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Early Wellington


Alfred Saunders, in his book on New Zealand, page 129, etc., gives an account of the Seat of Government at Auckland, and notes the salaries of some of its officers in 1840, viz:—Mr. Couper, Customs, £600; The Surveyor General, £400; W. Shortland, P.M., £300; J. S. Freeman, second clerk; S. E. Grimstone, third clerk; a sergeant and four troopers.

The N.Z. Journal, April 2, 1842, p. 4, published a letter from Colonel Wakefield in which he states:

“The ‘Victoria’ left this port for Auckland with the Governor and suite on the 28th September, 1841.

“I have instructed Captain Wakefield to send back here the ‘Arrow,’ with information of the site of the settlement being determined, and hope to be able to inform you of it by the ‘Balley.’”

The same Journal, page 7, published extracts from the Diary of Captain Arthur Wakefield and letters to Colonel Wakefield from Nelson Haven, per “Whitby.” It mentions also that the Court of Requests and quarter sessions had been held in Wellington and Auckland, and the New Zealand Gazette was now published twice a week.