The British Empire and its effect on Plymouth

Plymouth Company of New Zealand Plaque

This plaque commemorates the attempts by West Country colonists to establish a new colony in New Zealand shortly after the Treaty of Waitangi had been signed. It is located just over the road from the Mayflower Steps on the Barbican.

This plaque commemorates the sailing of the six Plymouth Company vessels carrying settlers from Cornwall, Devon, and Dorset to establish the settlement of New Plymouth in the colony of New Zealand.

William Bryan barque 312 tons Sailed 19 November 1840
Amelia Thompson barque 477 tons Sailed 25 March 1841
Oriental barque 506 tons Sailed 2 June 1841
Timandra barque 382 tons Sailed 2 November 1841
Blenheim barque 374 tons Sailed 2 July 1842
Essex barque 329 tons Sailed 3 September 1842

Unveiled by the Lord Mayor of Plymouth Councillor Gordon Draper and his Worship the Mayor of New Plymouth D.L.Lean. J.P., esq. on this 25th Day of July 1988

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