Edward Gibbon Wakefield bronze plaque in London

From offices on this site the New Zealand Company on 5 May 1839 despatched the survey ship Tory to begin the colonisation of New Zealand on the Wakefield Plan.

Edward Gibbon Wakefield (20 March 1796 – 16 May 1862) was a British politician, the driving force behind much of the early colonisation of South Australia, and later New Zealand.Wakefield, who in 1816 married Eliza Pattle (1799–1820), was the eldest son of Edward Wakefield (1774–1854) and Susanna Crash (1767–1816). He is mentioned and criticised in Chapter 33 of Karl Marx's Das Kapital (Volume 1). He was imprisoned for three years in 1827 for kidnapping.

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