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The Resource Strangerland : a family at war, Helena Drysdale

Strangerland : a family at war, Helena Drysdale

Label
Strangerland : a family at war
Title
Strangerland
Title remainder
a family at war
Statement of responsibility
Helena Drysdale
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In 1834, twenty-four-year-old Isabella Campbell left England for India, and within two weeks of joining her brother in Bengal had married his best friend. A dashing cavalry officer in the East India Company, Charles Gascoyne swept his young wife on a tour of garrisons, hill stations and vast military cavalcades, to battlefields and beyond." "But after the birth of her ninth baby, Isabella fell ill, and Charles insisted the family should leave India. Not rich enough to buy land back Home, instead he persuaded her they should embark on a new life a pioneers in a nascent British colony on the other side of the world: New Zealand." "For the sake of her health, Isabella was sent back to England, while Charles went ahead with the children and their governess. When Isabella joined them a year later she found that far from being welcomed, the governess had taken over both the household and Charles's heart. Buried in the bush, they were soon mired in scandal and a power struggle that would tear the family apart." "While battle clouds massed over the Gascoyne family, so New Zealand itself disintegrated into war as British settlers fought the native Maori - and very nearly lost. For Isabella the public became personal when her son Fred was caught up in a massacre perpetrated by a notorious Maori warrior-prophet. When the Gascoynes were joined by their nephew Bamber, more terror lay in store." "Now, a hundred and fifty years on, Helena Drysdale has uncovered a collection of surviving documents and woven together the facts and fabric of her cousins' lives to create a map of one family's journey. This romantic and ultimately tragic tale, set against the little-known turmoil of the Maori Wars (now known as the New Zealand Land Wars), traverses oceans and continents to touch three corners of the empire at the moment that empire was taking shape. Strangerland, a true story, spans two generations while illuminating the story of their times."--BOOK JACKET
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
Nz
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Drysdale, Helena
Dewey number
993
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Gascoyne, Isabella
  • British
  • British
  • New Zealand
  • New Zealand
Label
Strangerland : a family at war, Helena Drysdale
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p.384-393)
Control code
000040310340
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xi, 396 p., [16] p. plates
Isbn
9780330411691
Isbn Type
(hbk.) :
Lccn
2006497349
Other physical details
ill, maps (some col.), ports.(some col)
Label
Strangerland : a family at war, Helena Drysdale
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p.384-393)
Control code
000040310340
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xi, 396 p., [16] p. plates
Isbn
9780330411691
Isbn Type
(hbk.) :
Lccn
2006497349
Other physical details
ill, maps (some col.), ports.(some col)

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