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Robert Edney

Arrived: 1833 (about)
Country of origin: England
Area in New Zealand: Bay of Islands
Source: Auckland hospital records 1860

Details: Robert sought medical treatment in 1860. He was aged 54, a labourer from the Bay of Islands, Church of England.

Auckland-Waikato historical journal, April 1994 p 4 - 9
A short biography of Robert Edney, resident of Kororareka, before the Treaty of Waitangi. Describes his involvement with the 'Kororarika Association' and later controversial business dealings with George and Mary Hemmings.

National Library
Ref: MS-Group-1202
Comprises a biography, by Clive Edney, tracing Robert Edney's life from his early life in England, transportation to NSW and life in New Zealand. Much of the documentation of his time in New Zealand centres around his participation in the events in the Bay of Islands and Kororareka in the 1833-1840 period. Also includes a description of an earlier visit to New Zealand by Robert Edney, `Voyage of the "Argo"; guns for flax during the winter of 1831'; `Robert Edney; a brief account of the life and times of a 19th century British subject who became a New Zealand pioneer in evedry sense of the word'; and photocopies of two issues of the `Auckland-Waikato historical journal listing articles about Robert Edney.

In the NSW newspapers (3 Feb 1825) as absconding from a clearing party of J. Hook, Esq.  Robert Edney, from the ship 'Eliza', 22, Hertfordshire, 5'4", hazel eyes, sandy hair, florid complexion.He was caught in December and sentenced to 50 lashes.  He received his certificate in May 1826. No further mention of him in the Aussie newspapers that I could find.

Auckland Star 16th April 1888. There was no Government in New Zealand at that time, and for self-protection a meeting was held in 1836, when certain regulations were drawn up for the mutual protection of those who were settled in the place. Previous to that lynch law prevailed, and there was no other way to punish an offender than by "tarring and feathering him with three coats, and then taking the culprit to the beach and hunting him out of the civilised boundary line." Not more than five persons committed themselves so as to render this punishment necessary. The association was formed in consequence of the absence of any magisterial authority although at that time there was a British Resident receiving £800 a year. The names of those who attended this meeting, called to frame these laws were,
Robert Edney, signed, one of twenty respectable persons resident at the Bay of Islands.

The laws framed were to have effect from Matawai, Blind Bay, in a straight line across the Onewoa on the long sandy beach, and all the land bounded by the coast from the beach to the bay.