Authorised form of nameColenso; William (c 1811 - 1899)
Datesc 1811 - 1899
Place of birthPenzance, Cornwall, England
Date of birthc 1811
Place of deathNapier, North Island, New Zealand
Date of death10 February 1899
Research fieldNatural history
Apprenticed to a printer; printer to the British and Foreign Bible Society; sent by the Society to New Zealand (1834)and remained there for the rest of his life; established the first printing press in New Zealand; printed the New Testament in the Maori language; became a missionary; ordained to serve a church in Napier; travelled throughout New Zealand; MP for Napier (1861); Honorary Secretary, Hawkes' Bay Philosophical Institute (by 1883); died as a result of a carriage accident
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election04/06/1886
RelationshipsSon of Samuel May Colenso
Bulloch's Roll
Proc Roy Soc 1905 vol 75 pp 57-60 signed by J D H
Robin J H Clark and Michael J Kelly, 'New Zealand, New Zealanders and the Royal Society' in NR 1994 vol 48 pp 263-281
Baptised 13 December 1811.
Royal Society codeNA7094
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1886/04Colenso, William: certificate of election to the Royal Society
NLB/1/153Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to William Colenso5 July 1886
NLB/20/787Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Sir Joseph Hooker, Fellow of the Royal Society10 July 1900
NLB/14/722Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker, Fellow of the Royal Society3 May 1897
NLB/17/564Copy letter from Theodore E James, to Messrs Harrison & Sons21 November 1898
NLB/18/248Copy letter from Theodore E James, to Messrs Harrison & Sons[10 February 1899]
NLB/19/515Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Lord Joseph Lister, President of the Royal Society20 October 1899
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