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NEW ZEALAND INFANT SCHOOL.

LADIES PATRONESSES. The Countess of Durham. Lady Pbtkb. .. Lady Molesworth. 1 Hon. Mrs. Baring. A Lady, the wife of one of the earliest members of the first colony intending to settle in New Zealand, has resolved on the

i establishment of an Infant School for the 1 benefit of the-cbildren of the Aborigines, and •of the poorer- class of settlers. • • - <• ' • ; With this intention, she has purchased one ;of -the- preliminary sections of land, which ; she- gives as a perpetual endowment for this | purpose, and has taken upon herself the re- # • sponsibifi-fcy of guaranteeing the salary for j the 1 first year of a master and mis-tress, with , their daughter, as an assistant, for whom she , has likewise provided free passages, and ac- : commodatien on arriving inf New Zealand. v j The teacher engaged is Mr Buchanan, I who* ' during, the last twenty years, has su- * perintended the first institution of this kind established in England. It i^intended to place the contributions in the- hands- of three trustees, leaving the management, in the first instance, to. the lady who* is- the originator of ' the' plan-, who subscribes- the larger portion of the funds, and who*, proceeding- tq the colony with her husband, is- willing to give up as much of her time as- may be necessary for 1 the personal superintendence of the school. ' The* trustees- will make themselves re^ sponsiblefoc the- due administration of the funds,, and detailed reports will be forwarded periodically; to- the subscribers in England- •" An immediate- outlay is required for build* ing a school-roomy as well as residence for master and; mistress, with other incidental expenses at the commencement. i It is- believed that, if the necessary, buildings can- be erected, the institution: -may shortly rely upon, the exertions of the colonists themselves ;. and it is calculated that the sum- of twos hundred pounds will bevsuf* ficient to- lay the foundation of a* system which may. hereafter extend itself oot-4 large portion of the- infant population; of New Zealand.. Donations and annual subscriptions received by Dr Evaaas, chairman of the first colony, at the Office of the New Zealand Land Company, No. 1 Adam Street, Adelpfii. Trustees* and other' officers, including a committee' of correspondents in England, will be appointed; afe a General Meeting of subscribers before- tihe departure of the first colony;. Should these proposals meet withi any considerable support* the plan will be extended- so) as t<h include an- Infant Orphan Asylum* * BANKERS. Mmsrs- HAN-KEYj Fencburch street.. LITERARY,. SCIENTIFIC, AND PHILANTHROPIC INSTITUTIONS POR THE BENEFIT, OP -THE BBSTISH SETTLERS. AND NATIVE INHABITANTS OF THE ISLANDS OP NEW ZEALAND. COMMITTEE : ©bohoe Sazhcohl Evans, D.C.L., Chairman. Hon. Henry- Petre. ■ Captain t>ANiEix. Dudley Sinclair, Esq. Francis, Molesworth, Esq. Edward Bbcts, Hopper, JSsq-. ~ ' George Duppa, Esq. Edek Bowler, Esq. . • BANKERS. ' Messrs. Wright and Co., Jfenrietla street, . Covent garden. The Society, w.Mch has been formed under the designation, of " the First Colony," and which, consists exclusively, ' as they have already annoaiaced, of heads of families and others about to settle in New Zealand, on lands purchased from the New Zealand. Company, are impressed with the belief that a Colony to be prosperous should be composed of a portion of an old Society, transferred complete in all its parts, and containing at least the rudiments of all those institutions,"which give the tone and character to. civilization. As the shortness of the time intervening, before their departure, in August, precludes the possibility of any very minute separate arrangements for distinct societies, the Committee offer themselves to the public as provisional trustees for the administration of any funds which ,may be contributed for scientific or philanthrophic purposes. On the all-important subjects of religion and education, they are happy to. observe that the members of the Church of England, connected with, the Colony, have announced a plan, and opened a subscription for the endowment of a Church in connexion vrith "the Society for, the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts f and aJs^T'vfbo^ s about to proceed with her.4iuiba|td^tQ the Colony, is receiving contrigbt^; '^jine maintenance of an Infant Sch^^dj^phan>j Asylum for the native cWldjfcnP^^^vf 2j| The Committee beg, at tiffi wt e^M>W ■. call attention to two points, »eMfe^^aw^ . the other philanthropic, ing*^^||)^^\ ;

