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For most of its history the Waikato community of Te Awamutu has been a frontier town. Centuries before the coming of the Pakcha the Tainui Maori, who lived and roamed on the land now circumscribed by the present town, marked this locality with the name 'Awamutu' — the end of the river. For the Maori, Te Awamutu was also the frontier — the limit of canoe navigation.

John Morgan, the missionary who arrived in 1834, also designated Te Awamutu as a frontier, this time as the frontier of his brand of Christian civilisation. With the defeat of the Waikato 'rebels', in 1863, Imperial troops marched into Te Awamutu and established a third frontier, with redoubts built and manned against possible counterattack from the hostile King Country to the south.

Railway construction, King Country prohibition of liquor, and the development of regional dairying, have all added to Te Awamutu's frontier roles.


BOOK IN VERY GOOD CONDITION -shelf rubbed on lower spine edge, very light foxing on extremis.

D/W VERY GOOD -handling marks on back

EXTRAS ; with this I will send the leaflet of the Centennial Service, also the official programme for the celebrations 22nd to 30th Sept 1984, and two newspaper clippings of the time.

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