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William Tucker

Arrived: 1809
Country of origin:
Area in New Zealand: Otago
Source: Beyond the Moon by Peter Entwisle

Details: Tucker and others were part of a sealing gang dropped off at 'Isle of Wight' now known as Green Island to gather seal skins. They left the exposed storm ravaged Islet to live with nearby Maori. Tucker is infamous for stealing a preserved Maori head and taking it to Sydney and selling it. This act caused deaths and tension for the next twenty years or so in Otago to people who never knew where the tensions had come from.