Dillon, Constantine Augustus
Constantine Augustus Dillon was born in September 1813, the fourth son of the 13th Viscount Henry Augustus Dillon. Before his emigration to New Zealand in 1842, he served in the Royal Navy, the 7th Dragoon Guards and the 17th Lancers. He also served as Aide-de-Camp to Lord Durham, Governor-General of Canada and to Lord Ebrington, the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland.
In February 1842 he married Frances Dorothy Story, daughter of Philip and Lydia Story. He and his wife then emigrated to New Zealand, arriving on the 7th of November on the ship George Fyfe. They settled in Nelson.
In 1843 he became a magistrate and was also responsible for the drilling of the Nelson Volunteers after the Wairau skirmish. During the years up to his death, he served as Military and Civil Secretary to Governor Grey in Auckland 1848-51, and then as Commissioner of Crown Lands and Land Claims in Nelson.
He died in 1853 as a result of drowning.
These typescript copies of letters written by Frances and Constantine Dillon describe their experiences in New Zealand between the years of 1842-1853.