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Busby, James (1801 - 1871)

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Viticulturist and Civil servant
Born: 7 February 1801  Edinburgh, Scotland.  Died: 15 July 1871  England.
James Busby arrived in New South Wales in 1824 and received a grant of 2000 acres in the Hunter River district. He pioneered viticulture in the colony and published a number of books. In 1832 he was appointed British Resident in New Zealand.

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Born Edinburgh, 7 February 1801. Died England, 15 July 1871. Studied viticulture in France. Arrived New South Wales 1824. Received a grant of 2,000 acres in the Hunter River district; obtained employment at the Male Orphan School near Liverpool in charge of the school farm and teaching agriculture until 1827; wrote "A Treatise on the Culture of the Vine and the Art of Making Wine" 1925; collector of internal revenue 1827-29; Europe 1831-32; British Resident in New Zealand 1832-40; storekeeping; farming; newspaper editor; served for several terms in the Auckland Provincial Council; published a number of pamphlets. On 20 March 1834 he held a meeting of chiefs at the Residency at Waitangi in the Bay of Islands,at which a New Zealand flag was adopted. In 1840 he drafted a treaty of cession and the first Maori signatures were obtained at Waitangi on 6 February. Son of John Busby and brother of George Busby (qq.v.).
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