The Father and his Gift: John Logan Campbell's Later Years

R. C. J. Stone

β€˜In addition to dissecting Logan Campbell's personality and accomplishments with the skills of a literary surgeon, the author offers an unsurpassed portrait of Auckland in the nineteenth century, particularly of the commercial and social life of the city.’
– Michael King, Metro

Few New Zealand biographies are so rich in social and personal detail. Written with the vivid touches of a novelist, The Father and his Gift completes the story of Sir John Logan Campbell, venerated in old age as the Father of Auckland, and presents a compelling portrait of Auckland. The final volume of Logan Campbell's life story traces his struggles not only to keep his businesses afloat but to preserve intact the One Tree Hill estate which he had determined to leave to the public of New Zealand. The number and intimacy of the papers left by Campbell have enabled Professor Stone to bring his subject to life in a portrait of a Victorian colonist unrivalled in its scope and depth.


The Auckland historian R. C. J. Stone is the highly respected author of a two-volume life of John Logan Campbell, the 'Father of Auckland' and, among several other important books, the Auckland histories From Tamaki-makau-rau to Auckland (AUP, 2001) and Logan Campbell's Auckland (AUP, 2007).


March 1987, 235 x 140 mm, 310 pages
ISBN 9781869400163