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The Burning of the Boyd A Saga of Culture Clash by Wade Doak, Published by Hodder & Stoughton, 1984, 1st Edition, Hardcover, Pgs 184, index, maps, illustrations, b&w + colour photos.

The Power of the Gun - Antipodean World Picture - Trouble in Sydney Cove - Berry Meets Bligh - In the Bay of Islands - Berry Returns to New Zealand - Boyd Heads Into Disaster - The Rescue - Berry's Final Dealing with Maoris - Whitemen's Revenge - Missionaries Arrive in New Zealand - Aftermath at Whangaroa - Mission Post at Whangaroa - Betsy Broughton's Adventures.

' I came to see the burning of the Boyd as an incendiary explosion lighting up the little world of European settlement in Australia and New Zealand .'

In December 1968, divers Wade Doak and Kelly Tarlton found the wreck of the ' Boyd ', sunk in Whangaroa Harbour. Salvaging remnants from the burnt ship, mute testimony to the massacre of her crew and passengers by the Maoris of Whangaroa, Doak and Tarlton explored a hulk which had lain undisturbed since 1809.

For Wade Doak this was the beginning of a fascinating voyage into the past, back to the day when the ' Boyd ' sailed into the Whangaroa Harbour over 170 years ago. The end of that fateful voyage is one of the most tragic episodes in our history.

Probing meticulously into all the available sources, Doak has reconstructed a saga of culture clash, vividly portraying the raw colonial life of Sydney, the first contacts between sailors, whalers and traders and the Northland tribes, and above all, the principal characters - Te Pahi, traveller and powerful chief ; George Tara, alternately fascinated and incensed by Pakeha behaviour ; and Alexander Berry, canny businessman both foolhardy and heroic,whose boldness saved four of the ill-fated ' Boyd ' passengers. Please click here to ask a question
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