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Wakefield, Edward Gibbon

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Born: 1796 AD
Died: 1862 AD, at 66 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Socialite

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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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