Object #1023513 from MS-Papers-0032-0557
3 pages written 30 Nov 1866 by John Chapman St George to Sir Donald McLean
From: Inward letters - Surnames, St George, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0557 (19 digitised items).
Correspondents:George St George, New Plymouth, 1848-1849 (4 letters); J G St George, Taupo, 1866-1869 (13 letters); Leo St George, Greytown, 1875 (1 letter).
A transcription/translation of this document (by ATL) appears below.
Hearing that you wish to receive an authenticated report of the oilsprings in this district, I send you an account of a trip that I made up the Waipaoa river -
On tuesday last the 27th inst. hearing that there were some Hauhaus at the junction of the Waipaoa and Mangatu rivers (the place where Sergt. Walsh was attacked) I took Paora Parau and some natives and went there - the distance being about thirty miles from here - we camped the night at this place - on the following morning after searching the place thoroughly and finding nothing but some old tracks - I determined to look for the reported oilsprings, as one of the natives I had with me, told me that he had been to them some years before - we went up a small stream that runs into the Waipaoa just below its junction with the Mangatu - after following the windings of the stream in a northeasterly direction about eight miles we struck off easterly into the hills and after travelling two miles
further came upon the springs - I followed them up for about half a mile and saw some seven or eight from which there was gas, oil and water coming out - The greater part of the oil on coming to the surface soaks into the ground and the whole valley in which these springs are is saturated with it - I should also mention that these springs are not only confined to the valley but are spotted about to some distance on either side of it - I send by the captain of the vessel a sample of the oil I got - Hoping that this report may be of interest to you
Jno. St. George.
We were all very glad to hear that you beat Mr. Collenso by such great odds. J.St.G.
Inward letters - Surnames, St George, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0557 (19 digitised items)
Series 1 Inward letters (English), Reference Number Series 1 Inward letters (English) (14501 digitised items)
McLean Papers, Reference Number MS-Group-1551 (30238 digitised items)
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