Old South

Old South : Life and Times in the Nineteenth-century Mainland

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A lively new illustrated history of New Zealand's South Island, Old South tells a story of triumphs, tragedies and earnest hopes. It covers early Maori-Pakeha conflict, the Wairau Affair, colonial settlement planned and unplanned, the Gold Rush, the growth of farming and the pastoral elite, and the development of towns and cities. Wright, a noted and prolific historian, paints a vibrant picture of mainland life from the 1840s. In particular, he focuses on the rise and fall of the first privately founded Pakeha settlements with their hopeful framework of social idealism, business enterprise and religious conviction. As history shows, they were doomed before they began, overwhelmed by the developing southern frontier - a colourful, vigorous world of gold and wool, of social climbers, would-be aristocrats and ambitious ne'er-do-wells.
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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 152 x 230mm
  • Penguin Books Australia
  • Hawthorn, Australia
  • 0143006517
  • 9780143006510

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