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'Captain Graham leaving the Pah'

'Captain Graham leaving the Pah'

Isabella Aylmer's Distant homes, or the Graham family in New Zealand (1862) follows the fortunes of a pioneer family as they establish new lives in New Zealand after suffering economic misfortune back home in England. The Grahams land in Nelson, and Mrs Graham and the girls travel by sea to Canterbury, while Mr Graham and 14-year-old Tom venture overland with Māori guides. They spend a night at a , where Tom learns about tapu (religious restrictions) after noticing the chief did not feed himself. After regretfully declining the chief's offer of further hospitality, the party leaves the pā early the next day. 

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Reference: J. E. Aylmer, Distant homes; or the Graham family in New Zealand. London: Griffith and Farran, 1862

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Children’s and young adult literature - The 19th century: Māori, settlers and adventures', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 May 2024)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 22 Oct 2014, updated 1 Aug 2016