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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... read full description below.

ISBN 9781927305584
Published 4 October 2019 by David Ling Publishing Limited
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781927305584
ISBN-10 1927305586
Stock Available
Status In-stock at publisher; ships 5-12 working days
Publisher David Ling Publishing Limited
Imprint David Ling Publishing Limited
Publication Date 4 October 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
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Biography: Historical, Political & Military
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code Not specified
Catalogue Code 1007729

Description of this Book

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 accomplishments 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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Author's Bio

John Steele began working life as a journalist with the New Zealand Herald and NZBC before a 40-year career in the motor industry. In retirement he returned to writing, with a particular interest in New Zealand history. His first book - Smales' Trail, an historical biography - was published in 2012, followed by When Toawaka Met Cook (co-author 2019), interspersed with writing and editing roles for a variety of papers, books and journals. In between fishing and reading, he remains active on heritage and historical projects in both Auckland and Mercury Bay where he lives.

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