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Extracted from the New Plymouth Spectator and printed in the New Zealand Gazette & Wellington Spectator June 19th 1841

In this country [England] no farther information respecting the site of New Plymouth can be received until April, and it may be later; but, in the meantime, the satisfactory relations which now exist between the New Zealand Company and the Government have not been lost upon the Plymouth Company, who are neglecting nothing that is calculated to promote the success of their promising Colony.

We may mention here, that the Amelia Thompson, which will sail on the 5th March, has already engaged 25 cabin, and 137 steerage passengers. These added to the 147 by the William Bryan, and 12 by the London (the surveying staff), will make 321 Europeans in the Colony of New Plymouth, exclusive of births on the arrival of the Amelia Thompson.

It has been calculated that the passengers by this vessel carry out capital to the amount of at least 25,000L; and so great has been the demand for passengers freight, that the Company will probably be obliged to take up a store ship for the purpose of conveying goods to the Colony. Since the final arrangements with the Government, the Company's land sales have greatly increased.

The following appears as an advertisement: - T
The Directors of the Plymouth Company of New Zealand hereby give notice to parties who have already become or propose to be purchasers out of the first allotment of Double Land-orders expressly reserved for Colonists, that the priority of choice for the suburban and town sections sold to such Colonists, will be decided by lot, at theOffice of the Company, in Plymouth, at eleven o'clock in the forenoon of Friday, the 18th of February next, when all persons who have not made the full deposits and payments required by the terms of purchase, will be excluded from the benefits of the said allotment. The requisite paymants may be made to Messrs. Currie's, 29, Cornhill, London, during banking hours, on the 16th February, or at the office of the Company, before four o'clock, on the 18th February, when the Books will be finally closed. Purchasers of Double Land-orders, as non-colonists, under the terms dated 22nd December last, are also informed that the drawing for choice of their Town Sections is postponed from the 1st to the 19th of February.
                 T. Woollcombe, Managing Director. New Zealand House, Plymouth, Jan. 19, 1841.

Captain Mercer, of the Harrington, reports having spoken a vessel at night, about three weeks since, the Captain of which stated he was chartered by the New Plymouth Company, and was proceeding to D'Urville Island for orders. Captain Mercer states he was not able to catch the name of the vessel, but it sounded as if composed of two names. This vessel, then, should be the Amelia Thompson, to sail from England, under charge of Capt. King, in the latter part of February.

From the original New Zealand Company records. The document was partly pre-printed and entries in "Brush-Script" indicate hand written entries.


I do hereby certify, that the ship

Amelia Thompson

William Dawson

Anchored at this port



day of




one o'clock pm

Commenced Landing her passengers
Landed 130




1841 do seven o'clock am
Finally Landed passengers do




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Was finally discharged from the Company's service do




1841 do eleven o'clock pm
That I have made all necessary inquiries respecting the treatment of the Plymouth Company's Passengers during the voyage; and that I have reason to believe, that the Conditions of the Charter Party have been fulfilled and that all the cargo and property on board has been duly delivered with the exception of one heavy piece of machinery which was found impracticable to land but which the Commander will forward from Port Nicholson as soon as the necessary facilities for its landing are effected at New Plymouth.
New-Plymouth, New Zealand this 16th day of October 1841    HenKing
                                                                                                  Principal Agent to the Plymouth Company of New Zealand
New Plymouth, having no Port, has so materially altered the contract entered into between the owners of the Amelia Thompson and the Company that it is difficult to settle the demurrage as claimed by Capt Dawson who commences the lay days at Port Nicholson, consuming seven out of the twelve we remained there, and reckoning every day afterwards till his final discharge, I consider the actual passage to this place from Port Nicholson as part of the original agreement and should not be charged on the lay days. I intend inserting on the Charter Party to this effect leaving it to the owners and Directors to decide. - The ship has had a great deal of wear and tear from the continual bad weather we have had since she came here [ unreadable] heavy expenses in addition to her loss of an anchor and cable - Capt Dawson also expects compensation for the extended time of keeping a table. On this point consulted Colonel Wakefield whorecommends its being left to the owners and Directors and I think it reasonable that and additional allowance could be made him.

New-Plymouth the sixteenth day of October 1841
                                                                                                  Principal Agent
Pro. Tem.     

New Zealand Gazette & Wellington Spectator August 7th 1841

The Amelia Thompson Captain Dawson, arrived on Sunday last, from Plymouth, which she left on the 25th of March. She has one hundred and sixty persons in the steerage, and twenty-two in the cabin. She is one of the Plymouth Company's vessels, and proceeds immediately to her destination. She was to be followed in a few days by the Regina, loaded with stores for the same settlement. Captain King. R.N,, the Plymouth Company's Principal Agent, is among the passengers in the Amelia Thompson. Previously to sailing, the passengers of the Amelia Thompson were entertained at a public dinner, the proceedings at which we have been kindly furnished by Mr. Wallace, but have not space to give them insertion this week

The latest date received via London, from Port Nicholson, was the 12th September.
We are without parcels of New Zealand Journals by the Amelia Thompson; we presume they will be furnished by the Regina. We have, however, obtained the loan of the three latest numbers, dated February 15th and 27th, and March 13th. The first- named has another article on the important subject of Representative Government in New Zealand, which we will take an early opportunity of inserting in our columns. The writer observes - "Respecting the seat of the Legislature, but little need be said, because there is but one spot adapted thereto, namely Wellington. The people of the Bay of Islands have occasionally turned their thoughts to the probability of having the Government established there; but when they consider the central position of Wellington, and that settlements will certainly take place even at the extremity of the Southern Island, where Cook found the myrtle flourishing in winter, they will at once admit the superior convenience of its position."

New Zealand Gazette & Wellington Spectator October 13th 1841

On the same day a native arrived with a mail from Taranaki. He brought dates to the 27th September. The Amelia Thompson had arrived and landed nearly all her passengers; and some of her cargo. She had however, been obliged to slip, and had not returned to her anchorage when the messenger left. It was expected that the town land would be selected about the 20th of this month. The settlement was in want of provisions, and we believe that a schooner will load here for New Plymouth immediately. We understand that the settlers by the Amelia Thompson were highly charmed with the appearance of the country.