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The Journal of Ensign Best, Edited by Nancy M Taylor, Published by R E Owen Government Printer, 1966, 1st Edition, Hardcover, Pgs 465, b&w plates, appendicies.

Condition: Dust jacket (now in protective cover) is essentially complete although it has surface rubbing and edge wear, boards are good. Tidly written name at top of front endpaper, no other markings or inscriptions within, clean and tidy throughout.

Ensign Best – Abel Dottin William Best was a soldier who served in New South Wales, at Norfolk Island and in New Zealand. He kept a personal diary which was probably only intended for his own reference and perhaps as record of his activities for communication to his family. Nonetheless it covers and interesting historical period particularly with respect to New Zealand to which the last 220 pages of the book are devoted. We have a first hand account of the colonization of New Zealand and in particular Port Nicholson, an account of a trip into the interior in 1841 with the naturalist Dieffenbach, a trip with Governor Hobson in 1842 and two expeditions to reprove wrong-doing and preserve peace between the maori tribes in 1842-43. Also we have accounts from best of pig hunting in the Wairarapa, Sailing on Auckland Harbour and attendance at Governor Hohsons funeral. Substantial research has been done by the editor Nancy Taylor to give a background to events alluded to and mentioned in passing by Best. As a result the reader is able to understand the context and often the necessary background to realize the importance or significance of the event.
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