Journal article

'Oceana' Revisited: J.A. Froude's 1884 Journey to New Zealand and the Pink and White Terraces

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Victorian Literature and Culture | Cambridge University Press | Published : 2009

Abstract

In his popular Romance of London (1867), John Timbs refers to Thomas Babington Macaulay's oft-repeated metaphor of a "New Zealander sitting, like a hundredth-century Marius, on the mouldering arches of London Bridge, contemplating the colossal ruins of St Paul's" (290). Originally intended as an illustration of the vigor and durability of the Roman Catholic Church despite the triumph of the Reformation, Macaulay's most famous evocation of this idea dates from 1840, the year of New Zealand's annexation; hence it is reasonable to suppose that this figure is a Maori (Bellich 297-98). For Timbs and subsequent generations, however, the image conveyed the sobering idea of the rise and fall of civi..

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