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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]

Travers, Henry Hammersley

Travers, Henry Hammersley, Settler, Paraparaumu. The only son of Mr. W. T. L. Travers, solicitor, of Wellington, Mr. Travers was born in Hythe, Kent, in 1844. Coming to Nelson in 1850 with his parents in the ship “Kelso”, he was educated at Nelson College. After a good deal of experience in natural history, and some insight into the law, he chose a country life, eventually settling as above, his property comprising 150 acres, which is used for general agricultural and pastoral purposes. Mr. Travers made two trips to the Chatham Islands to collect botanical specimens, the first in 1864, at the request of Sir F. Von Mueller on behalf of the Victorian Government, Mr. Travers, sen., defraying expenses, and the second six years later on his own behalf when he supplemented his former researches, and paid considerable attention to ornithology, discovering a new genus, now extinct, and three new species. In New Zealand Mr. Travers has also spent a long time in similar studies.