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Sir Joseph Nias

(1793-1879), Admiral

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Joseph Nias entered the navy in 1807 and took part in battles against Napoleon in the Mediterranean until 1815. He continued in active service after the peace, and in January 1818 was appointed to an expedition to the Arctic under the command of Sir John Ross. He made a second trip to the Arctic in 1821, which lasted for two years. In 1826, Nias was sent to the Mediterranean under the command of Sir Edward Codrington, and after the battle of Navarino he was promoted to the rank of Commander. He later served in the First Opium War (1839-42) in China, after which he returned permanently to Britain.

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Sir Joseph Nias, by Unknown photographer - NPG P2

Sir Joseph Nias

by Unknown photographer
hand-tinted ambrotype

Sir Joseph Nias, after a photograph by Maull & Polyblank - NPG 2437

Sir Joseph Nias

after a photograph by Maull & Polyblank
oil over photograph, 1850s
NPG 2437


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Kristina Zaremba

9 February 2017, 13:38

Admiral Sir Joseph Nias was heavily involved in the Treaty of Waitingi by which New Zealand was ceded to the UK. He commanded the ship that took Captain Hobson (the first Governor) to New Zealand and assisted him in the negotiations and was a signatory to the treaty

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