Spaight was at Hokianga. The Toki Rau returned to port (Bay of Islands) with the crew in a state of mutiny.
By the arrivals of the Nimrod and Diana, from New Zealand, great doubt is thrown on the truth of the loss of the Juno. The Captains of these vessels expressed great 'surprise on hearing of the fact; which, when we consider that they left after the Susannah Anne, leaves us great ground to hope that the statement is incorrect.
Governor Hobson was to embark on her Majesty's ship Herald, commanded by Captain Nyas.
The Westminster had been chartered by the Government to carry stores to New Zealand.
A vessel was advertised at Hobart Town to sail for Port Nicholson on the 24th of February.
Married.—On the 23d November last, at Kororarika, New Zealand, by the Right Rev. Bishop Pompalier, Monsieur D. N. Joubert, of Sydney, to Mademoiselle Lise Marie, eldest daughter of Monsieur P. Bannafice, of St. Malo, France.
Birth.—At sea, on board H.M. Ship Druid, Captain the Hon. Lord J. Church, the Lady of Captain Hobson, R.N., and the newly-appointed Governor of New Zealand, of a daughter.
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The Scientific corps have located themselves at the Australian Club, as their Head Quarters, previous to their departure to New Zealand, which will be in about three weeks. Some of them have gone to view parts of the Colony for scientific purposes before leaving Sydney.—Australasian Chronicle, January 1.
Advertisements.—The following advertisements are valuable as showing the nature of the enterprises which the Sydney people are willing to enter into upon the new field, New Zealand:
Wanted, three stockmen, to proceed by the Vittoria to New Zealand, to take charge of sheep and cattle. For particulars, apply to, &c.
New Zealand Wool.—The following is the opinion of a Liverpool wool-broker, respecting the quality of a small parcel of New Zealand wool which reached this country last summer:—"A new feature in our market was the appearance of a few bales from New Zealand, which proved of excellent description, and well got up; it realised 1s. 9d. to 2s. per lb. If we may be allowed to judge from this small sample, it speaks very favourably of the soil and climate, for the improvement of sheep's wool."
There had been a large missionary meeting in Hobart Town, Sir John Franklin in the chair. The condition of the New Zealanders occupied considerable attention. Murray's Review says—"The great attraction of the night was the Rev. Mr. Turner, who delivered an address which created a very powerful sensation. The recent domestication of this highly respected minister at New Zealand imbued his discourse with much interest, which was greatly augmented by the facts which he detailed. The anxiety of the New Zealanders for civilisation, nay, even for the blessings of Christianity, is most intense; even in places where no missionaries had appeared the natives had absolutely erected houses of worship, where divine service was regularly performed on the Sabbath Day. What a splendid subject does this afford for attentive reflection, and especially in connexion with the proposed colonization by Britons or those fine islands! Mr. Turner's indefatigable zeal, great abilities, and unrivalled exertions, deserve more praise than we can bestow upon him; but he knows where from his reward will come.

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