New book on Samuel Marsden

Andrew Sharp is the new writer in residence for 2013 at the University of Waikato.

Professor Sharp is currently the Emeritus Professor of Political Studies at the University of Auckland although he has lived in the UK since 2006. His work has often centred on the use of law and religion in political argument, especially in 17th century England and 20th century New Zealand.

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During the residency, Professor Sharp intends to continue researching and writing about about Samuel Marsden (1765-1838). Yorkshire born, evangelical educated Marsden is described by the Te Ara website as 'chaplain, magistrate, agriculturalist, missionary'. He arrived in New Zealand on Christmas Day 1814 and was the first to set up the first Christian mission over here.

"I’ve already written many of the projected 25 chapters and I’ll be working on the final few during my Waikato residency. The year 2014 marks the 200th anniversary of the founding of the mission, and I want to commemorate that with the book".

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The book will cover Marsden’s personal mission to 'introduce civilisation and fight the devil' in New South Wales, Australia and New Zealand. “It’s not a biography – more a history of his life and opinions, and the lives and opinions of the people he lived among,” says Professor Sharp.

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