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Jem

Arrived: 1809 (about)
Country of origin: Tahiti
Area in New Zealand: North Cape
Source: book- The Burning of the Boyd; Wade Doak

Details: "Jem" was the English name given to a man from Tahiti who witnessed the burning of the ship Boyd in Whangaroa Harbour.

In 1814, when Samuel Marsden arrived in the Bay of Islands, he was greeted by Jem, whom he had known at John MacArthur's farm in Port Jackson.

Jem had been in New Zealand for about 5 years in 1814, living with a Maori tribe at North Cape, where he had married "the chief of North Cape's daughter". He had also been on several Nga Puhi raids as far as the East Coast.

Jem had possibly deserted from the City of Edinburgh under Captain Pattison

In 1810 "an Otahitian who was on the spot at the time" spoke to Captain Chase of the King George who was conducting an investigation into the destruction of the Boyd in 1809.

Jem returned with Marsden in December 1914, arriving back in Port Jackson in 1815

Sydney and New South Wales Advertiser 20th Feb 1813

Mr. Jones, master of the King George, gives an account of a sobtile Otaheitan at present an inhabitant of New Zealand, against whose artifices it would be no less humane than politick in masters of vessels calling at the Bay of Islands to guard. This fellow, whom the seamen call Oeaheite Jack was left there by the Seringapatam, upwards of four years since; and as he has a perfect knowledge of the New Zealand dialect, with a tolerable share of English, he never fails to ingratiate himself with Commanders by a tender of his good offices in procuring spars, &c. but finishes his services by inveigling away the seamen, in order as much as possible to distress the vessel. What becomes of the people who suffer themselves to be deluded by the representations of this villain Captain Jones can form no idea of; unless it is that they are afterwards murdered on account of their apparel, or to become food for the wretched cannibals who devoured nearly the whole of the Boyd's ships company.
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