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Obscuring the prominent, Miles Fairburn

The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography; Volume Four; 1921-1940 ed Claudia Orange Auckland University Press and Dept of Internal Affairs, $130.00, ISBN 8694 203 0 The dictionary of biography project has been a boon for academic historians working in New…
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What new is there to tell? Miles Fairburn

Lands for the People? The Highland Clearances and the Colonisation of New Zealand: a Biography of John McKenzie Tom Brooking Otago University Press, $39.95, ISBN 1 877133 21 3 There have been three reformist governments in New Zealand history. The…
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Mything our myths, Miles Fairburn

A History of the New Zealanders from Polynesian Settlement to the End of the Nineteenth Century James Belich Allen Lane, Penguin, $59.95 ISBN 07139 91712 Writing a general history about New Zealand is an extraordinarily daunting and difficult task and…
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The shapes of time, Shelagh Duckham Cox

The Certainty of Doubt. Tributes to Peter Munz Miles Fairburn and W H Oliver (eds) Victoria University Press, Wellington, $39.95 ISBN 086473302X Immigration is a strange enterprise. In 1966, just off the Northern Star, heading for the exit of the…
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Self-reliant in Victorian New Zealand, Erik Olssen

Nearly Out of Heart and Hope: The puzzle of a colonial labourer’s diary Miles Fairburn Auckland University Press, $39.95 ISBN 1869401182 Anybody familiar with New Zealand history is likely to feel a sense of excitement at the prospect of reading…
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