This is the cover of the first edition of William Pember Reeves's The long white cloud, Ao Tea Roa, a brilliant history of New Zealand, which was published in London in 1898. By that time Reeves was New Zealand's agent general in London. Before that he had been a journalist, a pamphleteer, a published poet and a political leader responsible for introducing radical labour legislation while serving as minister of labour in the Liberal government. He was a wide-ranging colonial intellectual, but it was in London that he found a community of thinkers. Reeves was quickly at home within the city's Fabian circle, and became friendly with Sidney and Beatrice Webb and George Bernard Shaw. After giving up as agent general in 1908, he became director of the London School of Economics.
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Reference: William Pember Reeves, The long white cloud: Ao Tea Roa. London: Horace Marshall & Son, 1898
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