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Collected papers of and relating to Reverend Henry Williams

Collection | Ref # ARC-0140 | Held by Hocken Collections - Uare Taoka o Hakena

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Collected papers of and relating to Reverend Henry Williams



Level of description:



0.26 linear metres

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Williams was born on 11 February 1792 and was baptised on 13 April at Gosport, Hampshire, England. He entered the Navy in 1806, retiring on half pay in 1815. He was accepted by the Church Missionary Society, ordained as a priest and sailed for Sydney in 1822. Williams accompanied Samuel Marsden to New Zealand in 1823 and settled at Paihia. He established several mission stations and in 1840 persuaded Maori to sign the Treaty of Waitangi. Williams was created Archdeacon in 1844. In 1846 and 1847 he refused Bishop Selwyn's appeal to surrender land that he had acquired from Maori. As a result, he was dismissed by the Church Missionary Society in 1850. Williams continued to minister and preach to the Maori in his locality and he was reinstated to the Society in 1854. After several years of deteriorating health, Henry Williams died on 16 July 1867.

Scope and contents:

This is a formed collection. The collection consists mostly of transcripts rather than original material. The transcribed material includes William's journals and letters as well as those of his wife, Marianne.

Dates covered:

Circa 1822 - 1864

Access conditions:

Not restricted.

Finding aids:

Listed on the 'Hakena' archives and manuscripts catalogue.

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Missionaries · Anglican Church

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