Wakefield, Edward Gibbon
Born: Mar 20, 1796 AD
Died: 1862 AD, at 66 years of age.
1796 - Born in London, Great Britain on the 20th of March.
1816 - He ran off with Eliza Pattle and they were subsequently married in Edinburgh.
1826 - On the 7th of March, assisted by his brother William, he abducted Ellen Turner, the fifteen year old daughter of a wealthy family.
1831 - He was giving evidence to a Parliamentary Select Committee enquiring into prison conditions.
- He became involved in various schemes to promote the colonization of South Australia.
- The Colonial Office gave the New Zealand Association a charter to promote settlement in New Zealand.
- The Rebellion in Lower Canada had been suppressed but the colony was in turmoil.
1838 - Edward Gibbon and his son, Edward Jerningham sailed secretly for Canada but before they arrived word had leaked out and the appointment was forbidden by London.
1839 - In March, Edward Gibbon was invited to become the director of the New Zealand Company.
- He had dispatched eight more ships to New Zealand, before he even knew of the success of the Brother William and the Tory expedition.
1842 - He arrived in Montreal in January and stayed in Canada for about a year.
1843 - He went back to Canada and spent some months there. However when he heard of his brother Arthur's death at the Wairau Affray, he immediately quit Canada and never returned.
1844 - Edward Gibbon returned to England to find the New Zealand Company under serious attack from the Colonial Office.
1845 - In August, he went to France to recuperate and to give himself a complete break from New Zealand affairs.
1850 - Wakefield co-founded the Colonial Reform Society with Charles Adderley, a landowner and member of parliament for Staffordshire.
1851 - Edward Gibbon continued to work for the Canterbury Association and also to work towards making New Zealand a self-governing colony.
1862 - Died in Wellington on the 16th of May.
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