The Native Policy of New Zealand. A Speech Delivered in the House of Representatives, of New Zealand, August 6, 1862, by James Edward Fitzgerald
by [New Zealand] FitzGerald, James Edward
Wellington NZ: McKenzie and Muir, 1862. Very good condition. FitzGerald (1818-1896) was a proponent of emigration to alleviate poverty, spurred by the tragedy of the Irish Potato Famine. In 1849, he became the secretary of the Canterbury Association of Christchurch New Zealand, and emigrated there with his wife in 1850. He became the first superintendent, and progressed to a prominent role in politics. He served as Member of the House of Representatives for Ellesmere from 1862 to 1866. This speech was made during the period of the New Zealand Wars, a time in which FitzGerald supported Maori rights, and equal civil and political rights for all New Zealanders regardless of race. He was against the policy of land confiscation and the use of troops, and in favor of Maori taking part in government. In 1865 Fitzgerald became Minister for Native Affairs; sadly his policies to improve race relations were not successful.8vo, 36 pp. Cream paper wrappers, string bound. Wrappers dusty, starting to split along spine, fragile but holding. Internally, very good condition.Hocken, Bibliography of New Zealand, p217. Trove records 2 libraries with copies, NLA and State Library NSW, Libraries Australia ID 2513866. OCLC: 55575910 records 11 libraries with copies. (Inventory #: 21975)
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