Fairburn, Edwin

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(1827-1911) New Zealand land surveyor, painter and author whose sf novel, The Ships of Tarshish: Being a Sequel to the "Wandering Jew" (1867 [but see Checklist]) as by Mohoao, which may be the first published novel by a native of New Zealand, is a kind of Future War tale in which an English descendant of the Wandering Jew saves beleaguered Britain with his futuristic ironclads (see Inventions). A sequel, The Ships of the Future: Being an Epilogue to The Ships of Tarshish (1889 chap), is essentially a speculative essay. [JC]

Edwin Fairburn

born Paihia, Bay of Islands, New Zealand: 27 April 1827

died 9 December 1911






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