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Dear Tyrant

FIVE YEARS' WORK: Barrie Allom told the crowd at the launch of his book, Dear Tyrant, at Aratoi, that they should value their heritage. PHOTO/VOMLE SPRINGFORD.

This Sunday we successfully launched our latest publication, local author Barrie Allom’s book ‘Dear Tyrant – An extraordinary colonial life.’  

Barrie Allom tells the story of his great-grandfather, Albert Allom, and his varied career as a survey cadet in early Wellington, a leaseholder in Wairarapa in the 1840s, a colonial administrator in the West Indies, a mine and farming estate manager on Great Barrier Island, aregistrar of mines at Thames and Ohinemuri, an entrepreneur in Tasmania, and as a public figure in Auckland.   The story is laced with human insight, humour and tragedy, and is interspersed with narrative from Albert Allom’s own hand.

‘Dear Tyrant’ – so named from the way Allom’s wife Eliza’s term of address –  is an interesting read for anyone interested in the establishment of the colony of New Zealand.