Smales' trail; Steele, John, 1944-; 2011; 9780473188696 (pbk.); 2014.1.2313
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"Some say the Smales family, one of England's most prominent shipping families of the19th century, helped build the ship which eventually became Captain [James] Cook's Endeavour. One of the sons of that family, Gideon Smales, came to New Zealand as the Treaty of Waitangi was being signed and as a young Wesleyan missionary soon found himself negotiating with Te Rauparaha in the prelude to the savage Wairau Affray [of 1843]. Later he stood toe to toe with Te Rangihaeata as thhe fearsome Maori chief threatened to chop off his head. After service in the Hokianga, Nelson and Porirua, Smales established a thriving Maori mission in Aotea before finding himself in dispute with his missionary chiefs and suffering an ignominious suspension. Relocating to Auckland, he became one of the province's largest farmers, establishing a landmark farm and gardens at Hampton Park, East Tamaki, today a reserve in the midst of New Zealand's largest new ethnic communities. He endured the deaths of two of his wives and 11 of his 18 children but overcame his great personal tragedy and despair. He was a fearless traveller, [and an] accomplished writer and speaker. ..."--Back cover. Contents: Introduction -- 1. Whitby to Hokianga -- 2. Missionary determination -- 3. Collision in the Wairau -- 4. Life in the Aotea -- 5. Midlife tragedies -- 6. Smales' folly -- 7. Third fatherhood -- Postscript: Smales' legacy. "He was the illegitimate son of an English shipping heir but also a courageous New Zealand settler, missionary and pioneer farmer"--Cover. Includes bibliographical references (p. 262-266) and index.Date Made
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