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Early Wellington

The Land Ballot

The Land Ballot.

The drawing of 100,000 acres of Wellington lots was held in London on the 29th July, 1839.

Garnet, in his work on “Edward Gibbon Wakefield,” p. 221, mentions “that the ladies appeared the most daring speculators.”

The following schedule comprises the numbers of the original one acre sections in the Town of Wellington, and their purchasers.

Some of these were selected by Captain Mein Smith, Messrs. de Bathe Brandon, C. B. Izard, Geo. Hunter, W. Carrington, H. St. Hill, D. Riddiford and Captain Daniell on behalf of purchasers.

The writer is indebted to the officers of the District Office of the Lands and Survey Department for the information obtained from the New Zealand Company's Journal. See map in envelope, last page of book, for locality of sections enumerated on pages 191 to 206.