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The hungry heart : journeys with William Colenso
by Peter Wells
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"Printer, botanist and missionary, William Colenso was a nineteenth-century maverick, a true original. He protested at the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, arguing that Maori did not fully understand its implications. He became a troubled conscience during the white-hot period of colonisation, maintaining his dissident voice throughout his career. Peter Wells refreshes our vision of this awkward, highly talented man, who lost his family after the church expelled him for fathering a child by a Maori woman. Thrown out, Colenso found a home through his collecting - and we can reconstruct regions of New Zealand today only because of his botanical studies. He also found a home through words, writing a remarkable series of pamphlets that open up the past. 'I write for future generations, ' he wrote in 1881. The time has come to welcome Colenso back" -- Publisher description.
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