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Adventure in New Zealand from 1839 to 1844
With Some Account of the Beginning of the British Colonization of the Islands


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Adventure in New Zealand from 1839 to 1844
With Some Account of the Beginning of the British Colonization of the Islands

by Edward Jerningham Wakefield (Author)
Robert Stout (Editor)



ISBN: 9781108024068


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A detailed account of the founding and development of one of the first New Zealand colonies, first published in 1908.

Edward Jerningham Wakefield (1820-1876) was the son of Edward Gibbon Wakefield (1796-1862), who was the driving force behind the early colonization of New Zealand and South Australia, founding the New Zealand Association in 1837 with the aim of creating a colony in that country. His son was appointed secretary of the first settler expedition to New Zealand in 1839, and remained in the colony until 1844. This volume, edited by Sir Robert Stout and first published in 1908, contains Wakefield's account of his stay in New Zealand. He describes in detail the social conditions during the founding of the colony and its explorations in New Zealand, and includes detailed first-hand ethnographic information concerning the Maori tribes the expedition encountered. This volume provides a valuable and fascinating insight into the society and development of one of the earliest colonies of New Zealand.


ISBN 1108024068
ISBN13 9781108024068
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Format Paperback
Publication date 16/12/2010
Pages 806
Weight (grammes) 1010
Published in United Kingdom
Height (mm) 216
Width (mm) 140

Part I: 1. Early history of New Zealand
2. Departure from Plymouth
3. The whaling-town
4. Entrance of Port Nicholson
5. Port Underwood in Cloudy Bay
6. Search for Whanganui river
7. Shipping and tents in sight
8. An exploring journey
9. House built by natives
10. Town of 'Britannia'
11. A colonist hires a whaling-station
12. Company's store-ships
13. Journey to Otaki
14. Ships arrive from Sydney
15. News from the north
16. Official crimping of labourers
17. The 'Sandfly'
18. New Zealand is made a separate colony
Part II: 1. Bridle-road
2. Appointment of officers in England
3. Arrival of the Governor
4. Voyage to Whanganui
5. Progress of Whanganui
6. Foundation of Nelson
7. Voyage to Nelson
8. Public meetings
9. The Chief Te Ahu
10. Rauparah's slaves on the Hutt
11. Lieutenant Shortland assumes the government
12. Phormium tenax, or flax
13. Concluding selection of lands
14. Journey to Whanganui
15. First rumours of the massacre at Wairau
16. Arrival of Major Richmond and fifty-three soldiers
17. Review of the condition of the natives
18. News of the appointment of Governor Fitzroy
19. Arrival of Governor Fitzroy at Wellington