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The Story of New Zealand

The Story of New Zealand
Past and Present, Savage and Civilized
2 Volume Set


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - History of Oceania

  • Date Published: November 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108039550

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About the Authors
  • Arthur S. Thomson (1816–60) was a Scottish military surgeon and medical scientist who was posted to New Zealand in the late 1840s. During his eleven years in the country, settlement increased and British sovereignty over the colony was extended. Thomson felt that previous historical accounts of New Zealand all demonstrated a certain political, colonial or religious bias, and decided to write his own comprehensive history of the islands, which was published in 1859. Volume 1 deals with the physical geography and history of the islands, the culture and way of life of the Maoris, New Zealand's discovery by Europeans, and the introduction of Christianity. Volume 2 justifies the progress of British colonisation by arguing that it brings the benefits of 'civilisation' to the native people.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2011
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108039550
    • dimensions: 217 x 140 x 43 mm
    • weight: 1kg
    • contains: 18 b/w illus. 2 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    Part I. The Country and its Native Inhabitants:
    1. Geography and natural history
    2. Climate
    3. Migration of the Aborigines to New Zealand
    4. Physical form, disfigurations, language, mental faculties and characters of New Zealanders
    5. Divisions among the people. Property. Laws
    6. Mythology and superstitions
    7. Customs in war. Cannibalism. Slavery
    8. Food and husbandry
    9. Literature
    10. Domestic ceremonies and familiar usages
    11. The diseases of the New Zealanders. Their causes and prevention
    Part II. History of the Discovery of New Zealand by Europeans:
    1. From discovery of New Zealand until 1810
    2. New Zealand from 1810 to 1838
    3. Pioneers of civilisation
    4. Introduction of Christianity. Volume 2: Part II continued. History of the Discovery of New Zealand by Europeans:
    5. Commencement of colonisation, 1839 to 1842
    6. New Zealand in 1842
    7. Mr. Shortland's rule, September 1842 to October 1843
    8. Governor Fitzroy's rule, December 1843 to November 1845
    9. Governor Grey's rule, November 1845 to December 1853
    10. Colonel Wynward's rule, January 1854 to September 1855
    11. Governor Browne's rule, October 1855 to June 1859
    Part III. On the Decrease of the New Zealanders:
    1. Are the New Zealanders decreasing in numbers?
    2. Progress of civilisation among the New Zealanders, and means requisite to promote it
    3. Hints to emigrants

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    Arthur S. Thomson

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