Guide to the Pamphlet of an Ex-Canterbury Resident (as filmed by the AJCP)



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2018

Collection Summary

Pamphlet of an Ex-Canterbury Resident (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
c. 1865
Collection Number
1 item
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

Printed pamphlet entitled Letters from New Zealand by an ex-Canterbury resident, published in London, and dedicated to John Bull, Esq., Junior. It consists of ten letters and is mainly a philosophical comment on the New Zealand way of life but with important notes on particular features such as the importance of the discovery of gold, the need for railways, and Maori agitation. There is very little personal detail although the last letter on the botanic system of medicine relates his own experiences.

Conditions Governing Access

Available for access.

Conditions Governing Use

Many of the records digitised as part of the AJCP are still in copyright. Readers wishing to publish or reproduce documents should seek permission, in the first instance, from the owner of the original material.

Preferred Citation

Acknowledgement of use of this material should refer to the location of the original material and to the Australian Joint Copying Project.Items from this collection should include references to the location of the original material and to the AJCP nla.obj number, which serves as the online identifier for the digital copy.

Example:M Series: Journal of Capt. James Cook, 18 February-23 September 1770, British Library Add. MS 27885 (AJCP ref:

Archival History

Filmed as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1959. (AJCP reel M423). Original microfilm digitised as part of the NLA AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

Mr. K.A. Webster, London, England

Existence and Location of Copies

The original AJCP microfilm of the records filmed from this collection is available at the National Library of Australia [] as well as other institutions holding AJCP microfilm.

Finding Aid Note

This finding aid is a revised online version of the original finding aid prepared by the Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP), published by the National Library of Australia in 2018. The original AJCP finding aids were unpublished typescripts or photocopies available from libraries that held copies of the original microfilm.


Canterbury, New Zealand; Maori; Medicine; Gold and goldfields: New Zealand; New Zealand; Railways: New Zealand


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry number 161, page 58.

Item Descriptions

Letters from New Zealand, 1865 (File)

Letters from New Zealand was written by an unidentified 'ex-Canterbury resident'. The pamphlet (56pp + 31pp appendices) was published in London by E. Buller in about 1865.It consists of the following sections:

Page 5: Who constitutes the reading public?

Page 9: A colonial view of the population of the United Kingdom

Page 13: The principle of 'honour' is lost in semi-republican colonies

Page 18: The desire of railroads and its origin

Page 21: The sanctity of money and the great demand for it

Page 25: On the great changes occasioned by the discovery of a goldfield

Page 29: On the influence of attorneys

Page 34: On the principles of the New Zealand war, leading to financial troubles

Page 41: On 'Would you advise me to emigrate?'

Page 51: On 'The botanic system of medicine'


Page 1: Extracts from Sewell's The New Zealand native rebellion [1865]

Page 26: The finances of New Zealand from the Marlborough Times, c. 1863]

Page 30: Monthly summary from the press, Aug. 1864