Collection of 17 reports concerning the Maori Wars, Land Settlements, and the Administration of Sir George Grey. PARLIAMENT OF NEW ZEALAND.

Collection of 17 reports concerning the Maori Wars, Land Settlements, and the Administration of Sir George Grey.

Auckland: Government printer 1861, 1865.

Foolscap folio, some tables and a coloured folding map, occasional foxing and browning, occasional contemporary notes and marginalia in ink; bound in later quarter polished calf with labels.

Sir George Grey and the New Zealand Wars

An engaging collection of 17 official reports and papers dating from Sir George Grey's second term as Governor of New Zealand, a formative period for European-Maori relations in New Zealand's history.

An engaging collection of 17 official reports and papers dating from Sir George Grey's second term as Governor of New Zealand, a formative period for European-Maori relations in New Zealand's history.

Grey had been recalled after a controversial tenure as governor of the Cape Colony and High Commissioner of South Africa. An able self-promoter, Grey had offered to return in the hope that his rapport with the Maori would enable him to quell the emerging troubles and took little time in maligning the efforts of his predecessor Thomas Gore Brown.

Grey was an able negotiator, but his intentions were suspected both by the Maori and the British commander, Lieutenant-General Duncan Cameron, who acted with great caution following his efforts to defeat the Maori in southern Taranaki. Cameron (whose report On the Native Insurrection is included here) suspected Grey and the government of trying to use the British Army to acquire Maori land. On one occasion, at Weraroa, Grey took to the field himself and, with a small force of colonial troops and 'friendly' Maori, captured a native supply depot, which the Maori promptly evacuated. This was hailed, not least by Grey, as a famous victory. The papers collected here begin with the Auckland printed Native Addresses of Welcome continuing with Reports on the state of Maori relations and finish with Wellington published Papers on The supply of ammunition to rebel natives and Murder of the Rev. Carl Sylvius Volkner by the Hau Hau Fanatics with page references of the Maori-translated passages in an early hand.

Of special interest is the folding coloured map showing the proposed system of roads and settlements for military defence of the North Island, included as an integral part of the report titled Memorandum on Roads and Military Settlements in the Northern Island (1863).

A full listing of contents, in order of binding in this volume:

Native Addresses of Welcome to Sir George Grey. Ngatiraukawa and Ngatitoa Tribes. Published Auckland 1861; 14pp.

BALNEAVIS, Adj.-Gen. H.C. Return Shewing the Strength of the Various Volunteer Corps in the Colony, on the 15th January and 30th June, Respectively. Auckland, House of Representatives, August 1862; 4pp (last blank).

PAUL, Major James. Return Shewing the Number of Troops in New Zealand, during the Year ended 30th June, 1862. Auckland, House of Representatives, August 1862; 2pp.

[Various contributors]. Reports on the State of the Natives in Various Districts at the time of the Arrival of Sir George Grey. Auckland, House of Representatives, 1861; 44pp.

GREY, Sir George, and others. Speeches of Governor Sir George Grey and Native Chiefs at Meetings in Waikato December, 1861. Auckland, by order of Parliament, 1861; 6pp.

GREY, Sir George, DOMET, Alfred and others. Papers Relating to Military Settlements in the Northern Island of New Zealand [drop title]. Auckland, by order of Parliament, 1863; 16pp.

DOMET, Alfred. Memorandum on Roads and Military Settlements in the Northern Island… Auckland, by order of Parliament, 1863; 12pp., two folding tables and folding coloured lithographic map.

DOMET, Alfred & MANTELL, W. Correspondence Relative to the Introduction of Military Settlers into the Province of Wellington. Auckland, by order of Parliament, 1863; [4]pp.

Return of Cases Between Europeans and Natives in the Resident Magistrates Court… Bay of Islands. Return to an Order of the House of Representatives, dated August 22nd, 1862… Auckland, by order of Parliament, 1863; 8pp.

Return of Cases Between Europeans and Natives in the Resident Magistrates Court… Bay of Islands. Return to an Order of the House of Representatives, dated 28th October, 1863… Auckland, by order of Parliament, 1863; [ii]4pp.

CAMERON, Lieutenant-General Duncan, and others. Papers Relative to the Native Insurrection [drop title]. Auckland, by order of Parliament, 1863; 44pp. (last blank).

CAMERON, Lieutenant-General Duncan, and others. Further Papers Relative to the Native Insurrection. In continuation…. Auckland, by order of Parliament, 1863; 10pp.

GREY, Sir George; FOX, William, and others. Further Papers Relative to the Native Prisoners. In continuation… Auckland, by order of Parliament, 1864; [10]pp.

GREY, Sir George; LOGAN, R.M.; WHITE, John, and others. Further Papers Relative to the Native Insurrection. Auckland, GREY, Sir George

GREY, Sir George. Despatches from the Governor to the Secretary of State. Auckland, Govt. printer 1865, 10pp.

BATEMAN, Thomas, YOUNG, W., and others. Papers relative to the Supply of Ammunition to Rebel Natives. Wellington, by order of Parliament 1865, [ii], 4 pp.

[Various]. Papers relative to the Murder of the Rev. Carl Sylvius Volkner by the Hau Hau Fanatics. Wellington, by order of Parliament 1865, 20 pp. (last blank).

Condition Report: Very good condition.

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