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Five Years in New Zealand 1859 to 1864   By: (1843?-)

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Five Years in New Zealand 1859 to 1864 by Robert B. Booth is a captivating memoir that provides a unique perspective on the early colonial years of New Zealand. In this detailed account, Booth recounts his personal experiences and observations during his time in the country, offering readers a vivid portrayal of life in a rapidly changing society.

One of the most engaging aspects of this book is the author's vivid storytelling. Booth's descriptive writing style brings the landscapes and communities of New Zealand to life, allowing readers to immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of the country. Whether describing the awe-inspiring beauty of the natural surroundings or delving into the bustling cities and towns, Booth's attention to detail is commendable.

Moreover, the author's first-hand accounts provide valuable insights into the cultural interactions between the European settlers and the indigenous Maori people. Booth presents a balanced view of these encounters, recounting both the beneficial and adversarial aspects with honesty and sensitivity. His descriptions of the Maori culture, customs, and traditions offer readers a deeper understanding of the complexities and challenges faced by both communities during this period of history.

It is also worth highlighting Booth's intimate portrayal of daily life in the settlements. From the struggles of establishing successful businesses to the experiences of ordinary New Zealanders, his anecdotes shed light on the day-to-day realities faced by the early colonizers. Additionally, the book delves into topics such as governance, law enforcement, and social dynamics, providing a comprehensive overview of the multifaceted nature of colonial society.

While Five Years in New Zealand predominantly focuses on Booth's personal experiences, readers seeking a broader historical context may find themselves yearning for more background information. Although the author occasionally touches upon wider events, some readers might desire a more comprehensive analysis of the political, economic, and social factors shaping the country during this time period.

Nevertheless, this memoir remains a valuable piece of New Zealand's history. Booth's dedication to recording his experiences offers readers a rare glimpse into the challenges and triumphs of the early settlers, shedding light on a pivotal period in the nation's development. With its engaging narrative and rich descriptions, Five Years in New Zealand 1859 to 1864 is a worthwhile read for anyone interested in the history, culture, and captivating stories of New Zealand.

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Five Years in New Zealand

(1859 to 1864.)

BY

ROBERT B. BOOTH, M.Inst.C.E.

LONDON:

J. G. HAMMOND & CO., LTD.

Fleet Lane, Old Bailey, E.C.

1912.

Contents.

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CHAPTER I.

How I came to Emigrate 1

CHAPTER II.

The Voyage Rats on Board The White Squall Harpooning a Shark Burial of the Twins Tropics Icebergs Exchange of Courtesies in mid Pacific 4

CHAPTER III.

Port Lyttelton and Christchurch Call on Friends Visit Malvern Hill 14

CHAPTER IV.

A Period of Uncertainty Leave for Nelson as Cadets on Sheep Run 19

CHAPTER V.

Working of a Sheep Run Scab C's Departure for Home 25

CHAPTER VI.

Shepherd's Life Driving Sheep Killing Wild Sow Return to Christchurch 30

CHAPTER VII.

I join a Survey Party Travel to the Ashburton 36

CHAPTER VIII.

Wild Pig Hunting 41

CHAPTER IX.

Cattle Ranching and Stock Riding 46

CHAPTER X.

Take Employment with a Bush Contractor Serious Illness Start for South and the Gold Diggings 51

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