The surname Brebner was first found in Surrey, where they held a family seat from ancient times. The name originated in the Duchy of Brabant and was transferred to England with the Norman Conquest in the 11th century.
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Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Brebner Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
Thomas Brebner, aged 29, a farm labourer, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "John Wickliffe" in 1848
Mary Brebner, aged 23, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "John Wickliffe" in 1848
Adam Brebner, aged 5, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "John Wickliffe" in 1848
Robert Brebner, aged 1, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "John Wickliffe" in 1848
Mr. Brebner, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "John Wickliffe" arriving in Port Chalmers, Otago, New Zealand on 23rd March 1848