Story: Chatham Islands

Naming and claiming

On 29 November 1791 crew members from the brig Chatham landed on Rēkohu, named it Chatham Island and claimed it on behalf of Britain's King George III. This account of the day’s events was written by one of the ship’s officers, Mr Johnstone.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Edward Bell Collection (qMS-2071-2073)
Reference: qMS-2071-60 (left); qMS-2071-61 (right)

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How to cite this page:

Rhys Richards, 'Chatham Islands - From first settlement to 1860', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 March 2023)

Story by Rhys Richards, updated 1 May 2015