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A blighted fame : George S. Evans 1802-1868, a life / Helen Riddiford.

By: Riddiford, Helen [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Wellington : Victoria University Press, 2014Copyright date: ℗2014 Description: xix, 503 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780864738967.Subject(s): Evans, George S. (George Samuel), 1802-1868 | New Zealand Company | Colonists -- New Zealand -- Wellington -- Biography | Politicians -- Australia -- Victoria -- Biography | Wellington (N.Z.) -- ColonizationDDC classification: 993.6302092 Summary: "The biography of George Evans, scholar, lawyer, editor, politician, and one of the founders of New Zealand (for whom Evans Bay in Wellington is named). It covers his early life in England, his involvement with the New Zealand Company, and his time in Wellington, New Zealand, and Victoria, Australia"--Publisher information.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

George Samuel Evans, barrister, editor, and politician, was a man of his time. A brilliant scholar with formidable skills in both oratory and journalism, he was bred to pursue the goals of civil and religious liberty. His dissenting background and upbringing in his father's parish in East London led to his passion for reform. A zealous, hard-working advocate for parliamentary and colonial reform, his path led eventually to New Zealand, a colony of ragged uncertainty, ambition, rivalry, and deprivation. When Edward Gibbon Wakefield, the architect of the systematic colonization of New Zealand, virtually abandoned his project, it was Evans who took up the reins. He and a small band of others assured the scheme's continuation and, for better or worse, spurred a reluctant government into taking action to procure the country for the Crown. Although a permanent tribute to him exists in the name of Evans Bay in Wellington, today Evans has become little more than a footnote until now. Helen Riddiford's lively and extensively researched biography acknowledges his immense contribution to New Zealand and Australia and allows his voice to be heard once more.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

"The biography of George Evans, scholar, lawyer, editor, politician, and one of the founders of New Zealand (for whom Evans Bay in Wellington is named). It covers his early life in England, his involvement with the New Zealand Company, and his time in Wellington, New Zealand, and Victoria, Australia"--Publisher information.

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Acknowledgements (p. ix)
  • Preface (p. xii)
  • Prologue (p. xvii)
  • Part 1 England 1802-1839
  • Chapter 1 Student and Scholar (p. 22)
  • Chapter 2 Headmaster and Reformer (p. 40)
  • Chapter 3 The Hare and the Tortoise (p. 61)
  • Chapter 4 'A Damned Plucky Scheme!' (p. 88)
  • Chapter 5 Taking Leave (p. 109)
  • Chapter 6 The Voyage of the Adelaide (p. 120)
  • Part 2 Wellington 1840-1844
  • Chapter 7 The Schoolmaster Abroad (p. 143)
  • Chapter 8 'Umpire' No Longer (p. 160)
  • Chapter 9 A Glimmer of Hope (p. 177)
  • Chapter 10 Meetings Repaired (p. 193)
  • Chapter 11 Trials and Tribulations (p. 211)
  • Chapter 12 The Smiling Land (p. 232)
  • Chapter 13 'A Good and Pious Man' (p. 245)
  • Chapter 14 Wairau (p. 269)
  • Chapter 15 FitzRoy (p. 291)
  • Part 3 England and Wellington 1845-1852
  • Chapter 16 'A Proper Sphere' (p. 311)
  • Chapter 17 A Colonial in London (p. 336)
  • Chapter 18 Back to Wellington (p. 347)
  • Part 4 Melbourne and Wellington 1853-1868
  • Chapter 19 Editor and Politician (p. 293)
  • Chapter 20 A Most Uncommon Man (p. 308)
  • Chapter 21 Fire, Steam and Ice (p. 320)
  • Chapter 22 Opposition (p. 336)
  • Chapter 23 Trojan Soul (p. 349)
  • Chapter 24 'The Scarf-Skin of the Frame' (p. 366)
  • Epilogue (p. 375)
  • Appendices
  • 1 'Song of the Colonists Departing for New Zealand' (p. 385)
  • 2 Regulations for the Emigrants of the New Zealand Company's First Colony (p. 387)
  • 3 The New Zealand Company's Contract with Samuel Revans for Management and Editing of the Gazette (p. 390)
  • 4 Ratification and Extension of the Provisional Constitution of the Settlers of the First Colony by the Sovereign Chiefs of Port Nicholson (drawn up by Dr George Samuel Evans and Richard Davies Hanson, with the approval of Colonel William Wakefield) (p. 391)
  • 5 Extract from a Meeting of Burgesses held in Barrett's Hotel on 18 September 1842 (p. 393)
  • 6 Extract from the Wellington Independent, Saturday, 9 January 1864 (p. 399)
  • 7 Sample Pages of G. S. Evans, The Grammar of the New Zealand Language, 1839 (p. 405)
  • Notes (p. 410)
  • Bibliography (p. 473)
  • Index (p. 486)