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Frontispiece and title page of the Discovery of New Zealand

Frontispiece and title page of the Discovery of New Zealand

The Discovery of New Zealand, written by J. C. Beaglehole, was published as one of the series of 11 history books produced by the Department of Internal Affairs in 1939 and 1940 to mark the nation's centennial. Beaglehole subsequently went on to edit the journals of English explorer James Cook and botanist Joseph Banks, and came to be regarded as the pre-eminent New Zealand historian of his generation. His interest in the discovery and exploration of New Zealand was characteristic of the cultural nationalists of the 1930s and 1940s. Reflecting their own sense of national discovery, they were interested in beginnings.

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Reference: J.C. Beaglehole, The discovery of New Zealand. Wellington: Department of Internal Affairs, 1939, frontispiece and title page

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Jock Phillips, 'Arts and the nation - Major themes of cultural nationalism, 1930 to 1970', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 May 2021)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 22 Oct 2014