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GERMAN EMIGRATION TO NEW ZEALAND.

By the kindness of a friend, we are enabled to furnish our readers with the following interesting extract from the New Zealand Journal of the 26th of November. The paper was brought to Auckland by the Westminster, which left Plymouth on the 4th of December, and, as far as we know, is the only one in the colony :—: — *' We have been much gratified to learn that a party of German colonists, purchasers of land in the Nelson Settlement, are preparing to take their departure shortly for the colony, and have Chartered the St. Pauli, a fine vessel of about 380 tons, to sail from Hamburg on the 20th December next They will muster about 16 or 17 in the cabin, and about 100 labouring emigrants wili embark in the steerage. This is the

first result of the measures recently taken by the New Zealand Company to spread information in Germany respecting New Zealand ; and we are informed that great probability exists that the emigration thence will be followed up with spirit next season. Mr. John N. Beit, of Hamburg, whom the Company some time since appointed its agent in Germany, wrote a little pamphlet containing an account of the Company's settlements ; and many of the papers issued by the Company have been translated into the German language, and extensively circulated. A spirit of enquiry has been thus awakened, and the results are the purchase of land to a considerable amount, and the despatch of the first body of German emigrants to New Zealand. Mr. Beit himself proceeds to Nelson, accompanied by a large family ; and two clergymen, sent out by the North German Mission, will also form part of the expedition. We believe that the whole of the arrangements respecting the ship have been made by the parties themselves ; and that the labouring emigrants have been carefully selected according to the regulations of the Company for English emigrants. Several vinedressers are of the number, and Mr. Beit has expressed his determination to attempt the cultivation of the vine at Nelson. We hail with pleasure this commencement of a German emigration to the Company's settlements. The number of emigrants who leave Germany annually is about 22,000 souls, the greater part of whom emigrate to the United States or to Canada : and it has been calculated that these do not possess less than from £15 to £20 per head ; many of these are of that ' intermediate class ' which has just gone out in the fore-cabin of the Phoebe, and would be a most valuable acquisition to New Zealand. We have little doubt, from all we can learn, that a considerable^stream of emigration will now be kept up, particularly when accounts shall have been received from this expedition. Messrs. De Chapeaurouge and Co, a well known and most respectable mercantile firm at Hamburg, have accepted the agency of the Company, and have taken up the subject with great spirit ; and we may look forward to the despatch of another vessel in the course of next spring, with a fresh batch of settlers for Wellington or Nelson. " The Company have an agent at Boulogne, but we are not aware that it has led to any useful result. We think the appointment of an agent for Belgium would be more successful. The Belgians would form most useful settlers in New Zealand." The St. Pauli may now be daily expected, it being highly probable that, in making arrangements for the despatch of this first vessel, the time named for sailing was not aMe to be kept. No emigrants are more valuable than the Germans, and we hail the announcement of the intended cultivation of the vine by them with unfeigned pleasure.

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GERMAN EMIGRATION TO NEW ZEALAND., Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume II, Issue 64, 27 May 1843

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GERMAN EMIGRATION TO NEW ZEALAND. Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume II, Issue 64, 27 May 1843

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