A great coloniser : the Rev. Dr. Thomas Burns, pioneer minister of Otago and nephew of the poet
This is a plain, unvarnished tale of one of the great unknown men of the British Empire. I have sought to tell the story of Thomas Burns in his own words and by his own deeds, as far as that is possible. These reveal his dream, its interpretation, and its measure of fulfilment. The rise, progress, and development of the Scottish Colony in the south of New Zealand owe more than we know to his courage and industry. His life is not merely of historical value; it is a challenge to all of us to "rise and build."
E. N. M.6th December, 1929. The Lodge,