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The Taranaki Provincial Council was established in 1852 to provide the Taranaki area with local governance. The Council consisted of a superintendent and seven council members.
Charged with overseeing the building and organization of public amenities including a roading system, the Provincial Government found itself embroiled in the conflict between Maori and European Settlers.
The Provincial Government was abolished in 1876.
National Archives, Wellington, holds extensive records of the Taranaki Provincial Council.
The collection consists of inward and outward correspondence concerning evacuation of settlers from Taranaki to Nelson during 1860-63 Land War and ration lists for the same, includes some correspondence relating to the Militia. Also includes official papers relating to Taranaki roads and roading requirements and official papers relating to Taranaki hotels (1852-1877), including notices of application, licensing recognizances, petitions, reports of conditions of licensing district hotels, agreement of transfers and a list of hotel licences and licensees.
Department
Archives
Classification
Production Date
1852-1876
1850-1859
1860-1869
1870-1879

Archive Contents

  Box 1

a. Register. Time lists of natives employed on the roading between the Waiwakaiho and Bell Block area and Moturoa. Includes columns for the name, days worked and amount paid. May 1862 - October 1863.

b. Minutes of proceedings of the Executive Council Dec.1865-Feb.1868. Includes names of members present, questions under consideration and resolutions made.

c. Account book. Monthly and irregular accounts. Includes lists of requisitions from the Colonial Government to the Provincial Government, Militia and Militia Hospital and Surveyors. May 1864 - Nov. 1865

  Box 2

d. Letter book. July 1860 - April 1863. Includes and index of names to whom letters were sent and correspondence relating to the removal of women and children from the town, September 1860.

  Box 3

e. Transcript. (9 folders) Minutes of the Taranaki Provincial Council 12 Oct. 1864 - 20 June 1867. Carbon copy.

  Box 4

e. Transcript. (9 folders) Minutes of the Taranaki Provincial Council 12 Oct. 1864 - 20 June 1867. Carbon copy.

  Box 5

Folders (1-7) Correspondence relating to Liquor Licensing applications and petitions. Box list included.

Word doc. ARC2000-430i

  Box 6

Folders (1-7) Correspondence relating to Liquor Licensing applications and petitions. Box list included.

Word doc. ARC2000-430i

Folder 8

1. Letter. Photocopy. From Teresa Coad regarding her account with the Bank of New Zealand. 2 Feb. 1863

2. Deed (photocopy) giving power of attorney from Mrs Teresa Rathbone Coad to Mr Frederick Windsor. First page only.

3. Licensing recognizance for Thomas Goddard for the Bell Inn, Hua Village. 15 Apr. 1862

4. Application for a license by Thomas Goddard for the Bell Inn, Hua Village. 1 Apr. 1862

5. Letter to the Justices of the Peace by Tom Newsham applying for a license for hotel at Omata to be called the 'Barley-mow'. License refused. 2 Apr. 1864

6. Application to the Justices of the Peace by Henry Shuttleworth, New Plymouth for the White Hart Hotel. 2 Apr. 1864

7. Licensing recognizance for Henry Shuttleworth and others for the White Hart Hotel. 25 Apr. 1864

8. Letter to the Justices of the Peace supporting an application by Tom Newsham for a publican's license at Omata. 2 Apr. 1864

9. Minutes of proceedings of the annual licensing meeting (draft). 15 Apr. 1862

10. List of persons applying for publican's licenses ; Henry Shuttleworth, Frederick Windsor, Eugene Isidore Bullot, Samuel Newell, Teresa Rathbone Coad, Caroline Foote, Thomas Goodard. 15 Apr. 1862

11. Annual Licensing Court 21 April 1874. Includes name of applicant, nature of license, situation of premises.

12. Petition. Requesting the application of John Gordon Hall for a license for the house on town allotment 898 on Devon Street, New Plymouth, be rejected. Map included. 31 May 187

  Box 7

Folder 9 Ration Lists

a. Statement of sums expended for rations from 18 May - 15 June 1860. Includes names of applicants and amount expended.

b. Statement of sums expended for rations from 15 June - 20 July 1860. Includes names of applicants and amount expended.

c. Statement of expenditure for rations for four weeks ending 17 Aug. 1860. Includes names of applicants and amount expended.

