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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]

Colonel William Wakefield

Colonel William Wakefield was a brother of Mr. E. G. Wakefield, and was educated for the Diplomatic Service. He, however, entered the Army, and was for a time in the British Auxiliary Force in Spain. The part he took in founding New Zealand on the plans of his illustrious brother is pretty fully described in the preceding article on “Old Wellington.” The Colonel was married in 1826 to Miss Emily Elizabeth, daughter of Sir John Shelley Sidney, of Penhurst Place, and sister of the first Lord de Lisle and Dudley. His only daughter married Mr. (afterwards Sir Edward) Stafford, referred to on page 58 hereof. Colonel Wakefield died in Wellington in 1848.