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This is an auction for ADVENTURES BY SEA AND LAND: an autobiography by Harry Louis Moffatt (1839-1913) - his adventures from the age of twelve to his seventieth year.

From the Encyclopedia of New Zealand:

“Moffatt was born in London, probably in 1839. He visited New Zealand in 1859 and returned in 1860. After a short spell on coastal vessels he and a friend decided to try gold-digging at Collingwood, near Nelson. In 1861 he was with a small party at the mouth of the Buller River when news came of the spectacular finds in Otago. After a short spell there, the claim his party was working was swept away in a flood and he returned to Nelson. When news came of the Wakamarina find, they joined the rush and 'struck it lucky' for the first and only time. On the proceeds Moffatt was able to sail to England, this time as a passenger, in late 1864. Moffatt's varied career is comparable to that of many early gold-miners. He made no important discoveries and no fortune, but he remained in New Zealand and was a good citizen. However, he is distinguished by his writings. In 1896 he wrote a series of articles for the Nelson Evening Mail. These were subsequently published in a small booklet called A Nelson digger, under the pseudonym 'Kiwi', and have been used extensively by historians of the South Island goldfields. The manuscript of his autobiography was lost for many years, but ADVENTURES BY SEA AND LAND was eventually prepared for publication by his grand-daughter."

Large format paperback 1967.

89 pages.

Photographs and maps.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $6.95 (tracked mail). If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

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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