|Description: View of the harbour and area from Mechanics Bay |
to Smales Point. Printed by E Clark and Company (London). Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 4-623
The following blog, highlights the modes of transport around the River Thames pre 1867. The names of key ships are noted, as they were the prime means of 'getting around' for the settlers and visitors to the shores. The principal destination for settlers was back and forth to Auckland
Tangata Whenua travelled by foot and waka. They also played a vital role guiding the settlers to different districts over tracks they had identified. It was not long before surveyors were employed as the country was colonised, and land ownership became a priority for the new arrivals.
|Part of Wilson's 1801 Chart of the River Thames - full copy details:|
Ref: MapColl-832.15aj/1801/Acc.538. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22783019
Boats were sailing around New Zealand with passengers and cargo pre 1850. For instance in November 1849, Mr Nicholas went from the River Thames to Auckland aboard the Alexander. A few of the other early commercial ships mentioned were: the Bon Accord, Charles, Forager, Mary and Piako Lass.
|DAILY SOUTHERN CROSS, 21 APRIL 1857|
Local Iwi travelled around the country as required, in 1863 more than 300 Thames Maori were reported to have travelled to Wairoa, during the unsettled years of the 'Land Wars.' By foot and / or by waka, distance was not a problem. During the Land Wars, soldiers also travelled by boat around the Firth of Thames.
So far horses have not been mentioned, but they were around the greater Thames Valley, particularly at the large estates that were owned by men such as Mr McCaskill (he had settled at Hikutaia in 1839).
- Anne Stewart Ball has researched Coastal Shipping Tairua 1840 - December 1865
- Te Ara - Hauraki - Coromandel 1769 to 1840
- Downie, James, 1819-1822: A sketch of the River Thames in New Zealand; showing the coast explored in HMS Coromandel by J Downie [copy of ms map]. . Ref: MapColl-832.15aj//Acc.1159. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/23076823