Arrived: 1836 (before)
Country of origin:
Area in New Zealand: Hokianga, Kaipara, Auckland
Source: Treaty of Waitangi Tribunal
Details: George Stephenson, a carpenter and Wesleyan lay preacher at the Mangungu mission station in the Hokianga, arrived on the Wairoa River in January 1836 as a timber trader and settler. By July, he had negotiated the occupation of a site at Te Wharau, on the Rahurahu block, where he built his house and trading station. In his statement of claim to the Land Claims Commission, Stephenson said that Rahurahu was gifted to him by the chiefs on account of him being the first Euopean resident and in recognition of his gifts and services for them. After being turned down by the Commission, in 1847, he and his family moved to Auckland where he worked as a carpenter and builder and where he often acted as a pilot for chartered vessels on the Kaipara Harbour during the early 1850’s.
Note in the Wesleyan books NZMS 779, special collections, Auckland library.
Albert, George and Ellen Stephenson Carpenter
Ed.ward? Win ditto