Muskets and Trouble - R. A. (Raymond Archibald) OwensLondon: Max Parrish, 1964, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little age-toning to the edges of the text block.
Contains: Black & white drawings; Frontispiece map; Glossary;
From the cover: “This exciting story tells how the courage and perseverance of some of the first settlers in New Zealand enabled them to survive the bitter dispute that broke out between Maori and white man over the question of land ownership.
It is an account of the part played by Robert Merley, a young English settler, and his Maori friend, Tama, in the first perilous years of the Wellington settlement’s existence. From the very beginning they were involved in the struggle against the unscrupulous traders and Pakeha-Maoris who were placing the settlers’ lives in jeopardy by carrying on an illicit musket trade with the native tribes. Up and down the rivers of North and South Island and through the bush they travelled in an attempt to discover the musket-traders’ movements and forestall their plans. Sometimes Robert went disguised as a Maori; twice he was taken prisoner. It was a hair-raising adventure for the two boys and, in Robert’s own words, When I look back on those dangerous months, I wonder how I ever came through alive.”