Jenifer Roberts is an English historian and direct descendant of FitzGerald. With access to sources previously inaccessible to researchers, she provides new information about one of our most outstanding colonists and his equally talented wife. Together, they personified the pioneer spirit of 19th-century New Zealand, a spirit re-invoked today as the people of Christchurch rebuild their city.
"this is not just an insight into one family but an invaluable look at the settler history of New Zealand. Roberts really has the measure of the intriguing Fitz, a man of many talents and faces; her warts and all biography also reveals how family truths can be separated from myth." - Karen Clare, Family Tree, January 2015