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Contributions to the Early History of New Zealand


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Admiral D'Urville, commanding the Astrolabe, visited Otago Harbour during his voyage round the world, surveying some portions of it.


13.—Major Banbury, whilst procuring signatures to the Treaty of Waitangi, anchored for a few hours off the Otago Heads in H.M.S. Herald, and procured the signatures of the chiefs Karetai and Koroko.


The Rev. James Watkin, of Sydney, Wesleyan missionary, and his wife, arrived at Waikouaiti in the whaler Regia. Mr. Watkin was the first missionary in the South Island. Mount Watkin takes its name from him.

In this year Messrs. G. and E. Weller's whaling station, near the Otago Heads, was abandoned owing to the falling-off of the whale oil supply.