Boundary Markers: Land Surveying and the Colonisation of New Zealand

Bridget Williams Books
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In a country where land disputes were the chief cause of conflict between the coloniser and the colonised, surveying could never be a neutral, depoliticised pastime.

In a groundbreaking piece of scholarship, Giselle Byrnes examines the way surveyors became figuratively and literally ‘the cutting edge of colonisation’. Clearing New Zealand’s vast forests, laying out town plans and deciding on place names, they were at every moment asserting British power. Boundary Markers also shows how the surveyors’ ‘commercial gaze’, a view of the countryside coloured by the desire for profit, put them at odds with the Māori view of land.
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About the author

Professor Giselle Byrnes is Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Law, Education, Business and Arts at Charles Darwin University, based in Darwin, Australia. Prior to her current role, Giselle was Professor of History and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Postgraduate) at the University of Waikato. Giselle’s research has centred on settler-indigenous histories in colonial and postcolonial contexts. In 2006 she was Fulbright Visiting Professor in New Zealand Studies at Georgetown University, Washington DC, and she has served a term as National President of the New Zealand Historical Association.
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Publisher
Bridget Williams Books
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Published on
Dec 21, 2015
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Pages
168
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ISBN
9781927131107
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Language
English
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Genres
History / Australia & New Zealand
History / Modern / 19th Century
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