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Area in New Zealand: Banks Peninsula
Details: Obituary 1887
Mr. William Shearer, who was drowned at Foxton recently, was, a correspondent writes, one of the oldest whalers on the coast. Visiting New Zealand in an English whaler, the Puzey Hall, owned by Mellish & Co., London, in 1830, he then left for Sydney, returning to Lyttelton in 1835 in the barque Australia, commanded by the late Captain W. B. Rhodes, as third mate. He was one of the four who came up from Lyttelton to Queen Charlotte Sound in an open boat. He came over to Wellington and landed in Teti Bay, Porirua Harbour. He was afterwards connected with the Wellington cargo boats as foreman for Mr. J. F. Wills. He left Wellington about 20 years ago, and has lived at the Chathams, Taranaki, and latterly at Foxton, where his death took place by drowning. He was 76 years of age. He could tell a good many tales about the old fighting days with the Maoris round Kapiti.
William is mentioned in J C Crawfords book, Recollections of Travel in New Zealand. He arrived in late 1839 at Port Nicholson. He said:
I was received by an old and well-known whaler, called Shearer, in whose house I found accommodation.