Story: History and historians

Lindsay Buick with moa bones

This illustration comes from Lindsay Buick’s book, The moa-hunters of New Zealand: sportsmen of the stone age, which was published in 1937. The caption reads: ‘The author contemplating the relics of a moa-hunters' feast at Waitaki’. Buick was a former politician and working journalist who published no fewer than 12 books of New Zealand history from 1900 to 1937. His most influential work was his study of the Treaty of Waitangi (1914). He wrote three publications on the moa. Following his retirement as journalist Buick was appointed as a historical researcher at the Dominion Museum. The sound extract from the Today in New Zealand history series talks of his life and contribution.

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Reference: Lindsay Buick, The moa-hunters of New Zealand: sportsmen of the Stone Age. New Plymouth: Thomas Avery, 1937, facing p. 236

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Jock Phillips, 'History and historians - The first half of the 20th century – amateur history', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/speech/43549/lindsay-buick-with-moa-bones (accessed 9 August 2020)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 22 Oct 2014