The Mediator: A Life of Richard Taylor 1805 -1873

Author(s): J M R Owens

Biography | New Zealand Church History

Richard Taylor described himself as a man 'between two fires'. Born in Yorkshire in 1805, he arrived as a missionary in the Bay of Islands in 1939 with his two eldest sons and was soon joined by his wife Caroline and their three younger children.
His extensive records, including a daily journal spanning 48 years, have provided a rich source for historians as well as a remarkable day-by-day account of one man's life.
the Mediator tells the story of a man who came expevting 'savages' and who learned to reject the term, who encouraged the Maori in the Wanganui area when they set up their own magistrates, and when they traded, grew crops of built flour mills. He maintained his interests in ethnography, botany, zoology and geology, and was an indefatigable writer of books and articles on scientific subjects.

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Product Information

JOHN OWENS was born in Dorchester, Dorset and trained as an historian at Merton College, Oxford. He has researched and published in early 19th- century New Zealand history, with particular reference to Maori, missionaries and early settlers.

General Fields

  • : 9780864734648
  • : Victoria University Press
  • : Victoria University Press
  • : 0.45
  • : July 2004
  • : 210x150mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : J M R Owens
  • : Paperback
  • : very good
  • : 352
  • : Illustrations, map