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Written by James Rutherford, An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand   
Thursday, 06 November 2008

British Resident and early settler.

In 1839–40 he made further land purchases at Te Puke (near Waitangi), Waimate, Ngunguru, and Whangarei, meaning to increase his flocks of sheep, breed cattle, grow tobacco, and sell timber.

James Busby was the second son of John Busby, a surveying engineer of Northumbrian extraction resident in Edinburgh, and his wife Sarah, née Kennedy. In 1824 the family migrated to New South Wales. John Busby gained fame by salvaging the brig Henrietta Elizabeth, wrecked at Ruapuke Island, and prospered as a coal-mining surveyor and constructor of Sydney's water supply.

'BUSBY, James', from An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock, originally published in 1966.

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