Mantell, Walter Baldock Durrant (Hon), 1820-1895

Matara, 1820-1895

Public servant, politician, naturalist. The eldest son of Gideon Mantell, Walter was born in Lewes, Sussex (England). He was apprenticed to a surgeon, but left aboard the 'Oriental' for the Wellington settlement of the New Zealand Company in 1839, arriving in Wellington on 31 Jan 1840. After an attempt at farming, Walter became clerk to the Bench of Magistrates and Deputy Postmaster for Wellington. In 1845 he took charge of building the Horokiri (Horokiwi) military road, and in 1848, was made Commissioner for extinguishing native land claims in the Middle (South) Island, with the responsibility for setting aside Maori reserves within Kemp's Block which straddled the Canterbury and Otago regions. In 1849 he purchased two blocks and attempted the purchase of the Akaroa Block. He purchased the Murihiku Block (Southland) in 1853 and was appointed Commissioner for Crown Lands for the Southern District of New Munster in 1851. In 1856 Walter was in England to settle his father's estate. After an acrimonious correspondence with the Secretary of State over the Kai Tahu question, he resigned his position in Aug 1856. He met Geraldine Jewsbury through their mutual friends, Jane and Thomas Carlyle and corresponded with her until he left for New Zealand in Oct 1859, arriving in Jan 1860. He was elected to the House of Representatives for Wallace in 1861 and served on three successive ministries, that of Fox 1861-1862, Domett 1862-1863 and Weld 1864-1865. He retired in 1866 and took up a seat on the Legislative Council, which he retained until his death. Walter was a keen naturalist and the Notornis (now Porphyrio) Mantelli is named after him.

