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Benjamin Evans Turner

Arrived: 1820
Country of origin: England
Area in New Zealand: Bay of Islands
Source: website- Paperspast:  book- The Bay of Islands; Jack Lee

Details: He was born in Worchester in England in 1796. He married a Ngapuhi woman who died in 1836.
I don't know of any children born, He married for a second time to a European woman and had five sons and three daughters.
MR. GILLIES' LECTURE ON " OUR PROVINCE." TO THE EDITOR. Sir, — Allow me a small space in your paper to contradict a few incorrect statements that Mr. Gillies made use of in his lecture to the Young Men's Christian Association about what he states' took place at the Bay of Islands from 1830 to 1838. Mr. Gillies first states: When about 1830, the first grog shop was opened, by an old colonist, still a resident amongst us. ' That is altogether incorrect and particularly if he means me, for, after I left the Bay of Islands in 1826 to go down to the South Island, coasting, and helping to build a vessel on Stewart's Inland, called the ' Joseph Walter, ' I never returned to the Bay of Islands until about 1836 or 1837 in the brig 'Bee,' commanded by Captain William Powditch, now living amongst us. Now, the only persons that I know now living who cold spirituous liquors at the Bay of Islands were myself, William Potter, and Mr. Williamson. I can positively say none of us sold any there before 1838 or 1839; therefore I wish to know who this person is that opened the first shop in 1830, and is now amongst us. Mr. Gillies again days:  Kororarika, now Russell, had a European population, in 1838, amounting to 1,000, now, myself and scores of others can assert that the town of Kororarika never at one time had 200 Europeans living there, and even in 1838 there were not 100. For when I made the first law in New Zealand there were only 37 men, five women, and they did not increase 10 more till late in 1839 for I have a list of every person's name up to the time that Governor Hobson came (in 1840) in my house now, and the number is 70 men, women, and children. Again, Mr. Gillies says, There were five hotels and numberless grogshops. Now, I have a list of every man's name that ever I knew to sell liquor at Kororarika, and the whole is 13. I would like to know what my learned friend Mr. Gillies means when he says  there were five hotels and numberless grogshops; even not one house paid any license, nor even a signboard. The only signboard I ever saw was on one of the large hotels as he calls them, almost joining mine, where the Church missionary used to preach on a Sunday; and over his head a painted -board "No trust." Then, Mr. Gillies again tells us, There were several billiard- and bagatelletables, skittle-alleys, and hells. Now, to the best of my knowledge I never in all my life remember ever seeing a billiard table till I saw one in Sydney, in 1844, when I went up captain of my own vessel, with despatches for the Government. The only bagatelle I ever remember seeing was one Mr, Russell had. There were two skittle-alleys, but I never knew before our Superintendent told the young men their were so many hells at Kororarika. I never read in Scripture there was any more than one hell. Now, again, he tells the young men we had a theatre. The only theatre I ever knew there was a shed built for a bull and bullock, brought to work; the man that brought them there .went by the name of  Joey, the bulldriver, and it was the best sport that ever others and I saw to see Joey driving his team, Joey pulling one way, the bull the other, and the bullock the other, and every one that saw him shouted out, " Here comes Joey! the bull-driver, driving all before him. Now, I rather think it is from old Joe, the bull-driver, that our Superintendent got all his information about Kororarika ; and it is well known to every one Joey could not write down what took place at the time he says, for he did not know how to write his own name. Now, Mr. Editor, there is one thing more I want. I wish to know who those people are, as he calls them the sweepings of the mercantile establishments. I never knew before we ever hail such characters in Auckland.