Contributions to the Early History of New Zealand

Contributions to the Early History of New Zealand : Settlement of Otago

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English-born Thomas Morland Hocken (1836-1910), doctor, historian, and bibliographer, arrived in New Zealand in 1862 after abandoning his career as a ship's surgeon. After establishing a general practice in Dunedin, Hocken began to take a keen interest in the country's recent past. Published in 1898, this book was Hocken's first major work on New Zealand. The book focuses on the history of European settlement in the southern province of Otago in the years preceding the gold rush. Hocken begins with an account of the first pioneers' arrival in New Zealand, and the 'Wakefield Scheme' of assisted passage. The book describes the lives of the founding fathers of Dunedin, the migration of settlers to the area and the establishment of churches, and ends with the discovery of gold. Hocken wrote several other accounts of New Zealand history and was elected Fellow of the Linnean Society for his contribution to more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 24 b/w illus. 1 map
  • 1139108263
  • 9781139108263

Table of contents

Preface; 1. Introductory; 2. The Colonial Gazette and New Zealand Journal; 3. Captain William Cargill; 4. The 'Disruption' of 1843; 5. The two schemes compared; 6. Governor Fitzroy departs for New Zealand; 7. Sketch of Middle Island sixty years ago; 8. Permission to purchase land; 9. Voyage continued; 10. Voyage concluded; 11. The first pioneers in 1845; 12. Victory of the Company in the Three Days' Debate in the House of Commons; 13. Resumption of surveys; 14. Description of Otepoti (Dunedin) and its surroundings; 15. Government again hostile; 16. The John Wickliffe and Philip Laing; 17. First sermon; 18. Bishop Selwyn's second visit; 19. Early lessons in politics; 20. Surrender of New Zealand Company; 21. Attempt at banking and monetary affairs; 22. First and second sessions of Provincial Council, 1854 and 1855; 23. Progress and activity in 1856; 24. Mr. Cutten, new Commissioner of Lands; 25. Major Richardson, the new Superintendent; more