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Gary Daverne: A Man With a Mission - hardcopy libretto

Book or booklet paperback

Lyrics libretti Publication year: 2011



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It is a historic story of a young man who travels from England via Australia, in the early 1820s, to become an ordained minister and set up a Wesleyan Mission in the Hokianga, in Northland, New Zealand.

The story portrays the relationships, frustrations, conflicts and troubled times with the early settlers, the native Maori people and their Chiefs, especially Chief Te Aara, Tamati Waka Nene and Patuone.

There is his special love for his devoted wife Jane, their learning, teaching and preaching, their unjustified exile to Tonga, then his reinstatement two years later to the Weslyan Mission in the Hokianga, culminating in the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi at Horeke, in the Hokianga.


Author note

Words: Dorothy Tomlinson
Music: Gary Daverne