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The Mellish entering Sydney Harbour

The Mellish entering Sydney Harbour

British East India Company ships such as the Mellish, which brought supplies to Australian convict settlements in the early 19th century, often had Indian crew members. When the ships stopped at New Zealand on the return journey to pick up cargoes, a few of these men deserted and settled among Māori people. They became the first Indian settlers in New Zealand.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Indians - Early immigration', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 September 2022)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2015