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Roberts, W.H.S.

Collection | Ref # ARC-0057 | Held by Hocken Collections - Uare Taoka o Hakena

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Roberts, W.H.S.


ROBERTS, William Henry Sherwood, 1834-1917

Level of description:



0.83 linear metres

Reference number:



William Henry Sherwood Roberts was born in Wales in 1834. He immigrated to New Zealand on the 'John Phillips' in 1855. He lost his cattle run near Invercargill in 1859, and in 1871 lost his sheep run at Tapanui. Settling in Oamaru, Roberts became an auctioneer and agent. He also became a member of the Oamaru Borough Council (1879), the hospital committee (1882) and the Otago Anglican Synod. He also published several historical works, including 'Maori Nomenclature', and published collections in the daily press. Roberts married Emma Williams in 1867. He died on 22 January 1917.

Scope and contents:

The collection contains notebooks, annotated clippings scrapbooks, diaries, letters, publications and photographs.

Dates covered:

Circa 1803 - 1916

Access conditions:

Not restricted.

Finding aids:

Listed on the 'Hakena' archives and manuscripts catalogue.

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Southland (Region) · Otago Region



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