Smith, John Stephenson
John Stephenson Smith, father of Stephenson Percy Smith, came to New Zealand on the ship Pekin in 1849 and settled at New Plymouth. He was Commissioner of Crown Lands for Taranaki, Post Master and assisted at the Exchanges Court and for a time Acting Sheriff.
His diaries, covering the years 1863-1869 and 1872, consist of brief entries recounting daily events, land grants and claims worked on.
Diary. 1 Jan.1863 - 22 Mar.1866. Includes statement on 9 Nov.1865 re Smith's appointment as Crown Lands Commissioner and diary entries re confiscated lands being considered as Crown Lands Nov.1865 and allocation of individual Crown Grants.
Transcript of 1863-1866 diary beginning 9 Nov.1865. Undated.
Diary 1866. Begins 23 Mar.1866 - 31 Dec.1866.
Diary 1867. Mention made on 28 Aug.1867 of the first overland mail for Wanganui by Hone Pehami.
Diary 1868. Entry on 16 Jan. the ship Tasmanian Maid wrecked on the reef.
Diary1869. Entry on 7 January 'was required by the Government to manage the Post Office as well as my own office'. Entries cease 10 Apr.1869.
Diary 1872. Begins 11 January, entry on 18 Jan. "acting as Sheriff - Patrick and Bowman tried for stealing barley and whiskey from W. P. Snell at Wai-iti. 22 Feb.1872 entries regarding confiscated land between Bell Block and Waitara, the visit of Wiremu Kingi to New Plymouth.