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No Petty People: The Arabin Family (edition 2012)

by Shirley Arabin

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Title:No Petty People: The Arabin Family
Authors:Shirley Arabin
Info:Moyglare Publishing
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:Arabin family, family histories, genealogy, biography, history, New Zealand author, Huguenot, Ireland, Jacobites, Australian goldmining, New Zealand goldmining

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No Petty People: The Arabin Family by Shirley Arabin

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This fantastic family history by a well known Tauranga genealogist just oozes historical detail. The book had it's origins over thirty years ago and covers the historical French Arabins who were Huguenot's forced to flee the country and then settle in Ireland from 1690. It covers the Jacobite wars; wars against the French; gunpowder manufacture; chasing slavers in the Atlantic; condemning convicts to transportation to Australia and goldmining in Australia & New Zealand. The shocking story of Nellie and Topsy Saunders was very sad to read. The sisters were young missionaries sent to China and killed in 1895 when the mission station was attacked; "Nellie and Topsy were killed with sword and spear along with eight of their friends". The details of the attack were made public when "The Melbourne newspaper graphically described the massacre writing that Topsy had been stabbed in her face with a spear and Nellie tortured and lacerated with knives then finally burned alive" (p. 158).

The cover of Shirley Arabin's book is very appealing. Included is a contents pages, abbreviation list, introduction, descendant trees, paintings and photographs, appendices, a bibliography and an index. Very well done. ( )
  boppisces | Nov 14, 2012 |
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