Voyages of the Pioneers to NZ

by Toitū Otago Settlers Museum Shop

Voyages of the Pioneers to New Zealand 1839 - 85

John McLean

Almost every New Zealander has one or more forebears who sailed from Britain in the nineteenth century to take part in the pioneering process; which built the country that we know today.

From a variety of sources; including the diaries of passengers on a number of emigrant ships; the author has told the story largely in the words of the participants themselves; thus giving a unique insight into what life was like during the long voyage (up to five months) down the Atlantic; around the Cape of Good Hope and through the storms of the Southern ocean to New Zealand.

The reasons for emigrating; the tearful farewells; the onslaught of seasickness; quarrels; epidemics; storms; fires; shipwrecks;
shipboard activities; the fun of crossing the Line into the southern hemisphere; and finally the excitement of viewing for the first time the land that they had gone through so much discomfort to reach - all are told in a highly readable way that exposes the reality of life on an emigrant vessel in the days of sail.

Book Dimensions
250 x 160 x 18mm