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Fox, William, Sir

Collection | Ref # ARC-0378 | Held by Hocken Collections - Uare Taoka o Hakena

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Fox, William, Sir


Fox, William, Sir, 1812-1893

Level of description:



0.06 linear metres

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Sir William Fox, an explorer, politician, social reformer, journalist and artist, arrived in Wellington on the 'George Fyfe' in 1842. He became editor of the 'New Zealand Gazette' and 'Britannia Spectator'. In 1843 Sir William Fox was one of the first party of Europeans to journey into Wairarapa and explored Wairarapa and Nelson as agent for the New Zealand Company.

Scope and contents:

This collection consists of Fox's journal and typewritten transcriptions relating details of the voyage in the ship 'George Fyfe' from Portsmouth to Wellington. Also included are details of the expedition from Wellington to Wairarapa, including travels through bush, their hardships, the terrain, weather, flora and fauna and the Maori settlement at Wairarapa. Also contains letters and illustrations.

Dates covered:

1842 - 1893

Access conditions:

Not restricted.

Format if not original:

Typescripts and photocopies.

Location of original:

Original journal is held at MS-0042 in the Hocken Collections.

Finding aids:

Listed on the 'Hakena' archives and manuscripts catalogue.

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Associated with:


Taranaki (Region) · Wellington (Region) · Wairarapa


Iwi (tribe):

Ngati Kahungunu



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