At the Margin of Empire: John Webster and Hokianga, by Jennifer Ashton

By Jennifer Ashton

Born in Scotland in 1818, John Webster got here to New Zealand through Australia in 1841 (after a violent come across within the outback which he simply escaped unscathed) and spent lots of the remainder of his lifestyles in Hokianga. on the Margin of Empire charts his vibrant reviews carving out a fortune because the region's prime bushes dealer and cultivating connections with the major figures of the day, Maori and Pakeha. Webster fought along Tamati Waka Nene within the Northern conflict, married one in all Nene's kinfolk and outfitted up his kauri bushes enterprise via alternate with neighborhood chiefs (though at one aspect woke up to discover a plundering occasion had arrived on his entrance lawn). He used to be additionally pals with Frederick Maning, and visited through George gray, Richard Seddon and different luminaries of the day.

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