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New Zealand's Pakeha origin as a bolt-hole for convicts escaping Australia, a place where former convicts joined whaling and sealing gangs, and where sea captains thumbed their noses at the law, has been quietly forgotten.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 2nd 2012 by Penguin Books NZ
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I found the book to be very interesting. It is good to see that New Zealand was not completely free from the convict stain so to speak as many escaped convicts ended up in New Zealand and not understanding the different culture of the Maori ended up something like pets or slaves to them where they were worked very hard. There were many rogues amongst the early days of New Zealand like a ship being sent from England with a group of boys known as the Parkhurst Boys who had caused outrage amongst t ...more
This book covers the involvement of convicts in the history of New Zealand during the nineteenth century. It is well written and accessible as well as being a quality piece of historical analysis. In completing its main aim it also provides valuable overviews of the transportation of convicts to Australia, their lives there and the relationships between Australia and New Zealand during the convict period. The author also includes an interesting chapter on European visitors to New Zealand who wer ...more
Matthew Wright has qualifications in music, history and anthropology, among other fields, holds postgraduate degrees in history, and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society at University College, London. He published his first short story in 1976 and since the early 1980s has worked extensively as a writer, professional historian, reviewer and journalist. His work includes more than 500 articl ...more