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Accidental immigrants

Author: John Ewan
Publisher: Nelson : Chateau Publishing Ltd, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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When Thomas Powell and his family left Leeds, England, and sailed out to India in the early 1850s, they little realised that within a few years they would be living in New Zealand and facing different futures. By then a widower, Thomas would remarry and become a prominent businessman in Wanganui, his daughter would marry surveyor David Porter and raise a large family. Meanwhile son Wilmot went goldhunting, became a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Accidental immigrants
Named Person: John Ewan; Powell family.; Powell family.
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Ewan
ISBN: 9780473396589 0473396580
OCLC Number: 1002288485
Notes: "They sailed for India, but settled in New Zealand"--Cover.
Description: 164 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: A green and promised land --
From England to the Empire --
The trip to India --
Calcutta interlude --
Gold hunter --
The family business --
Bush rangers are gone --
Wilmot and Wereroa --
The Great Fire of '68 --
Thomas, the chairman for all occasions --
Wilmot picks up the reins --
Powells at play --
High society in Wanganui --
Wilmott sings --
Trains and boats and votes --
Political Wilmot --
Wilmot the poet --
Appendix!: The young Powells --
Appendix 2: Wilmot and his lands.
Responsibility: John Ewan.

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When Thomas Powell and his family left Leeds, England, and sailed out to India in the early 1850s, they little realised that within a few years they would be living in New Zealand and facing different futures. By then a widower, Thomas would remarry and become a prominent businessman in Wanganui, his daughter would marry surveyor David Porter and raise a large family. Meanwhile son Wilmot went goldhunting, became a soldier, and then an auctioneer, businessman, newspaper correspondent, poet and borough councillor. The accidental immigrants - along with a growing family of young Powells born in their home town - played major roles in the formation of a New Zealand city.

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