small island with a very scanty allowance of provisions

Newspapers on Paperspast don’t begin until August 1839 so reports on early New Zealand incidents can be difficult to find, so off to Australia we go – to Trove from the National Library of Australia; and a report in the Ship news column in The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, on Saturday 18 December 1813, when the Governor Bligh returned with 14,000 seal skins, 3 tons of elephant oil, and 10 persons from the west coast of New Zealand.

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