Author(s): Russell Stone
Only a handful of other white men to keep you company. Imagine that you are fearless, bursting with energy and entrepreneurial resolve. Imagine that you are also well educated, a shrewd observer and a gifted writer. Four decades on you are one of the colony's wealthiest and best known citizens and politicians and you sit down to remember those amazing years in the 1840s when the world was your oyster. This is the achievement of Sir John Logan Campbells' fascinating memoir/travelogue Poenamo, which continues to be a unique insight into early New Zealand. Republished as a complete fascimile if the 1880 volume, Poenamo Revisited not only brings this extraordinary, vivid, timeless and entertaining book back into circulation but also offers a compelling insight into Campbell the man and the author, and the colonial society he helped build and in which he came to hold such sway. Handsomely produced and published in the 100th year since Campbell's death, this book is a taonga for all Aucklanders, in particular, to treasure.
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Professor Russell Stone is one of New Zealand's preeminent historians. A longstanding member of the staff of the University of Auckland history department, he is now retired from teaching but is still actively involved in research and writing. He has published two major books on John Logan Campbell and is widely recognised as the authority on this key figure in Auckland's early history.