An Old Identity.
The London ' Star' contains the following in reference to an old New Zealand resident, whose services to the colony are, however, somewhat exaggerated. Captain Bellairs lived for some time at Pclichet Bay, Dunedin, and was one of Sir George Grey's first nominees to the brief - lived Legislative Council of New Muuster, in which capacity only did he take part in the work of colonial administration or legislation. On his return to Europe he for a time acted as Paris correspondent for the London ' Times ' : "Captain Bellairs, our Vice-Consul at Biarritz, who received a visit from the Queen on Tuesday, belongs to an adventurous family. Amongst the trophies which he showed Her Majesty is the sword of an ancestor who fought at the siege of Gibraltar. Captain Bellaira's father, Sir William Bellairs, was in Spain with Wellington, and at Waterloo, He was oU'ered a baronetcy by Lord Durham for his services in connection with the remarkable enterprise which made New Zealand British territory. The Government having disclaimed any responsibility for New Zealand, the French fitted out an expedition to take possession of that country. _ A number of enterprising Englishmen, including Lord Durham, Sir William Bellairs, and Colonel Gibbon Wakefield, formed themselves into what was called the New Zealand Association, and Colonel Wakefield set sail with some companions, Captain Bellairs amongst the number, iu a small vessel, which reached New Zealand two days before the French. The British flag was promptly hoisted, and when the rival colonisers appeared Colonel Wakefield threatened to shoot any man who ventured to land. Captain Bellairs remained in New Zealand for some years, and rilled important offices in the colonial Administration. Many of the local statutes by which the affairs of the colony arc governed were framed by him. Colonel Wakefield, to whose energy Englaud is chiefly indebted for one of her most valuable possessions, is no longer living. Probably few people remember his exploit, or that he was perhaps the only man who had to leave the army for running away with a ward in Chancery."
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An Old Identity., Evening Star, Issue 7940, 22 June 1889
An Old Identity. Evening Star, Issue 7940, 22 June 1889
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