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Recollections of a Voyage to South Australia and New Zealand Commenced in 1838, recorded at Huntly in 1907 by William Porter. Editors: Miranda Law and Garry Law. 2007 1st edition thus. Maruiwi Press, Auckland

William Porter was born in 1830 and left for South Australia in 1838 with his parents and siblings in their family owned ship, but finding that area not to their liking continued on to Auckland, arriving in 1841

When he was an old man he wrote this story of his early life starting with a detailed description of the ship in which the family voyaged; time in Australia and other ships and their crews
He continues describing life in very early Auckland; the Maori people of the area; farming
He also tells of a year’s schooling in Nelson before attending St John’s College in Auckland; the Wairau massacre; people of Nelson and Waimea

Appendices give:
1905 letter
Detailed bio of Captain William Porter, the father of the author
Bio of the author, William Porter, who lived mainly in the Auckland area, but also at Waiheke; the Mangatangi, Miranda, and Kaiaua areas; then finally in Huntly
List of ships owned by Captain Porter, with details

Old photos and repros of drawings show: portraits; early Auckland scenes

91pp; b/w photos; maps; family trees; bibliography; index; appendices; s/covers; very good condition
Dust jacket; very good condition; small pull on front

Text Copyright 2016
Collectible Books, Napier

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