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This is an auction for ARMED SETTLERS: THE STORY OF THE FOUNDING OF HAMILTON 1864-1874 by H C M Norris.

"Hamilton in 1864 was an outpost on the Waikato. It was not far from the frontier beyond which the defeated Maoris lived in isolation. For ten years its life was disturbed by rumours of plans for invasions and fears of incursions from beyond the border. They came not only from the King Country, where the defeated Maoris gathered around their King, but also for a time from the Ngatihauas to the east. The rumours never came to anything, but in the light of after-knowledge it is easy to make little of the dangers which oppressed the small communities manning the frontier. Of these, Hamilton became the natural centre. ARMED SETTLERS is the most detailed published study of the early life of a small northern New Zealand community in the 1860s and 1870s. It therefore has an importance reaching beyond Hamilton and the Waikato as a chronicle of the hardships of difficult and poverty-stricken years. We see a financially distressed central government almost abandoning a group of people whom they had lured into the Waikato (and mostly into New Zealand as well) in the hope of finding a prosperous life, only to find impoverishment in a roadless and bridgeless wilderness. The fear that the Maori population would win a victory if the settlers withdrew compelled the Government to give just enough consideration to the settlers' welfare to prevent a mass withdrawal to more promising fields..."

Hardback 1956.

229 pages.

Illustrations throughout.

Some damage to the dust jacket and an inscription on the flyleaf. Otherwise, good condition.

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There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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