d/e. Statement of expenditure for rations from 18 Aug. - 21 Sept. 1860. Includes names of applicants and amount expended.

f. Expenditure for rations for the five weeks ending 26 Oct. 1860. Includes names of applicants and amount expended.

g/h/i. Incidental expenses incurred from 7 Apr. to 26 Oct. 1860. Lists items purchased and amount expended.

j. List of names of settlers driven from their homes in the country. Lists names, no. in family before the war, no. in family at present time, returned to their farms, receiving rations, comments. On end page notation; a true copy, signed Josiah Flight,Resident Magistrate. 31 Mar. 1863

k. Particulars of rations and cash issued as public relief. 31 Mar. 1863

l. Photocopy of List of names of settlers driven in from their homes in the country. A second (?) or may be the original list (see j., was Ms1731)

Folder 10 (was Ms1056)

Letter from the Chief Secretary of Melbourne to the Superintendent of New Plymouth, dated 3rd January 1860, re support of the people at Victoria, Australia.

Letter from William Gray of Nelson, to George Cutfield, New Plymouth, dated Nov 29 1860, re refugees in Nelson. Mentions a Mrs Kirk, Mrs Curtis, Mr Newman, Mrs Sarten.

Letter from W H Scott of Nelson to The Superintendent (NP?), dated Dec 28th 1860, re the health of Mrs Scott, refugee at Nelson.

Letter from S Newell of New Plymouth to the Superintendent of Taranaki, dated 3rd January 1861. re his wife and two children travelling to Nelson.

Folder 11 Land grants

List of grantees and purchasers of land in the Urenui, Waitara East, Waitara West, Raleigh East, Raleigh West, Hua and Waiwakaiho Hundred, Fitzroy, New Plymouth, Omata and Okato areas. Signed C. D. Whitcombe, Commissioner of Crown Lands 28 May 1880. Includes names of Maori grantee, European purchaser from grantee and last registered owner.

Folder 12

1.Resolutions: In aid of the sufferers at Taranaki (missing 3.12.01)

2. Terms on which emigrants are landed in Otago. Signed James Adams. Undated.

3. Letter. To the Superintendent of Taranaki from J. Logan Campbell, Auckland, Chairman Taranaki Relief Fund re the disbursement of the first installment of subscriptions collected. 7 Apr. 1860.

4. Letter. To the Provincial Secretary from W. Grey, Nelson re the payment for rations, notification of recent deaths and an explanation of the expenses incurred. 20 June 1860

5. Letter To Mr Watson, Harbour Master, New Plymouth from James Paul, Captain 65th Regiment re preventing the landing of women and families from Nelson. 28 June 1860

6. Letter to Captain Paul from the Superintendent requesting passage on the Tasmanian Maid for Thomas King, R. Hursthouse, R. Chilman and son, William Atkinson and Mrs McEvery and children, I. Pellow and R. Julian. 2 July 1860

7. Letter to the Superintendent, Taranaki from Charles Brown, Deputy Superintendent, Canterbury re movement of people from Taranaki. 26 July 1860

8. Letter. To Superintendent, Taranaki from James Macandrew, Dunedin re movement of people from Taranaki. 30 July 1860

9. Letter. To Superintendent, Taranaki from Joseph Brittain, Christchurch re movement of people from Taranaki. 1 Aug. 1860

10. Letter. To Captain Paul, 65th Regt. from Chas. Herbert, Major, Militia and Volunteers. 22 Aug. 1860

11. Memo. Concerning Perrott's Leave of Absence. Signed W. G. (William Grey). Undated.

12. Letter. To Superintendent, Taranaki from W. Grey discusses accomodation and employment prospects in Nelson. 2 Aug. 1860

13. Letter. To Superintendent, Taranaki from William Adams, Marlborough offering sympathy with Taranaki Settlers and offering two hundred and fifty pounds to the Taranaki Aid Committee in Nelson. 20 July 1860

14. Letter. To Superintendent, Taranaki from W. Gray, Nelson regarding conditions in Nelson. 14 Aug. 1860

15. Letter. To Superintendent, Taranaki from Captain Stapp, Taranaki Militia regarding a medical certificate for Mrs Joli. 15 Aug. 1860

