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Maori Deeds of Old Private Land Purchases in New Zealand, From the Year 1815 to 1840, with Pre-Emptive and Other Claims

Report of Land Claims Commissioners. — Claim No. 236

Report of Land Claims Commissioners.
Claim No. 236.

Commissioner's report.William Walsh and Donald Walsh, the former on behalf of Richard Condon, both of Auckland.
The Commissioners have the honor to report, for the information of His Excellency W. and D. Walsh. the Governor, that, from the accompanying evidence taken in Claim No. 236, they are of opinion that William McLeod made a bond fide purchase from the Native Chiefs on the 8th of December, 1836, Arakuri, Tawaroa, and others, of a tract of land thus described: Half of the Island called "Wanganui," which forms Coromandel Harbour. Boundaries. [250 acres.] Boundaries: On the East by Coromandel Harbour; on the South and West by the Frith of the Thames; and on the North by a line running from a rock called the Pirau, in Tawiti Bay, North-west to the opposite side of the Island, which divides it from Mr. Webster's land. The supposed contents 250 acres. The payment made to the Natives for this half of the island appears to have been on the 8th Dec., 1836—Goods, Consideration given. £94 14s. 6d., Sydney prices, multiplied by 3=£284 3s. 6d. A deed of sale was executed by the above-named Chiefs and others, and Arakuri has admitted the payment they received and the alienation of the land.
It appears that this Island was originally purchased by William McLeod, and that he afterwards divided it with William Webster upon entering into partnership with him in 1837. A sale and transfer of the land described in this case from William McLeod to Donald Walsh and William Walsh has been proved. Deed dated 27th October, 1840. William Walsh has deposed to the subsequent sale of his portion of the land to Richard Condon. Deed dated 16th August, 1842. The Commissioners, therefore, respectfully recommend that a grant for the above-described land should be D. Walsh and R. Condon. issued to Donald Walsh and Richard Condon, their heirs and assigns, for ever. Excepting 100 feet from high-water mark. Dated at Wellington this 18th day of Dec., 1843.

M. Richmond, Commissioners.
Edward L. Godfrey, Commissioners.

No. 236.O.L.C. A True Copy of Original Report.

H. Hanson Turton.

Wellington, 21st January, 1879.