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Author Temple, Philip.

Title A sort of conscience : the Wakefields / Philip Temple
Published Auckland, N.Z. : Auckland University Press, 2002

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 W'PONDS  993.020922 Wakefi Tem/Aso  AVAILABLE
Description 584 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : genealogical table, portraits ; 25 cm
Paperback
Contents Machine derived contents note: Part One: This Mottled World, 1791-1827 -- -- 1 The Matriarch and Her Sons 8 -- -- 2 Ten Years Too Early 33 -- -- 3 The Best Boy in the World 44 -- -- 4 It Might Make One in Love with Death 54 -- -- 5 By Hook or By Crook 70 -- -- 6 To Pick the Father's Pocket 89 -- -- -- Part Two: Forward, Forward Let Us Range, 1828-1839 -- -- 7 This Black Place 114 -- -- 8 A Castle in the Air 126 -- -- 9 Life as Propaganda 136 -- -- 10 A Long and Sore Trial 149 -- -- 11 Down the Ringing Grooves of Change 164 -- -- 12 Strangers to their Family 177 -- -- 13 The Ingenious Projector 188 -- -- 14 'I would die in your service' 209 -- -- 15 Possess Yourselves of the Soil 223 -- -- -- -- -- Part Three: War to the Knife, 1839-1848 -- -- 16 'They would extort the masts out of the ship' 242 -- -- 17 'I am half a missionary myself' 267 -- -- 18 Hobson's Choice 282 -- -- 19 Nursed in Blood 299 -- -- 20 CuiBono? 323 -- -- 21 Utu Postponed 351 -- -- 22 The New Zealand War 373 -- -- 23 'He is but cold earth' 391 -- -- 24 A Highly Excitable Temperament 411 -- -- -- Part Four: A Suicide of the Affections, 1849-1879 -- -- 25 Flying With a Broken Wing 428 -- -- 26 A Slice of England 440 -- -- 27 Noodles 456 -- -- 28 Dead to the Past 475 -- -- 29 'That Old Giant Spider' 496 -- -- 30 Dead to the Future 517
Summary "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 no adequate biography of the family most responsible for the establishment of the Wellington, Nelson and Canterbury settlements."
"In stitching together a net of letters and documents, Temple has produced the most comprehensive account yet of the Wakefield family's role in colonial development and self-government across the old Commonwealth. He follows not only the brothers' careers but also establishes the role of the Wakefield women and gives detailed accounts of Edward Gibbon Wakefield's first elopement and his later abduction of Ellen Turner. Temple explores Edward Gibbon's tortuous career through colonial politics from the 1830s to the 1850s and shows how he and his brothers and son strongly influenced, for good and bad, the founding of new nations. This engaging narrative, written in a strong and evocative literary style, relates a story of courage and vision, cupidity and stupidity, high risk and adventure, success against the odds and, ultimately, terrible tragedy."--BOOK JACKET
Notes Published in paperback in 2003
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 548-554) and index
Notes Montana New Zealand Book Awards Biography Award, 2003
Subject Wakefield, Edward Gibbon, 1796-1862.
Wakefield family.
New Zealand -- History -- 19th century -- Biography.
New Zealand -- Colonization.
United Kingdom -- Colonies -- History.
Genre/Form Biography.
History.
Biographies.
LC no. 2003386439
ISBN 1869402766 hardback
186940307X paperback