Topic: Flight, Josiah

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Josiah Flight was a passenger on the Timandra.

Flight,Josiah

Collection of Puke Ariki 002/17

Born in 1800.

Died 7th March, 1884.

Three children - Ann (Kelly), Sarah Gill and Kate Martha.

He was one of the first settlers in the Bell Block area, near the Mangoraka River.

One of the first Justice's of the Peace in New Plymouth.

Appointed Resident Magistrate, Coroner and Sheriff of the Supreme Court in 1852.

One of the first settlers to introduce sheep to Taranaki and to plant English trees, fruit and shrubs in the area.

His religious convictions as a Baptist led him to lay the first stone of the Wesleyan Chapel, Liardet Street in 1856, the Primitive Methodist Chapel, Queen Street in 1862 and the Baptist Chapel, Gill Street in 1868.

He took an active part in the flax and ironsand industries and lobbied for the construction of a harbour at New Plymouth.

More information about Josiah and his family can be found in ARC 2001-60 & ARC 2002-135.These consist of diaries written between 1841 - 1852 providing an insight into the lives and living conditions during this period. Inward and outward correspondence and legal documents between 1848 - 1888.

References:
Portrait Index
Taranaki Biography Files - Flight
ARC 2001-60 & ARC 2002-135

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