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WHO WERE THE FENCIBLES
PURPOSE OF THE LIST
SUBSCRIBING INSTRUCTIONS
LIST GUIDELINES
RESOURCE LIST
OUR ANCESTORS


WHO WERE THE FENCIBLES

The Royal New Zealand Fencibles were enrolled in England in 1846 - 47. The Corps consisted of discharged British soldiers and sailors,  who were of good character,  under 48 years of age (it was later lowered to 41), at  least 5ft 5 inches in height and with a minimum of 15 years service.  Each were enrolled to serve seven years and were offered free passage for  themselves and their families with pay ranging from 6 pence to 1 shilling and 3 pence a day, in addition to their pensions, an acre of ground and a cottage .

The Royal New Zealand Fencibles and their families who arrived in New Zealand between 1847 and 1852 aboard the vessels Ann,  Berhampore, Berwick Castle,  Clifton,  Inchinnan,  Minerva,  Oriental Queen, Ramillies,  Sir George Seymour and Sir Robert Sale.   These 10 ships bought immigrants who settled in the Auckland suburbs of Otahuhu, Onehunga,  Howick and Panmure.



PURPOSE OF THE LIST

The purpose of the New Zealand Fencibles List is to allow Royal New Zealand Fencible researchers  to keep in contact with one another, discuss research problems, provide help to others, keep informed of new information and archives available on the RNZ
Fencibles, provide a place where researchers can find others researching in the same areas and the same surnames, and provide a place to submit queries. 

We hope that you will enjoy the list.  If at any time you have problems with the list, please notify the list owner, Maureen Donwen at NEW-ZEALAND-FENCIBLES-admin@rootsweb.com  and I will do my best to help you. 



HOW TO SUBSCRIBE AND UNSUBSCRIBE

HOW TO SUBSCRIBE 

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HOW TO UNSUBSCRIBE

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HOW TO POST A MESSAGE

If you'd like to post a message so everyone on the mailing list receives it, just send it to NEW-ZEALAND-FENCIBLES-L@rootsweb.com  It will then be sent on to everyone in both mail and digest mode. You don't need to send it explicitly to both.

HOW TO CONTACT THE ADMINISTRATOR

To contact the administrator of this mailing list, send mail to NEW-ZEALAND-FENCIBLES-admin@rootsweb.com.



LIST GUIDELINES

THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES SHOULD BE FOLLOWED BY ALL MEMBERS OF THE LIST:

  • OBSERVE: Observe the list for a few days before posting any messages.  New members usually have no idea what has been discussed before and are likely to ask the same questions that have already been answered ad infinitum. 
  • PATIENCE: Although list members are always willing to share and often mentor new members, they are not much amused when new members post queries as if speaking to the Shell Answerman.....It takes work and study to make progress with Family History, so remember there are few instant answers, and often answers come in the form of more questions! Patience! 
  • PERSONAL MESSAGES: Keep personal correspondence between members off the list.  Comments that are of no interest to the entire list should not be posted. Please don't send messages like, "Thanks for the lead" or similar messages.  Send those kinds of messages directly to the person who should hear it. 
  • EDIT REPLIES: When replying to other posts, please do not copy the entire message. Use the edit functions of your email program  to delete the majority of the post.  Usually, only the header is necessary to show that you are responding to a particular post.  Copying the entire message back to the list is considered very poor internet etiquette. 
  • SUBJECT LINES: Please do not automatically hit the "Reply To" button when posting. Consider whether your posting is appropriate to the subject line (thread) you are viewing. If not, or if it begins a digression, take a moment to modify the subject description so others will have some notion of what it is about. If you do not, many listers will simply delete your  posting and your results will be diminished. 
  • VIRUS WARNINGS: With regard to e-mail viruses please send any concerns to the List Administrator, Maureen Donwen kapowai@ihug.co.nz don't send virus warnings to the list. 
  • ETIQUETTE: Finally, a short word about etiquette in the New Zealand Fencible List.  Please do not involve yourself in spamming, chain letters, or flaming from this list.  Everybody has the right to be treated with  with tolerance and respect.  If you have comments that are inappropriate to this list, send them directly to the person involved.  DO NOT send everything through the list.  Should you receive such a message through the list, please just ignore it.  Remember that the list owner has also received the same message through the list and will handle it for you. 

RESOURCE LIST

NEW ZEALAND FENCIBLE SOCIETY INC.
The object of this Society is to bring together people who share an interest in the Royal New Zealand Fencibles. To promote and encourage historical research into the Royal New Zealand Fencibles. To collect together and preserve any historical information about the Royal New Zealand Fencibles.

Fencible holdings at the Auckland Public Library

Onehunga Fencible Settlers - info and contacts

Early Fencible settlers to Onehunga

Howick Historic (Fencible) Village

NZ Genealogy Surname Navigator 
An excellent resource for quickly finding your Surname online.  This site can perform a global search or search within any particular county.  Simultaneous searches of sites like the following:  LDS Mormons (all databases), www.ancestry.com (all databases), Geneanet, Google genealogy, Google News Genealogy, Gendex Index Surnames, Rootsweb (all databases), Worldwide Email search, Author profile usenet (name/email). 



OUR FENCIBLE ANCESTORS

GEORGE AUCKRAM by Don Auckram


Maureen Donwen
April 2002