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At the margin of empire : John Webster and Hokianga, 1841-1900

Author: Jennifer Ashton
Publisher: Auckland, New Zealand : Auckland University Press, 2015. ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Born in Scotland in 1818, John Webster came in New Zealand via Australia in 1841 after narrowly escaping death in the outback following a violent encounter with a group of Aboriginal men. He spent most of the rest of his life in the Hokianga region, carving out a fortune as the region's leading timber trader and cultivating connections with the leading political figures of the day. As he settled into this new home  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: John Webster; John Webster; John Webster; Siedler
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jennifer Ashton
ISBN: 9781869408251 186940825X
OCLC Number: 903363759
Description: 257 pages : illustrations (some colour), map ; 23 cm
Contents: The making of an imperial man --
Hokianga and the river trade --
Among the Queen's people : the Northern War, 1845-1846 --
A voyage through the Pacific, 1848-1851 --
Hokianga's timber baron, 1855-1870 --
War and politics in the 1860s --
Hokianga old and new, 1870-1890 --
Unquiet retirement, 1880s-1900.
Responsibility: Jennifer Ashton.
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"Born in Scotland in 1818, John Webster came in New Zealand via Australia in 1841 after narrowly escaping death in the outback following a violent encounter with a group of Aboriginal men. He spent most of the rest of his life in the Hokianga region, carving out a fortune as the region's leading timber trader and cultivating connections with the leading political figures of the day. As he settled into this new home his life became intimately entwined with Māori. He fought alongside Tāmati Wāka Nene in the Northern War against Hōne Heke, married one of Nene's relatives and built up his kauri timber business through trade with local chiefs, but also awoke one day to find a plundering party had arrived on his front lawn. Webster was also engaged with Pākehā and the Crown - friends with Frederick Maning, visited by George Grey, Richard Seddon and others. Ashton takes us into Hokianga to reveal how the evolving intimate relationships and economic transactions of everyday life reflected larger shifts in colonial power. She argues that through his daily interactions, Webster helped slowly shift the balance of power in the North: the credit that he extended to his customers and kin saw them selling land to pay debts, helping push Māori into economic dependence"--Publisher information.

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