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Robert McNab (1864-1917), lawyer, politician, and historian, was one of the most prominent and influential of New Zealand's early intellectuals, renowned for his meticulous gathering of historical resources. The result of nine years of painstaking research, this book was developed from a series of articles on Southland history published in the newspaper Southern Standard in the late 1890s. Murihiku spans the history of European exploration and settlement in the South Island, from the voyages of Abel Tasman and Captain Cook to the arrival of the sealers, whalers, missionaries, and the early settlers in the years leading up the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. The book was first published in 1905. After extensive research in archives in Australia, the USA, and Britain, McNab produced a more substantial edition in 1907. This third edition appeared in 1909. McNab was elected fellow of the Royal Geographical society in 1908.
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Preface; 1. Discovery by Tasman, 1642; 2. Cook explores, 1770; 3. Cook's second visit, 1773; 4. Cook's third and fourth visits, 1773-4; 5. Cook's last visit, La Perouse and Bligh, 1776 to 1788; 6. Vancouver's visit, 1791; 7. First sealing gang, 1792; 8. Malaspina visits Doubtful Sound, 1793; 9. Wreck of the Endeavour, 1795; 10. Bass and his monopoly, 1801 to 1803; 11. First sealers arrive, 1803 to 1805; 12. The Sealing Islands, 1804 to 1808; 13. Stewart Island exploited, 1809-10; 14. Marquarie Island trade, 1810 to 1820; 15. The flax trade, 1813-14; 16. Sailing experiences, 1808 to 1820; 17. Bellingshausen at Queen Charlotte Sound, 1820; 18. Trade of the early twenties; 19. The far south, 1820 to 1830; 20. The General Gates, 1819 to 1824; 21. Cruise of the Snapper, 1822 to 1823; 22. The natives, 1823; 23. First coastal description, 1823; 24. The later twenties; 25. Colonization schemes, 1825 to 1827; 26. Discovery of the French Pass, 1827; 27. Cook Strait and vicinity, 1830 to 1833; 28. Foveaux Strait, 1830 to 1835; 29. Otago Whaling Station, 1831 to 1835; 30. Cook Strait, 1834; 31. Cook Strait and Chatham Island, 1835; Index.

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