Title / object name
Diary of Felton Mathew (& Others) [unidentified subsequent owners/authors]
|Maker ||Role ||Date |
|Cox, Harold ||creating agency ||1912 |
Gift of Harold Cox, 1912
Felton Mathew was New Zealand's first Surveyor General arriving on board the H.M.S. Herald with Captain Hobson in January 1840.
Some of the most significant entries in the diary relate to the background and actual signing of The Treaty of Waitangi and subsequent events surrounging that signing.
The diary recordsFelton Mathew's views on the eventsof Hobson's arrival in New Zealand, travels, treaty signing and aftermath.
The diary was acquired by The Dominion Museum in 1912,from Cathcart Wason (Member of Parliament - United Kingdom) through the High Commissioner in London; who received it from a Mr Harold Cox.
Felton Mathew's writings start on the second page dated 18th January 1840 and continue for another 45 pages until August/September 1841.
From that dateit appearsthe diary had several subsequent owners or authors.