Strangerland : a family at war; Drysdale, Helena; 2013; 9780330411707 (pbk.; 201...


Strangerland : a family at war


Drysdale, Helena

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About this object

In 1834, twenty-four year old Isabella Campbell left England for India, and within two weeks of joining her brother in Bengal had married his best friend. A dashing cavalry officer in the East India Company, Charles Gascoyne swept his young wife on a tour of garrisons, hill stations and vast military cavalcades, to battlefields and beyond. But after the birth of her ninth baby, Isabella fell ill, and Charles insisted the family should leave India. Not rich enough to buy land back Home, instead he persuaded her they should embark on a new life as pioneers in a nascent British colony on the other side of the world: New Zealand. For the sake of her health, Isabella was sent back to England, while Charles went ahead with the children and their governess. When Isabella joined them a year later, she found that far from being welcomed, the governess had taken over both the household and Charles' heart. Buried in the bush, they were soon mired in scandal and a power struggle that would tear the family apart. While battle clouds massed over the Gascoyne family, so New Zealand itself disintegrated into war as British settlers fought the native Maori - and very nearly lost. For Isabella the public became personal when her son Fred was caught up in a massacre perpetrated by a notorious Maori warrior-prophet. When the Gascoynes were joined by their nephew Bamber, more terror lay ahead.

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Random House

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Subject and Association Keywords

Gascoyne, Isabella

Subject and Association Keywords

Gascoyne, Isabella

Subject and Association Keywords

British -- New Zealand -- Biography

Subject and Association Keywords

British -- New Zealand -- Social conditions -- 19th century

Subject and Association Keywords

New Zealand -- History -- 1853-1876

Named Collection

Thomas & Bridget Gallagher Library

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9780330411707 (pbk.

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920 GAS

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