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In New Zealand, From personal Observation, during a Residence There Of Five Years. By Charles Hursthouse with a plan and views. In Dust Jacket, First Published in 1849 This Reprint 1975, frontispiece, Black and White Plates, large folding map, 160 Pages + 32 Page catalogue, Published By The Capper Press Christchurch.

'Written in an attempt to divert the attention of would-be colonists from the other more established New Zealand settlements, this book paints a most interesting picture of a "quiet little community devoted to agricultural pursuits" as well as offering practical guidance on farming and other matters. With a population of 1866, including 729 Maoris, and located on fertile soils with a winterless climate, the infant New Plymouth Settlement is seen as having "no rival for agricultural advantage in New Zealand".

A comprehensive outlay and return statement is included which details all costs and revenue for an active farmer and his wife over a three year period, and calculates a profit of 216.5-0 Pounds. Throughout the book Hursthouse uses various tables and lists to complement his well-written observations.

Included also is W Carrington's "Plan of the Settlement of New Plymouth 1848" which not only details the subdivision of land, but also illustrates the progress on the "land Question" which began with Te Whero's attack in 1834 and was to be a source of discontent over the next thirty years' Fascinating Book.

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