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From: "tony dalton" <>
Subject: [Mar] NZ Bound - Canterbury/MATILDA WATTENBACH
Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2000 16:24:28 GMT

The following may be of interest, from GGGPa's scrapbook, dated June 7th,

MATILDA WATTENBACH : Wettenbach, Heilgers & Co., Mincing Lane, London.
Connected with Shaw, Savill & Co. Clipper ship of 1000 tons. Took
Nonconformist emigrants to the colony of Albertland, on the river Ornawharo,
50 miles from Auckland, New Zealand. The New Zealand Government had offered
40 acres to every emigrant paying his passage, with a proportionate grant to
each member of his family. A Mr W.R. Brame and a number of friends organised
emigration on an extensive scale. In a comparatively brief period, over 1000
persons were registered. Only those persons were selected who possessed a
certain amount of capital or were proficient in some valuable mechanical
avocation or had some other qualification which would benefit the colony, as
a whole. The Matilda Wattenbach and the Hanover, owned by George
Marshall & Co., London, and also with connections to Shaw, Savills, were
the first vessels to sail from London Docks on Thursday last. The Matilda
Wattenbach carried about 350 emigrants, including W.R. Brame, the
originator of the movement, and the Hanover about 280. emigrants. The
Committee of Management of the new settlement were also onboard the
Matilda Wattenbach. They were to be followed on July 10th by the William
Miles. The Ida Ziegler also belonging to Wattenbach, Heilgers & Co., was
to follow the William Miles.

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