May 1841-Dec 1841
Chilman sailed to New Zealand on the ship William Bryan in 1840 as a clerk to the New Plymouth Company. Settling at New Plymouth he was clerk under the successive agents of the Plymouth and New Zealand Companies and was appointed Provincial Treasurer in 1853. In 1871 he went to England to obtain capital for the development of ironsands in Taranaki. He also held the posts of Provincial Auditor and Receiver of Land Revenue. He was one of the founders of the New Plymouth Institute.
The diary records events in the everyday life in the settlement. This includes the arrival of the 'Amelia Thompson', 'Regina', and 'Oriental', accounts of local personalities such as Richard (Dicky) Barrett and Captain Liardet, the threat of war between and with Maori and various domestic troubles. The diary is presented in a folder with a typed transcript.
1. Manuscript. Diary May - December 1841
2. Draft transcript. Handwritten transcript by W. H. Skinner ca 1920
3. Typed transcript. 2 copies
4. Photocopy of typed transcript. Created 6 August 2003