William Pember Reeves – My Own New Zealand

“The earth always seemed large – one could see so far in the clear air – though the tiny settlement [Christchurch] and its minute affairs were so small.  Far away across the ocean was another world, the great world of affairs, where there were nations, Parliaments, wars, big cities, and terrible crimes.  The monthly mail told us of such things, and the loomed vast, vague and fascinating.  I knew more about England, at the age of 12, than about my own New Zealand”.

William Pember Reeves – August 1905
* Politician
* Historian & Poet
* Minister of Labour, Education & Justice 1891 – 1896
* Agent-General 1896 – 1905
* High Commissioner 1905 – 1908

 

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