The Waterford naval officer who became first governor of New Zealand

William Hobson was implicated in the transfer of land from Maori to profit settlers

Captain William Hobson survived three bouts of yellow fever and twice being captured by pirates to become the first governor of New Zealand. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Captain William Hobson survived three bouts of yellow fever and twice being captured by pirates to become the first governor of New Zealand. Image: Wikimedia Commons

William Hobson survived three bouts of yellow fever and twice being captured by pirates to become the first governor of New Zealand. Despite his ability to endure so many brushes with death, it was arguably the strain of governing a new colony that precipitated a fatal stroke in 1842.

Hobson’s life was devoted to serving the Royal Navy and British imperial administration.

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