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Land purchases, Middle Island : in continuation of paper G. 6, 1874, presented 29th July, 1874 : presented to both Houses of the General Assembly by command of His Excellency

I.—Hamilton's Purchase

[i roto i te reo Māori]

I.—Hamilton's Purchase.

This purchase included all the unsettled claims on Banks Peninsula which the Natives refused to settle in 1849. The terms ultimately agreed on were the payment of a money consideration of £150, afterwards increased to £200, and the reservation of 1,200 acres, in three blocks of 400 acres each, for the use and occupation of the Native owners; the question being finally and satisfactorily settled by Mr. J. W. Hamilton, in December, 1856.

The total amount paid to the Natives for their claims to Banks Peninsula computes £700; but, in addition to this, they also had received from the Nanto-Bordelaise Company, in 1838, goods to the value of £234, for a block of land in the neighbourhood of Akaroa.