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This is an auction for AUCKLAND, THE CAPITAL OF NEW ZEALAND by William Swainson.

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"William Swainson (1809-1884) became the second, and last, Attorney-General of the Crown Colony of New Zealand and instrumental in setting up the legal system of New Zealand. He worked in conveyancing for only a few years, and with this relatively little experience was appointed to be Attorney-General of New Zealand in 1841. The boat The Tyne left England taking Swainson and two other prominent figures in the future of New Zealand law, William Martin, who was to become the first Chief Justice, and Thomas Outhwaite, who was to become Registrar of the Supreme Court in Auckland, to New Zealand. It is said that during their five month voyage they set out much of the foundations of the laws they intended to frame for the new colony. Certainly they must have arrived prepared, as within six months of their arrival in New Zealand on 25 September 1841 they had passed 19 enactments creating the basis of governance in the new colony. Swainson frequently defended the interests of the Moris on the issue of land claims from settlers, notably over disputes concerning the Treaty of Waitangi, which had been signed in 1840. George Grey became governor in November 1845. Swainson, Martin and Grey together formulated components of the New Zealand Constitution Act 1852. Swainson remained Attorney-General until 7 May 1856 when responsible government began in New Zealand..."

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Paperback. An undated facsimile published by Wilson & Horton, Auckland.

163 pages.

Good condition.

The cost of shipping is $3.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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