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Rev. Henry Williams

Also Known As: "Te Wiremu Karuwha"
Birthplace: Gosport, South Hampshire, Hampshire, England (United Kingdom)
Death: July 16, 1867 (75)
The Retreat, Pakaraka, Northland, North Island, New Zealand
Place of Burial: Pakaraka, Bay of Islands, North Island, New Zealand
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Williams; Thomas Williams; Mary Marsh and Mary Williams
Husband of Jane Williams and Marianne Williams
Father of Edward Marsh Williams; Marianne Davies; Archdeacon Samuel Williams; Henry Williams; Thomas Coldham Williams and 6 others
Brother of Wiremu William Williams; Lydia Marsh; Thomas Sydney (Sydney) Williams; Lydia Marsh; Joseph Williams and 5 others

Occupation: Naval Officer | Missionary
Immigration to New Zealand: Brampton, 3 August 1823
Managed by: Jason Scott Wills
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About Rev. Henry Williams

Rev. Henry Williams was a former naval officer who served during the Napoleonic Wars. He arrived in NZ in the Brampton in 1823 and settled in Piahia, Bay of Islands. His son was born there in 1825. He was leader of the Church Missionary Society (CMS) mission in New Zealand for many years. Acting as a peacemaker, he tried to stop the fighting at Tauranga and Maketu in 1832 and 1833. With some help from his son, Edward Marsh Williams, in February 1840 Williams translated the Treaty of Waitangi into Māori. In late March of 1840 Henry arrived in Tauranga aboard the schooner Ariel. He left a copy of the Treaty at Te Papa Mission Station for missionaries to gather signatures. He became Archdeacon of Waimate in 1844. Biography by Debbie McCauley.


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Rev. Henry Williams's Timeline

February 11, 1792
Gosport, South Hampshire, Hampshire, England (United Kingdom)
November 2, 1818
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
April 28, 1820
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England (United Kingdom)
January 17, 1822
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England (United Kingdom)
November 10, 1823
Paihia, Northland, New Zealand
July 18, 1825
Paihia, Bay of Islands, North Island, New Zealand
April 6, 1827
Pahia, Northland, North Island, New Zealand
February 26, 1829
Paihia, Northland, New Zealand
February 24, 1831
Paihia, Bay of Islands, North Island, New Zealand