Album of manuscript letters, deeds, wills, drafts, etc. of Australasian and Pacific interest. Represented in the collection are: James Cook; Admiral George Anson; R. Parkinson; Lord Robert Bingley; Sir John Jamieson; Barron Field; Lord Chatham; John Franklin; George III; John Gould; William Bligh; Thomas Forrest; Thomas Faber; T.L. Mitchell; George Bennet; Sir Joseph Banks; Lachlan Macquarie; General Thaddeus Kosciuszko; Robert Southey; Sir George Grey; Thomas Hustler; Sir Richard Westmacott; Bishop George A. Selwyn; John Williams; Henry Williams; John Manners; W.J. Hooker; J.B. Pentland; Captain Matthew Flinders; John Hammersley; Chas. Todd; R. Torrens; Elizabeth Fry; Florence Nightingale; Sir Henry Parkes; Prof. R. Owen; J.C. Patteson; Oscar Wilde; Rev. Thos. Vasey; C. Lindauer; George IV; Rex de C. Nan Kivell, John A. Ferguson; William Colenso; Lord Palmerston; William Gladstone; Lord John Russell; William Parry; Robert Falcon Scott; Chas. Fox; Theodore Roosevelt; Prince Albert; Queen Victoria; Walter Buller; Paul Gaughin; Chas. Heaphy; Captain Henry Kater; J.W. Whitehead; James Stack; W. Denison; J. Backhouse; Georg Forster; Thomas Pennant and others.
Manuscripts in the collection that relate to New Zealand include: autograph of Tawhiao, second Maori king and chief of Tainui tribes in the 1850s-1880s (item 48e); autograph of Kerewaro, a New Zealand chief of great influence (item 48f); letter of Papaihia Tamatoa (Pomare V) at Tahiti dated 20 July 1881 (item 49a); deed of transfer signed by several Maori chiefs for the transfer of land at Wellington, 2 July 1880 (items 97a-b); Maori letter of Hemi Tautai at Paihia to Colenso regarding trade on his ship, and mentioning blankets and equipment for his ship, 4 June 1844 (item 107b); A brief description of the unchristianized inhabitants of the islands of the Pacific by Rev. John Williams, 15 May 1836 (item 114a); six letters written by Colenso addressed to H. Hill, Inspector of Schools, Napier, 1883-1887 (items 118a-e) and 1895 (item 119), and, autograph of Hapimana Ngapiko, of Te Ati Awa, Taranaki, who visited Queen Victoria in May 1863 (item 151b).
Manuscript reference no.: MS 4246.
Title on spine: Early mss letters of Australasian interest: collection of Rex de C. Nan Kivell.
Rex Nan Kivell Collection NK4168.
Photocopies available for reference.
Includes some items in Maori, some in Tahitian, some in French.