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John Shearer

Arrived: 1834
Country of origin:
Area in New Zealand: Bay of Islands
Source: Paperspast

Details: At the Native Lands Court before Chief Judge Fenton and Henare Te Pukuatua, Daily Southern Cross 11 Nov 1868, discussing which native tribes could claim Auckland?

Excerpt: John Shearer, master mariner deposed that he came to New Zealand in 1834. He came to the Waitemata in 1836 in the schooner 'Columbine'. He saw Te Reweti Tamaki and the Ngatiwhatua natives at the head of the Tamaki between 1836 and 1839. Afterwards he saw these natives when they came across and settled on the Waitemata. snip. He was here constantly for four months around 1840. He saw no other native tribes.

New Zealand Herald, 14th July 1886
Mr. T. Thompson to-day presented a petition from John Shearer, of Auckland, setting out that when visiting the Auckland harbour in 1834, and subsequently in 1840, he discovered a sunken rock in the fairway of the channel, and prevented serious loss of life on each occasion. He reported the fact to the harbour master  who took the bearings of the place, and called it "Shearer rock," after which petitioner assisted in surveying the coast up to the North Cape, giving reliable information as to harbour currents, shelters, etc., and being now 73 years of age and very poor, having had no acknowledgements from the colony, he asks for relief.

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