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Publication "Finding Joseph Bryers"
Updated: 23 December 2020
Website Owner: Dr. Kenneth M. Baker
Book: Finding Joseph Bryers of the Hokianga -
Early New Zealand Settler
ISBN (Soft Cover) - 978-0-473-55310-4
ISBN (Hard Cover) - 978-0--473-55209-1
Available on-line from most booksellers
The Far North of New Zealand before becoming
a British Colony attracted adventurers, fortune
seekers, whaling men on leave from long
voyages and most notoriously, escaped convicts
from the penal settlements in Australia.  The
climate was clement, the indigenous people
were friendly enough and resources, especially
timber were abundant.  

This story is about Joseph Bryers, one of those
settlers who was none of those but who has long
proved an enigma as to his origins.  This is the
story of early years his birth to a French-
speaking family in what is now Belgium and of
his family and life before arriving in New Zealand
circa 1835.  Joseph’s very early life in New
Zealand is recounted including the taking of
Koho Katerina Whareumu as a wife and the birth
and lives of his children.      

The author Kenneth M. Baker is the great-great
grandson of Joseph Bryers.

The book is available for sale on-line from
most booksellers around the world.
The Hokianga Historical Society has many publications available by post
for example:

Hokianga, A Visitors' Guide (1993)

The Summer of the Dolphin (2006) - the story of Opo the dolphin

HOKIANGA REMEMBERS, Visits to the Graves of the Hokianga Soldiers who
Fell in the Great War 1914 – 1918: Volume I: Belgium, North-West France and
Hokianga History and Memorabilia