Saturday, April 06, 2013

The writing of history

For that occasion the Government entered the sphere of publishing, and in the two large volumes of its pictorial Making New Zealand, the eleven volumes of its Centennial Surveys, and Sholefield’s Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, gave the country a celebration such as no other British dominion has had. But nothing written then, nothing else probably written in New Zealand so far, is the equal of one book which may be classed as history, if it can be assigned to any class at all. This is H Guthrie-Smith’s Tutira (1921) - ‘The Story of a New Zealand Sheep Station.’
New Zealand. Dept. of Internal Affairs. Historical Branch. 
Introduction to New Zealand. 
Wellington: Dept. of Internal Affairs, 1945.

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