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New Zealand
Being a Narrative of Travels and Adventures during a Residence in that Country between the Years 1831 and 1837
2 Volume Set


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - History of Oceania

  • Date Published: November 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108039888

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About the Authors
  • J. S. Polack (1807–82) lived in New Zealand during 1831–7 and 1842–50. An enterprising businessman and land speculator, he traded in timber and flax and in 1835 set up the first brewery in the country. He also learned the Maori language, and warned against the destructive effects of unorganized European settlement on Maori society, while arguing for the benefits of systematic colonization. This two-volume work, published in 1838, was the first of two successful books Polack published about his experiences in New Zealand and is still regarded as an important and impartial source about the period immediately preceding the Treaty of Waitangi. Volume 1 outlines the discovery of the islands, their climate, geology, fauna and population. Volume 2 focuses on Maori material culture, traditional beliefs, and warfare (including lurid reports of cannibalism), and on the early interactions of Maori and Europeans through trade, missions and whaling.

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    • Date Published: November 2011
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108039888
    • dimensions: 217 x 139 x 51 mm
    • weight: 1.14kg
    • contains: 12 b/w illus. 1 map 4 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    1. Progress of discovery in the South Seas
    2. Cook's second visit in the ships Resolution and Adventure
    3. Journey to Kaipárá
    4. Pursue our journey in a storm
    5. Continuation of our journey
    6. Transactions in the village
    7. Dismiss the canoe
    8. Harbours, and general description of the islands of New Zealand
    9. Climate
    10. Mineralogy
    11. Origin of the people
    12. Tattooing. Volume 2:
    1. Cannibalism of the New Zealanders
    2. European ammunition
    3. Native presents
    4. Adventures in Tolaga Bay
    5. Establishment of the Church Missionary Society
    6. Biographical notices of E'Ongi
    7. Land purchased by European settlers
    8. Religion and devout feelings of the New Zealanders
    9. Prohibition of tápu
    10. Decrease of the flax trade
    11. On colonization

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    J. S. Polack

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