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New Zealand's Burning — The Settlers' World in the Mid 1880s



A Abbreviations

AJHR Appendices to the Journals of the House of Representatives
ATL Alexander Turnbull Library
AWN Auckland Weekly News
CNZ Cyclopaedia of New Zealand
EP Evening Post (Wellington)
HS Hawera Star
HBH Hawke's Bay Herald
HBWC Hawke's Bay Weekly Courier
LT Lyttelton Times
NZJH New Zealand Journal of History
NZM New Zealand Mail (Wellington)
TH Taranaki Herald
TN Taranaki News
VUW Victoria University of Wellington
Y Yeoman (Wanganui)

B Newspapers

Most of the newspapers consulted were small daily or thrice-weekly publications, with only two or three pages of text apart from advertisements. Page references have not been given for these. The weekly newspapers were much more substantial, so for these page references are given.

Some sections of Part I are based on an intricate collation from several newspaper sources, and no attempt has been made to provide detailed references for these. Care has been taken to date events in the text so that the sources can be traced with little difficulty.

C Statistics

Most of the statistics used in this study have been drawn from three official sources:


Statistics of New Zealand—a single-volume, annual publication during our period.


New Zealand Census Returns—again a single-volume publication at this time.


AJHR1886, D-1, RETURN No. 10—the New Zealand Railway's ‘Statement of Revenue and Expenditure of each Station for the Year ended 31st March, 1886’.

Statistics from these three sources have not been referenced. References have been given for statistics drawn from other sources.