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George Augustus Selwyn was a dedicated missionary and an able administrator, the first Bishop of the New Zealand Church who organized it as a separate Province with its own constitution and multiple dioceses. But he’s also part of the national history for his part in the Maori Wars. He was a critic of British land-grabbing and tried to be a pastor to both sides. Most Maoris turned against the Church of England for representing the colonial power, while many British settlers couldn’t understand why he tried to protect the natives. He is buried at the cathedral in Lichfield, where it’s reported that some Maoris still make pilgrimage to visit his grave. (Mason & Co.)

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