Convicts : New Zealand's Hidden Criminal Past

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New Zealand's Pakeha origin as a bolt-hole for convicts escaping Australia, a place where former convicts joined whaling and sealing gangs, and where sea captains thumbed their noses at the law, has been quietly forgotten. It has become a hidden part of our past, buried under the convenient fiction that the Treaty of Waitangi is the sole pivot of New Zealand's colonial story. In Convicts: New Zealand's Hidden Criminal Past, noted historian Matthew Wright challenges that notion. Our early nineteenth-century Pakeha past is, at least in part, a story of convicts who had found their way past the edge of the law, an age of heroic tales of survival, scurrilous deeds, cannibalism and piracy.
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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 152 x 230mm
  • Penguin Group (NZ)
  • Penguin Books (NZ)
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • maps
  • 0143567640
  • 9780143567646

About Matthew Wright

Matthew Wright is one of New Zealand's most published historians and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society of University College, London.
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