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Smales Trail by John Steele, Published by Bleak House, 2011, 1st Edition, Hardcover, Pgs 272, b&w + colour photos, maps, appendices, bibliography, referenced sources, index.

Condition: In near new condition. Inscription and signed by author on lower part of title page. No other markings or inscriptions within, clean and bright throughout.

Fearless, courageous, spirited and mightily highly principled — a pioneer whose recognition nearly 120 years after his passing comes at a crucial point in New Zealand's social history. Some say the Smales family, one of England's most prominent shipping families of the 19th century, helped build the ship which eventually became Captain Cook's Endeavour. One of the sons of that family, Gideon Smales, came to New Zealand as the l7reaty of Waitangi was being signed and as a young Wesleyan missionary soots himself negotiating with Te Rauparaha in the prelude to the savage Wairau Affray. Later he stood toe to toe with
Te Rangihaeata as the fearsome Maori chief threatened to chop off his head. After service in the Hokianga, Nelson and Porirua, Smales established a thriving Maori mission in Aotea before finding himself caught up in an ongoing dispute with his missionary chiefs, and suffering an ignominious suspension. Relocating to Auckland, he became one of the province's largest, farmers, establishing a landmark farm and gardens at Hampton Park, East Tamaki, today a reserve in the midst of New Zealand's largest new ethnic communities. He endured the deaths of two of his wives and 11 of his 18 children but overcame his great personal tragedy and despair. He was a fearless traveller, accomplished writer and speaker. This is the vastly engaging story of the rich and rewarding life of a significant New Zealand pioneer. Chapters include: Whitby to Hokianga, Missionary Determination, Collision in the Wairau, Life in the Aotea, Midlife Tragedies, Smales' Folly, Third Fatherhood, Postscript - Smales' Legacy. Please click here to ask a question
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