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A sort of conscience : the Wakefields

Author: Philip Temple
Publisher: Auckland ; [Great Britain] : Auckland University Press, 2002
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"At once notorious and visionary, Edward Gibbon Wakefield and his brothers played a key but controversial role in the early British settlement of New Zealand, Australia and Canada. Once famed as New Zealand's 'Founding Fathers', they have since become the arch-villains of all post-colonial scenarios of the past. Philip Temple, deciding that neither myth made good historical sense, saw that, astonishingly, there was  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Wakefield family.; Edward Gibbon Wakefield; Edward Gibbon Wakefield; Wakefield family.
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Temple
ISBN: 186940307X 9781869403072
OCLC Number: 53871484
Awards: Winner of ARANZ Ian Wards Prize 2003.
Winner of Montana New Zealand Book Awards: Biography Category 2003.
Shortlisted for Tasmania Pacific Bicentenary History Prize 2004.
Shortlisted for Ernest Scott Prize for History 2003.
Shortlisted for Montana New Zealand Book Awards: Montana Medal for Non-Fiction 2003.
Description: 584 pages, [16] pages of plates : portraits ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Philip Temple.

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At once notorious and visionary, Edward Gibbon Wakefield and his brothers played a key but controversial role in the early British settlement of New Zealand, Australia and Canada. Using letters and  Read more...

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