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William Smith (abt. 1836)

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William Smith
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As part of the Waikato Assisted Settlers there is a record of William Smith, a 28 year old Blacksmith, arriving in Auckland with Isabella 29, Margaret 2 and Isabella 2 months. The vessel was the Clipper Brig Reiherstieg of 294 tons with Captain Oehlmann at the helm. It sailed from Cape Town on 20th October and arrived at Auckland 24th December 1864.

Immigration[1] One of the surest means of progress, if judiciously carried out, is our immigration, and during the month we have not been behind hand in the introduction of immigrants of the right class. In no month within the recollection of that oracle, the "oldest inhabitant," have we had so large a number of bona fide immigrants as have arrived during thee present month, namely 1380. These comprise some of the finest men for military settlement which could be introduced, we trust soon to see them comfortably located on their lands, and reaping the fruits of their enterprize. The immigrants from London during the month are - per ship 'Albert William,' on the 5th instant, 20; 'Ardbeg,' on the16th, 180; 'Nimroud,' on the 18th, 160; 'Talbot,' 21st, 163. From Glasgow we have received the first instalment of Government immigrants, under the auspices of Mr. W.C. Daldy, the agent of this province, now in England, to the number of 334, who arrived on the 22nd instant in the ship 'Helenslee,' and have been transferred to comfortable quarters in the Immigrants' Home. From the Cape of Good Hope we have likewise had two more arrivals of General Government immigrants, to the number of 523 souls, namely, on the 23rd, in the ship 'Maori,' 372; and on the 26th, in the ship 'Reihersteig,' 151. These have been provided with accommodation at Waiuku and Onehunga settlers' camps at the expense of the Government, where they will remain until settled on their lands.. We have much cause for congratulation in securing so valuable an acquisition to the population of the province, portending an opening up of the uncultivated wilderness, and augmented prosperity to the province.

Special Settlement[2] Our home readers will naturally be desirous of knowing what progress has been made by the General Government in the settlement of immigrants introduced into this province, and we purpose briefly to furnish some particulars regarding them. From October 18 up to the beginning of the present month, no fewer than 1.961 statute adults have arrived from the Cape and the United Kingdom, of which number 943 are adult males. They have been brought in eight ships - five from the Cape, and three from the United Kingdom. About 330 statute adults have been permanently located on their land. Those who arrived by the 'Steinwerder' have been settled at Whiriwhui, and the immigrants by the 'Alfred' at Waipioi - both places being in the Waiuku district. They have been busily engaged in making preparations for building themselves houses in anticipation of the approaching winter. The next vessel that arrived was the 'Maori', which brought 270 statute adults, who have been temporarily located at Drury, and are employed in road-making. These immigrants are to be permanently settled at Tuakau, Pukekohe, and Maketu. The 'Reihersteig' afterwards arrived with 125 statute adults, who have been located at Maioro, on the banks of the Waikato, the site of the proposed settlement, and distant about three from Port Waikato. 252 statute adults arrived by the 'Eveline' are located at Drury and Maketu, where they will have land apportioned to them. It is also intended to settle 25 of them at Patumahoi. We have now disposed of the immigrants from the Cape.


  1. Daily Southern Cross, 31 December 1864, Page 6 NZ Papers Past
  2. Daily Southern Cross, Vol XXI, Issue 2401, 31 March 1865 NZ Papers Past

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