The first pages of F. E. Maning's masterpiece, Old New Zealand, are typical of his digressive, humorous style. The book is, as Thomas Hocken said, written 'with irrelevant detail, every trifling issue or divergence forming a fresh starting-point.'
Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi
Private collection, Jock Phillips
Reference: Frederick Edward Maning, Old New Zealand: a tale of the good old times. Christchurch: Whitcombe & Tombs, 1912, pp. 1-7
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