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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury Provincial District]

Mr. Edward Jerningham Wakefield

Mr. Edward Jerningham Wakefield, the only son of Mr. Edward Gibbon Wakefield, came to New Zealand with his uncle, Colonel William Wakefield, then principal agent of the New Zealand Company. After returning to England in 1844, he went to Dublin to confer with Dr. Samuel Hinds on the subject of the proposed Church of England in New Zealand. He also visited Glasgow and Edinburgh for the purpose of consulting Captain Cargill and others interested in the project of the Otago settlement. Mr. Wakefield sat in the first Parliament of New Zealand, in 1854, when he represented Christchurch Country, and again, from 1871 to 1875, during which he sat for Christchurch East. He wrote an interesting book, entitled “Adventures in New Zealand,” which was illustrated by colonial artists, and published in 1848. Mr. Wakefield died at Ashburton in the latter part of 1878, or early in 1879. His history, if fully written, would be found to be spiced with romance and streaked with tragedy.