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White Wings Vol II. Founding Of The Provinces And Old-Time Shipping. Passenger Ships From 1840 To 1885

Lord William Bentinck

Lord William Bentinck.

This barque made four voyages to New Zealand with passengers and cargo. Her first appearance was at Wellington in 1841, as described in the story of Wellington Province; and her second voyage was to Auckland in 1850, when, under Captain Allan; she brought out a good number of passengers, including 48 sappers and miners and four gunners of the Royal Artillery, with women and children. The barque, a vessel of 444 tons, sailed from the Downs on March 26th, and reached Auckland on August 26th, 1850, being then 153 days from the Downs. After landing her passengers and a portion of her cargo, the vessel sailed for Wellington.

The following year the Lord William Bentinck, under Captain Edward Canney, made a second voyage to Auckland. She sailed from the Docks on the 11th, and from Plymouth, where she took on board 40 passengers, on the 14th August, reaching Auckland on the 12th December, 1851.

In 1852 the barque arrived at New Plymouth on the 6th January.

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Mr. Edward Gibbon Wakefield, the masterful and remarkable man who described himself as "principal founder and principal managing director of the New Zealand Company." Wakefield's plan of colonisation was to acquire large tracts of land from the natives, sell it to intending settlers at the enhanced price of £3 an acre, and, with the proceeds, finance the establishment of the various settlement, and specially to bear the cost of sending out a sufficient number of people of the labouring class.

Founder Of The New Zealand Company.