Convicts: New Zealand's Hidden Past

Author(s): Matthew Wright

NZ Non Fiction

New Zealand's Pakeha origin as a bolt-hole for convicts escaping Australia, a place where former convicts joined whaling and sealing gangs, and where sea captains thumbed their noses at the law, has been quietly forgotten. It has become a hidden part of our past, buried under the convenient fiction that the Treaty of Waitangi is the sole pivot of New Zealand's colonial story. In Convicts: New Zealand's Hidden Criminal Past, noted historian Matthew Wright challenges that notion. Our early nineteenth-century Pakeha past is, at least in part, a story of convicts who had found their way past the edge of the law, an age of heroic tales of survival, scurrilous deeds, cannibalism and piracy. Matthew Wright is one of New Zealand's most published historians and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society of University College, London.

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Matthew Wright is one of New Zealand's most published historians and writers. He has qualifications in music, history and anthropology, among other fields, holds post-graduate degrees in history, and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society at University College, London. His work includes more than 500 articles, academic papers, reviews and over 45 books on topics ranging from travel guides to biography, engineering, military and social history.

General Fields

  • : 9780143567646
  • : Penguin Group (NZ)
  • : Penguin Books (NZ)
  • : July 2012
  • : 230x152mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : July 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Matthew Wright
  • : Paperback
  • : 256