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Falwasser, Henry (1790–1846)

At Auckland, on the 24th of January, Mr. Henry Falwasser, editor and proprietor of the Auckland Times. The New Zealand colonists have lost in Mr. Falwasser a most independent, zealous, and consistent advocate of their rights, and opponent of that system of misgovernment and mistaken subserviency to Maori insolence and the narrowness of missionary views which we hope is now at an end. The importance of his services is enhanced by the circumstance that he carried on his bold and uncompromising paper in the middle, so to speak, of the enemy's camp; and so enabled himself to become acquainted with, and make public at once, many proceedings of the late Governor and Government, some of them most damnatory ones, which would otherwise, in all probability, have been altogether hushed up. The inhabitants of the southern settlements especially must feel how ignorant they would in many cases have remained, but for him, of many of the most unjustifiable doings of the late Governor at his distant capital; and will readily acknowledge the full value of having had such "an honest chronicler " to keep them always alive to what was going on there. We regret sincerely that Mr. Falwasser has not lived to enjoy more of the fruits of his labours in the good government they have contributed to secure for us; but it must have been some comfort to him to have lived long enough to see that these labours had not been in vain.

Original publication

  • Nelson Examiner (New Zealand), 21 February 1846, p 4

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'Falwasser, Henry (1790–1846)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 25 February 2020.

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