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Arthur Saunders Thomson

Military surgeon, medical scientist, writer, historian.

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Dr A. S. Thomson gives this vivid impression of 'The War Dance' in 'The Story of New Zealand' (1859). The introduction of the musket by Europeans revolutionised Maori methods of warfare In 'The Story of New Zealand,' Dr. A. S. Thomson, a Surgeon-Major, shows a 'Stage for Hakari or Feast given to Governor Grey in 1849 at the Bay of Islands to celebrate the peace between the two races.' Food was piled high on the stage platforms and the Maori visitors would comment on the generosity of their hosts as they gazed at the abundant supply


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