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The Exploration of New Zealand

1. Missionaries

1. Missionaries

The Letters and Journals of Samuel Marsden (Dunedin, 1932) and Marsden's Lieutenants (Dunedin, 1934), both edited by J. R. Elder, are the standard works on the subject of early missionary endeavour by the Church of England. The activities of the succeeding generation are described in H. Carleton's Life of Henry Williams (Auckland, 1874); in W. Williams's Christianity among the Maoris (London, 1867); in Bishop Selwyn's letters in vol. ii of The Church in the Colonies (London, 1848); in page 192W. Colenso's Excursion in the Northern Island of New Zealand 1841–2 (Launceston, 1844) and The Ruahine Mountain Range (Napier, 1884). Students who have access to the Hocken and Alexander Turnbull libraries may read the original letters, diaries, and reports of the missionaries, but the general reader will prefer the extracts published in those immense repositories of missionary information, the volumes of The Church Missionary Register (London, 1813–48), The Church Missionary Record (London, 1830–48), and The Church Intelligencer (London, 1849–55).

Until the archives of the Wesleyan Missionary Society have been thoroughly searched, those interested in exploration by Wesleyan missionaries must be satisfied with such publications as J. Buller's Forty Years in New Zealand (London, 1878), W. Morley's History of Methodism in New Zealand (Wellington, 1900), and Centenary Sketches of New Zealand Methodism (Christchurch, 1922). The journey of Father Baty to Lake Waikaremoana is described by the Rev. J. Hickson, S.M. in Catholic Missionary Work in Hawke's Bay (Auckland, 1924).