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Cargill family

Collection | Ref # ARC-0386 | Held by Hocken Collections - Uare Taoka o Hakena

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Cargill family


Cargill family

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0.08 linear metres

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Captain William Walter Cargill was a soldier, merchant, founder of the Otago settlement and its first Superintendent. Cargill married Mary Ann Yates in 1813 and they had seventeen children. The Cargills arrived in Otago on the 'John Wickliffe' in 1848. Two of his sons, John and Edward Bowes, became successful pastoralists. Edward Bowes became prominent in civic affairs in Otago as a businessman, entrepreneur, local notable and mayor of Dunedin, also building Cargill's Castle. John was responsible for the construction of the tunnel at Tunnel Beach. Cargill's sons-in-law, especially John Hyde Harris and W. H. Cutten, also became prominent Otago citizens.

The Captain William Cargill Bicentenary was celebrated in Dunedin on February 10th to 12th 1984. A gathering was also held at the House of Lords, London, on 6 April 1984.

Scope and contents:

This collection contains papers relating to the Captain Cargill Bicentenary celebrations and biographical and genealogical information.

Dates covered:

1784 - 1984

Access conditions:

Not restricted.

Format if not original:

Photocopies, typescripts, and photographs

Finding aids:

Listed on the 'Hakena' archives and manuscripts catalogue.

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Associated with:


Dunedin · Invercargill · Otago Region

People & organisations:



Settlers · Pioneers

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