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The 'Akaroa County Council has approved of the inscription to be placed on the centenary memorial to Captain George, Hempleman, as submitted to it by the Akaroa Borough Council, states the "Press." The inscription now reads: "Erected to commemorate the centenary of the first white settler in Canterbury, New Zealand, Captain George Hempleman, who established a whaling station at Peraki in 1835." The Borough Council, in a covering letter, stated that it had^made inquiries into the first settlements. It had been found that there were permanent settlers in the South Island as far back as 1826. All, however, were south of the Canterbury district. Instructions had been given the contractor to proceed with the erection of the memorial stone at Peraki. After a discussion the council concluded that though many whalers and others had lived with the Maoris, Hempleman was "the first to erect his own dwellings and establish a settlement. The inscription was approved.

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Evening Post, Evening Post, Volume CXXV, Issue 63, 16 March 1938

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MEMORIAL AT PERAKI Evening Post, Volume CXXV, Issue 63, 16 March 1938