The Reading

Fitz – The colonial adventures of James Edward FitzGerald by Jenifer Roberts

Adapted and read by Owen Scott

The story of James Edward FitzGerald, whose energy and enthusiasm contributed so much to the early history of Christchurch. Orator, writer, politician and journalist, he was the first Canterbury Pilgrim to set foot in New Zealand, first superintendent of the province of Canterbury, first leader of the general government, and founder of the Press newspaper.
From his early years in the Anglo-Irish gentry of England to his old age as auditor-general of the colony, Fitz is a gripping biography that reads like a novel, breathing new life into the extraordinary man who played a major role in public life through fifty years of New Zealand history.

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Fitz - Part 1

Fitz is an intimate riveting biography revealing as never before the life and times of James Edward Fitzgerald the first Canterbury pilgrim to set foot in New Zealand, the first leader of the general government and founder of the Press newspaper.

Fitz - Part 2

Fitz and the other immigrants endure the hardships of their passage to New Zealand.

Fitz - Part 3

Fitz and fanny get established on the land but before long he is drawn into public life.

Fitz - Part 4

Fitz is called to Auckland for the first sitting of parliament but finds a shambles and his old enemy Edward Gibbon Wakefield.