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The colony spawned a host of would-be entrepreneurs. Perhaps it is not surprising that among those adventurous enough to leave home and loved ones for a raw colony on the other side of the world, there should have been so many willing to try their hand at anything. There were…

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The scattered tangata whenua who filtered back to their old lands around the Mahurangi after the Treaty of Waitangi managed, after struggle, to reclaim some of their lands, but failed to hold them. Doomed as communities by the trends of colonial history, they…

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John Sullivan

Pages 263–266
John Sullivan was the son of Daniel and Sarah (Hands). He was born in London about 1810, but an early photo shows features as Irish as his name. He went to sea, making his first New Zealand landfall in 1832. When he made his second in 1834, after…

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Daniel Sullivan and family

Pages 266–267
John Sullivan had a brother Daniel, ten years his junior. Daniel married Bridget Barry in Kent in 1842. Their family of four were all born in England: John 1842, Emma 1844, Daniel 1852, and Mary 1854. In 1857 they emigrated to New Zealand, and followed the…

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William Sullivan and family

Pages 267–270
John Sullivan’s only son, William, was educated in Auckland. He then became a hand on the cutter Mahurangi. The family story is that John took William from this apprenticeship in sail to put him in command of his brand new schooner Rosella. It was an…

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William Jackson and family

Pages 270–272
William Jackson was born in Dublin. Nothing more survives in the family recollection of his origins or early years in Aotearoa. He may have been the flax-trader, probably from Sydney, who traded out of Onehunga to Kāwhia. Two land claims appear in the New Zealand…

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Portland cement maker Nathaniel Wilson

Of all the entrepreneurs of the Mahurangi, Nathaniel Wilson was the most notable. He showed, to a high degree, the initiative and versatility that life in the colony brought out in so many of its immigrants. Lack of education, or an inappropriate one, seemed…

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