European take on young NZ

May 11, 2014

An Indescribable Beauty: Letters home to German From Wellington, NZ (1859-1862), by Friedrich August Krull (Awa Press, RRP $38):

A century and a half ago, a young German man set sail on a four-month journey on the Swedish ship the Equator to begin a new life in New Zealand.

Friedrich Krull arrived in New Zealand as the country was heading for the New Zealand wars.

Krull was keen to experience the traditional Maori way of life, so on his travels he spent time with the likes of Tamihana te Rauparaha and Matene te Whiwhi and travelled with Honiana Te Puni-kokopu, Te Atiawa paramount chief.

Germans were the second largest group of settlers in New Zealand during the 19th Century and they settled throughout the country, from Houhara and Awanui in Northland to Gore and Germantown here in Southland.

This book – a compilation of Krull’s letters home – offers a fascinating look at this time in the history of our young country.

Jillian Allison-Aitken

I come from the other land down under, where men are men, and sheep are nervous. I'm a sub-editor and in the past have been a proof-reader, news editor and web editor. I am also an ex-columnist, and book and software reviewer for the local daily newspaper.I still read. A lot. And surf the web. Also a lot.You'll find a little about both of those pastimes here, and on By George.

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