Stephenson Percy Smith was born in England in 1840 and lived in New Zealand from the age of nine, where he died in 1922. A major figure in the history of Maori and Polynesian studies, he was the main founder, in 1892, of the Polynesian Society and the Journal of the Polynesian Society. He developed a particular interest in the problems of Polynesian origins and migration and undertook trips to the Pacific, resulting in the publication of Hawaiki in 1898. He is the author of an extensive bibliography, which also includes the translation of 19th-century Maori manuscripts, entitled The Lore of the Whare-wanananga (1913-1915).
“The Quest for Hawaiki: Life and Work of Stephenson Percy Smith”
Graeme Whimp, 2017
Stephenson Percy Smith was born in Beccles, Suffolk, England, in 1840, and died in New Plymouth, New Zealand, in 1922. Following arrival in New Zealand with his family in 1849, Smith’s early schooling and a period of farm work preceded recruitment as a survey cadet and a distinguished career in that field, culminating in appointment as surveyor general and secretary for lands and mines. In the course of that career, and in service in the (...)