1776—Journal or Description (Abel Jansen Tasman) of a Voyage from Batavia, for making Discoveries of tho unknown South Land, in the year 1642. [English translation of Tasman's Journal by the Rev. C. G. Woide : it forms part of Burney's Collection, vol. iii. 63—110, q.v.]
[Tasman made the const of New Zealand on December 13th, 1642. His place of anchorage was about two miles to the W. N. W. of Separation Point. Massacre Bay, immediately off tho beach of Warewarangi. Nelson Province. Here Tasman lost four men during an attack by the Maoris. Sailing hence to the northward he sighted Cape Maria Van Dieman on January 4th, 1643, and two days later anchored off the Three Kings. It was some time before any narrative of Tasman's voyages was given to the world. When at last an imperfect Dutch account appeared (1674), it was soon translated into English and French, and became very popular. Sir Joseph Banks eventually became possessed of the MS. of Tasman's Journal, which was translated by Mr. Woide. the translation being acoomponied by charts and drawings. The first really complete account of Tasman's voyages was not published till 1860 (q. v.). The name New Zealand appears on a chart published at Amsterdam about the year 1655, under Tasman's directions. Dr. Hocken, of Dunedin. When in Europe some time ago, was fortunate in obtaining one of these unique documents and his specimen is, despite its age, quite clean and fresh-looking.]
1784—A Journal of a Voyage to the South Seas in H.M.S. Endeavour, faithfully transcribed from the papers of the late Sydney Parkinson, draughtsman to Sir Joseph Banks. London : C. Dilly and J. Phillips. 4to, pp. 353.
1802—Voyages aux Indes Orientales. Par L'Abbé Alexandre Rochon. Paris: 3 vols. [In the third volume appears a second narrative of the voyages of De Surville and Marion, slightly altered from the first (1783 q.v.).]
1807—Some Account of new Zealand, particularly the Bay of Islands, with a description of the Religion and Government, Language, Arts, Manufactures, Manners and Customs of the Natives. By John Savage, Esq., Surgeon and Corresponding Member of the Royal Jennerian Society. London : Murray; and Constable, Edinburgh. 8vo, pp. 110, 3 plates.
[Mr. Savage took with him to London a native named Moyhanger, who was probably the first Maori who ever visited England. Moyhanger was suitably impressed with the wonders he beheld, and returned to his page 2 native land the possessor of an extensive gift of carpenters' and coopers' tools, with the use of which he was tolerably well acquainted. When seen by Mr. Nicholas in New Zealand in 1815 no European articles were observed in his possession, and it was conjectured that he was plundered of his property soon after his return. Captain Dillon, in 1827, met with Moyhanger at the Bay of Islands; the latter was then known as King Charley, and still manifested an interest in Mr. Savage.]
1822—Rev. Mr. Marsden's Journal of a Visit (The Second) to New Zealand in 1820. London. [Published in the Proceedings of the C.M.S. for 1820-21. The first visit had been in 1815. See Nicholas's "Narrative," 1817.]
1829—Voyage in the South Seas, and Discovery of the Fate of la Perouse's Expedition. By the Chev. P. Dillon, Commander of the Hon. East India Company's ship Research. London : Hurst, Chance & Co. 2 vols, 8vo, pp. 302 and 436.
[Relics of La Perouse were found by Dillon on the islands called Manicolo and Tucopia, in the New Hebrides group.]
1832—Narrative of a Nine Months' Residence in New Zealand in 1827. By Augustus Earle, draughtsman to Her Majesty's surveying ship Beagle. London : Longmans. Pp. 371.
1835—An Account of New Zealand, and of the Formation and Progress of the Church Missionary Society's Mission in the Northern Island. By Rev. W. Yate, C.M.S. London : Seeley and Burnside. 8vo, pp. 310.
1839—New Zealand in 1839 : Four Letters to Lord Durham. By J. D. Lang, D.D. London : Smith, Elder and Co. 8vo pamphlet.
(John Dunmore Lang was a native of Ayrshire, where he was born at the end of the last century. He followed his brother to Sydney in May, 1823, and soon gained the prominent position in the colony which he so long occupied. He was a man of the most energetic character. As a writer he was indefatigably industrious, and as a politician he is said to have resembled William Cobbett. He died in Sydney, aged 79, 8th August, 1878.]
1839—New Zealand Gazette.
