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Eliza's Journal: a Gentlewoman's Experiences in New Zealand in the late 1850's

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An edited diary of a 'gentlewoman's' adventures in New Zealand in the late 1850s.

Fascinating on a number of levels.

A peephole -from a very specific perspective - on race relations in New Zealand just before and at the beginning of the period of the land-wars by the settlers & British Army against Maori. Maori are seen avidly trading, seeking eduction, enthusiastically (even allowing for Eliza's biased perspective) taking up Christianity - but wanting to do things on their own terms, and cer
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