Collection W15 - Journal of William Richard Wade

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Journal of William Richard Wade


  • 1834-1871 (Creation)

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1 bound xerox copy of original manuscript journal. 170 pages

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William Richard Wade was a Baptist minister appointed Superintendant of the Church Missionary Society Mission press at Paihia and arrived at the Bay of Islands New Zealand with William Colenso in 1834. Wade devoted most of his time to missionary work until his unorthodox views on baptism forced him into retirement. In 1842 he left for Van Diemen’s Land to become minister of the Harrington Street Chapel, Hobart Town. There he published A Journey in the Northern Isle of New Zealand dedicated to Lady (Jane) Franklin, wife of the governor of Van Diemen’s Land. Wade was also a drawing teacher, curator and librarian, probably best known for his lectures and drawing classes. He showed considerable ability as an artist and made numerous water-colour sketches of New Zealand and Tasmanian.

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Xerox copy made, in 1975 of original journal in possession of Miss Elizabeth Wade, Sandy Bay, through good offices of Mr. Duncan Wade. Copies made also for the Tasmanian State Archives and the Hocken Library, Dunedin, New Zealand.

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Copy of The Journal of William R Wade, missionary, New Zealand, 1834-1839. Presented by his son Thomas N Wade to Leonard Wade and his wife Dora I Wade, Brighton, July 1917.

Journal commences 18th June 1834 at the beginning of a voyage to New South Wales and on to the Bay of Islands New Zealand. Continues unbroken to September 1836. Resumes with Journey to the Waikato, Rotorua etc. January to April 1838, Visit to the Reinga &c. March to April 1839. Final entry (one page) April 25, 1871

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This material is made available for personal research and study purposes under the University of Tasmania Standard Copyright Licence. For any further use permission should be obtained from the copyright owners. For assistance please contact

When reusing this material, please cite the reference number and provide the following acknowledgement:
“Courtesy of the UTAS Library Special & Rare Collections”

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PP September 2018




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