and denominations can perfectly agree ; and which may, therefore, with propriety and advantage, be undertaken by the Colonists as a Society, — the formation of a Public Library, with a General Museum and Scientific Institution, and the establishment of a Dispensary, or Hospital, for *the benefit of the settlers, and the Aborigines of the country. It is obvious that without the former of these Institutions, a high standard of civilization cannot be maintained, and that it is beyond the power of individual settlers to provide for it, on an adequate scale, in the infancy of the undertaking. It is believed also that Governments and public societies, by communicating their official papers and transactions, and noblemen and gentlemen, by giving duplicates of works, will, without inconvenience to themselves, confer an inestimable boon on the Colony by their joint contributions. Subscriptions in money will be received also, but it is imagined that there are few individuals acquainted with the subject who will not cheerfully present at least one volume, or one specimen of science or art, to be deposited, as a token of their good will, in the Public Library of the New Zealand Colony. Separate accounts will be kept, and a strict appropriation of the funds be made, according to the will of the subscribers ; and it is understood that the benefit of the Institutions will be open, without distinction of rank, to all the inhabitants of the Colony, whether settlers or Aborigines. Contributions to the Library, the Museum, or the Dispensary, either in money or in kind, will be thankfully received by any member of the Committee, at the Office of the New Zealand Land Company. The contributions most valued will be Books, whether in ancient or modern languages, Manuscripts, Maps, Charts, Engravings, Paintings and Sculpture, with copies or casts, Models of Inrentions and of Buildings, specimens of Minerals and of Natural History, Coins, Medals, &c, and whatever may suggest itself as essential to the plans of a Colony which proposes to cherish the refinements of civilization from the beginning of its existence. The Committee will make a public acknowledgement of all contributions made to them, and a permanent record of the obligation, in the Colony ; and they hold out' this pledge to the public Institutions, or individuals who may assist them, that they will, as soon as in their power, requite them, by the return of an equivalent amount of specimens, collected in New Zealand and the neighbouring countries. First Colony of New Zealand, 1, Adam Street, Adelphi, July Bth, 1839.

Justice to the Aborigines. — This phrase has excited the pleasantry of very many individuals. The conduct of the people of South Australia towards the aborigines has associated truth with these words. The Land Company of New Zealand has commenced its operations by reserving a quantity equal to one-tenth of the town and country lands recently disposed of. At the lottery for priority of choice, the native reserves proved greatly to exceed the average of fortune. If these lands be well managed there i-s little doubt they will be worth 100,000^. in ten years, and at the Australian rate of 10 per cent, per annum, will yield a revenue of 10,000 Z. pledged to be applied to the use and benoSt of the natives of New Zealand. This will be the result of the sale of a single township. The prospect of a large fund for the civilizati&n •of the natives is truly promising, and will convince the most sceptical that ho idle mockery or dishonest purpose is cloaked in the use of this phrase. Extract from the minutes of a meeting of the Committee of the Aborigines Protection Society, held on the 10th of August, 1839 : — " Resolved — That this Committee receives with pleasure intelligence respecting the measures adopted by the New Zealand Land Company with reference to portions of land set aside by them for Aborigines in the neighbourhood of their intended settlement ; the Committed, however, conceives, that in order to give complete effect to the intention of the Company, it is desirable that the portions of land so reserved should be immediately vested in Trustees for the sole ienefit of the natives." ... Public Accommodation-. — One of the emigrants proceeding to the colony with the first expedition, goes under an engagement to open a house for the accommodation of the colonists of New Zealand.

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NEW ZEALAND INFANT SCHOOL., New Zealand Gazette and Wellington Spectator, Volume I, Issue 0, 6 September 1839

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NEW ZEALAND INFANT SCHOOL. New Zealand Gazette and Wellington Spectator, Volume I, Issue 0, 6 September 1839

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