The First Colonist: Samuel Deighton, 1821-1900

Author(s): Michael Butler


A fascinating insight into early New Zealand history. Draws on letters between Deighton and government officials: Deighton, from Cambridge, England, was the first ashore from the first ships which landed off Petone in Wellington Harbour in 1840; he held land orders from the New Zealand Company and fought in the Maori wars; he became an interpreter and a resident magistrate; he served as a magistrate and Native Land Court Judge in the Chatham Islands; he wrote the first Moriori dictionary (included in appendices); letters provide information and understanding of land purchases and Maori-European relationships.


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Mike Butler graduated with a BA in English Literature at Victoria University in Wellington and worked for 18 years as a newspaper journalist, mostly as chief sub-editor of the Herald-Tribune in Hastings. He has been a contract writer and is a contributor to the New Zealand Centre for Political Research. Samuel Deighton is the author's great-grandfather.

General Fields

  • : 9781877399565
  • : Dunmore Publishing Limited
  • : Dunmore Publishing Limited
  • : November 2010
  • : 210mm X 148mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Michael Butler
  • : Paperback
  • : 993.02092
  • : 230
  • : photographs