Author(s): Cecil and Celia Manson
A London business man who schemed to plant colonies in a country he had never seen . . . An eccentric young man of French birth who dreamed of setting up his own kingdom . . . A humble Maori youth who was lionised as a prince by London society . . . New Zealand's first town planner, who from his London office planned a dream city on the Hutt River, complete with Billingsgate Fish Market and President's Palace! These are some of the people, characters of varying importance in the story of New Zealand, who come to life in Curtain-Raiser to a Colony.