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Collected papers of and relating to Reverend James Hamlin

Collection | Ref # ARC-0424 | Held by Hocken Collections - Uare Taoka o Hakena

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Collected papers of and relating to Reverend James Hamlin


Hamlin, James, Rev., 1803-1865

Level of description:



0.18 linear metres

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Hamlin was born in England in 1803 and trained as a flax dresser and weaver. Hamlin and his wife Elizabeth arrived at the Bay of Islands in 1826 with William Williams. He served as a lay teacher for the Church Missionary Society in Waimate and later Kerikeri. In 1834 he travelled with Archdeacon Brown on an exploration of the Waikato. In 1836 he was placed in charge of two stations at Manukau, with headquarters at Awhitu. After Hamlin's ordination as a deacon in 1844 he was sent to Wairoa in Hawke's Bay. In 1863 he was ordained a priest in the Church of England. In 1864, after his brother Job was killed by King movement supporters, he returned to Auckland, where he died on 15 November 1865.

Scope and contents:

The collection includes Hamlin's journals, correspondence and sermon drafts. There are also some family papers.

Dates covered:

Circa 1830 - 1865



Archival history:

MS-0068 and MS-0069 are from original stock. They were bound into volumes by Hocken. MS-1209 consists of photocopies. The originals were owned by Mr Brabant and were loaned by him to Dr Ryburn, a descendant of Hamlin's, who in turn (with Mr Brabant's permission) loaned them to the Hocken Library to have photocopies made. The modern translations and notes which accompany the letters and papers were, according to Dr Ryburn, made by a Mr P.L.B. Williams, a friend of Mr Brabant and should be treated with caution as to accuracy. The Auckland Museum apparently also has copies. MS-0560 (and the typescript at MS-0560/B) were donated by Miss Eveline Hamlin.

Access conditions:

Not restricted

Finding aids:

Listed on ‘Hakena’ the Hocken Collections online archives and manuscripts catalogue

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Associated with:


Bay Of Islands · Kerikeri · Waimate North

People & organisations:



Missionaries · Anglican Church

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