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The Mackenzie Affair
by James McNeish

Hardback book with Dust Jacket
Book in Good Condition
Dust Jacket has wear and tear around edges.

Published Hodder and Stoughton, Auckland, 1972
272 Pages Size 22 cm x 14 cm


In 1855 James Mackenzie, an illerate Scots drover, was accused of theft in Southern New Zealand. He had incidentally explored the Mackenzie Country - but this discovery was overlooked. Mackenzie was branded rogue; farcically tried; imprisoned, punished and driven to near-madness in the Dirt and Darkness Club, as his Canterbury gaol was known. Since then his case has been either suppressed (by writers), ignored (by legal historians) or magnified beyond bounds.

James McNeish has now set the record straight. His reconstruction of the story argues from a basis of fact and he shows beyond reasonable doubt that Mackenzie's trial was perhaps the most glaring miscarriage of justice in New Zealand history. Please click here to ask a question
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