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Cook Strait and the Coast to Taranaki, 1858

After offering to help gather further signatures to te Tiriti, Henry Williams left the Bay of Islands on 2 April aboard the schooner Ariel. With him was a sheet for his brother William Williams in Tūranga (the East Coast Sheet: www.flickr.com/photos/archivesnz/12195656934), and his own copy, known as the Cook Strait Sheet: www.flickr.com/photos/archivesnz/12195249795.

 

Williams headed to Port Nicholson (Wellington) first, and gathered 39 signatures on 29 April (www.flickr.com/photos/archivesnz/16290980498). He then moved on to Queen Charlotte Sound (www.flickr.com/photos/archivesnz/16496671212) and Rangitoto (D’Urville Island), gathering more signatures there (www.flickr.com/photos/archivesnz/16557677926).

 

During May, Williams travelled along the west coast of the North Island aboard the Ariel, holding hui with rangatira and gathering signatures at the following locations:

 

Kāpiti (14 May) – 4 signatures: www.flickr.com/photos/archivesnz/15964612413/)

Waikanae (16 May) – 20 signatures

Ōtaki (19 May) – 8 signatures

Tawhirihoe Pā, between the Rangitikei and Manawatu Rivers (21 May) – 3 signatures

Manawatu district, location unknown, but possibly along the coastline or aboard the Ariel (26 May) – 7 signatures

Whanganui (23 May) – 10 signatures: www.flickr.com/photos/archivesnz/16065708714

Whanganui (31 May) – 4 signatures

Motoungarara, off Kāpiti Island (4 June) – 2 signatures: www.flickr.com/photos/archivesnz/16709570605/

 

To see the names of those who signed, visit www.nzhistory.net.nz/media/interactive/henry-williams-tre...

 

Above is a British admiralty chart of the area covered by Williams, published in 1858.

 

Zoom or download to enlarge.

 

Archives Reference: ADOE 16621 MW676 Box 1/5 2054

 

This record is part of #Waitangi175, celebrating 175 years since the signing of of te Tiriti o Waitangi. You can see other real time tweets on Twitter (www.twitter.com/ArchivesNZ), or explore the Waitangi 175 album here on Flickr.

 

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Taken on December 15, 2014