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  • Enderby Settlement.
  • Dumont d'urville. Explorer & Polymath
  • Voyages of the Pioneers to New Zealand 1839-85
  • Tupaia
  • Polynesian Navigation & the Discovery of New Zealand

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    THE ENDERBY SETTLEMENT. Britain's Whaling venture on the Subantarctic Auckland islands 1849-52
    By Conon Fraser. Softcover, .71kg, 165mm x 255mm, 256 pages, Full colour illustrations and photographs. Black and white photographs
    The British Enderby settlement on the Auckland Islands became synonymous in the 19th century for its association with whaling ventures. Charles Enderby - of Samuel Enderby & Sons, one of the most prominent English sealing and whaling firms had successfully petitioned for British government backing to establish a settlement on the Auckland Islands 'for the purpose of the whale fishery, as a station at which to discharge the cargoes and refit vessels. However isolation, a storm-swept climate, unproductive soil, inexperienced crews, drunkenness and - above all - a shortage of whales meant that the raw colony ran into trouble, and the parent company found itself facing disaster.

    Two special commissioners were sent to either close the venture down or move it elsewhere, and a bitter struggle developed, with Charles Enderby refusing to admit defeat and Governor Sir George Grey reluctantly becoming involved. Nevertheless, the settlement collapsed and the few Maori settlers on the islands, who had preceded and benefited from the colonists' presence, left soon after.

    Little trace of the colony remains, and the Auckland Islands are much as they were before Charles Enderby's arrival: uninhabited, isolated, wild, and beautiful, and now of World Heritage status.

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    By Edward Duyker. Hardback, 1.92kg, 180mm x 254mm, 664 pages, 68 Full colour, sepia and black & white photographs, and 10 maps.

    Set against a broad sweep of European and Pacific history, this comprehensive new biography of explorer Jules Sébastien César Dumont d’Urville (1790–1842) reveals his life and times as never before. Dumont d’Urville (1790–1842) is one of the most famous explorers of the age of sail, an exceptionally erudite navigator who has been called France’s Captain Cook. D’Urville cultivated a profound engagement not only with maritime exploration but also with botany, entomology, ethnography and the diverse languages of the world. He lived through a tumultuous period of revolution, territorial expansion and scientific discovery. As a young ensign he was decorated for his pivotal part in the acquisition of the famous Vénus de Milo.

    This book also surveys d’Urville’s scientific contribution and the plant and animal species he collected. And it discusses his conceptualisation of the peoples of Pacific—it was d’Urville who coined the terms ‘Melanesia’ and ‘Micronesia’. D’Urville made an invaluable contribution to Pacific exploration as well as to the ethnography and natural history of Australia and New Zealand.

    Using primary documents that have long been overlooked by other historians, including D'Urville's personal journal, author Edward Duyker charts the multiple facets of d’Urville: his passionate but emotionally fraught marriage; his scientific legacy in the Pacific, Australia, New Zealand and Antarctica and his secret orders to search for the site for a French penal colony in the Antipodes.

    This is an unrivalled biographical work, fully encompassing the private and public world of this indubitably larger than life figure.

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    By John McLean. Paperback, 0.63 kgs, 160mm x 250mm, 272pages, some full colour and black & white illustrations.
    A lot of New Zealanders have at least one - and often several - forebears who sailed from Britain in the nineteenth century to take part in the pioneering process, which built the country that we know today.

    From a variety of sources, including the diaries of passengers on a number of emigrant ships - mostly sailing vessels but also a few steamships - the author has told the story largely in the words of the participants themselves, thus giving a unique insight into what life was like during the long voyage (up to five months) down the Atlantic, around the Cape of Good Hope and through the storms of the southern ocean to New Zealand.

    The reasons for emigrating, the tearful farewells, the onslaught of seasickness, quarrels , epidemics, storms, fires, shipwrecks, shipboard activities, the fun of "crossing the line" into the southern hemisphere, and finally the excitement of viewing for the first time the land that they had gone through so much discomfort to reach - all are told in highly readable, if not entertaining, way that exposes the reality of life on an emigrant ship in the days of sail.

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    By Joan Druett. Paperback, 1.02 kgs, 153mm x 233mm, 440 pages, Sepa, Colour, Black & white illustrations and drawings.Published 2011
    The Remarkable story of Captain Cook's Polynesian Navigator.

    Tupaia, lauded by Europeans as 'an extraordinary genius', sailed with Captain Cook from Tahiti, piloted the Endeavour about the South Pacific, and interceded with Maori in NZ. A gifted linguist, a brilliant orator, and a most devious politician, could aptly be called the Machiavelli of Tahiti. Being highly skilled in astronomy, navigation, and meteorology, and an expert in the geography of the Pacific, he was able to name directional stars and predict landfalls and weather throughout the voyage from Tahiti to Java.

    Though he had no previous knowledge of writing or mapmaking, Tupaia drew a chart of the Pacific that encompassed every major group in Polynesia and extended more than 4,000 kilometres from the Marquesas to Rotuma and Fiji. He was also the ship's translator, able to communicate with all the Polynesian people they met. As a man of high social ranking, Tupaia performed as an able intermediary, interpreting local rituals and ceremonies.

    Joseph Banks is famous for his detailed, perceptive descriptions of the manners and customs of the Polynesian people. Much of the credit for this belongs to Tupaia. Not only did Tupaia become one of the ship's important artists, drawing lively pictures to illustrate what he described, but he could justly be called the Pacific's first anthropologist.

    Despite all this, Tupaia has never been part of the popular Captain Cook legend. This is largely because he died of complications from scurvy seven months before the ship arrived home. Once he was gone, his accomplishments were easily forgotten-indeed, by removing Tupaia from the story, what the Europeans had achieved seemed all the greater.

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    By Jeff Evans. Paperback, 0.30 kgs, 175mm x 245mm, 128 pages, Black & white illustrations.Published (Reprint) 2011

    This book offers a straightforward account of how and why Polynesian seafarer's made their journey south to New Zealand. The first part of the book discusses the origins of the voyages, legends of the homeland and the explorer Kupe, traditional Polynesian navigation techniques, and the preservation of seafaring knowledge by Maori. The second part of the book presents a gripping account of the canoe Hawaiki-nui retracing the route from Tahiti to New Zealand in 1985 using traditional voyaging methods.

    Richly illustrated with photos, maps and drawings, this is an essential guide to a great story of discovery.

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