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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Mantell, Walter Baldock Durrant 1820-1895 :The unfortunate Moa, what was mired in the Slough of Despond at Waikouaiti in New Zealand. Anno Mundi??? 1849
Date: 1849 By: Mantell, Walter Baldock Durrant (Hon), 1820-1895 Ref: E-281-q-037 Description: A humorous drawing of a moa up to its neck in mud Quantity: 1 drawing(s). Physical Description: Pen and ink and wash 50 x 115 mm
By: Mantell, Walter Baldock Durrant (Hon), 1820-1895; Mantell, Catherine Louise Marguerite, 1867-1950 Ref: E-062 Description: Landscapes, seascapes and towns Inscriptions: Front cover has an oval stamp: Walter Mantell Quantity: 12 colour art print(s). Physical Description: Engrav...
Date: 1869 By: Briscoe, Edward Villiers, 1824?-1899; Jackson, Henry, 1830-1906; Wright, Alan, active 1998; New Zealand. Department of Survey and Land Information Ref: MapColl-832.4799gbbd/A/1869/Acc.26555 Description: Shows the Government Domain in Molesworth Street, and surrounding areas in 1869. Includes location of the Central Government Buildings, [Colonial] Museum, R....
Date: 1849 - 1850 By: Mantell, Walter Baldock Durrant (Hon), 1820-1895 Ref: C-103-116-3 Description: The foot and leg of a takahe See also 'Notornis head', C-103-116-2 Other Titles - Takahe Inscriptions: Recto - beneath image - title Quantity: 1 drawing(...
Date: 1886 By: Gore, Henry Morland, 1864-1930 Ref: G-470 Description: Head and shoulders portrait of scientist and explorer W. B. D. Mantell. He has a white beard and moustache and is wearing glasses. Quantity: 1 oil(s). Phy...
Date: 1803 - 1839 By: Swainson, William, 1789-1855; Gray, John Edward, 1800-1875; Mantell, Walter Baldock Durrant (Hon), 1820-1895; Mantell, Walter Godfrey, 1864-1927 Ref: A-022 Description: Drawings of fish, many, possibly most by William Swainson, possibly copied from other sources, possibly drawn from life, with annotations added later. Chiefl...
Date: 1601 By: Jonson, Ben, 1573?-1637; Burre, Walter, active 1597-1622; Mantell, Walter Baldock Durrant (Hon), 1820-1895; Mantell, Walter Godfrey, 1864-1927 Ref: REng-JONS-Foun-1601-Acc.292,899 Description: STC(2ed) 14773; ESTC s109229; without the extra dedication leaf. Bookstamps and bookplates of Walter Mantell. 18th century speckled calf, spine replaced. Qu...
Date: 1848 By: Mantell, Walter Baldock Durrant (Hon), 1820-1895 Ref: E-281-q-018 Description: Looking south east from low hills near the coast to the bay south of Moeraki Beach Quantity: 1 drawing(s). Physical Description: Pen and wash, 48 x 115 mm.
Date: 1850 By: Mantell, Walter Baldock Durrant (Hon), 1820-1895 Ref: C-103-009-2 Description: View across valley, with a tree fern and low scrub in the foreground Extended Title - In: Mantell, W B D Scrapbook. p. 9 Quantity: 1 drawing(s). Physical ...
Date: 1824 - 1851 Ref: E-210-q-Inside-cover Description: Inside front cover. Three bookplates bearing coats-of-arms: Gideon Mantell, F.R.S. etc., Castle Place, Lewes; W.B.D. Mantell; Water Mantell. Quantity: 3 b&w...