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Mary Ann Ellen Petre diary.

Identifier: MSS-Archives-Vault 95

Scope and Contents

Collection contains a photocopy of a typescript of a diary kept by Mary Ann Petre during a voyage to New Zealand with her husband Henry Petre during the 1840's. The diary also covers the period immediately after the Petre's arrived in Wellington.


  • 1842 - 1844


Conditions Governing Access

Not restricted

Biographical / Historical

Henry and Mary Ann Petre were influential early settlers in the Hutt Valley, arriving aboard the Oriental in January 1840. Henry Petre was the second son of the 11th Baron Petre, a director of the New Zealand Company. While the family returned to England in 1855 their son Francis William Petre, an architect, returned to New Zealand in 1872 and is responsible for the design of many Catholic Churches in the South Island including Christchurch's Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.

For further details about Henry Petre see: A Dictionary of New Zealand biography / edited by G.H. Scholefield, vol.2, p.163.


0.02 metres (1 folder)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Fiona McAlpine, Dept. of Music, University of Auckland in November 1987.

Existence and Location of Originals

Original diary held by the Alexander Turnbull Library as MS 1772 and a digital copy is available on the National Library of New Zealand's website.

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections, University of Auckland Repository

5 Alfred Street
Private Bag 92019
Auckland 1142 New Zealand