An Excellent Recruit: Frederick Thatcher, Architect, Priest and Private Secretary in Early New Zealand BY Margaret H Alington.
An Excellent Recruit: Frederick Thatcher, Architect, Priest and Private Secretary in Early New Zealand BY Margaret H Alington.
An Excellent Recruit: Frederick Thatcher, Architect, Priest and Private Secretary in Early New Zealand BY Margaret H Alington.
An Excellent Recruit: Frederick Thatcher, Architect, Priest and Private Secretary in Early New Zealand BY Margaret H Alington.
An Excellent Recruit: Frederick Thatcher, Architect, Priest and Private Secretary in Early New Zealand BY Margaret H Alington.
An Excellent Recruit: Frederick Thatcher, Architect, Priest and Private Secretary in Early New Zealand BY Margaret H Alington.
An Excellent Recruit: Frederick Thatcher, Architect, Priest and Private Secretary in Early New Zealand BY Margaret H Alington.

An Excellent Recruit: Frederick Thatcher, Architect, Priest and Private Secretary in Early New Zealand BY Margaret H Alington.

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An Excellent Recruit: Frederick Thatcher, Architect, Priest and Private Secretary in Early New Zealand BY SMargaret H Alington.

Near new softbac. Frederick Thatcher trained as an architect in England before immigrating to New Zealand, arriving in December of 1843. 297 pages with photos.

Published by Polygraphia Ltd, 2007

His original intention was to farm land bought through the New Zealand Company in New Plymouth. This venture was not very successful and Thatcher soon found himself in demand, as architectural skills were in short supply in the young colony. A move to Auckland brought closer contact with Bishop G.A. Selwyn, the first bishop of New Zealand. Thatcher worked for Selwyn on many of the churches and other buildings in the Auckland area, and in particular on the buildings for St John's College. Despite his skills, architecture was not Frederick Thatcher's main employment. He was for some years, in two separate periods, a private secretary to Governor Grey and was closely involved with Auckland's early development. He travelled widely with Grey and this account of Thatcher's life gives the reader many interesting glimpses of the episodes in which he was involved as well as the buildings for which he was responsible, many of which still stand. The title of this biography arises from Bishop Selwyn's assessment of Thatcher who became a candidate for ordination and trained at St John's College in the late 1840s. After ordination he was the first minister of St Matthew's in Hobson Street. Health problems led to a spell in England from where he was once again recruited, this time by the first bishop of Wellington, C.J. Abraham. This book is thoroughly researched, well documented and interestingly written and will stand as an important contribution to early New Zealand history.

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An Excellent Recruit: Frederick Thatcher, Architect, Priest and Private Secretary in Early New Zealand BY Margaret H Alington.
An Excellent Recruit: Frederick Thatcher, Architect, Priest and Private Secretary in Early New Zealand BY Margaret H Alington.
An Excellent Recruit: Frederick Thatcher, Architect, Priest and Private Secretary in Early New Zealand BY Margaret H Alington.
An Excellent Recruit: Frederick Thatcher, Architect, Priest and Private Secretary in Early New Zealand BY Margaret H Alington.
An Excellent Recruit: Frederick Thatcher, Architect, Priest and Private Secretary in Early New Zealand BY Margaret H Alington.