1858. 12 August.Coromandel District.This Deed
written on this twelfth 12th day of August in the
Year of our Lord 1858 is a full and final sale conveyance and surrender by us
the Chiefs and People of the Tribe Ngati Maru whose names are hereunto
subscribed And Witnesseth that on behalf of ourselves our relatives and
descendants we have by signing this Deed under the shining Atiu.
sun of this day parted with and for ever transferred unto Victoria Queen
of England Her Heirs the Kings and Queens who may succeed Her and Her and Their
Assigns for ever in consideration of the Sum of fifty two Pounds (£52) to us
paid by James Preece on behalf of the Queen Victoria (and we hereby acknowledge
the receipt of the said monies) all that piece of our Land situated at Mercury
Bay and named Atiu the boundaries whereof are set forth at the foot of this Deed
and a plan of which Land is annexed thereto with its trees minerals waters
rivers lakes streams and all appertaining to the said Land or beneath the
surface of the said Land and all our right title claim and interest whatsoever
thereon To Hold to Queen. Victoria Her Heirs and Assigns as a lasting possession
absolutely for ever and ever. And in testimony of our consent to all the
conditions of this Deed we. have hereunto subscribed our names and marks. And in
testimony of the consent of the Queen of England on her part to all the
conditions of this Deed the name of James Preece district Commissioner is
hereunto Boundaries. [300 acres.]
subscribed. These are the boundaries of the Land commencing at Nihorahi
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the beach round-to the
place from whence it commenced. Also including the two islands at the northern
end the one named Ngauraparapa and the other Katoeka. Two adjacent islands included.
Rapana x tona tohu.
Witnesses to the payment and signatures—
Received this twelfth 12th day of August in the Year
of. our Lord One thousandReceipt for £52.
eight hundred and fifty eight (1858) the Sum of fifty two Pounds sterling
(£52) being the consideration money expressed in the above-written Deed to be
paid by James Preece on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen to us.
Rapana x tona tohu.
A True Copy of Original Deed and Translation.
H. Hanson Turton.
Wellington, October 26th, 1874.