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Historical Records of New Zealand

by Robert McNabThis Cd consists of two volumes, and contains hundreds of letters, articles and ships logs from the very early days of New Zealand's Colonisation, and gives a great insight into the first impressions, by Europeans arriving on New Zealand's untamed shores.Price NZD$25

Colonial Policy of Lord John Russell's Administration 1853

Written by Earl Grey and published in 1853 in two volumes.

Earl Grey became colonial secretary in 1846, during the time of Lord John Russell as Prime Minister, and his administration formed an epoch, being the first minister to proclaim that the colonies were to be governed for their own benefit and not for the mother country. Countries mentioned: Sugar Colonies, Mauritius, St Lucia, Trinidad, Guina, Jamaica, Barbadoes, Canada, Newfoundland, Australia, New Zealand, Ceylon, Natal, Hong Kong, Labuan, and Falkland Islands. A large part of the volumes are devoted to Australia, transportation of convicts and development of the settlements.New Zealand is down as one of the colonies disturbed by war, and has many details of the Maori Wars. He states "With respect to New Zealand, you cannot fail to recollect that the accounts received from the Colony were so unsatisfactory and alarming during the years 1844 and 1845, that after having been the subject of a parliamentary inquiry, Lord Derby, Secretary of State thought it necessary to recall the former Governor, now Sir George Grey, to proceed with the least possible delay to New Zealand and take upon himself the administrations of it's affairs. When the Governor reached the Colony in November 1845, he found the British Troops and settlers engaged in hostilities (of which they had greatly the worst) with the natives in the Northern parts of the islands". "The Maori, both in weapons and knowledge of the art of war, a skill in planning and perseverance in carrying out a lengthened campaign, being infinitely superior to the American Indians. In fact, there can be no doubt that they are, for warfare in this country, even better equipped than our own troops".It goes on to tell in more detail the events of the battles between the Europeans and Maori. The Wanganui Massacre, ect...Price NZD$25

New Zealand Settlers Handbook

Compiled by the Right Hon. Sir J.G. Ward - Minister or Lands, first published in 1902, this Edition is the third printing from 1911. 243 pages, this book gives a description of New Zealand, the Land Laws and Administration, a guide to stocking and working a farm, the importance of the Dairy Industry, The legal rights and Duties of Settlers, And a Description of all the Land District. A Good guide for all New Settlers hoping to acquire land and Settle in New Zealand.

Price NZD$20

Industries of New Zealand

published in 1898 by The Arthur Cleave Publishing Company.

An Illustrated Historical and Commercial Review, Descriptive and Biographical Facts and Figures and Illustrations. An Epitome of Progress: Businessmen and Commercial Interests.Price NZD$25

Travel in New Zealand in Two Volumes by James Cowan

In the first 40 years of the twentieth century James Cowan was one of New Zealand's most widely read non-fiction writers. He wrote over 30 books and hundreds of articles for newspapers and magazines, mainly about New Zealand's ancient and recent past, its resources and scenic attractions. During his lifetime his writing did much to shape the way New Zealanders perceived their history.Written in two volumes: Volume One, The North Island, Volume Two, The South Island. In these works James Cowan has endeavored to set before the reader a picture of the unusual quality and variety of New Zealand's landscape beauty, and the attractive qualities for settlers, and to provide travelers with a reliable guide to many districts of interest in the Dominion. Numerous scenes and routes hitherto unknown to the tourist have been explored by the writer and are now described for the first time, and the romantic history and folk law associated with many of the places mentioned has been sketched.Using his vast knowledge of New Zealand history James Cowan has included among the many wonderful black and white photographs the history of each area, including that of early European, Maori and the various battles between the two. The photographs throughout these volumes do entice you to want and go and take a look, and serve to reiterate that we are the luckiest country in the world.Price NZD$15

Adventure in New Zealand by E. J. Wakefield

Edward Jerningham Wakefield (1820 - 1879), the only son of Edward Gibbon Wakefield, acted as secretary to his father in Canada in the 1830's and secretary to his uncle , Colonel Wakefield, with whom he travelled to New Zealand in the shipTory. He is best known for this book Adventure in New Zealand, a lively account of colonial life, first published in 1845.An account of his explorations and of the establishment of the first settlements at Wellington, Wanganui and New Plymouth, by the New Zealand Company In two volumes.

Price NZD$15

Brett's Colonist Guide and Cyclopedia of Useful Knowledge

Published in 1883 this book has all the handy information every good colonist should know. 830pp on Farming- bush and fern land; Management of horses, cattle, sheep and crops. monthly calendar of farm operations, The dairy and cheese factories. Poultry. Gardening - kitchen, flower, greenhouse and vinery. Fruit culture, with explicit directions on grafting, pruning and budding for amateurs. Drainage, beekeeping. Insects useful and injurious, Tea, tobacco, olive and hop culture. wine making, soap boiling, curing and storing. The family doctor. The housewife's Text-book of cookery and useful recipes, Mechanical contrivances. Painting, Glue, Cements. Abstract of new Zealand Local Government Laws ect, ect, ect.... And all this hardly begins to cover the information held inside this old book. There are plans for building a settlers cottage, how to water proof clothing, Homeopathic remedies, also Maori Homeopathic remedies. Old recipes for cakes biscuits, scones ect. Growing silk worms, making butter and cheesePrice NZD$25


The Treaty of Waitangi, How New Zealand Became a British ColonyBy Lindsay BuickA history of how the Treaty came about. Contains a copy of the Treaty in both English and Maori.Chapter 1. THE BEGINNING - The Islands of New Zealand have long been resorted to by British subjects on account of the valuable articles of commerce which these Islands produce, and by reason of a peculiar advantages which they offer to whale ships requiring repair. But the nearness of these Islands to the British penal settlements of New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land has also led to their being resorted to as an asylum for fugitive British convicts, and such persons left in New Zealand by whale ships and other vessels, have formed a society which indispensably requires a check of some contending authority. Her Majesty's Government have, therefore, deemed it expedient to station at New Zealand an officer, with the character and powers of a British Consul. Price NZD$20