Geological Expedition to the West Coast of Otago, New Zealand [The Otago Provincial Government Gazette. Vol VI. No. 274. November 5, 1863]

By: Hector, James [Otago Provincial Government Gazette]

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No signatures. Minor edge wear to fore edge of folding map.; pp. 435 - 478 (44 pages in total). 1 folding map. Tables of Meteorological Observations on pp. 469-478. Woodcut government crest illustration. Dimensions: 336 x 210mm. Folio leaves stitched together. Unbound. This issue of the Otago Provincial Government Gazette is devoted entirely to James Hector's report "Geological Expedition to the West Coast of Otago, New Zealand." The map is titled "Sketch Map of N.W. District of Otago Shewing the route between West Coast and Wakatipu Lake". Hector's route from Kakapo Lake on the West Coast to Wakatipu Lake is marked in red, as is his suggestion for the "Best Line for cut Trail". Map printed by Otago Survey Litho Press. [Reference: This map is similar to one reproduced as plate 129 in Maling. "Historic Charts & Maps of New Zealand 1642-1875". See also text on pp. 280 and 282.] "At night we encamped between two streams that enter the Sound from rugged valleys in the Kakapo Mountains, a range walong the west side of the Sound, which has been named after the kakapo or nocturnal ground parrot, an interesting bird, now almost peculiar to the S.W. corner of this Island. [...] During the night we heard all round us their harsh croaking cry [...]". Hector's narrative includes descriptions of Milford Sound; the Takahe; river travel; schooner travel; visit to Invercargill; Port William; Martins Bay; local Maori met with on the journey etc. etc. "After an early breakfast on mutton bird, a disagreeable Maori delicacy which I tasted for the first time, I ascended the Bluff Hill, along with several other gentleman." - page 441. "I heard from the Maoris that these birds [Takahe] are yet tolerably plentiful on the west side of Te Anau Lake. It is not improbable, therefore, that if the tracks of any large birds have been seen by the diggers in the neighborhood of the Wakatipu Lake, it has been this bird that has been mistaken for the Moa." - page 460. ; ; Folio 13" - 23" tall

Title: Geological Expedition to the West Coast of Otago, New Zealand [The Otago Provincial Government Gazette. Vol VI. No. 274. November 5, 1863]

Author Name: Hector, James [Otago Provincial Government Gazette]

Categories: Other,

Publisher: Dunedin, Printed for the Provincial Government By Daniel Campbell: 1863

Binding: Unbound

Book Condition: Very Good with no dust jacket

Seller ID: 4754

Keywords: New Zealand Maori History