compelled to subsist on the berries of the forest, and on the seaweed of the beach

The last First Crossings programme covered Thomas Brunner’s long journey to the middle of the Middle Island, and down the coast. Brunner’s return to Nelson was  reported in the Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle on 17 June 1848, and notes on his expedition were published in the Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, on 30 September 1848. The Nelson Examiner also has extensive reports of the expeditions of both Brunner and Heaphy.  NZETC has John Pascoe’s copy of The Great Journey: an expedition to explore the interior of the Middle Island, New Zealand, 1846-8 and for those of with a library nearby Nancy Taylor’s Early Travellers in New Zealand combines both the newspaper reports and the details published in an early pamphlet.

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