The Pandora Survey. The completion of the 1848-1856 Great Survey of New Zealand by HMS Pandora together with an account of its genesis and initial phase

Author(s): Brian Byrne

Naval | New Zealand

The 1848-1856 Great Survey of New Zealand, carried out initially by Captain John Stokes in HMS Acheron between 1848-51 and completed by Commander Byron Drury in HMS Pandora between 1851-56, yielded "one of the most magnificent of the many productions of the English Navy". An opinion first expressed in 1864 and just as valid today. Equally, in their time, the two surveys played a significant role in the successful settlement of Europeans in New Zealand and its subsequent economic development. Though the story of the initial phase of that monumental undertaking was told twenty-nine years ago, the full story of its completion by Drury remained unrecorded. To rectify this oversight, the author of The Riddle of the Kaipara, Wing of the Manukau, and The Unknown Kaipara, spent four years researching and writing his latest book: The Pandora survey. This long overdue book not only provides a comprehensive history of the Pandora Survey, together with details of its findings along the coastline between New Plymouth to Doubtless Bay; Mercury Bay to Cape Kidnappers; and parts of the Hauraki Gulf and Marlborough Sounds; it also explores the origins of the Great Survey and looks into selected aspects of the Acheron Survey.

#23 of an edition of 500 copies, signed by the author. Epsom trust plate on front endpaper verso, pages yellowed at edges


Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9780473124595
  • : T. B. Byrne
  • : January 2007
  • : 285 x 185pp
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Brian Byrne
  • : hardback
  • : limited, numbered edition
  • : near fine
  • : 320
  • : Colour illustrations