Mantell in ca 1870
|3rd Minister of Māori Affairs|
July 1861 – December 1861
|Prime Minister||William Fox|
December 1864 – July 1865
|Prime Minister||Frederick Weld|
August 1862 – August 1862
|Prime Minister||Alfred Domett|
|Member of the New Zealand Parliament
1861 – 1866
11 March 1820|
|Died||7 September 1895
|Spouse(s)||Mary Sarah Prince (m. 1869; d. 1873)
Jane Hardwick (m. 1876)
|Relations||Gideon Mantell (father)|
Walter Baldock Durrant Mantell (11 March 1820 – 7 September 1895) was a 19th-century New Zealand scientist, politician, and Land Purchase Commissioner. He was a founder and first secretary of the New Zealand Institute, and discovered and collected moa remains.
In 1848 Mantell was appointed to the office of commissioner for extinguishing native titles in the South Island.
When he was 36 he met Geraldine Jewsbury who was then 44. He had left New Zealand because he did not feel right about trying to convince the indigenous Māori people to undersell their land. He returned to England in 1856 and then met Jewsbury. When in New Zealand, the Maori people called Mantell "Matara" (meaning chief in Māori) because they had a difficult time pronouncing his name. Jewsbury used it as a nickname for Mantell. When Mantell was in England he had difficulty finding work. He became restless at home as well as a hypochondriac. Jewsbury encouraged him to write for the Westminster Gazette or to write a novel about New Zealand. Mantell eventually became tired of Jewsbury's persistent advice. Jewsbury, however, wanted what was best for Mantell and felt deeply attached to him. She once proposed marriage to Mantell in a letter, but he declined her offer. By 1859 Jewsbury had ceased trying to win his love. He then returned to New Zealand.
|Parliament of New Zealand|
Death and commemoration
- Sorrenson, M. P. K. "Mantell, Walter Baldock Durrant". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
- "W. B. D. Mantell: Names of the hapu of the Kai Tahu tribe". Otago University Research Heritage. University of Otago. Retrieved 24 June 2015.
- Clarke, Norma (1990). Heights: Writing, Friendship, Love: The Jewsbury Sisters, Felicia Hemans, and Jane Welsh Carlyle. London: Routledge.
- Scholefield, Guy (1925) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record (2nd ed.). Wellington: Govt. Printer. p. 116.
- Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.
|Minister of Native Affairs
|New Zealand Parliament|
|Member of Parliament for Wallace
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