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Jewish Businessmen and Methodist Missionaries and their descendants in New Zealand. It is a transnational study of two families that settled in New Zealand during the 19th century and have left fairly extensive records across the generations. One was that of a German Jew, Bendix Hallenstein who provisioned miners during the Gold Rush, first in Victoria, Australia, then in New Zealand and went on to become a minor politician and important businessman. The other is that of a Methodist missionary, Samuel Fowler who was sent to the Pacific around the same time. The manuscript traces the history of these two men and their wives, then follows subsequent generations of couples who are their descendants to weave a picture of the diverse origins and histories that went into the making of New Zealand.

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