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Early Wellington

Order of Funeral

Order of Funeral.

  • “Pall Bearers:  Pall Bearers:

  • Hon. H. W. Petre, J.P.  Lieut.-Col. McCleverty.

  • The Body.

  • H. St. Hill, Esq., R.M.  J. Kelham, Esq. J.P.

  • A. Ludlam, Esq.  E. Puni.

  • Chief Mourners.

  • F. Dillon Bell, Esq., J.P.

  • His Excellency the Governor-in-Chief.

  • His Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor.

  • Officers who served with Colonel Wakefield in the Peninsula.

  • Major Baker, J.P.  Major Durie, J.P.

  • Mr. Dorset.  Major Hornbrook.

  • The Officers of the New Zealand Company.

  • Lieut.-Col. Gold and the Officers of Her Majesty's 65th Regiment.

  • Capt. Oliver and the Officers of Her Majesty's Ship “Fly.”

  • The Officers of Her Majesty's Commissariat.

  • The Officers of the Local Government.

  • Private friends of Colonel Wakefield.

  • Colonists.

  • Natives.

“The stores and places of business in Wellington all closed; the flags of the different merchants and coasting vessels in harbour were half-mast high, and the public offices of the local Government closed. About four o'clock p.m. the mournful procession began to move from Colonel Wakefield's late residence, and, in order to give sufficient space to the processon to form, proceeded down Kumutoto Street (Bowen Street), along Lambton Quay in front of the Domain, and up Molesworth and Sydney Streets, to the Church, which was completely filled, and a considerable number of persons were obliged to remain outside. The Rev. R. Cole read the page 144 burial service. One of the incidents most worthy of observation was the number of Natives present, and their appearance on this occasion: nearly all were clothed in European attire, very many of both sexes were clothed in decent suits of black, evidently purchased for the occasion; while many of the men wore crape on their hats, and the women crape on their bonnets; and some of them wore black veils. . And these men, who in common parlance, are still called savages, are seen habited, to all external appearance, like their civilised fellow subjects.… A fine old man, Te Puni, whose life is already extended beyond the ordinary term of human existence, is afflicted with a deep sorrow in the loss of his friend and benefactor; he appears to have lost all worth living for.…

“We believe that each Colonist, according to his inclination and means, will feel disposed to testify his regret by contributing towards a monument to mark the spot where rests the founder of the first and principal Settlement, and the leader of systematic colonisation in New Zealand.”*

* “Spectator,” 4th October, 1848, and “N.Z. Journal,” 10/2/1849.