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England and the Maori Wars


page 411

The main purpose of this volume being to examine British policy towards New Zealand in the light of the original documents, the chief source to be mentioned is naturally the Original Correspondence of the Secretaries of State for the Colonies, 1854–72, in the Public Record Office, London. This has the series number C.O. 209, and reference to the different volumes is given in the text. The Journals of the Deputy Quartermaster-General, Lt.-Col. D. J. Gamble, 1861–5, are in W.O. 33/16.

The next most important source, for information about public opinion in England and (through correspondents) New Zealand, is The Times newspaper for the period, 1854–72. The files and index in the British Museum Newspaper Repository at Colindale London, N.W., are very conveniently arranged. The dates of all quotations made are included in the text to avoid adding to the number of footnotes.

For direct evidence of local feeling the writer inspected the file of the Taranaki Herald in the Public Library, New Plymouth, during a visit to New Zealand in 1934. Another source used on the same occasion, thanks to the courtesy of Dr. Hight, was the manuscript journal of Henry Sewell, housed at Canterbury University College. A thesis by W.F. Monk on this journal and others by Marjorie E. S. Black on the Poverty Bay Massacre, by S. B. Babbage on Hauhauism, by E. A. Nissen on The Life and Times of Wiremu Kingi, and by Marion Graham on The Maori Population of Taranaki were also read.

The Report of the Royal Commission on “Confiscated Native Lands and Other Grievances” is printed in New Zealand Parliamentary Papers, 1928, G—7.