Atkinson family

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The Atkinson family came to New Zealand on the Sir Edward Paget (1853), settling at New Plymouth where they took an active part in the community. They built a settlement at Hurworth and also owned property in New Plymouth.
The papers are mainly letters but also include a diary of Arthur Samuel Atkinson (1833-1902), newspaper cuttings and pamphlets. The letters are personal family letters except four, which concern a government grant to the widow and family of Sir H. Atkinson (1831-1892) and two reports of the parliamentary activities of Arthur Richmond Atkinson (1863-1935) .

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  Part 1

Diary. Arthur S. Atkinson 30 April 1845 - 16 Jan. 1847. Written while still a schoolboy aged 12 - 14 years.

Publication. Original poems for infant minds. Inscribed inside front cover A. S. Atkinson

  Part 2

Folder 1.

Correspondence re the gift of letters from J. M. Richmond to New Plymouth Library.

Copy of photograph of Richmond Atkinson families in Bavaria ca 1881.

Pamphlet. A.R. Atkinson's reasons for opposing the present government. 1896 Open letter addressed to the Electors of the City of Wellington and signed by A. R. Atkinson in support of his election campaign. Photocopy of same.

Photocopied articles on Sir Harry Atkinson. NZ Graphic 1892. Religious education in public schools. 1896. Speech delivered by A. R. Atkinson NZ House of Representatives. 1901

  Part 3

Folder 2.

Miscellaneous newspaper cuttings 1915-1934 collected for or by A. R. Atkinson.

  Part 4

Folder 3. Letters 1845 - 1906 plus copies

1. Last will and testament for Decimus Atkinson. 1884. Photocopy of same.

2. Letter from Mrs Charles Hursthouse (nee Helen Wilson) to Mrs C. Richmond. Undated.

3. Copy of marriage of Jane Maria and Arthur Samuel Atkinson with births of children as noted in the Richmond Family Bible. Undated.

4. Letter to Emily (Mrs C. W. Richmond ) from sister Kate Atkinson. 5 March 1855

5. Letter to Emily from Amelia Jane Atkinson (nee Skinner). 22 February 1857

6. Letter to Emily from Kate Atkinson. 1 March 1855

7. Letter from Amelia Jane to Emily E. Richmond. 12 June 1857?

8. Letter from J. S. Atkinson to C. W. Richmond. 28 January 1863

9. Letter from J. S. Atkinson to his sister Emily. 20 Oct. 1863

10. Letter. From Sir Harry Atkinson to his sister Emily E. Richmond. 21 December 1860

11. Letter. To Emily from Mabelle K. Smith (nee Atkinson).8th April 1866

12. Letter. From Marion Atkinson (nee Ronalds) to Mary E. Richmond. 27 August 1875

13. Letter. From W [?] Atkinson to Emily (Mrs C. W. Richmond) 24 October 1879

14. Letter. To Judge Christopher William Richmond from Lady Annie E. Richmond re grant to herself and family. ca 1892?

15. Note from Harry A. Atkinson to Emily E. Richmond. 14 April 1892

16. Letter from J. Ballance, Premiers Office to C. W. Richmond re grant to the widow and family of H. A. Atkinson. 14 October 1892

17. Letter from A. Willis, Premiers Office to C. W. Richmond re the grant. 19 October 1892

18. Letter from [?] Colonial Secretary's Office re payment of grant. 28 November 1892

19. Letter from Meta Atkinson to Mary Elizabeth Richmond. 17 July 1901 (copy only)

20. Envelope addressed to Mrs Hugh Atkinson. 7 July 1905

21. Letter from Rosalind Atkinson aged 5 or 6 years to Aunt Emily Richmond. ca 1906

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