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No Ordinary Man: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Dr Arthur Purchas

No Ordinary Man: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Dr Arthur Purchas (Paperback)

By Steele, John

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Arthur Purchas was said to be perhaps the most gifted person ever to come to this country. Surgeon and doctor, architect, engineer, geologist, explorer, musician, botanist, artist, priest, inventor, in his time he was one of our most prominent citizens. His wide range of accompli...shments includes horticultural and botanical discoveries, musical expertise, significant geological exploration, design and construction of the first M?ngere bridge, and the first European discovery of coal deposits in the Waikato. His architectural designs still stand today among the country's finest heritage buildings. Purchas's mostly unheralded role in the years leading up to the 1861 Land Wars - and documented here in detail - grew from his close relationship with the first two Maori Kings, Te Wherowhero P?tatau and Matutaera, their advisers Tamati Ng?pora and Te Paea, and Kingitanga allies like Wiremu T?mihana and Rewi Maniapoto. He also achieved astonishing success in pioneer abdominal surgery, engineering and the formation of Auckland's foremost cultural institutions such as the Auckland Museum and Society of Arts.
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ISBN 9781927305584
Published AU 4 Oct 2019
Publisher David Ling Publishing Limited
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781927305584
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Status In-stock at publisher; ships 7-14 working days
Publisher David Ling Publishing Limited
Imprint David Ling Publishing Limited
Published 4 Oct 2019
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Steele, John
Category Biography & Autobiography: Historical, Political & Military
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 352
Dimensions Width: 165mm
Height: 240mm
Dewey Code Not specified
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
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NBS Text Biography: Historical, Political & Military
ONIX Text General/trade