John Newland recorded daily events during his journey in 1841 from England to New Plymouth on the ship Amelia Thompson and his subsequent settlement in New Plymouth where he was the first policeman.
Newland's diary is one of the few surviving daily accounts of life in New Plymouth prior to the establishment of the local newspapers. The diary begins with an account of the voyage of the ship Amelia Thompson from Plymouth to New Plymouth. W. H. Skinner's transcript has annotations on the births and deaths that occurred during the voyage. The later entries in the diary describe life in New Plymouth, notable amongst these are the building of St. Mary's Anglican Church, the death of William Bolland and in 1860's, the incidents that occurred during the Land Wars.
Diary of John Newland, covers period from 6 Mar.1841 to
Family tree 1655-1883. Photocopy.
Transcript of Newland diary by W. H. Skinner, 1920. Part of the W. H. Skinner collection.
Index to the diary of John Newland by H. D. Mullon, original copy.
Carbon copy of H. D. Mullon index.
Typed copy of transcript of the diary of John Newland. Undated.
Copy of John Newland's diary transcribed from earlier copies, genealogical notes and tables of the Newland, Roe and Gisbiski (sp) families, researched and written by Peter McWilliam, 1996 and 2000.