Brown, Charles and others
A number of attempts were made to mine and smelt ironsand deposits of the Taranaki foreshore. This particular deed relates to an agreement between the Taranaki Provincial Council and a group of individuals. It was ratified in Melbourne, which at that time was the seat of government.
Ratified by Frederick Bayne, solicitor and notary public of Melbourne, on April 29th 1864, the agreement is between the Taranaki Provincial Council and a consortium consisting of Charles Brown, Charles Watt, Edward Keep, William Joseph Ecroyd, Henry Youngman and Germain Nicholson, allowing the latter to mine ironsand and iron ore from the foreshore at Bell Block (Hua) and Paritutu areas. No name of firm or company is mentioned. The lease is for a period of 23 years.
Deed. The deed is written on parchment (vellum?) with a site plan on the left margin. It covers both sides of the document and includes seals, signatures and a qualifying statement by Frederick Bayne