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Trial of Strength


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Introduction 1. Discovery: The sealing captain, the 'ship's wife', and the lonely ghost (1780-1830) 2. Exploration: The polar explorers, the captain's wife, and the botanist with a secret (1760-1840) 3. Maungahuka: The warriors and the slaves (1842-56) 4. Hardwicke: The small town at the end of the world (1849-52) 5. Shipwrecks: 'The Grafton', the 'Invercauld' and the 'General Grant' (1864-67) 6. Transit of Venus: The astronomers, the photographers, and the epic poem (1874-75) 7.Wreck-watch: Provisions depots and castaway rescue missions (1865-1927) 8. Pastoral leases: The optimistic farmers and the isolated sheep (1874-1931) 9. 'Cape Expedition': The enemy raiders and the wartime coastwatchers (1939-45) 10. Macquarie Island: The penguin oilers, the crusading scientist, and the expeditioners (1890-today) 11. Campbell Island Meteorological Station: The weather-watchers and the wildlife (1945-95) 12. Conservation: The sheep shooters, the teal tackle, and the subantarctic rangers (1960s-today) 13. Tourism: The minister, the comic artist, and the descendant (1968-today) Acknowledgements Appendix: Subantarctic island groups outside of the Antarctic Convergence Endnotes Bibliography Photographic credits Index

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Shona Riddell is the great-great granddaughter of Harriet Cripps, who was born to two British colonists on the remote Auckland Islands in 1851. In 2016, Shona sailed south to experience the wild subantarctic climate for herself. She lives in Wellington, New Zealand.

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