Sir Arthur Gordon and the Parihaka crisis : the wrong man, the wrong place, the wrong time. A long essay presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honours, at the University of Otago ... (Book, 1972) [WorldCat.org]
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Sir Arthur Gordon and the Parihaka crisis : the wrong man, the wrong place, the wrong time. A long essay presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honours, at the University of Otago ...

Author: Patricia A Sargison
Publisher: Dunedin, 1972.
Dissertation: B.A. Hons. University of Otago 1972
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Thesis/dissertation : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Governor Arthur Gordon is a fascinating man, and the many historians who have tackled the subject of his career are witnesses to the fact. Yet, although a number of admirable accounts have been written, too often Gordon's governorship of New Zealand has been treated almost solely as a constitutional study, rather than along more personal lines. Having correctly concluded that constitutionally Gordon made few slips
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Genre/Form: Academic theses
History
Named Person: Arthur Hamilton-Gordon Stanmore, Baron; Arthur Hamilton-Gordon Stanmore, Baron
Material Type: Thesis/dissertation
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Patricia A Sargison
OCLC Number: 992205754
Notes: "A long essay presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Batchelor of Arts with Honours, at the University of Otago, Dunedin, September, 1972."
Description: vii, 124 leaves : illustrations, portraits ; 27 cm

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Governor Arthur Gordon is a fascinating man, and the many historians who have tackled the subject of his career are witnesses to the fact. Yet, although a number of admirable accounts have been written, too often Gordon's governorship of New Zealand has been treated almost solely as a constitutional study, rather than along more personal lines. Having correctly concluded that constitutionally Gordon made few slips in New Zealand, and that his despatches were both fair and accurate, some writers have merely condemned the Hall Government without further ado. No attempt is made to penetrate behind the superficial constitutional causes of the controversy to the deeper problems which lay there, and thus no real analysis is made of the substantive differences between the Governor and the New Zealand government, which were indeed the basis of the clash. Gordon, as the "native people's guardian" could never have succeeded in New Zealand's responsibly-governed settler society, for neither he nor the colonial leaders could understand the views of the other. Incomprehension bred fear, distrust, and in the end, hatred. The constitutional situation served only to ensure that there could be but one inevitable victory in a battle between Governor and Government. Gordon was helpless before a Ministry which held powerful support in both the House and the country at large. Nor could he seek assistance from the Colonial Office who had repudiated control of native affairs nearly twenty years earlier.

Thus he was forced to suffer in silence while acts he believed wrong and immoral were carried out under his name.

An effort has been made in this essay to demonstrate these forces and influences at work during the time of Gordon's governorship, both before and during the crisis of the Parihaka Maoris. We are left in the end with the question, "Who must bear the responsibility for making Gordon's governorship the tragedy it was?"

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