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N.Z.‘s First J.P. on His Way

Ric Carlyon - Sunday, November 30, 2014

Thomas Kendall, the first Justice of the Peace appointed for New Zealand, is en route to the Colony, the brig “Active” having been sighted by shipping two days out from Sydney Heads. The ship cleared the harbour entrance on the 28th November 1814.

"Active", carrying a party to set up New Zealand’s first christian mission, was held up for nearly a week after it left Sydney docks, sheltering from stormy weather in Watsons Bay.

Aboard the ship are the missionaries headed by the Reverend Samuel Marsden, the extended Hansen family as intending settlers, labourers and 8 Maori returning to New Zealand. There’s also a cargo of livestock, cats, dogs and poultry.

Kendall, whose part in the Mission is to be school-teacher, while doubling as a J.P., will be part of those intending to lay foundations for a new colony.

Captain Thomas Hansen estimates that with a fair wind and no more storms “Active” will arrive in New Zealand waters within the month. 

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