Sailors, Settlers & Sinners by Moira Taylor
The Hall family in Hull and New Zealand, 1795-1907
An escape on foot from captivity in France in 1810, the attempted murder of a young wife in New Zealand and a heroic death in the Transvaal in 1880 are just three of the extraordinary stories recounted in Sailors, Settlers & Sinners. Beginning in the port of Hull in East Yorkshire during the French Revolution, it traces the life of George Hall, a mariner captured during the Napoleonic Wars, the maritime careers of his two sons, George and Thomas, at the highpoint of Britain’s expansion as a world power and, finally, life in the new colony of New Zealand, where his youngest son becomes prime minister.
Moira Taylor is the great-great-granddaughter of Captain George Hall, who escaped from France in 1810 and the great-granddaughter of Captain Thomas Williamson Hall, who settled as a pastoralist in Timaru, New Zealand.