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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]

Captain Arthur Wakefield

Captain Arthur Wakefield, R.N., was aother brother of the founder, who cast in his fortunes with the New Zealand Company. He was the agent of the Company at Nelson, where he was succeeded by Mr. (afterwards Sir William) Fox. Captain Wakefield was very popular with the early settlers, and his murder by the chief Rangihaeata, on the occasion of the Wairan Massacre, on the 17th of June, 1843, was very deeply and very generally deplored. His brothers, Mr. Felix Wakefield and Mr. Daniel Wakefield, though they came to New Zealand, were less intimately connected with the Company.