People are important at the Cambridge Museum. All of our residents left their mark and made Cambridge what it is today. Family historians enjoy our resources and can usually add more to our archives as we share our information.
In 1864 the first European settlers, who established Cambridge, were the soldiers of the 3rd Waikato Militia. There are about 1,572 noted in the Nominal Roll held at Archives New Zealand in Wellington, before substitute soldiers started arriving in 1866. But disillusionment with the Government's handling of the settlement drove away many of the soldiers to try their luck elsewhere.
In 1869-70 there was an Assessment List for Cambridge Rates, also held at Archives New Zealand in Wellington, in which 138 settlers' farm sections are listed.
Charles Chitty's map drawn in 1872, again at Archives New Zealand in Wellington, with farms within a five mile radius of Cambridge records 33 settlers on their farms.
Names of members of the Duke of Cambridge Lodge have also been taken from the Funeral and Sickness Fund records 1867-1899.
Many of the Cambridge Cavalry Volunteers who served between 1872 and 1882 are also included in these brief biographies.
Researched and written by Eris Parker Ref: Cambridge Museum Archives
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