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Charles Torlesse: A pioneer recorder of Canterbury weather 1849-1858

Year: 
1984
Volume: 
4
Issue: 
2
Author(s): 
M. Roche
Abstract: 

The extraction of meteorological information from qualitative historical sources in Europe has provided some useful perspectives on the past both human and climatic (e.g., Le Roy Ladurie, 1971). Little equivalent research has occurred in New Zealand even though the earliest handbooks for intending settlers invariably contain some commentary on what was known about the weather and climate of the Colony (e.g., Heaphy, 1842). Even Henry Sewell, the first Premier of New Zealand, sprinkled exasperated comments about the weather amongst his diary accounts of the development of Canterbury and the achievement of responsible Government (e.g., McIntyre, 1979: Vol 1, p13-14).

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