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PREECE Family

Collection | Ref # NZ/MS/735 | Held by Auckland Libraries, Sir George Grey Special Collections

What is it?

Title:

PREECE Family

Creator:

PREECE Family

Level of description:

Collection

Extent:

66 items

Reference number:

NZ/MS/735

Former NRAM reference number:

B361

Description:

James Preece, a member of the Church Missionary Society, came to New Zealand in 1829, and subsequently opened mission stations at Thames and in the Ureweras. In 1833 he married Mary Ann Williams, a British immigrant from New South Wales. The letters in this collection span three generations of the Preece family, with an emphasis on correspondence from Mary Ann Preece to her children George, Harriett, Mary and Elizabeth.

Many of the items in this category were written from Coromandel in the 1870s. Included also are letters to various members of the family from acquaintances at mission stations in the Bay of Plenty. Domestic, church, and social matters are the main concerns of the correspondence. In the letters to George Preece (1870-1874) (a Lieutenant in the New Zealand Wars), there are references to the fighting.

Typescript copies of George Preece's diaries, 1870- 1874, and notes on expeditions against Te Kooti, are at the Alexander Turnbull Library

Correspondence

Dates covered:

1828 - 1906

Access conditions:

Not restricted

Finding aids:

Inventory available

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Auckland · North Island

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