16. Letter. To Captain Paul re Mrs Joli state of health. 15 Aug. 1860

17. Letter. To the Deputy Superintendent, Taranaki from the Deputy Superintendent, Wellington re money voted for the relief of Taranaki Settlers. 18 Aug. 1860

18. Letter. To W. Grey, Nelson from Dr. Sealy, Nelson explaining his charges for visiting Taranaki refugees. 27 Aug. 1860

19. Letters. (copy) To Captain Paul from Charles Autridge, Obah Silcock and Richard Langman regarding rations for their families in Auckland. Replies from C. E. Gold, 31 Aug. 1860, E. W. Stafford, 3 Sept. 1860 and G. Cutfield.

20. Letter. From W. Gray to the Superintendent, Taranaki regarding charges made by Dr. Sealy and general comments on the state of the evacuees. 29 Aug. 1860

21. Letter. To the Acting Superintendent from W. Gray, Nelson comments on accomodation of evacuees and state of health. 5 Sept. 1860

22. Letter. From Thomas William Shute, New Plymouth to the Deputy Superintendent of Taranaki re the death of his youngest child en route from Nelson to Motueka. 7 Sept. 1860

23. Letter. From G. Cutfield to the Deputy Superintendent, Taranaki re rations for families in Nelson and in Auckland. 7 Sept. 1860

24.Letter. From G. Cutfield, Auckland to the Deputy Superintendent, Taranaki re the medical charges of Dr. Sealy, Nelson to the Taranaki families. 8 Sept. 1860

25. Letter. From John Russell, Melbourne Exchange to the Superintendent, Taranaki re an appeal for the relief of the settlers in Taranaki. 10 Sept. 1860

26. Letter.(true copy) John Russell, Melbourne Exchange to the Superintendent, Taranaki re an appeal for the settlers in Taranaki. 10 Sept. 1860

27. Letter. W. Gray to the Deputy Superintendent re the building of accomodation for the evacuees and the health of the evacuees. 11 Sept. 1860

28. Letter. From J. Robinson, Superintendent, Nelson to the Superintendent, Taranaki re an order by Major General Pratt for the removal of the remaining families from Taranaki and the effect of this on public works and accomodation in the Nelson area. 11 Sept. 1860

29. Letter. William Gray to Deputy Superintendent, Taranaki re Mr Shute's complaint re the treatment of his family and the death of his child. 19 Sept. 1860

30. Letter. J. Williamson, Superintendent, Auckland to Superintendent, Taranaki forwarding letter from J. Russell, Melbourne. 25 Sept. 1860

31. Letter (copy). Letter to W. Gray, Nelson from Dr. Sealy discussing the fees claimed by his practice to the Provincial Government. 25 Sept. 1860

32. Letter. William Gray to the Deputy Superintendent, Taranaki reporting on the medical fees charged by Dr. Sealy, the health of the evacuees and accomodation. 26 Sept. 1860

33. Letter. G. Cutfield to J. Williamson, Superintendent, Auckland discussing the Taranaki Relief Fund. 1 Oct. 1860

34. Letter. W. Gray, Nelson to Deputy Superintendent, Taranaki discussing the late payment of monies to the Nelson Provincial Government, the health of the evacuees and growing desire of evacuees to return to Taranaki. 27 Oct. 1860

35. Letter. From W. H. Scott, New Plymouth to the Superintendent complaining of ill treatment of his wife and family by Mr W. Gray while at Nelson. 3 Nov. 1860

36. Letter. William Gray to the Superintendent, Taranaki replying to Mr Scott's accusations. 29 Nov. 1860

37. Inventory of articles belonging to the Provincial Government 15 Jan. 1866

38. Invoice from Colt's Patent Fire-Arms Manufacturing Company for firearms. 26 Nov. 1862

39. A parchment deed advising of the appointment off Josiah Flight and John Stevenson Smith to be New Plymouth Exchange Commissioners to sit in judgement of claims under The Town of New Plymouth Compensation Ordinance 1859 and The Town of New Plymouth Consolidation Ordinance 1859. (was Ms1070)

40. Letter and commission to J Flight re his appointment as Commissioner under the New Plymouth Exchanges Commission. And advising Thomas Kelly's appointment as Clerk to the Commissioner. 8 May 1866 (was Ms1717)

