Resources about early settlers in Auckland Province

Roll of early settlers and descendants in the Auckland Province to the end of 1852.
The compilation of a Roll of early settlers of the Auckland Province was undertaken as a Centennial effort and entrusted to the Early Settlers and descendants sub-committee of the Auckland Provincial Centennial Council. The roll contains the names (so far as these have been able to be ascertained) of all persons (other than members of the Maori Race) who settled or were born in the Province before the end of 1852.
The Roll is set out in three columns.
1. Name and life period.
2. Vessel and date of arrival in New Zealand or first known place of residence 
3. If born in New Zealand.
This volume is available at a number of libraries in New Zealand. Over a number of years Auckland City Libraries have been augmenting and correcting this publication. It is strongly recommended that you consult the heavily annotated version, a copy of which is on the shelf in the Auckland Research Centre at   2 NZL SET AKD
Old Colonists membership roll (NZMS 493)
This membership book covers the period c. 10 Oct 1919 – 16 Nov 1934. It contains the following information:-
  • Date of enrolment
  • badge number
  • address at time of enrolment
  • when & where born
  • date of arrival in NZ
  • name of ship (if parents/grandparents arrived separately sometimes both ships are named)
  • miscellaneous remarks.
It should be noted that membership was not limited to those who had immigrated as a number of members have been born in New Zealand but to either immigrant parents or grandparents. The remarks column usually gives either details of parents names (including the mother’s maiden name), “deceased” or deceased and date of death. However, there are also a number of interesting comments to be found in this column such as:

… first baker to bake bread for sale in Auckland
100 years of age when registered
… Went to Tauranga & were there at the time of the Te Kooti scare. The troops were at that time stationed at Gate Pah.
Niece of …
… applicant claims to be 1st White born (Otamatea …)
Born on the night of the High St fire under burning …. of Ben Howells(?) Hotel mother having been removed from near the drapery … where the fire started. Father gave the fire alarm.
Father living at Sydney aged 85 years
Parents did not come to N.Z.
This volume is held in Special Collections. All entries are indexed on Index Auckland

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