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Manners and customs

Manners and customs

J. S. Polack's two-volume work, Manners and customs of the New Zealanders (1840), gave vivid and sometimes disapproving accounts of his dealings with Māori. The caption for the woodcut on the first volume's title page, 'Departure of warriors on a predatory excursion', sets the tone.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: J. S. Polack, Mannners and customs of the New Zealanders: with notes corroborative of their habits, usages, etc., and remarks to intending emigrants, with numerous cuts drawn on wood. London: James Madden, 1840 (B-K-42)

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Alex Calder, 'Non-fiction - Frontier reports', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/object/43292/manners-and-customs (accessed 26 March 2017)

Story by Alex Calder, published 22 Oct 2014