Hobson County, New Zealand

Hobson County was one of the counties of New Zealand in the North Island, from 1876 until 1989. It came into existence in November 1876, when the provinces were abolished.[1] The county seat was at Aratapu, on the western bank of the Wairoa River, 9.5 kilometres (5.9 mi) south of Dargaville, until 1909, when it moved to Dargaville.[1][2] In 1908, the town of Dargaville and neighboroughing Mangawhare split from Hobson County to form Dargaville Borough.[3][4] In the 1989 local government reforms, Hobson County re-amalgamated with Dargaville Borough and merged with Otamatea County and parts of Rodney County and Whangarei County to create Kaipara District.[5]

Hobson County
County of New Zealand
CapitalAratapu (1876–1909)
Dargaville (1909–1989)
• Established
• Disestablished
Today part ofKaipara District

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  1. ^ a b "Aratapu". The Cyclopedia of New Zealand (Auckland Provincial District). Christchurch: Cyclopedia Company. 1902. p. 627. Retrieved 14 March 2022.
  2. ^ "Hobson county chambers". Auckland Star. Vol. 40, no. 96. 23 April 1909. p. 6. Retrieved 14 March 2022.
  3. ^ "Borough of Dargaville". Thames Star. Vol. 44, no. 10378. 10 April 1908. p. 2. Retrieved 14 March 2022.
  4. ^ "Dargaville, Northland". National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 14 March 2022.
  5. ^ "Management implementation of memorandum understanding between Kaipara District Council and Te Uri O Hau, Ngati Whatua". Kaipara District Council. Archived from the original on 14 October 2008.