William Deans The Passionate Pioneer

Author(s): Louise Deans

Biography & Memoir

William Deans who arrived in New Zealand in 1840 tells his own story of his ten years in this country through this carefully crafted novel of his experiences here.

WILLIAM DEANS, an extraordinarily passionate, often overlooked, early New Zealand pioneer, was a prolific letter writer. This most unusual work of Historical Creative Nonfiction is reconstructed from the letters he wrote. Told in the first person, his story brings alive not only his struggle to survive in this new land, but also fascinating historical events he was witness to, including: the complete failure  of the New Zealand Company and Edward Gibbon Wakefield to prepare for the first settlers’ arrival on the shores of Petone in January 1840; the breakdown of social order in the new settlement; the establishment of the first republic in New  Zealand; the Company’s and other settlers’  complete disregard for Maori, their land and their culture; and later, in Canterbury, the vicious attacks against him and his brother by John  Robert Godley. William was an intelligent, well-educated young man, resourceful and energetic. He wanted to make his own way. He decided that the Port Cooper (Canterbury) Plains would be perfect for farming and brought his staff and stock to Putaringamotu (Riccarton) in 1843, setting there and farming in partnership with his brother John.  Since the South Island had not been claimed by  any government, the brothers took a lease with  Ngai Tahu, sanctioned by the Governor, for six  miles in any given direction from Putaringamotu.  This area is now the city of Christchurch. When John Robert Godley arrived to establish and take charge of the Canterbury Pilgrim Settlement, their situation rapidly changed for the worse. Representing the Church of England and The New  Zealand Company, Godley was in no mood to abide Scottish Presbyterians. He refused to acknowledge their status as legitimate leasees  with Ngai Tahu and fought hard to throw them off  their land. William stood his ground and battled  fiercely for his rights. He won the battle but died  doing so. While William Deans did not live to see  the success that his family made of their  settlement in Canterbury, the name Deans  remains synonymous with the development of  what is one of the most productive provinces of  New Zealand.

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General Fields

  • : 9781927167342
  • : Wily Publications
  • : Wily Publications
  • : January 2018
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paperback
  • : 288
  • : 288
  • : Louise Deans
  • : Louise Deans
  • : Paperback