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Chapman's hand book to the farm and garden


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Handbook to the New Zealand farm and garden

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Hocken Pamphlets, v.64, no.1.




Geo. T. Chapman: Auckland


For some decades after colonization began, the settlers continued to use the English gardening manuals they had brought with them. These were still good sources on techniques, but poor guides to seasonal operations. George Chapman's Hand Book to the Farm and Garden (1862) was designed for new colonists in New Zealand with small holdings. Chapman (1824-1881) was a publisher and bookseller in Auckland from 1855, producing the first edition of Chapman's New Zealand Almanac in 1860, and operating a large lending library. David Hay, founder of Montpellier Nursery in Auckland, wrote the section on field, garden and orchard, and H.J. Hawkins of Belvidere Fruit Nursery contributed the article on garden management.


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