Born to New Zealand

Bridget Williams Books

‘I love Taranaki more every day … I was born to live here.’ So wrote Jane Maria Atkinson from 1850s New Plymouth.

Jane Maria lived through some of the colony’s most tumultuous times, including the Taranaki Land Wars, and remained a lively, acute and entertaining observer throughout. In this award-winning biography, Frances Porter paints a picture of an educated Englishwoman forging a new life as part of the Richmond, Hursthouse and Atkinson ‘Mob’ that was so influential in early New Zealand society.

Born to New Zealand has become established as a rich and distinctive contribution to New Zealand biography.

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