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The World of John Boultbee. Including an Account of sealing in Australia and New Zealand. A Charles Begg and Neil C Begg. 1979 1st edition. Whitcoulls, Christchurch


John Boultbee, a well educated Englishman, joined his brother Edwin, a farmer, in Van Diemen’s Land then worked as a sealer in Australia & NZ, keeping a detailed Journal

This book retraces his travels with modern photos of the places where he worked

History of sealing out of Hobart, ships he voyaged in and their crews, Maori chiefs of Murihiku, Maoris of Foveaux Strait, Stewart Island, Fiordland, Australian Aborigines and other aspects of the trade are brought to life with quotes from Boultbee’s Journal

When he finished sealing Boultbee continued his wandering life and died in Ceylon in 1854 aged 55

Lists of names:
Southern Maori settlements
Maori men & women, with descriptions. Whakapapa
Maori words with meanings
Maori words of two songs


Repros of old drawings & paintings incl: Aborigines, scenes & portraits; Maori portraits, houses, canoes, weapons

More modern photos show: Two anchors & a cannon underwater south of Preservation Cove; modern views of places Boultbee visited; seals & sea elephants, whale; penguins, kiwis & other birds; caves in which the sealing gangs lived


329pp; b/w & coloured photos; maps; whakapapa, diagrams; index; bibliography; appendices; hard covers; very good condition
Dust Jacket; very good condition

Probably the most authentic study of sealing in NZ waters written
A very tidy copy


Text Copyright 2009
Collectible Books, Napier





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