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Katikati Special Settlement

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Location: Katikatimap
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Protestants recruited from Ulster's Orange Lodges in Northern Ireland led by George Vesey Stewart to form a settlement of landowning pioneer farmers in Katikati, on land he had personally selected in the Bay of Plenty.

The first party of 28 families arrived in the ship Carisbrook Castle in 1875 and took up their land grants by ballot as an "occupation License with Right of Purchase" and conditions requiring them to live the property within a year of signing the lease, to make improvements to the property to the value of 10 percent of the property's value each year, and to live continuously on the property for six years. The town of Katikati was originally named Waterford or Uretara, and laid out in 1879 on the south bank of the Uretara River. From the beginning, the town had a hotel and a store to supply the farmers settling in the district.

A second party of 378 arrived on the ship Lady Jocelyn in 1878. Many of the new settlers had come from the uppercases of Irish society and created a unique atmosphere of culture and refinement in the district. Their private means and strong community spirit carried carry the district through the depression of the eighties. The very successful Martha gold mine 20 miles away at Waihi provided income and the development of a successful development dairy industry assured the success of the settlement.

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1875 Carisbrooke Castle - passenger list : Carisbrook Castle : 1875
1878 Lady Jocelyn - passenger list - Lady Jocelyn : 1878



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