Story: Read, George Edward

George Read

George Read

Astute, energetic and volatile, George Read was a mariner who with the agreement of local Maori became the principal trader in Poverty Bay from 1852. By consolidating his business and promoting European settlement, he helped create the town of Gisborne.

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How to cite this page:

Philip Whyte. 'Read, George Edward', Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, first published in 1990. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 May 2022)