Author(s): Caroline Fitzgerald
This is the story of the Reverend Henry Williams, beginning the day he arrived in New Zealand in 1823, a 30-year-old retired Navy lieutenant now a Church Missionary Society missionary. Through his private journals and letters he wrote to family and his superiors in England, Henry Williams tells his own story from his arrival in the Bay of Islands until the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. This eye-witness account covers almost twenty years of Henry Williams's daily life - his trials and successes, travels with Maori, peacemaking actions, the relationships he built with Maori and his involvement in the Treaty of Waitangi.
Caroline Fitzgerald is the great-great-granddaughter of Henry Williams and editor of the successful Letters from the Bay of Islands: The Story of Marianne Williams. Caroline has worked in journalism and media and taught English. She has an MA in life writing from the University of East Anglia, England.