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In his book ‘The Gift of Waitangi’ Vernon Reed relates the interesting circumstances concerned with his own attempts to interest the Government in buying the historic site. He first proposed that the property should be acquired as early as 1908, and after years of further agitation succeeded in arousing the interest of Lord and Lady Bledisloe shortly after their arrival here. The value of preserving such an important site was immediately realized by Lord Bledisloe who without hesitation offered to purchase the place and present it to the nation. The famous Treaty House, originally the home of James Busby, was at that time in such a state of disrepair that stock were roaming in the gardens adjoining the building and some of the rooms were being used to store hay. The formation of the trust board and their efforts to restore the dilapidated house and its surroundings are aptly described by Mr Reed who was himself an active member of the board.

1st edition, cellotape from plastic cover, missing first inside page otherwise good.
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