Object #1016200 from MS-Papers-0032-0123

3 pages written 12 Jan 1848 by Richard Brown in New Plymouth District to Sir Donald McLean in New Plymouth District

From: Papers relating to provincial affairs - Taranaki. Inspector of police, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0123 (71 digitised items). No Item Description

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of Wellington, to enter extensively into the Flax Trade on this coast; and shall be prepared, upon obtaining possession of this Station, to offer employment to the whole of the Native population within the limits before named.

The establishment of such a Station, under competent management, must prove advantageous to the natives, the Government, and this settlement. To the natives, by affording them constant remunerating employment; to the Government, by keeping so large a body of natives employed; and to the settlement, by creating a valuable

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Being ignorant as to which Government this settlement is now attached, I am debarred from addressing the Colonial Secretary on the subject herein referred to. I have to request that you will be pleased to bring this matter under the consideration of His Excellency the Governor.


Sir, I have the honour to be Your obdt. servt. (Signed)
R. Brown.

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COPY New Plymouth
12th. January 1848.

Donald McLean Esq. Inspector of Police New Plymouth.
Dear Sir,

I am desirous of establishing a Flax and Whaling Station at Opunake, about fifty miles to the Southward of this settlement.

I have, as you are aware, been in communication with the Southern natives, as far as Manawapo, for some months past, on the subject of dressing flax; and they have generally expressed their intention to commence operations, provided a coastal Station can be formed, diminishing the fatigue of distant land carriage.

The Bay I wish to occupy is within easy distance of Wariatea and Manawapou.

I have made arrangements with Messrs. Ridgways Hicklow & Co. of Wellington, to enter extensively into the Flax Trade on this coast; and shall be prepared, upon obtaining possession of this Station, to offer employment to the whole of the Native population within the limits before named.

The establishment of such a Station, under competent management, must prove advantageous to the natives, the Government, and this settlement. To the natives, by affording them constant remunerating employment; to the Government, by keeping so large a body of natives employed; and to the settlement, by creating a valuable export of flax, as well as that of oil and bone.

The utmost extent of land I should require would not exceed ten acres, (10 acres); which I would propose renting by licence from the Government, or by its permission renting from the natives.

Being ignorant as to which Government this settlement is now attached, I am debarred from addressing the Colonial Secretary on the subject herein referred to. I have to request that you will be pleased to bring this matter under the consideration of His Excellency the Governor.


Sir, I have the honour to be Your obdt. servt. (Signed)
R. Brown.

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Papers relating to provincial affairs - Taranaki. Inspector of police, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0123 (71 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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