• First Pakehas Around Wellington & Cook Strait 1803 to 1839

    First Pakehas Around Wellington & Cook Strait 1803 to 1839
    Unity Wellington Stock : 4
    ISBN: 9780473516499
    Title: First Pakehas Around Wellington & Cook Strait 1803 to 1839
    Author: RICHARDS RHYS

    The settlers in the New Zealand Company arrived belatedly in
    1839, decades after the first foreign visitors to Port Nicholson and
    Cook Strait. The leaders of the new colony clearly sought to downplay
    and ignore the vital preparatory role played by their pakeha
    predecessors. Wakefield wanted the new colony to begin with a
    clean slate, to be an unsullied replica of ‘English society’. Anyone
    present before the ‘new home’ was established on Wakefield’s
    ideals, was judged to be out of place, to be ignored and cast out of
    polite society before they might pollute the new model. The Nobs
    and Snobs of the new colony clearly preferred to ignore those who
    had preceded them.
    The first sealers, whalers and traders around Cook Strait and Port
    Nicholson before 1839, were indeed a motley lot, but they should no
    longer be denied their rightful place as Wellington’s first pioneers.
    Included are 50 mini-chapters about those pakeha who were here
    before the colony in Wellington began belatedly in 1839. There is
    also a chapter by Charles Heaphy on what he saw at Port Nicholson
    in 1839, and an appendix written by the late John O’C. Ross on ‘The
    European Discovery and Naming of Port Nicholson’.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $50.00
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