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Date: 1851 From: Mantell family : Papers Ref: MS-Papers-0083-106 Description: Quantity: 1 folder(s).
Date: 1852 From: Mantell family : Papers Ref: MS-Papers-0083-107 Description: Quantity: 1 folder(s).
By: Mantell, Walter Baldock Durrant (Hon), 1820-1895 Ref: C-107-040/042 Description: Include 1 of remains in Canterbury Museum; cf D-008-028/9 Quantity: 3 watercolour(s). Physical Description: Ink, pencil and watercolour 280 x 600 mm to 320...
Date: 1835 - 1839 From: Mantell, Gideon Algernon 1790-1852 :Scrapbook. [ca 1810-1840] By: Mantell, Walter Baldock Durrant (Hon), 1820-1895 Ref: E-295-q-079-2 Description: Drawing of a rocky outcrop off shore at the northern tip of Unst, Shetland Other Titles - Muckle Flugga Inscriptions: Recto - above image - Title in pencil...
Mantell, Walter Baldock Durrant, 1820-1895 :[Letter from Akaroa, 23 Dec 1848]
Date: 1848 From: Mantell, Walter Baldock Durrant 1820-1895 :[Sketchbook, no. 3] 1848-1849 By: Mantell, Walter Baldock Durrant (Hon), 1820-1895 Ref: E-334-107 Description: 2nd page of letter started on p. 108 Quantity: 1 drawing(s) (hand writing). Physical Description: Pencil, 120 x 200 mm (page size)
Date: 1851 By: Mantell, Walter Baldock Durrant (Hon), 1820-1895 Ref: C-064-032 Description: Shows river and identifies mountains Removed from Mantell, W B D. Scrapbook (C-103) Quantity: 1 drawing(s). Physical Description: Ink 175 x 510 mm
Date: 1851 From: Mantell, Walter Baldock Durrant, 1820-1895 :Scrapbook. 1840-1872. By: Mantell, Walter Baldock Durrant (Hon), 1820-1895 Ref: C-103-094 Description: Shows river downs and hills in background Other Titles - Hokonui Quantity: 1 drawing(s). Physical Description: Pen sketch 178 x255 mm
Date: 1850 From: Mantell, Walter Baldock Durrant 1820-1895: [Sketches] By: Swainson, William, 1789-1855; Mantell, Walter Baldock Durrant (Hon), 1820-1895 Ref: E-281-q-030 Description: A very tall mamaku with a curved trunk. Beyond it is the trunk of a large tree, covered in epiphytes, other tree trunks and bush and part of the Hutt River ...
Date: 1847 From: Mantell, Walter Baldock Durrant, 1820-1895 :Scrapbook. 1840-1872. By: Mantell, Walter Baldock Durrant (Hon), 1820-1895 Ref: C-103-041-3 Description: Four cabbage trees above a coastline with a faint line in the distance, possibly intended to show a view of distant Mount Taranaki from the south Inscriptio...
Date: 1850 From: Mantell, Walter Baldock Durrant 1820-1895: [Sketches] By: Mantell, Walter Baldock Durrant (Hon), 1820-1895 Ref: E-281-q-036 Description: An extensive landscape with the foothills in the distance and Rangiora Woods also in the distance. Small clumps of bush closer by. Other Titles - Rangiora ...
Date: 1847 From: Mantell, Walter Baldock Durrant, 1820-1895 :Scrapbook. 1840-1872. By: Mantell, Walter Baldock Durrant (Hon), 1820-1895 Ref: C-103-024-1 Description: Shows Paritutu rock seen from the land Other Titles - New Plymouth Quantity: 1 drawing(s). Physical Description: Ink, 110 x 85 mm
Mantell, Walter Baldock Durrant, 1820-1895 :Letter from Akaroa, Sept 21. [1848]
Date: 1848 From: Mantell, Walter Baldock Durrant 1820-1895 :[Sketchbook, no. 3] 1848-1849 By: Mantell, Walter Baldock Durrant (Hon), 1820-1895 Ref: E-334-037/037-2 Description: Letter from Akaroa on the subject of Maori land in Canterbury Two following pages accidentally unnnumbered have been numbered 37-1 and 37-2. The letter co...
Date: ca 1867-1898 Ref: PAColl-7223 Description: Photographs of: the front of the second St Mary's Cathedral on Hill Street ca 1870; St Mary's ca 1880; Mantell and his son Walter in Mantell's garden with St...
Date: 1848 By: Wills, Alfred, active 1842-1852 Ref: A-228-006 Description: A Maori man seated on a high flat rock in a limestone shelter, looking out to a plain with ponds in the distance See also: E-281-007; see also E-333-026/027...
From: Australian Joint Copying Project : Miscellaneous Series microfilm Ref: Micro-MS-Coll-20-2675 Description: Quantity: 1 microfilm reel(s). Finding Aids: Inventory available.
Date: 1802, 1860-1895 By: Rusden, George William, 1819-1903 Ref: Micro-MS-0758 Description: Selections relating to New Zealand. Mainly inwards correspondence and annotations of Rusden in his published works. Most of the material concerns Rusden's Hi...
Date: 1839-1889 From: Australian Joint Copying Project : Miscellaneous Series microfilm Ref: Micro-MS-Coll-20-2278 Description: Quantity: 1 microfilm reel(s).
Date: 1848-1955 From: Australian Joint Copying Project : Miscellaneous Series microfilm Ref: Micro-MS-Coll-20-2887 Description: Quantity: 1 microfilm reel(s).
Date: 1840 - 1849 From: Mantell, Walter Baldock Durrant, 1820-1895 :Scrapbook. 1840-1872. By: Mantell, Walter Baldock Durrant (Hon), 1820-1895 Ref: C-103-055-1 Description: Shows a sailing ship beside an iceberg Quantity: 1 watercolour(s). Physical Description: Watercolour, 69 x 149 mm
Date: 1852 From: Mantell, Walter Baldock Durrant, 1820-1895 :Scrapbook. 1840-1872. By: Mantell, Walter Baldock Durrant (Hon), 1820-1895 Ref: C-103-093-1 Description: Part of a river bed near the coast Probably the Mataura River area, possibly in December 1852. Compare Mantell's drawing titled Haunui, Mataura, Dec 23 (ref...