Folder 13 District Road Boards

1. New Zealand Governement Gazette (Province of Taranaki) 7 Feb. 1865. Has list of Crown Land Grants for the New Plymouth area, dated 12 Nov. 1864

2. Notice and protest against the sale of a large portion of the Waitara Township, Town of Raleigh. To J. Stephenson Smith from Fred. A. Carrington, E. J. Sartoris. 27 Nov. 1867

3. New Zealand Governement Gazette (Province of Taranaki) (portion) 1868

4. Copy of Taranaki Military Settlers' land order. 186? (blank form)

5. New Zealand Land-order for selected sections no's 1,2,3,4 block 43W Raleigh for William Rutley Mowll (?), Dover, Surgeon, 20 Feb. 1841 . Cancelled in selection of Waitara Town Land 8 May 1867

6. Account of work done on deviation at Cunninghams (12 District). Undated

7. Letter. From Henry Faull, Chairman for No 14 Tikorangi Road District to F. A. Carrington re road through Mr Hopkinson's. 7Jan. 1870

8. Petition. From C. Knucky, Coplestone, Hellier, Perrett and Ballantyne, Manutahi to the Superintendent re roading through from no. 4 section to the Lepper Road. 20 Dec. 1870

9. Letter. From ratepayers in the 10th or upper Mangorei District agreeing to work done and that the Commissioners be R. Wells, C. Oliver, T. Rendall. 24 Dec. 1870

10. Statement of funding for No. 11 Road District ; Matakara Bridge, Manutahi Rd., Wortley Rd. 24 Dec. 1870

11. Statement of funding No. 21 Road District ; Te Arei Rd., Ackworth Rd., Richmond Rd., Wortley Rd., Lepper Rd. 30 Dec. 1870

12. Memo. From No. 2 Road District. Estimates for roading for Native Reserve, Mangorei Rd. Signed L. Mathews, Puketotara. 26 Jan. 1871

13. Letter. From Chairman Okato Road Board to Superintendent re the road between the Kaihihi and Stony River Bridge. 13

Feb. 1871

14. Letter. From the No. 5 District, re roading expenditure including Veale Road and Frankley Road to Carrington Road. 17 Feb. 1871

15. Statement of accounts No. 19 Road District, Urenui. 27 Feb. 1871

16. Estimate of expenditure for No. 8 Road District, Tataraimaka. 7 Mar. 1871

17. Letter. From William Nelson Syme, Okato to the Superintendent, Taranaki re work done on the Great South Road. 3 Apr. 1871.

18. Letter. Thomas J. Billing, Chairman 14th District, Tikorangi to the Superintendent, Taranaki requesting money be spent on roads in the Tikorangi District. 24 Apr. 1871

19. Letter. Commisioners No. 13 Road District to F. A. Carrington. Statement of expenditure for the district ; Upland Road, Hursthouse Road, King Road. 1 May 1871

20. Account of receipts and disbursements for the year ended 30 June 187 (blank form) 24 June 1871

21. Letter (copy). Request from F. A. Carrington, Superintendent to Mr John Handy, Chairman No. 3 Road District to complete a financial statement for the Government or forgo capitation for the year. 4 Aug. 1871

22. Letter. E. J. Shaw,Chairman No. 16 Road District, Okato to The Superintendent requesting money be spent on roads on the seaward side of the Great South Road. 19 Jan 1872

23. Letter. W. N. Syme, No. 16 Road District, Okato regarding timber for the Kihihi Bridge and culvert on the South Road. 10 Mar. 1872

24. Letter. F. Vickery to F. A. Carrington submitting financial statement. 11 Mar. 1872

25. Letter. From the Commissioners No. 16 Road District to The Superintendent. 13 Mar. 1872

26. Statement of proposed expenditure for the No. 22 Road Board. 16 Mar. 1872

27. Statement of proposed expenditure for the No. 71 Road District. 20 Mar. 1872

28. Statement of proposed expenditure for the No. 4 Carrington Road District. 23 Mar. 1872

29. Statement of proposed expenditure for the No. 9 Omata Road District. 18 May 1872

30. Statement of proposed expenditure for the No. 14 Tikorangi Road District. 16 Mar. 1872

31. Statement of proposed expenditure for the No. 21 Road District. 17 Jan. 1873

32. Petition from ratepayers of the No. 12 Road District to the Superintendent requesting rates be expended on the Kent Road. 20Jan. 1873

