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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

About the Author

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.


'The subantarctic islands circle the lower part of the globe, below New Zealand, Australia, Africa, and South America, between 47 Degrees and 60 Degrees latitude south of the Equator. They are filled with unique plants and wildlife, constantly battered by lashing rain and furious gales, and have a rich and fascinating human history. Trial of Strength tells the compelling stories of these islands and will leave you with an appreciation for the tenacity of humanity and the forbidding forces of nature.'

-- Australian Wildlife Magazine

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