[The first number of this paper was printed in London in September, 1839, just before the first settlers started; the second in a tent on the banks of the Hutt River, on April 18th, 1840. This was the first newspaper published in New Zealand. The editor was Samuel Beavens.]
1840—New Zealand Company's First Report. London : Palmer and Clayton.
[Thirty-five reports were published, the last in 1858.]page 3
1840—Plain Truths Told by a Traveller Regarding our Various Settlements in Australia and New Zealand. Shewing things as they are, and as they ought to be. By J. Pitts Johnson, Esq. London : Smith, Elder and Co. Pp. 75.
1840—New Zealand Advertiser and Bay of Islands Gazette. Published at Kororareka in May.
1842—New Zealand : A Poem. [By an Etonian.] London : Seeley. 12mo, pp. 30.
[Note on fly-leaf opposite title, "The proceeds will be given to the New Zealand Church Fund."]
1845—Adventures in New Zealand : with some Account of the Beginning of the British Colonisation of the Islands. By E. J. Wakefield. London : Murray. 2 vols. 8vo, pp. 482 and 546.
[Edward Jerningham Wakefield was the only son of Mr. E. G. Wakefield, and arrived in New Zealand in the ship Tory, with his uncle, Colonel Wakefield, in September, 1839. In 1844 he returned to England, and was in communication with the founders of the Otago settlement, He more than once occupied a scat in the House of Representatives. He died at Christchurch about the year 1876.]
1845—The Church in the Colonies. New Zealand : Part I. Letters from the Bishop to the S.P.G., together with Extracts from his Visitation Journal from July, 1842, to January, 1843. London : S.P.G. Pp. 111.
1545—The New Zealander. First number published on June 7th, at Auckland, by John Williamson.
1546—Brunner's Journal of an Expedition into the Interior of The Middle Island of New Zealand. London.
[Mr. Brunner was awarded the Royal Geographical Society's gold medal for this expedition. His name is perpetuated in Lake Brunner, and the coalfields of the West Coast.]
1849—The Auckland Islands : A Short Account of Their Climate, Soil, and Productions. By Charles Enderby, Esq., F R.S. London : Richardson. 8vo pamphlet : pp. 57.
1851—Hints to Intending Sheep-Farmers in New Zealand. By Frederick A. Weld, Member of the House of Representatives. London : Stanford.
[Now Sir F. A. Weld, Governor of the Straits Settlements. Born 1823; arrived in New Zealand 1843-44; left in 1869 to become Governor of Western Australia .]page 4
1851—New Zealand and Other Poems. By Mrs. R. Wilson, London : Masters. 12mo.
1852—The New Zealand Metropolitan Almanack for 1852. Compiled by T. Florance. Published at Auckland; price 1s. 6d.
[The compiler claimed for it that it was the first "passable" almanack offered to the Auckland public.]
1853—Ko Nga Moteatea, Me Nga Hakirara o Nga Maori. He mea Kohikohi mai na Sir George Grey, K.C.B. Wellington, N.Z. : R. Stokes. 8vo, pp. 432. Appendix cxii. and Index 18 pp.
[A copious collection of Maori songs and stories.]
1853—A Spring in the Canterbury Settlement. By C. Warren Adams, Esq., with engravings. London : Longmans. 8vo, pp. 92. Addendum pp. xi.
1855—Remarkable Incidents in the Life of the Rev. S. Leigh, Missionary to the Settlers and Savages of Australia and new Zealand. By the Rev. Alexander Strachan. 2nd Edition. London : Nichols. Pp. 418.
[Mr. Leigh was the first Methodist missionary sent to the Antipodes. He arrived in New South Wales in August, 1815, and after a visit to England, landed at the Bay of Islands in February, 1822. Mr. Leigh did not remain long enough in New Zealand to do more than acquire a very slight knowledge of the language. Returned to Sydney, where his wife died in 1831. He subsequently returned to England, where he died in 1852.]
1856—Auckland, the Capital of the Colony. Handbook for Immigrants. By an Old Settler. London. Fcap 8vo.
1857—The Messenger of Port Nicholson. A native newspaper, published weekly, by private enterprise.
1858—An Appeal to Endow a Free Church for the People in St. Helier's, Jersey, by Sheep-Farming in New Zealand. Jersey : Le Lievre Bros. Pamphlet.