33. Statement of proposed expenditure for the No. 14 Road District, Ngatimaru, Bertrand, Waihi and Tikorangi Roads. 11 Feb. 1873

34. Statement of work done in the Upper Mangorei Road District (No. 10 Road District). 20 Mar. 1873

35. Statement of proposed expenditure for the No. 9 Omata Road District. 13 Feb. 1873

36. Statement of proposed expenditure for the No. 11 Huirangi Road District for 1873. 1 Feb. 1873

37. Classification and distribution of monies for road boards in Taranaki for the year 1874-5.

38. Memo. From Commissioners No. 20 Road District to dispose of capitation money. 19 Jan. 1874

39. Petition. Ratepayers from No. 17 Eliot Road District requesting expenditure on the road known as Bishops Hill. 31 Oct. 1874

40. Statement of proposed expenditure for the 14th District, Tikorangi. 24 Nov. 1874

41. Memo from the No. 5 Frankley Road Board. 1875

42. Letter and telegram. From the Patea East Road Board (no. 26) regarding Little Taranaki Road. 4 Jan. 1875

43. Letter. Edwin Morgan, Chairman, 25 Road District to Superintendent, Taranaki re advertising appointments to Road District. 22 Apr. 1875

44. Letter. J. F. Upjohn to Superintendent re opening of track to the mountain by the ranges. 30 Jan. 1875

45. Petition. Ratepayers of the 5th Frankley Road District requesting purchase of land containing gravel. 30 Jan. 1875

46. Papers (2p.) from Taranaki Provincial Government Gazette.

47. Letter. From Mr Newman, Chairman 6th Road District to Superintendent re Barretts Road. 20 Feb. 1875

48. Letter. W. Carrington to F. A. Carrington re. land in the Patea area. 12 Mar. 1875

49. Letter. J. Colesby, New Plymouth to the Superintendent re Weston Road in the 6th Road District. 18 Mar. 1875

50. Letter. Report on the No. 25 Road Board, Kakaramea. 12 June 1875

51. Account for the Tapuae Bridge, Hurford Road. 1875

52. Diagram of roading work on the Manutahe Bridge road approach. 17 Apr. 1875

53. Estimate for the No. 14 Tikorangi Road District; Tikorangi Road, Bertrand Road, Waihi Road. 11 Feb. 1876

54. Statement of proposed expenditure for the No. 8 Road District, Tataraimaka; Timaru Road, Pitone Road, Albion Road. 14 Apr. 1875

Folder 14

1. Letter (draft). To Llewellyn Nash, New Plymouth, from the Provincial Government re unauthorised credit for immigration matters for certain immigrants on the ship Joseph Fletcher. 9 June 1858

2. Letter (draft). To Llewellyn Nash, New Plymouth and Alfred Fell, Nelson from R. Chilman for Provincial Treasurer claiming monies from the firm A. Willis Gann & Co., London. 9 June 1858

3. Letter (draft). To A. Fell, Nelson from the Provincial Government re unauthorised credit for immigration matters for certain immigrants on the ship Joseph Fletcher. 18 June 1858

4. Letter (draft). To L. Nash, New Plymouth from the Provincial Government re the claim on monies from the firm A. Willis Gann & Co., London. 22 July 1858

  Box 8

1. Petition (rolled) Requesting no license be granted for the Imperial Hotel, Devon Street, applied for by Mr J. Uncle, April 1874. Includes a list of names, male and female, age, occupation, date of signature, place of residence and number (if any).

2. Petiton (rolled). Requesting no license be granted for the Taranaki Hotel, Brougham Street, applied for by Mr Gottlieb Roch, April 1874? Includes a list of names, male and female, age, occupation, date of signature, place of residence and number (if any).

  Digital files

Word document. Index, Taranaki Provincial Government Correspondence relating to Liquor Licensing (box 6).

Word document. Transcript, correspondence relating to accomodation in Nelson for the Taranaki refugees.

Accession No
ARC2001-430

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