“There’s a tale in my bones, fighting to be told”.
Delving into the lawless outpost of 1800s Russell, Kororāreka: The Ballad of Maggie Flynn introduces a heroine created from the rich and vibrant true stories of New Zealand women.
Maggie Flynn, a fiery and unforgettable Irish woman leaves England a convict and arrives in Kororāreka the captain of a whaling ship. Her fortune continues to twist and turn from trophy Maori slave to wife of a great chief to Madam of the notorious King Edward Hotel.
She makes her final stand in the face of British bombardment of the capital of Aotearoa. Maggie is fictitious but based on real characters and historical events. This work is a legacy to the women in our past, the ones often too wild to be captured by history books.
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