Country of Origin:
Area in New Zealand: Bay of Islands
Source: Historic Poverty Bay and the East Coast, N.I by J.A. Mackay
Details: Captain George Thomas Clayton and the Dublin Packet dropped off Hempleman, the whaler, at Banks Peninsula in 1837. The Captain went whaling at Queen Charlotte Sound and at Waikokopu on the Jess. He took up land at Muriwai, Poverty Bay and went with Rev H Williams to Wellington to obtain signatures of 34 chiefs for the Treaty.
Dau Elizabeth Eleanor Clayton married Charles Babington Brewer at Auckland on the 30th October 1841.
Insolvency proceedings Sydney 3rd May 1845 George Thomas Clayton, late of New Zealand, but now of Sydney, master mariner : no schedule filed.
Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists by Una Platts
CLAYTON, Capt. George Thomas
A seafaring man who bought land in the Waitemata district 1839 and also owned land in Kororareka [Russell], Bay of Islands. Is believed to have been trading in the vicinity of the Waitemata by 1829 and was in Auckland about 1841-44. A lithograph after a drawing by Clayton of Kororareka before its destruction in 1845 is in Hocken, Turnbull, and Nan Kivell Collection ANL Canberra.
Busby Letters; National Archives; Archway (more references there for Capt Clayton).
19 March 1839 - George Greenaway, Bay of Islands - Regarding land dispute with G Clayton.
- 1) Enclosed: Robert Duke to Greenaway, 2 February 1839. Authorises him to stop Clayton from building on his land at Kororareka.
- 2) Enclosed: Greenaway to Clayton, 28 February 1839. Requests him to stop as above. (p142)
1845 - Martin, S. M. New Zealand: in a Series of Letters - LETTER VII
The Governor claimed all that timber, as he formerly did all the lands, for Her Majesty the Queen. Kauri being the only timber exported from the country, this proclamation, as might have been expected, at once put an end to this, the only branch of industry which they had not formerly destroyed. To convince the settlers that Government intended practically to carry out this measure, the Governor actually sent his workmen to the lands of a Captain Clayton, one of the most spirited and enterprising settlers in New Zealand, and ordered them to cut down nearly the whole of the kauri on that land, which was sawn into boards and used for the erection of Government-house, and other public buildings. Captain Clayton's lands are within five or six miles of Auckland; they have been fairly purchased and duly paid for by him, but his title to the land has not even yet been inquired into, far less decided to be invalid: under these circumstances, it is rather difficult to reconcile the conduct of the Government with any of the acknowledged principles of justice. Where a Government or any set of men are thus permitted to interfere with private rights, it is certainly not safe to live. They have not only interfered with Captain Clayton's kauri in this manner, but they have also sold and surveyed lands belonging both to himself and to a Mr. Dalziel, on which there was no kauri. The titles to these lands had also not been inquired into; and if the Governor in that manner prejudge the claims, I see little use for any Commissioners or Court of Claims.