Title: James Hector
Authors: Nathan, Simon
Genre: Non Fiction: New Zealand
Pages: 264
Year: 2015
Publisher: Geoscience Society of New Zealand
Language: English
Description: From a dolphin and a whale, to a bird and a snail, and a location or two, James Hector's name is remembered throughout New Zealand, but his legacy is even more significant. Born in Scotland in 1834, he arrived in New Zealand in 1862 via Canada and the Australian goldfields, commissioned for starters to undertake a geological survey of Otago. Many achievements followed that we still benefit from today, including: establishing the Colonial Museum and the first national earthquake recording system, undertaking large public works and standardising New Zealand time.

Reflecting comprehensive research and with its lively writing style, this is a fascinating account of an energetic colonial 'explorer, scientist and leader' responsible for laying the groundwork for organised science in New Zealand.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"A fascinating tale of the trials of exploration in the wilds of New Zealand and Canada."

"Factual and good account of the early history of New Zealand."

"This is a good book that covers some important years in NZ history and the development of essential services."

"A must for all interested in NZ history. It's written in a lively and straightforward style."

"The text is broken by plenty of headings and that makes it easy to read."

"It's a very attractive book, well-illustrated, indexed and annotated.

"The history of science in NZ in the late 20th Century should be of interest to anyone interested in NZ history."
Categories: Non Fiction - New Zealand, Biography, Adventure/Exploration, Environmental, Historical, Science & Technology, 2020 Titles


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