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The Wairau and its forgotten capital

Author: Barry Holdaway
Publisher: [Blenheim, N.Z.] : Barry Holdaway, 2016. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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It is the late 1840s and successful European settlement of the Wairau, at the top of the South island of New Zealand, requires a port for the export of wool. The only viable possibility is the mouth of the Wairau River. On the southern side of the river mouth, on the northern tip of the Boulder Bank, an informal settlement of hotels, wool stores and wharf structures has formed and has effectively become the Capital  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Barry Holdaway
ISBN: 9780473359287 0473359286
OCLC Number: 980289167
Description: ix, 171 pages : black and white illustrations (some colour), facsimilies, maps ; 26 cm
Responsibility: Barry Holdaway.

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It is the late 1840s and successful European settlement of the Wairau, at the top of the South island of New Zealand, requires a port for the export of wool. The only viable possibility is the mouth of the Wairau River. On the southern side of the river mouth, on the northern tip of the Boulder Bank, an informal settlement of hotels, wool stores and wharf structures has formed and has effectively become the Capital of the Wairau and the surrounding pastoral lands. The life of this capital, born of necessity, would run its course until seismic and other events would cause it to be rendered irrelevant and begin its inevitable decline. The wonder is that in 2016 most people have never heard of this settlement and see no evidence of it having existed. Its establishment on top of what was to become the most significant archaeological site relating to Polynesian arrival and subsequent ('Moa Hunter') culture is another anomaly. In order to bring the settlement to life, the writer has carefully canvassed the relevant historic and political events surrounding the establishment of this forgotten capital, giving new insight into many of the wider Wairau and later Marlborough events of the time.

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