Object #1006401 from MS-Papers-0032-0004

4 pages written 1 Dec 1852 by Sir Donald McLean in Wellington

From: Native Land Purchase Commissioner - Papers, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0004 (36 digitised items). Contains letters to and from McLean with regard to the business of purchasing of Maori land in Taranaki, Hawke's Bay, Wairarapa and elsewhere; also contains details of various purchases and related business

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Wellington,
1 Decr, 1852.


Sir,

I have the honor to report to you for the information of His Excellency the Governor in Chief that several persons residing at te Wairoa, Table Cape, and other parts of Hawkes Bay, expressed a wish when I visited that neighbourhood last year to become purchasers of land in small blocks of from ten to fifty acres on the right bank of the Mohaka river. This

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land could be laid off in blocks to suit purchasers as at a comparatively moderate outlay in surveying by generally adopting the natural features of the country as boundaries.

The class of persons who are anxious to settle on the Mohaka are chiefly whalers who would cultivate the land when not engaged sperm fishing. These men are often found scattered throughout the different native villages in Hawkes Bay, many of them without any fixed residence or interest in the Colony beyond

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the few months they are employed fishing.

The whaling at Hawkes Bay is a branch of industry which well deserves the consideration and encouragement of the Government and I believe the condition and conduct of the enterprising class of men employed in it would be much Improved by facilitating their occupation of land either by lease or purchase from the Crown.


Your most obed. servant,
Donald McLean
, Land Commissioners.

English (ATL)

Wellington,
1 Decr, 1852.


Sir,

I have the honor to report to you for the information of His Excellency the Governor in Chief that several persons residing at te Wairoa, Table Cape, and other parts of Hawkes Bay, expressed a wish when I visited that neighbourhood last year to become purchasers of land in small blocks of from ten to fifty acres on the right bank of the Mohaka river. This land could be laid off in blocks to suit purchasers as at a comparatively moderate outlay in surveying by generally adopting the natural features of the country as boundaries.

The class of persons who are anxious to settle on the Mohaka are chiefly whalers who would cultivate the land when not engaged sperm fishing. These men are often found scattered throughout the different native villages in Hawkes Bay, many of them without any fixed residence or interest in the Colony beyond the few months they are employed fishing.

The whaling at Hawkes Bay is a branch of industry which well deserves the consideration and encouragement of the Government and I believe the condition and conduct of the enterprising class of men employed in it would be much Improved by facilitating their occupation of land either by lease or purchase from the Crown.


Your most obed. servant,
Donald McLean
, Land Commissioners.

Part of:
Native Land Purchase Commissioner - Papers, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0004 (36 digitised items)
Series 7 Official papers, Reference Number Series 7 Official papers (3737 digitised items)
McLean Papers, Reference Number MS-Group-1551 (30238 digitised items)

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