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Cricketing Colonists
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ISBN: 9781927145685
PUBLISHER: CANTERBURY UNIVERSITY PRESS (CUP)
FORMAT: Paperback
PAGES: 352
PUBLICATION DATE: 31.08.2015


DESCRIPTION:
John Robert Godley, Edward Gibbon Wakefield, James Edward FitzGerald these are the names that usually come to mind as the founders of Canterbury. But there was a fourth vitally important individual, arguably equal in importance to FitzGerald, whose story remains largely unknown. William Guise Brittan led the first Canterbury Pilgrims, chaired the Society of Canterbury Colonists and controlled the Land Office in early Christchurch. The bell-wether man of the Canterbury project, he was the first to pay for land in the settlement, inspiring others to follow his example. William Guise Brittan was also known as the Father of Cricket in Canterbury and established three churches in Christchurch. His elder brother Joseph, who joined him in 1852, had a significant influence on local politics and he, too, was a cricket enthusiast. The Brittan brothers were leading figures in the Canterbury settlement, and made substantial contributions to the province, yet they were unpopular, both their careers ended in failure and disappointment and they have been mostly forgotten. This timely and fascinating account seeks to explain why, exploring their work and family lives (and their bank accounts), and along the way providing a richly detailed panorama of life and politics in early Christchurch."

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