Edward Marsh Williams


Date of birth
02 Nov 1818
Date of death
11 Oct 1909
Place of birth
ex-Judge of Native Land Court; born Hampstead, London, 1818; eldest son of late Archedeacon Henry Williams, Paihia. Educated in England for medical profession, but owing to ill health relinquished studies; arrived at Bay of Islands with parents in ship "Brampton" 1823; became proficient Maori linguist; translated into Maori the Treaty of Waitangi, of which Governor Hobson (1840) appointed Archdeacon Henry Williams to take chaerge; received appointment of Native Interpreter to Major Bunbury (Commissioner acting on behalf of Governor Hobson) to obtain signatures to Treaty of Waitangi throughout colony; subsequently apointed Government Interperter, Clerk of Court, and first postmaster at Auckland; retired 1842 and settled on farm at Pakaraka; appointed resident magistrate for Bay of Islands and norther districts by Sir George Grey in 1861, retiring 1880; appointed Judge of Native Land Court 1880, holding office until 1891 (retired). Address: Pakaraka, BAy of Islands.

from: New Zealand, Who's Who in New Zealand and the Western Pacific, 1908, 1925, 1938


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