Conon Fraser The Enderby Settlement

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This book is a history of the British Enderby settlement on the Auckland Islands 1849 52 and its associated whaling venture. Isolation, a stormswept climate, unproductive soil, inexperienced crews, drunkenness and above all an unexpected shortage of whales meant the raw colony ran into trouble and the parent company found itself facing disaster. Two special commissioners were sent to either close the venture down or move it elsewhere, and a bitter struggle developed, with Charles Enderby refusing to admit defeat and Governor Sir George Grey reluctantly becoming involved. Nevertheless the settlement collapsed, and the few Maori settlers on the islands, who had preceded and benefited from the colonists’ presence, left soon after. Little trace of the colony remains, and the Auckland Islands are much as they were before Charles Enderby attempted to realise his dream: uninhabited, isolated, wild and beautiful, and now of World Heritage status.

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In the North Island of New Zealand, on the northern edge of the rugged Urewera ranges, there is a spring of ancestral presence and power. This spring is Te Waimana, the spring of mana, and it has given its name to the surrounding valley. This book is about the historical traditions and memories of the Tuhoe people who for generations have embodied and upheld the mana of Te Waimana. Begun as an extended conversation between the author and Tuhoe elders, it is also a reflection upon the nature of history itself. In his experimental approach, Jeffrey Sissons raises important questions about the value of Western historical conventions for interpreting tribal pasts.

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Conon Fraser was a historian and author whose earlier books include Beyond the Roaring Forties: New Zealand’s Subantarctic Islands (1986) and the edited volume Enderby Settlement Diaries (1999). He was also a much-published freelance journalist and short-story writer, and a director/producer/ writer of numerous television and film documentaries including the award-winning Coal Valley, Children of the Mist, The Kauri, and Beyond the Roaring Forties.

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