James West Stack - Notes and extracts
MS-289 (Reference Number)
Manuscript notes and extracts by Stack containing the following content:
(1) -- Memorandum on the nature of Title to land according to Maori custom etc. (p. 1)
(2) -- "Some Suggestions for Securing the Future Welfare of the Native Race". (p. 4)
(3) -- "A New Zealander's Will". Extract from Dr Edward Shortland and published by Longman, 1856. (p. 11)
(4) -- Extract from Dr Edward Shortland to the Chief Protector of Aborigines, dated 15 August 1843, Aakaroa. (p. 13)
(5) -- Extract from Dr Edward Shortland to B. Hawes, Esq., MP, one of Her Majesty's Secretaries of State for the Colonies, dated 25 February 1847, London. (p. 13)
(6) -- History of the Church of England in New Zealand. (p. 15)
(7) -- Report for 1860. For the Synod. (p. 24)
(8) -- Condition of the People. (p. 27)
(9) -- Churches. (p. 28)
(10) -- Congregations. (p. 28)
(11) -- Schools. (p. 28)
(12) -- Baptisms. (p. 29)
Stack, James West. Notes. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-289.
- Stack, James West, 1835-1919 (Missionary, clergyman, writer, interpreter). Born 27 March 1835 in a tent in a Maori pa at Puriri in the Thames district, New Zealand, was the oldest of seven children of the missionary James Stack and his wife, Mary West. He arrived in Christchurch on 16 August 1859, was ordained deacon in 1860 and became a priest in 1862. Stack believed that the bitter sense of betrayal over the loss of land had 'blighted all our work'. He wanted the government to prevent the leasing of Maori land on disadvantageous terms, and to encourage Maori landholding to develop along European economic and social lines. He considered the reserves were 'ridiculously small', showed impatience at the government's slowness in settling claims and was aware of extreme poverty among the South Island Maori, who were feeling the full weight of European settlement by the 1870s. He tried to influence the government to act for those suffering hardship.
- Johannes C. Andersen has inscribed the following comment:
- "Copy of MS note by James W. Stack left with other papers, pictures etc given to the Turnbull Library by Stack's people in England after his death".
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