Object #1026943 from MS-Papers-0032-0125

6 pages written 17 Aug 1850 by Henry Halse in New Plymouth District to Sir Donald McLean

From: Papers relating to provincial affairs - Taranaki. Inspector of police, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0125 (46 digitised items). No Item Description

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Copy New Plymouth

17th. August 1850.


I beg to forward the Report for the fortnight ending this day:-

August 4th.

Sunday Parade at 10 o'clock. Three of the Police went to Moturoa, and renewed the search after the body of the late Mrs. Bishop.

August 5th.

Three of the Police went to Moturoa for the same purpose as yesterday.

Medland on duty at the Police Office.

I posted a letter to you. Overland Mail left for Wellington.

Goods saved from the wreck of the cutter "William and James" by Town Pah natives, given to Mr. Duncan on receipt of salvage.

Samuel Mathews brought a complaint against Paratene, for refusing to allow him to fence his land at Puketotara. On arrival I found the boundary line between Samuel Mathew's (formerly Mr. Smart's) section. and a Native Reserve, was the cause of the complaint. The natives consented to leave the question to a surveyor.

August 6th.

I left for Paritutu, with three of the Police. They succeeded in saving a few blankets, sheets, and other articles.

Ihaka complained against Joseph Street, for detaining a cart, which has been paid in full. I found J. Street in a state of stupidty, caused by intemperance. The cart was delivered to Ihaka.

The "Shepherdess", Swan, sailed for Wellington; cargo - 415 kits maize, 5 bags salt; passengers - George Newsham and Charles Jones, formerly belonging to the "William and James."

Several of the Police went to Moturoa. The wind increased, and put an end to their work.

The late Mrs. Davies buried.

August 8th.

The body of the late Mrs. Bishop was found on a rock at Moturoa, by a native woman, named Wawinia. I immediately left with two of the Police, and found the body had been removed to a sand-bank above high-water mark, by a native. It was considerably mutilated, and putrification was in an advanced stage. The Coroner ordered the body to be removed to Government House, when the following were called upon to act as a jury:-

Hulke, William King.

McDonald, John

Hughes, Robert

King, Wright Ruffler

Lakeman, William

Hoskin, Josias.

Owing to the absence of George Newsham and Charles Jones, the inquest was adjourned indefinitely.

The feast at Waitara took place, and passed off well.

August 9th.

The missing lower extremity of the deceased Eliza Bishop found at Moturoa, by a native, and placed in the coffin.

The late Mrs. Bishop buried.

The former Post Office removed.

August 10th.

General muster and drill. Absent - Medland, Newsham and Rawiri.

Johnson and Hakopa went to Waiwakaiho, to ascertain what damage had been done to the potato garden belonging to a native, named Heremina, recently from Wellington. No damage done.

I went to Moturoa to see Piripi about a debt due to Mr. Ibbetson. The debt was acknowledged, and payment promised as soon as the money could be collected.

Overland Mail from Wellington. I received one gazette for you.

August 11th.

A vessel seen to the Northward.

August 12th.

The "Shepherdess" returned from sea, George Newsham and Charles Jones landed. The Jury assembled, and examined George Newsham and Charles Jones; adjourned.

August 13th.

I received a note from Captain King about E Waka interfering and preventing Mr. Brown's men fencing a portion of Major Lloyd's section at Omata. I went to the Pah in town, and ascertained that E Waka had returned in the evening, with a message from him, to the effect that the fence might be put up in a different direction.

Overland Mail left for Auckland.

The Jury again assembled, and returned a verdict to the effect that the deceased, Eliza Bishop, was ship-wrecked and drowned, and appended a severe reprimand on George Newsham and Charles Jones, for not attempting to get assistance.

August 14th.

Hakopa went to Pita and other Town Pah natives, staying at Omata, about the fencing on Major Lloyd's section they desired to fence to be carried in another direction.

August 15th.

Court Day. Smart v. Messrs. Morgan. Case, 6 lbs. butter; judgement - the Morgans to pay 6/- each, and Mr. Smart 6/-: with a recommendation to settle the difference by arbitration. The other cases settled out of Court, except Duncan v. Minarapa, who did not appear.

E Waka came to Barracks in reference to the disputed fencing at Omata.

August 16th.

Force engaged cleaning arms at the Police Office.

Hakopa informed me that E Waka did not intend to offer any further opposition to the fencing, recently in dispute at Omata.

August 17th.

General muster and drill. Absent - Medland, Honi Ropiha and Rawiri.

"The Shepherdess" sailed for Wellington. Cargo in addition to the former, 30 bushels maize, 25 bushels oats, 1 bale calico, 1 bin books.

Hakopa left for the Hira, and returned in the evening.

The following will shew the disposal of the Force in this settlement at the present time:-

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Barracks, Town and General duty.

Newsham Stationed at Omata

Medland Absent since 8th. inst.

Cock About to resume duty.


Honi Ropiha,

Generally at their respective settlements.

The duties of the Police continue to be attended to, and all here is quiet.

I have the honour to be Sir, Your most obedient, humble servant (Signed)
H. Halse.
Sergt. To:- D. McLean Esq. J.P.
Inspector of Police.

Part of:
Papers relating to provincial affairs - Taranaki. Inspector of police, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0125 (46 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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