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FitzGerald, James Edward and Fanny Erskine

Collection | Ref # ARC-0377 | Held by Hocken Collections - Uare Taoka o Hakena

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FitzGerald, James Edward and Fanny Erskine


FITZGERALD, James Edward, 1818-1896

Level of description:



0.06 linear metres

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James Edward FitzGerald is said to have been born in 1818 at Bath, England. After a meeting with Edward Gibbon Wakefield in 1849 he became secretary of the Canterbury Association and drafted the constitution of the Society of Canterbury Colonists. FitzGerald married Fanny Erskine Draper in 1850 and shortly after they sailed for Canterbury on the 'Charlotte Jane'. Fanny was prominent in the community as a member of the Wellington Ladies' Christian Association and various other charities. Aside from her involvement in public life, she brought up a family of 13 children. James was the founding editor of the 'Lyttelton Times' and the Christchurch 'Press' and the first superintendent of the province of Canterbury in 1852. He died in 1896.

Scope and contents:

This collection consists of copies of letters received by and written by James Edward FitzGerald, including some discussion of home rule for Ireland. There is also a typescript list of FitzGerald's letters, speeches and literary works.

Dates covered:

Circa 1840 - 1957

Access conditions:

Not restricted.

Format if not original:

Typescripts and photocopies.

Finding aids:

Listed on the 'Hakena' archives and manuscripts database.

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Canterbury Region

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Settlers · Colonial administrators · Home Rule

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