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From: "Michael Butler" <>
Subject: Re: [NZ] Wellington Independent paper 1846
Date: Fri, 2 Feb 2001 15:43:01 +1300
Possibly published in the Wellington paper because there was no regular
newspaper in New Plymouth until the Taranaki Herald began publishing in
Your couple most likely had connections to Wellington. Many New Plymouth
residents in 1846 had actually first landed in Wellington and later come up
to NP by coastal shipping. Some even landed in Nelson, transhipped to
Wellington, then later journeyed on to New Plymouth. They could have had
family in Wellington or even just good friends. Many of the immigrants had
made friends with other passengers and kept in touch for many years
I don't think too much can be read into the five month delay, as even in the
1860s and 1870s, some local New Plymouth people delayed putting a marriage
notice in the Taranaki Herald for several weeks. By the 1880s, only about
half the NP marriages were being reported in the TH newspaper (also by the
1880s, birth notices had virtually disappeared from the newspaper, only with
deaths was there anything approaching 100% recording). In 1846 the mail
often still travelled overland; there was one famous mailman who suffered
from seasickness and therefore chose to walk between New Plymouth and
Wellington along the beaches, with his mail sack tied to a horse.
Michael (from New Plymouth).
----- Original Message -----
From: "Sue Greene" <>
Sent: Friday, 2 February 2001 15:04
Subject: [NZ] Wellington Independent paper 1846
> I have a marriage for July 1846 Wesleyan church New Plymouth, how ever I
> have found an entry of the marriage in the Dec newspaper for the
> Independent newspaper.
> Does any one know why a marriage for New Plymouth would be in the
> paper five months later? This paper covered Wellington and Nelson at that
> Appreciate any help.
> Kind regards
> Sue Greene.
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