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Australia And The Secretive Exploitation Of The Chatham Islands To 1842, Andre D. Brett Jan 2017

Australia And The Secretive Exploitation Of The Chatham Islands To 1842, Andre D. Brett

Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts - Papers

The European discovery of the Chatham Islands in 1791 resulted in significant consequences for its indigenous Moriori people. The colonial Australian influence on the Chathams has received little scholarly attention. This article argues that the young colonies of New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land led the exploitation of the archipelago before its annexation to New Zealand in 1842. The Chathams became a secretive outpost of the colonial economy, especially the sealing trade. Colonial careering transformed the islands: environmental destruction accompanied economic exploitation, with deleterious results for the Moriori. When two Māori iwi (tribes) from New Zealand's North ...