Chilman, Richard

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May 1841-Dec 1841
Diary of Richard Chilman (1816-1877) who sailed to New Zealand on the ship William Bryan in 1840 as a Plymouth Company clerk. Settling at New Plymouth, Chilman was clerk to 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 and was one of the founders of the New Plymouth Institute.
Chilman's diary records events in the everyday life in the settlement. These include the arrival of the ships Amelia Thompson, Regina, and Oriental, accounts of local personalities such as Richard (Dicky) Barrett and Captain Liardet, the threat of war between and with local Maori and various domestic troubles. A typed transcript is available.

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May 1841-Dec 1841
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  Part 1

1. Manuscript. Diary dated May - December 1841/

2. Draft transcript handwritten by W. H. Skinner ca 1920.

3. Typed transcript (2 copies).

4. Photocopy of typed transcript created 6 August 2003.

  Part 2

Digital copy of diary transcript (PDF).

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