Edward Gibbon Wakefield

Edward Gibbon Wakefield was born on 20 March 1796 in London and he died on 16 May 1862 in Wellington, New Zealand.  Between these two dates is a remarkable life of a man of ideas and influence but a life that had many dark aspects and tragedies, sometimes of his own making. From about the turn of the century the young Edward Gibbon and his sister Catherine spent most of their childhood with their grandmother Priscilla. She took responsibility for their care and education.  The mature Catherine is in contrast to her brother whose bad behaviour would test a grandmother’s love.  But like Priscilla, in a difficult time in his life, Edward Gibbon turned to writing – not children’s stories, but books on colonisation.

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