Wednesday, 16 March 2011

New additions to the collection.

It has been a while since we updated our front page so we thought we would highlight some new works in the collection. We have a backlog of historical New Zealand and Pacific works that we are working our way through so keep an eye out for more to come. There are two noteworthy additions that maybe of interest.

The Founders of Canterbury provides the intriguing correspondence between Edward Gibbon Wakefield and John Robert Godley and other key figures of the settlement of Canterbury between 1847 and 1850. This addition to the NZETC Collection is timely considering the recent devastating earthquakes which have struck Canterbury and the slow process of grieving and rebuilding. Our thoughts go out to all Cantabrians during these hard times.

Voices of Auckland, is an attempt to redress the unfavourable view of Auckland province that was being circulated in the United Kingdom during the mid 1800s. It includes information about the greater Auckland area from the Bay of Islands to the Bay of Plenty. It also provides a variety of advice to potential emigrants. The following example of advice is from Rev. Richard Taylor:
"To single men, intending to emigrate, I would say, marry before you go out; a good wife is a great treasure and stay to a young man. Many have been ruined, because they have not had a bosom friend to sustain them in times of trial, besides the social comfort thus derived; for none can tell how dreary a young settler's home is without a wife, and how many temptations she saves him from. Therefore, to every single man I again say, marry, for wives are not to be had abroad; property is of little consideration, compared with that of a partner."